legacy

Build a Strong Legacy You Can Be Proud Of

I had the extreme pleasure of watching the national tour of Hamilton recently. Of course, I cried, I laughed, and I left incredibly inspired. One part that stuck out to me was Alexander Hamilton's speech about his legacy. Hamilton Legacy.…
dance team commitment and accountability

3 Strategies to Guarantee Genuine Team Commitment

When an athlete quits in the middle of the season, it usually causes drama, stress, and a lot of extra work. Granted, sometimes it’s for the best (bye-bye drama queen and your insane mother!). Generally speaking, we want a culture of team…

To the Coach Who Will Settle for Nothing Less Than Personal Perfection

Dear Perfectionist Coaches, I know there are so many emotions during all of the little moments throughout a national championship. You’re getting on the plane – it’s actually happening! Checking in at the big tents, helping everyone get…
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…
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…
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…
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…