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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…
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How to Measure Success as a Dance Coach

Whenever a team achieves competitive success, we see lots of social media posts, public praise, and gratitude. And rightfully so. When a team comes out on top of the rankings the coach is usually a big reason why. We should celebrate and congratulate…
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,…

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…

The 1 Personality Trait You Have To Be Aware Of As A Successful Coach

On the outside, I am positive, happy, easy to get connect with, and friendly. None of that is fake. It’s all part of who I am. But what you don’t see on the outside is how self-conscious I am.  As part of my academic work, I…
mental toughness

4 Mental Toughness Myths Holding You Back From Your Peak Performance

If you’ve ever set goals for yourself at the beginning of the season or calmed yourself down right before a pressure performance, then you may understand mental toughness.  If you’ve ever encouraged your team to take the floor with confidence…
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…

3 Things I Wish I Knew About Saying Goodbye

At the end of every season, there comes a time to say goodbye. Every year, as both a teacher and a coach, I watch young men and women I’ve grown close to graduate and move on to the next phase of their lives. Whether it’s at banquets or…
change

The Most Meaningful Way To Implement Change This Season

At the beginning of the season, we are usually filled with excitement, renewed passion, and an intense commitment to make this season better than the last. If you’re a dedicated coach, (and you’re here reading this looking for inspiration,…