Millbrook Figure Skating Club

Our Programs


Pre-CanSkate Program

Skaters ages 3 – 5. This program teaches the basics of standing up, falling down and walking on the blades. This is a 25 minute session held weekly on Wednesday and is offered either from 5:00 – 5:25pm or 5:25 – 5:50pm.


CanSkate Programs

CanSkate is Skate Canada's learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills. Lessons are given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning. CanSkate is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs. The CanSkate program curriculum is organized into three Fundamental Areas, divided into six stages of learning.


The Fundamental Areas are:

• Balance: Concentrating on most forward skills, pushing technique and edges.

• Control: Concentrating on most backwards skills, stopping and speed elements.

• Agility: Concentrating on most turning and jumping skills.


The awards consist of:

• Three Fundamental Area ribbons for each stage

• Six stage badges To receive a stage badge, skaters must achieve all Fundamental Area ribbons (Balance, Control and Agility) from the corresponding stage. The skill requirements for each Fundamental Area are indicated on the report card.


CanSkate Stages 1 – 3 will run weekly on Wednesday from 5:00 – 5:50pm Our Canskate Stage 1-3 Program runs for 50 minutes every week starting in September and ending with our annual Skating Carnival at the end of March.


Advanced Canskate Stages 4 – 7 will run weekly on Wednesday from 6:00 – 6:50pm and a second optional date on Friday from 5:00 - 5:50pm.  Advanced CanSkate is offered to those energetic and enthusiastic skaters who would like to try skating a solo to music and perhaps even attending one or two competitions during the year. These solos are put together by our professional coaches.


StarSkate Program

Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about! STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.


How STARSkate works The STARSkate program consists of figure skating skills in four areas – Skating Skills, Ice Dance, Free Skate and Interpretive. Each area is divided into the following levels:


Primary Level Tests:

• Skating Skills: Preliminary, Junior Bronze 

• Free Skating: Preliminary, Junior Bronze 

• Dance: Preliminary, Junior Bronze 

• Interpretive: Introductory


Intermediate Level Tests:

• Skating Skills: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver

•  Free Skating: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver 

• Dance: Senior Bronze, Junior Silver 

• Interpretive: Bronze


Senior Level Tests:

• Skating Skills: Senior Silver, Gold 

• Free Skating: Senior Silver, Gold 

• Dance: Senior Silver, Gold, Diamond 

• Interpretive: Silver, Gold


Our StarSkate session runs on Tuesday from 5:00 - 6:50 pm, Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:50 pm (both on-ice and off-ice sesions), and Friday from 6:00 - 7:50 pm


Off-Ice Training Sessions


The purpose of off-ice training is to supplement a skater’s on-ice practice. This once a week session aims to help skaters develop the strength, flexibility, and balance needed for all figure skating elements.  

 The MFSC’s Off-ice Training Session is divided into three sections: strength, flexibility, and balance. The duration of each section will change to meet the needs of skaters in a given week, and will be taught with an overall focus on body awareness, control, and on-ice injury prevention.

Strength  
       Focus:
          - Core

          - Legs

          - Back

          - Arms
       On-ice Benefits:  

          - Enhances skater’s overall practice; notability endurance and consistency 

          - Higher jumps; increase rotation efficiency and landing stability

          - Longer and faster spins

Flexibility
       Focus:

          - Legs

          - Hips

          - Back

          - Shoulders

       On-ice Benefits:
          - Lengthens muscle to support elements that demand a high degree of flexibility (spirals, biellmans, spread eagles, and split jumps for                     example)

          - Increase over all range of motion

          - Helps control the angle of knee, hip, ankle, and shoulder joints

Balance
       Focus
          - Posture

          - Body awareness
       On-ice Benefits

          - Improves over-all quality of all elements and transitions between elements 


Our Off-ice Training Session runs on Wednesday from 6:00-6:50 pm in the upstairs hall of the arena. ​