This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.
It is tempting for the eager skater to advance quickly through
learning the basics, and it's a temptation that's worth resisting. If
you want to progress, it is time well invested to learn the basics
thoroughly, even if the moves are a little uncomfortable for you. Like
a pyramid, everything else you do as a skater will be built on these