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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…
journaling

How To Start Journaling With Your Dance Team

I often talk about the lessons I’ve learned after years of coaching. The things I would do differently, ideas I had late in the game, coaching practices I wish I had used more often. Today I want to talk about one of those lessons, in the…
resilience training

How to Inspire a Resilient Athlete: Practical Coaching Tips for Resilience Training

It's competition season and there's a million things going on... but are you thinking about resilience training? During this season many teams have multiple events and exhibitions over the span of a few months. Everything is in preparation for…
score sheets

How to Discuss Competition Score Sheets

Your first competition of the season just ended, and you head over to the judges’ table to pick up a packet of your score sheets. Do you like to immediately read them? Do you collect them but then stuff them away in your bag for later? If…

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…

Have A Confident Team Just By Cleaning a Routine

Confidence is difficult to instill in your dancers, but it's possible. However, there's no straight forward way to get there because there is no single cause of confidence. Confidence is cyclical – When you feel more confident, you perform…

Discover the Surprisingly Simple Origin of Confidence

I want to share a story with you. The story of a dancer's confidence and one simple competition day that changed my coaching career: It was a regional championship early in the season. In fact, it was our first event of the season. We…
captains

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…
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…