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positive reinforcement

The Special Power of Positive Reinforcement

Whenever I discuss the negative side to punishment, and why you should always avoid physical punishment I get questions about what to do instead. The focus is usually on the side of consequences. Coaches want to know, how do I get them to stop…

How to Implement the 1% Rule for Habit Change

It’s easy to look at other dance teams and wish your team was more like the one you admire. "I wish we had their stamina." "They have such presence on stage." "I love the way they dance with fire and passion. I want to make that happen for…

How to Write D.A.N.C.E. Goals that are Proven to Inspire

Goal setting is all about making a vision for what you want in the future, and then creating a real strategy to MAKE IT HAPPEN! Goal setting requires a clear plan for achievement, not just a statement of something you wish would happen in the…

4 Reasons You Should Pause and Reflect at the End of the Season

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In our busy lives, taking time to sit down and reflect on the past week, month, or year may seem like a luxury. Well, it is. But it’s a luxury that is more than worth your time because the return is powerful. Plus, the positive benefits have…

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…
dance coach

From A to Z: 26 Things Every Dance Coach Understands

Being a dance coach is a unique, exciting, rewarding, and challenging job. Thinking about how different we are from other coaches, I decided to reflect a little bit on being a dance coach and created this fun, light-hearted list. What's in your…
legacy

Build a Strong Legacy You Can Be Proud Of

I had the extreme pleasure of watching the national tour of Hamilton recently. Of course, I cried, I laughed, and I left incredibly inspired. One part that stuck out to me was Alexander Hamilton's speech about his legacy. Hamilton Legacy.…
Dance team

How to Clean a Dance Routine and Improve Team Unity in Your Dance Team

Love it or hate it, dance coaches spend HOURS every season cleaning routines for their dance team. Whether it’s just a surface cleaning for a quick tailgate routine or an in-depth down-to-the-pinkie-finger-placement cleaning of a competition…
dance team tryouts

Behind the Scenes of Dance Team Tryouts

I have a love-hate relationship with dance team tryouts. The one day a year that you have to make a final decision on a new team. It always brings excitement, stress, inspiration, and complete dread. I can see the stress on the dancer’s faces,…
Goal Setting

How to Crush Your Goal Setting this Season for Massive Growth

Goal setting is a seemingly simple thing that can actually be incredibly challenging. Sitting down with your team with a goal setting workbook at the beginning of the season is a great start, but it isn’t enough. There is a lot of research…