Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -

Should I continue paying for group classes after my child starts taking private lessons?

Group classes are the most cost effective way to provide high quality basic information to a learner at every skill level providing they are able to focus on the instructor and are not easily distracted. This students also tend to do well is schools with much larger class sizes.

Learners who quickly are bored, distracted, or are uncomfortable in learning situations where the other students can compare their progress and make negative public comments usually respond better to the individual, personal attention provided in private lessons.

Our recommendation for the vast majority of beginning skaters is to continue taking group classes until the learner has mastered the basic skating, jumping, and spinning skills.

A gradual transition to private lessons can be phased in until ultimately the skater's entire focus is on a more intense early morning schedule with five or six practice sessions  per week before school.

Group classes can provide skaters with the necessary skills to pass the Pre-Preliminary MITF and Free Skating tests.

Submitted by Claude Sweet
USFS  Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Silver Figure judge.

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