Our mission is to provide professional quality skating instruction that is affordable and on the cutting edge. We will take advantage of high energy levels that exist within our skaters by developing programs that are fast paced and exciting. We will also strive to develop skills in our skaters and their families that will prepare them for life outside of skating.
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 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 – 6:50 pm and a second optional date on Friday from 5:00 – 5:50 pm. 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.
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.
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.
Our 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.
– Enhances skater’s overall practice; notability endurance and consistency
– Higher jumps; increase rotation efficiency and landing stability
– Longer and faster spins
– 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
– Body awareness
– 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.
Millbrook Figure Skating Club events include our annual Halloween Skate, Stars on Ice (featuring our STAR and Advanced Canskaters), Family Santa Skate, and our end of the year Carnival. We also participate in Millbrook’s Santa Claus Parade and various competitions throughout the skating season including winter Skate and Interclub. A New Home for the Millbrook Figure Skating Club! The Township of Cavan-Monaghan is in the process of building a new community centre, which features an NHL-size rink, heated spectator seating, six change rooms and two official’s change rooms, community offices, a banquet hall, a fitness studio, a multi-purpose room, an upper level walking/running track, concession/canteen, and an out-door playground. The MFSC will call this new community centre their home for the 2019-2020 skating season.