10 Ideas To Include In Your End-Of-The-Year Banquet

At the end of the season, many teams have the tradition of celebrating with an end-of-the-year banquet. For me, it was one of my favorite nights of the year. After all, we know that our season is essentially 365 days a year and there often…
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A Personal Coaching Philosophy Proven to Make You Feel More Fulfilled

It took me years to come up with my own personal coaching philosophy.  Years of experience, trials, challenges, successes, and choices. After all of that time, my personal coaching philosophy is simple but powerful. And above all else,…

How to Encourage GRIT in your Dancers

Grit is a game changer. Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you’ve probably seen it. The gritty dancer is the one who works so much harder than the "naturally talented" dancer who slides by. Grit is in the dancer who doesn’t…

Technology & The Adolescent Brain

How to coach today's smartphone -addicted dancer If you feel like your dancers are more emotionally unstable than years before, there's a lot of research to support you. Because of technology, more and more people are growing up with a lack…

5 Lessons That Will Change The Way You Think About Dance Team National Championships

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege to travel to two different dance team national championships, both as a spectator and a judge. It was a whirlwind of travel and allowed me to have a great time with some of my friends from all…
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My 10 Best Competition Day Journal Prompts for Confidence

We live in a world of technology. Were phone notifications constantly go off. Earbuds are always in when we’re alone (or with friends for that matter). And the T.V. is always on the background. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time sitting…
leadership books

Inspire the Exhausted Coach Inside You

3 Leadership Books for Dance Coaches I believe that all of us want to grow. In our hearts, we know there is more out there. There is more we can be. There is more we can give. And there is more we can do. Personally, leadership books are…
Losing

The 3 Things I Hate More Than Losing

It’s the heat of competition season, which means more stress, long days, and dealing with the pressure you feel after losing (even if losing just means you were 2nd place).  It's the season of long Saturdays at a competition, football playoffs,…
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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…
mindfulness

The Best One-Minute Mindfulness Activity for Dancers

In the days where high schooler students have 32 hours of things to do in a 24-hour day, and college students are expected to do well in school, maintain a job, get an internship, volunteer, and never take a break… we could all learn a little…