Hi all, I am looking for some advice about getting started in adult skating.
A few months ago, I started skating again after a 12-year break. My prior background is: Took private lessons for a couple years as a kid (when I was about 7-9 years old). Then took adult group lessons, on and off, for a couple years in the Boston area (when I was about 28-30 years old).
Right now I'm just skating some weekday public sessions at a local rink. I'm going once a week and trying to increase to twice a week. As of now, I can do the following:
--Forward/back crossovers both directions
--Three turns/mohawks both feet
--"Loop" turns on right foot (when you do a whole rotation on that foot--not sure the right term)
--Forward twizzles on one foot (one revolution)
--Can use edges to do spiral-like glides (although my flexibility to do a real spiral not quite there yet)
--Single Salchow, toe loop, loop, flip, also waltz jump
--Forward scratch spin--not very good
--Back spin--can do only 2 revolutions so far, not good
--Good speed in my strokes/crossovers, probably because I skated as a child; my basic skating is stronger than my skills right now
My goal is to eventually be able to skate a program with music, footwork, jumps, and spins. I've always wanted to skate to music, and never have. I'm not necessarily thinking of competing. But I'd like to have a program, as if I were a competitor.
What should I do to get to that point? I've searched online, but none of the rinks near me seem to offer adult group lessons. Should I try to find an individual instructor? How much does that usually cost? Should I, or will I need to, complete USFS tests before being able to do a program? And how much do those cost? (I am limited in both time and money, unfortunately.) Lastly, any advice on off-ice training? As an older adult (45), I realize I'm going to have be a little careful in what I do.
I would really appreciate any suggestions/advice/etc. Thanks!