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…