Station Cleaning: A Powerful and "Social Distance" Approved Strategy

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One thing you can count on every season, you’re going to have to clean your routines. Whether your dance team is game day focused, preparing for a championship, or performing through videos this season, we all want our routines to be as clean…
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A Simple Solution to Choosing ​the Right Captain

This is a story about one of my biggest lessons as a coach. The year I learned to choose grit over talent... Nearly 10 years ago at tryouts for my dance team, there was a young incoming freshman just trying to keep up with the crowd. She…
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5 Ways to Nurture Your Coaching Skills in Quarantine

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We may be home and away from our teams, and as hard as that is, are you thinking about yourself right now? Or are you being the typical coach who is all consumed and worried about how to best support your team without considering what to do…

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…
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The Scary Truth About Voting For Captains

Many coaches encourage voting for captains as all or part of the selection process, and that’s a good thing. When you allow the team to participate in the process of selecting the captains there are some clear benefits. Especially over a…
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3 Surprising Reasons NOT To Have Dance Team Captains

Most dance teams appoint a few upperclassman dancers to function as captains on their team. They are there to help with choreography, run sidelines at games, and generally set the standard of commitment and hard work for the team. However,…

14 Questions to Ask Your Captains at the End of the Season

As coaches, many of us stop and reflect at the end of a season. It’s a time to think about our choices, our mistakes, our lessons, and our successes. It’s one of the most valuable things you can do with your time because reflection is the…

4 Reasons You Should Pause and Reflect at the End of the Season

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In our busy lives, taking time to sit down and reflect on the past week, month, or year may seem like a luxury. Well, it is. But it’s a luxury that is more than worth your time because the return is powerful. Plus, the positive benefits have…
Teaching dance team captains accountability - by Passionate Coach

The Best Leaders Make Mistakes

Many coaches today struggle with accountability on their team. They want dancers who do the hard work, stick with it, and follow through with their promises. The hard truth is, teaching accountability starts at the top. You have to be accountable…
Developing Leadership Skills

Developing Leadership Skills: How to Prepare your Captain to Become an Influential Leader

Choosing a captain is one of the first and sometimes more difficult decisions you make at the beginning of the season. But once the appointment is made, your work has just begun. The process of developing leadership skills in your captains is…