productivity

The 5 Secrets of Remarkably Productive Dance Coaches

I don’t know a single coach who has coaching as his or her ONLY job. Many are teachers, have a traditional 9-5, work more than one job, and many of us are raising their own little ones at home by day and coaching by night (often with littles…
breath training

5 Secrets to Fix Athlete Burnout

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A great coach can’t always prevent burnout, but she can learn to diagnose it in her team and stop it before it derails the season.  (Looking for how to address burnout in you as a coach? Check this out). As a coach, we’ve all been…

Love Languages for Dance Team

How to Emotionally Connect With Your Dancers In Record Time Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a wonderful book in 2007 called the Five Love Languages. It’s widely popular and there are many different versions, specific to romantic relationships,…

Coaching Advice Inspired By My Darkest Moments

Dear dance coaches, Sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up and reassurance that we’re on the right track. We all have those dark days where it feels like we've failed. Like we aren't meant to do this after all. Over my years of coaching,…
journaling

How To Start Journaling With Your Dance Team

I often talk about the lessons I’ve learned after years of coaching. The things I would do differently, ideas I had late in the game, coaching practices I wish I had used more often. Today I want to talk about one of those lessons, in the…
mid-season goals

How to Inspire Your Mid-Season Goal Setting

While most people are setting New Year’s Resolutions, we are all deep into our season and it may feel like a strange time to do some goal setting. But I say, it’s a perfect time. Whether you set goals at the beginning of the season or not,…
resilience training

How to Inspire a Resilient Athlete: Practical Coaching Tips for Resilience Training

It's competition season and there's a million things going on... but are you thinking about resilience training? During this season many teams have multiple events and exhibitions over the span of a few months. Everything is in preparation for…
judge

3 Quick Things To Do When A Judge Gives You Difficult Feedback

The day of a competition is filled it excitement, anticipation, and probably some stress too. But for many coaches, the stress doesn’t end at the award ceremony. Regardless of the outcome, many of us pour over the judges feedback sheets with…
score sheets

How to Discuss Competition Score Sheets

Your first competition of the season just ended, and you head over to the judges’ table to pick up a packet of your score sheets. Do you like to immediately read them? Do you collect them but then stuff them away in your bag for later? If…
positive reinforcement

The Special Power of Positive Reinforcement

Whenever I discuss the negative side to punishment, and why you should always avoid physical punishment I get questions about what to do instead. The focus is usually on the side of consequences. Coaches want to know, how do I get them to stop…