10 Doubts Every Dance Coach Has About the New Season

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When the time comes to kick off a new season as a dance coach, I always experience a mix of emotions. There’s excitement about the new group of dancers and a clean slate to kick off the year. But there are always those nagging doubts that…

Coach Interview: Melissa McGhee

Melissa McGhee a native of Toledo, Ohio is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she obtained a B.A. in Business Administration. She is the current Head Coach of The Ohio State University Dance Team. Under her direction, the team has…
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Generation Z: Coaching Today’s Athletes

There is no denying that the current generation of athletes is different. Not necessarily good or bad, but they are different. There are some things to consider this season when coaching Generation Z: the advantages, the challenges, and strategies…
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7 Meaningful Ways to Help Your Team Through a Tragedy

You’re a coach. That also means you’re a parent, a guidance counselor, a nutritionist, an athletic trainer, a janitor, and even a therapist. Most days we’re used to wearing all those different hats, and even embrace it. I’m happy to…
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Coach Interview: Jodi Maxfield

30 years as the coach of the BYU Cougarettes Tell me about your background I grew up dancing, I always had a love for dance. I’m quite a bit older than a lot of the coaches who are coaching now, so there weren’t a lot of opportunities…

Why You Don’t Want Everyone to “Fit In” on Your Team

A lot of coaches worry about their team culture and we strive to make sure everyone fits-in. We want to ensure everyone has a sense of belonging, that each dancer is included and is a good match for our team legacy and current positive culture.…
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15 Meaningful Ways To Be A More Motivational Coach

Ever felt discouraged in the midst of intense nationals practices because the team isn’t giving it their all? Or have you started off the season with high hopes for an amazing new team, only to be disappointed later when you don’t reach…
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How to Measure Success as a Dance Coach

Whenever a team achieves competitive success, we see lots of social media posts, public praise, and gratitude. And rightfully so. When a team comes out on top of the rankings the coach is usually a big reason why. We should celebrate and congratulate…

Coach Interview: Keri "Trim" Atchison

Coach Trim agreed to sit down and talk with me about her coaching philosophy, how she cleans routines, handles coaching decisions and so much more. Keri is a talented coach with a resume that speaks for itself. If you're not familiar with Coach…
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The 5 Secrets of Remarkably Productive Dance Coaches

I don’t know a single coach who has coaching as his or her ONLY job. Many are teachers, have a traditional 9-5, work more than one job, and many of us are raising their own little ones at home by day and coaching by night (often with littles…