6 Steps for Dealing with Sizable Disappointment

If there’s one thing you can count on in life, it’s that you’ll have to deal with disappointment. As a dancer, there are disappointments around every corner. Not making a team you had your heart set on, losing a competition you felt confident…
dance team leaders

How to Fix the Problem When Dance Team Leaders Don't Step Up

It happens all the time, we select our team leaders for the season, and everything starts off great. We feel confident in the seniors of our program to step up and be the leaders we need. And then… sometimes they fall short. The qualities…
Teaching responsibility

This is What Happens When You Teach Accountability to Your Dancers

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…

2 Steps to Make Sure You Can Compete in Any Context

As coaches, we can all get in a rut sometimes where our practice structure gets repetitive. We have a similar warmup every day, we do similar drills for turns and jumps. We work on choreography, run it a few times full out and then rinse and…
sport psychology

How Sport Psychology Can Change a Dancer's Life

When I was dancing 20+ hours a week and basically living at the studio, I was always focused on improving my technique. All my energy went into getting stronger at the ballet barre, working flexibility, and trying to nail that hard across the…

Coach Interview: Kelley Tafazzoli, University of Tennessee

Tell us your dance story and how you became the coach at Tennessee. I am not a Tennessee native, I’m originally from PA. I’m a Yankee but now I live in the south so I bring a little of that brashness with me. I grew up a studio kid,…

To the Coach Who Won't Settle Until They Reach Perfection

Dear Perfectionist Coaches, I know there are so many emotions during all of the little moments throughout the competition season, and we have a  standard of perfection. Helping everyone get their hair and makeup done, walking to the warm-up…
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…
gratitude

20 Gratitude Prompts for Dancers that Will Touch Your Heart

Gratitude has become a bit of a buzz word lately, with people everywhere telling you to start a gratitude journal. What you may not know, is that there is quite a bit of science behind the power of gratitude. It’s not just that it makes you…
dance team inspiration

Top 5 Unique Ways to Bring Inspiration to Your Dancers

We could all use a little extra dose of inspiration sometimes. Whether it’s a typical season and you’re in the grind of daily cleaning practices, or you’re in quarantine 2020 and struggling to motivate the team… coaches often need to…