I've loved watching skating every since I was a kid (I'm now in my late 20s), but I've never taken lessons. My skating pretty much extends to shuffling around the rink once every eight years with a look of terror stuck in my eyes. So to kick-start the new year, I signed up for a 10-week pre-alpha beginner class. This past Monday was my first class, and while I didn't break anything (yippee!), I left sort of confused. The rink's brochure states that pre-alpha, as the most beginner level, will focus on skating forward and stopping. Good things to know, right? Especially the stopping part. And no previous experience is required, as this is for total newbies. Well, over the course of the 45-minute session, we tried (and I stress tried) two-foot glides, one and two-foot snowplows, forward swizzles, backward swizzles, one-foot glides, and the prep for crossovers. Fun stuff, but I'm still stuck on the skating forward part of the two-foot glide! Oh, and snowplows. Stopping should be the most important thing, in my book. Is the first session always a "melting pot" of what you might learn over the course of the class? Or did I get in over my head?