Since I have previous skating experience, I was fortunate enough to skip the wobbly world of Pre-Alpha (two-foot glide, one foot glide, forward/backward swizzle, backward wiggle) and I escaped the boredom of Alpha (forward stroking, forward crossovers, and one foot snowplow stops). For my Tuesday and Saturday group lessons, I went straight into Beta (backward stroking, backward crossovers and t-stops) and in my adult group I began working on freestyle 1 elements (two foot spins, edges, arabesques and waltz jumps).
That is a big gap in levels, so why the discrepancy? Well, it never hurts to brush up on the basics. Strong foundation skills, like stroking, crossovers and being able to stop, prepare you for more difficult skills. Practice makes perfect and the more time I spend on the basics, the prettier my "fancy" skating will be.
That all being said, I have passed Beta and after the Christmas break will be moving into Gamma group lessons (Outside edge 3-turns, mohawks, open mohawk combos and hockey stops). I will also be changing skating nights, to Wednesday, which means there will be no Adult group (insert sad face), so I will be taking Intro to Power Skating as my elective. I am excited about it.
In case your interested, these are the Gamma elements;