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For skaters who are looking to advance their skating skills beyond our learn to skate programs and would like to explore the world of figure skating, TGISC offers great programs that will will help introduce skaters to the wonderful world of figure skating!  

Advanced CanSkate (group lessons- Working on Stage 5 & 6, or upon coach recommendation)

The final stages of the CanSkate program are transitional stages that serve as a bridge from CanSkate to the STARSkate Program

They introduce many figure skating skills that are included in the Preliminary level tests.  The skaters participate in a regular CanSkate session working towards mastering the skating fundaments.  Skaters who complete Stage 7 are well on their way to taking their first Skate Canada test. 

The Advanced CanSkate program emphasizes fun and challenge and is taught in a group lesson format; by professional Skate Canada coaches. 

Wednesday 6:15-7:00 pm

Saturday 11:00-11:45 am

Skate 1 or 2 days/week

KickSTART/Fall/Winter/Spring Sessions 



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, semi-private 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. 


Junior STARSkate (group lessons - Completed CanSkate Stage 6, or upon coach recommendation)

*figure skates required for Junior STARSkate

Wednesday 5:15 – 6:15pm

Saturday 9:00 – 10:00am

Recommendation is skating 2 days/week

*see off-ice and schedule below

Fall/Winter/Spring Sessions


Preliminary STARSkate (ready for private lessons - working on Star 1 and 2 level tests)

Monday 6:15 - 7:30am &/or 3:45 - 5:45pm (Vivo)

Wednesday 6:15 - 7:30am &/or 5:15 – 6:15pm

Friday 5:45 - 7:15pm (Vivo)

Saturday 9:00 – 10:00am

Skate up to 6 times per week

*see off-ice and schedule below

Fall/Winter/Spring Sessions


Intermediate STARSkate - (private lessons - have passed two complete Preliminary tests; working on Star level 3 & 4)

& Senior STARSkate - (private lessons - have passed Jr. Bronze Freeskate test; working on Star level 5 to Gold)

Monday 6:15 - 7:30am &/or 3:45 - 5:45pm (Vivo)

Tuesday 4:15 – 6:00pm

Wednesday 6:15 - 7:30am &/or 4:15 – 5:15pm

Thursday 4:00 - 5:45pm (Vivo Sr), 5:45 - 7:15pm (Vivo Prelim/Int/Sr), 7:30 - 9:30pm (Vivo Int/Sr)

Saturday 9:00 – 10:00am & 10:15 - 11:00am (Int)

Saturday 8:00 - 9:00am & 10:15 - 11:00am (Sr)

Intermediates can skate up to 7 times per week

Seniors can skate up to 8 times per week

*see off-ice and schedule below

Fall/Winter/Spring Sessions




CanSkaters and STARSkaters who want to challenge their figure skating skills and show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the competitive program. What is CompetitiveSkate? The Competitive Test Program is a testing program for skaters in singles, pairs and dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada. Skaters take tests specific to the discipline (Singles, Pairs and Dance) in which they wish to compete. A skater or team may begin testing at the level at which they wish to compete (there are no test pre-requisites). 


Off-Ice Conditioning - See "About Us" Off-Ice Instructors for more information


3:40 - 4:10pm Intermediate & Senior Off-ice Jump Lessons with coach Sara Knowles (old lobby)

6:10 - 6:40pm Intermediate & Senior Off-ice Jump Lessons with coach Sara Knowles (Greenview Room main building)


3:50 - 4:05pm Intermediate & Senior Warmup with coach Sara Knowles

4:45 - 5:00pm Preliminary & Junior Warmup with coach Sara Knowles (old lobby)

5:20 - 6:05pm Intermediate & Senior Off-ice Conditioning with coach Sara Knowles (old lobby)

6:25 - 7:10pm Preliminary & Junior Off-ice Jump Lessons with coach Sara Knowles (old lobby)


Off-ice Conditioning with various instructors (dance, yoga, strength, stretch, conditioning, endurance, pilates, expression/musical theatre)

8:00 - 8:45am Intermediate 

(8:30 - 8:45am Prelimary & Junior Warmup with coach Sara Knowles (dressing room/hallway))

9:15 - 10:00am Senior

10:10 - 10:55am Preliminary & Junior


Off-ice is included in the fees on the days you skate.  For example: if you register/skate on Tuesdays all the off-ice offered on Tuesdays is included in your fee.  The drop in rate for off-ice is $20/hour if space is available and must be arranged with coaches in advance.  

Jump Classes - Figure skating is a very challenging sport; the demands it places on athletes of all ages consists of skills that they probably haven’t learned in school or through play. Because of this, special instruction is required outside of regular ice time to help skaters quicken the extensive learning curve involved in acquiring jump technique. This class focuses on improving proper jump technique - correct take-off, air, and landing positions; as well as explosiveness of the knee/ankle, and developing the “quick snap” to backspin. 

Warm Up Classes - “Dryland” warming up is highly recommended not only from Skate Canada, but most other sport organizations as well. This is an excellent habit that should be formed at a young age to increase skaters effective use of ice time as well as decrease the chance of injury. In this class skaters will be lead through both a general and specific warm up, and encouraged to learn how to do the skills with proper technique as well as develop an appreciation for the importance of warming up. Intermediate and Senior skaters will also be encouraged to develop more personalized warm-ups and be able to implement them on their own prior to taking the ice on any day.  

Conditioning Classes - In the Saturday classes, skaters will be exposed to a variety of dryland training styles designed to optimize their training based on the proximity to competitions. At the lower levels, skaters benefit greatly from doing different types of training throughout the year. As skaters work up to higher levels, these types of training begin to be joined together and skaters start doing multiple types of training in the same week. This begins to be reflected in the Wednesday Conditioning classes for the Senior and Intermediate skaters, where they will be performing exercises that are different yet complementary to the Saturday training. 

*2018 2019 Weekly Schedule.pdf (*see list of important dates on home page for modified skating times)

Volunteer & Fundraising Requirements STARSkate 2018 2019.pdf

Music Playing Instructions 2018 2019.pdf

Withdrawal Injury Illness Missed Lessons Policies 2018 2019.pdf

Bingo Information & Policies 2018 2019.pdf