My rink used to have a really awesome adult freestyle class, 90 minutes long with excellent coach on the big ice and small class size. When the adult class got canceled, I had great experiences taking freestyle group lessons with kids for 2 sessions. I was very motivated and progressed faster in levels since everyone is working on the same spins and jumps, whereas the adult class was mixed level and more laid back working on some fun stuff too. Some coaching issues in the kids class and I switched back to adults, which is a shadow of its former self, 60 minutes on studio ice, although still taught by excellent coach and class size is rather small.
Having stagnated (if not regressed) for about 6 months in jumps and spins (lutz, camel, back scratch), I grew a bit impatient about progress and consider making changes. The kids class is an option again as it got a coach I like (wheee).
A quick comparison of two classes on a scale of 10:
Fit to schedule: adult class 8, kids class 2 (inconvenient timing for the kids class)
Coaching quality: adult class 9, kids class 7 (really like the adult class coach, although kids class coach is great too)
Small class size: adult class 9, kids class 5 (adults averaging 2-3 and kids 5-7)
Motivation: adult class 3, kids class 8 (prefer skating with skaters more advanced than I am)
Rink size: adult class 3, kids class 8 (hate hate hate skating on studio rink)
30 minutes group routine: adult class 5, kids class 5 (tie, kids class does standard power, adult class more on artistry and choreography)
30 minutes freestyle instruction: adults class 6, kids class 8 (this is the hard part. Mixed level in adult class cuts down the instruction time, but smaller class size and great coaching compensates it. Kids class has more skaters and instructor not necessarily pays more attention)
AND HOW I END UP HAVING A TIE OVERALL???!! lol
Hoping to get your opinion and please do share how you feel about adult vs. kids classes