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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…
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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…
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5 Ways to Nurture Your Coaching Skills in Quarantine

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We may be home and away from our teams, and as hard as that is, are you thinking about yourself right now? Or are you being the typical coach who is all consumed and worried about how to best support your team without considering what to do…
Bri Sorenson

Coach Interview: Bri Sorenson, Utah Valley University

Tell me about your dance background. How did you start coaching? I grew up dancing in the studio with a high school dance company then started at Utah Valley University. I did their team for 4 years and the next year I helped the current…

Tough Love: Why it's so hard to be hard on them but you need to do it

A few years ago, we were just days away from our tryouts, which includes tryouts for captains, and I was dreading it. Not because of the actual tryout process, but because I had one particular girl trying out for captain and I knew she needed…
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The Scary Truth About Voting For Captains

Many coaches encourage voting for captains as all or part of the selection process, and that’s a good thing. When you allow the team to participate in the process of selecting the captains there are some clear benefits. Especially over a…
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3 Surprising Reasons NOT To Have Dance Team Captains

Most dance teams appoint a few upperclassman dancers to function as captains on their team. They are there to help with choreography, run sidelines at games, and generally set the standard of commitment and hard work for the team. However,…

14 Questions to Ask Your Captains at the End of the Season

As coaches, many of us stop and reflect at the end of a season. It’s a time to think about our choices, our mistakes, our lessons, and our successes. It’s one of the most valuable things you can do with your time because reflection is the…
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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…
Teaching dance team captains accountability - by Passionate Coach

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…