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Why You Don’t Want Everyone to “Fit In” on Your Team

A lot of coaches worry about their team culture and we strive to make sure everyone fits-in. We want to ensure everyone has a sense of belonging, that each dancer is included and is a good match for our team legacy and current positive culture.…
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…
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…
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…

4 Reasons Not To Punish With Pushups

Did you ever have to run laps when you were late to practice? For many of us, we grew up with coaches and dance directors who used physical punishment for bad behavior and mistakes. It’s relatively common to have a team do wall-sits when…

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…
Dance team

A Personal Coaching Philosophy Proven to Make You Feel More Fulfilled

It took me years to come up with my own personal coaching philosophy.  Years of experience, trials, challenges, successes, and choices. After all of that time, my personal coaching philosophy is simple but powerful. And above all else,…
dance team commitment and accountability

3 Strategies to Guarantee Genuine Team Commitment

When an athlete quits in the middle of the season, it usually causes drama, stress, and a lot of extra work. Granted, sometimes it’s for the best (bye-bye drama queen and your insane mother!). Generally speaking, we want a culture of team…
visualization tools

10 Miracle Benefits of Effective Visualization Tools

Many coaches use visualization tools when teaching routines or preparing for a competition, and there’s a good reason. Effective visualization is not just about picturing yourself doing your routine. There are so many ways to visualize and…
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…