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Creating Genuine Team Unity with Dancers of All Abilities

Team bonding is such a big focus of the summer, but there are two important rules to team bonding. 1) You can’t force it and 2) You have to do it all year. One big challenge I hear from coaches who are trying to establish team unity is when…

Coach Interview: Christina Leone

Christina Leone, a Colorado native, is starting her 17th year coaching at the high school level. The 20-21 season will mark her 12th year at Rock Canyon HS and she previously coached for five years at Ponderosa HS, while simultaneously directing…
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Coach Interview: Jodi Maxfield

30 years as the coach of the BYU Cougarettes Tell me about your background I grew up dancing, I always had a love for dance. I’m quite a bit older than a lot of the coaches who are coaching now, so there weren’t a lot of opportunities…

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.…

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,…
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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…
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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…

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…

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…
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5 Fast Ways To Inspire Strong Team Cohesion Early In The Season

I feel like the term "team building" gets thrown around a lot, and we don’t always know exactly what to do, why, or how to help our team connect quickly. There are some old tried and true strategies, like playing “Heads Up” or other games…