• Competitive Ice Dance

Our Competitive Dance program is under the direction of Mark Bradshaw.  Mark is a former International competitive Ice dancer. Besides working with our competitive dancers, Mark also works with the competitive singles and pairs skaters enhancing skating skills.

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COMPETITIVE DANCE – by invitation

The competitive dance program includes sessions and development for both dance teams and competitive solo dance.  Participation in this program is by invitation.  Skaters wishing to participate in the competitive dance program should contact Skate Oakville directly.

INTRO TO COMPETITIVE DANCE AND PAIRS

NEW this season is the Intro dance and Pairs session.  This session is for skaters interested in pursuing competitive dance and/or pairs. The program is taught by members of our dance and pair coaching team.  Skaters will be introduced to the technical aspects of skating with a partner, including timing, spacing, tracking and other partner skills.  Skaters do NOT need a partner for this session but may be partnered with a skater for specific skill development.

Fees

Competitive Dance fees are based on the length of the session, how many weeks the session runs, and whether or not any coaching is included on the session.

Mandatory Membership Fees

  1. The Skate Canada (SC) Fee of $44 is only charged once per year (Sep 1 to Aug 31) and pays for your SC membership and insurance. We forward this fee on to SC on your behalf. The SC Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  2. The Skate Oakville membership fee of $50 is only charged once per year (Sep 1 to Aug 31) and entitles you to skating on Skate Oakville sessions.
  3. The Ontario Skaters' Promotional Contest Ticket Booklets at a cost of $80 is our annual fundraiser.  Two ticket booklets are included with your registration at a cost of $80. You may sell the raffle tickets to family and friends and keep the money as you have already paid for the booklets. Alternatively you may enter yourself into the raffle and fill out all the tickets with your name. The ticket stubs are due back by Dec 31 so they can be mailed in to be included in the draw. The draw takes place at the Provincials competition in March.
Payments

Full payment of mandatory membership fees is required at time of registration.  Session fees may be split into 5 monthly installments beginning September 1. Installments are also available for the Spring and Summer seasons.

Entry into the Jr Dance program is by invitation only. This program is geared for skaters that are between the ages of 7 – 10, passed the Preliminary dance tests and pursuing competitive dance. Skaters will develop all the skills required to compete as a solo dancer or be paired with a partner and compete as a competitive dance team. The Directors of the Skating and Dance Programs based on set criteria may consider skaters for invitation to the Junior Solo Dance Program. This criterion includes:
  • Knows all the Preliminary Dances
  • Is interested in pursuing competitive dance
  • Skating speed
  • Skater’s age
Number of skaters on the session will also be considered.
To ensure continual development skaters must also be registered on at least 2 other STARSkate sessions and receiving instruction on the basic skating disciplines of Freeskate, skating skills and dance.
The Program: Skaters will learn presentation, musicality, competitive training, flexibility, dance patterns and elements. Skaters will have fun working towards a possible competition.

 

Fees

Competitive fees are based on the length of the session, how many weeks the session runs, and whether or not any coaching is included on the session.

Mandatory Membership Fees

  1. The Skate Canada (SC) Fee of $44 is only charged once per year (Sep 1 to Aug 31) and pays for your SC membership and insurance. We forward this fee on to SC on your behalf. The SC Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  2. The Skate Oakville membership fee of $50 is only charged once per year (Sep 1 to Aug 31) and entitles you to skating on Skate Oakville sessions.
  3. The Ontario Skaters' Promotional Contest Ticket Booklets at a cost of $80 is our annual fundraiser.  Two ticket booklets are included with your registration at a cost of $80. You may sell the raffle tickets to family and friends and keep the money as you have already paid for the booklets. Alternatively you may enter yourself into the raffle and fill out all the tickets with your name. The ticket stubs are due back by Dec 31 so they can be mailed in to be included in the draw. The draw takes place at the Provincials competition in March.
Payments

Full payment of mandatory membership fees is required at time of registration.  Session fees may be split into 5 monthly installments beginning September 1. Installments are also available for the Spring and Summer seasons.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is previous skating experience required to join Competitive Ice Dance?

Yes. For Junior Dance: Skaters must pass all their preliminary dances, be between the ages 7 and 10-years, and interested in pursuing competitive dance. For Competitive Dance: Skaters must be part of a dance team that is pursuing competitive ice dance or preparing to compete in "Gold or Open Solo Short Dance," they must also be registered on a minimum of 2 other STARSkate sessions.

Does Competitive Ice Dancing distract from singles skating?

No, this is why skaters must be registered for a minimum of 2 STARSkate sessions outside of the competitive ice dance program. We encourage skaters to continually develop on their skills, as well as learn new ones.