I recently have wanted to start figure skating, and was wondering what I could focus on in my personal classes I take now. I am sorry I have no video but I will try to explain how I do skate, hopefully someone can give me general tips on how to improve my skating.

I generally push off with my right foot, usually this foot will sweep a bit to the back as I lean at about a 10 degree angle forwards. I usually then glide, and the push again when need be. My feet seem to be turned the slightest in at the ankles. I do have used, size 8 American Athletic figure skates. They do not have much padding, if any at all. I was wondering if it is normal to have your ankles bent the slightest bit or are your feet supposed to be straight up an down, also are your knees supposed to be bent? Because my cousin said not to, and this caused me great trouble so I went to bending my legs and having a slight ankle bend too. Anyways, I was hoping someone could give me tips on technique and exercises to increase ankle strength?