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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…

Coach Interview: Melissa McGhee

Melissa McGhee a native of Toledo, Ohio is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she obtained a B.A. in Business Administration. She is the current Head Coach of The Ohio State University Dance Team. Under her direction, the team has…
generation z

Generation Z: Coaching Today’s Athletes

There is no denying that the current generation of athletes is different. Not necessarily good or bad, but they are different. There are some things to consider this season when coaching Generation Z: the advantages, the challenges, and strategies…
motivation

15 Meaningful Ways To Be A More Motivational Coach

Ever felt discouraged in the midst of intense nationals practices because the team isn’t giving it their all? Or have you started off the season with high hopes for an amazing new team, only to be disappointed later when you don’t reach…
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…

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,…
assistant coach

The Most Important Conversation You Need To Have With Your Assistant Coach

Are you lucky enough to have an assistant coach? Maybe you are an assistant coach who is eager to help the team.  Or maybe you’re like me, for a long time I was a head coach doing everything alone and wishing for some help!  I know…

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

President Theodore Roosevelt said it best: comparison is the thief of joy. What truly brings you JOY when you coach? Take a minute and think about that. For me, it's seeing the “lightbulb” moments in my dancers' faces. Like when…
Balance

The Shame of Failing at Work-Life​ Balance

Work-life balance is a myth. Yet there are so many podcasts and books out there about how to balance work and life so that you never feel overwhelmed or guilty. It’s impossible. But not because it’s impossible to balance, but…
risk

When You Feel Scared to Take a Risk...

After 6 years of coaching alone, I was ready to take a risk. I was ready to hire someone to join my community as a JV coach.  And I was scared. I was scared to bring someone into the world I had worked so hard to build. I worried…