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 and focusing on stress relief if we need it. But…
new skill

Teaching a New Skill: How to Build a Dancer's Confidence

When dancers are learning a new skill, they are often overwhelmed, frustrated, and can experience a lot of self-doubts if they keep making mistakes. We understand as coaches that learning a new skill can take time, but our dancers often want…
UK dance team

Coach Interview: Dawn Walters

Dawn is the Head Coach of the University of Kentucky Dance Team, which is currently ranked 5th in the Nation in Game Day and 5th  in the Nation in Hip Hop at Universal Dance Association. In 2017, her team was chosen to represent…

Creating Genuine Team Unity with Dancers of All Abilities

Team bonding is such a big focus of the summer, but there are two important rules to team bonding. 1) You can’t force it and 2) You have to do it all year. One big challenge I hear from coaches who are trying to establish team unity is when…

The Fundamentals of Instilling Remarkable Mental Toughness in Your Dancers

How do I inspire mental toughness in my dancers? It’s one of the most common questions I get, and honestly, it’s something I think about a lot as a coach and a parent. I intentionally try to build mentally tough children (be it my own children,…

Coach Interview: Kim Hille

Kim Hille received her BA from Washington State University in Elementary Education and her MA from the University of Connecticut.  She is currently an 8th grade ELA teacher at Bush Middle School where she has also coached the middle school…
good things

6 of the Best Lessons Learned from Veteran Dance Coaches

Being a new coach is HARD. You're full of enthusiasm and excitement, but even if you are a talented dancer with lots of experience on dance teams, the first time you step into the role of head coach can be incredibly overwhelming. I remember…

Coach Interview: Christina Leone

Christina Leone, a Colorado native, is starting her 17th year coaching at the high school level. The 20-21 season will mark her 12th year at Rock Canyon HS and she previously coached for five years at Ponderosa HS, while simultaneously directing…
grit

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…