deliberate practice

How to Coach for Monumental Success: Challenge them with deliberate practice

Where does talent come from? Is it innate or is it from hours and hours of practice? Picture the dancer who is the most skilled performer you have ever seen… how did she get there? I believe it’s a combination of talent and effort. But…
tragedy

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…
Passion for

A Passion for Coaching: Is it making you better or weighing you down?

“Do it with passion, or not at all.” We’ve all heard it. If you aren’t going to be passionate on the floor and give it everything you have, then don’t bother. If you want to be better, if you want to be the best, you have to be passionate…
Coaching and Mentoring

How I Found Out That Mentoring is the Best Medicine

It Takes a Village It’s a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, “it takes a village.” Parents say it, teachers, coaches… we can’t do it alone. We need to the benefit of mentoring, I have to admit: I didn’t get it at first. In every…
dance team tryouts

Behind the Scenes of Dance Team Tryouts

I have a love-hate relationship with dance team tryouts. The one day a year that you have to make a final decision on a new team. It always brings excitement, stress, inspiration, and complete dread. I can see the stress on the dancer’s faces,…
Teaching responsibility

Learn What Happens When You Teach Accountability

I believe one of the biggest challenges facing coaches today is fostering accountability on a team. What's more upsetting to me though, is that it wasn't nearly as much of a problem 15-20 years ago. While accountability on the team used to…
Leadership Development

Leadership Development: The Brilliant 4 Step Process that Will Motivate Anyone

There are so many decisions I wrestle with when I'm preparing a competition routine. I seem to spend a lot of time deciding which skills to include and once I've decided, I struggle to choose who should perform those skills. What should be a…
Competition Day

The #1 BEST Advice to Skyrocket Your Team's Competitive Mindset

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As dance and cheer coaches, competition day presents unique challenges.  We spend countless hours, days, weeks, and months preparing for 2 – 2:30 minutes on the floor. That’s all we get. There is no best of 7, next quarter, or 2nd half…
Stress Relief

The #1 Way to Reduce Stress When You Don't Have Time

One of the top complaints I hear from coaches is that "I'm busy and stressed and don't have enough time to get it all done!" I think we all understand the importance of taking care of ourselves. But I have to admit, I used to feel like "self-care"…

10 Ways to Make Sure Your First Year as a Dance Coach is a Success

After over a decade of coaching, I finally sat down to think about the coaching mistakes I made over the years and how I would have done things differently if I started over.  Now I wouldn't consider my first year a failure or a resounding…