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10 Doubts Every Dance Coach Has About the New Season

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When the time comes to kick off a new season as a dance coach, I always experience a mix of emotions. There’s excitement about the new group of dancers and a clean slate to kick off the year. But there are always those nagging doubts that…
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7 Meaningful Ways to Help Your Team Through a Tragedy

You’re a coach. That also means you’re a parent, a guidance counselor, a nutritionist, an athletic trainer, a janitor, and even a therapist. Most days we’re used to wearing all those different hats, and even embrace it. I’m happy to…
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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…

Coaching Advice Inspired By My Darkest Moments

Dear dance coaches, Sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up and reassurance that we’re on the right track. We all have those dark days where it feels like we've failed. Like we aren't meant to do this after all. Over my years of coaching,…
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How to Prevent Your Team from Crashing Down

Have you ever had a team completely implode on the competition floor? You know the feeling. They had it at practice, the routine looks amazing, and then they hit the floor, fear takes over, and you watch one mistake after another as they completely…
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The Shame of Failing at Work-Life​ Balance

Work-life balance is a myth. Yet there are so many podcasts and books out there about how to balance work and life so that you never feel overwhelmed or guilty. It’s impossible. But not because it’s impossible to balance, but…
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Breath Training: The One Minute 4 Step Solution to Choking Under Pressure

It’s every coach’s nightmare… You’ve been cleaning your routine for months. Spent hours in technique or tumbling classes. Drilled your skills over and over again, and in practice the routine is flawless. You’re ready. The team is READY!…
Coaching and Mentoring

How I Found Out That Mentoring is the Best Medicine

It Takes a Village It’s a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, “it takes a village.” Parents say it, teachers, coaches… we can’t do it alone. We need to the benefit of mentoring, I have to admit: I didn’t get it at first. In every…
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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,…
Stress Relief

The #1 Way to Reduce Stress When You Don't Have Time

One of the top complaints I hear from coaches is that "I'm busy and stressed and don't have enough time to get it all done!" I think we all understand the importance of taking care of ourselves. But I have to admit, I used to feel like "self-care"…