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Coach Interview: Kelley Tafazzoli, University of Tennessee

Tell us your dance story and how you became the coach at Tennessee. I am not a Tennessee native, I’m originally from PA. I’m a Yankee but now I live in the south so I bring a little of that brashness with me. I grew up a studio kid,…
Erin Harold Alvarado

Coach Interview: Erin Harold Alvarado, Texas Tech

Erin Harold Alvarado is in her ninth year as the Pom Squad coach at Texas Tech University. In 2017, she led the Texas Tech Pom Squad to the squad’s first national championship in school history in Division 1A Jazz at NDA. Her team has won…
grit

A Simple Solution to Choosing ​the Right Captain

This is a story about one of my biggest lessons as a coach. The year I learned to choose grit over talent... Nearly 10 years ago at tryouts for my dance team, there was a young incoming freshman just trying to keep up with the crowd. She…
Coaching tools

10 Essential Off-Season Tasks That Will Make Your Next Year Better

Any veteran coach will tell you, offseason is never really “off”. There is a lot to do, and our years usually blend together.  Check out this straightforward checklist of Coaching Tools to use during your off-season and accomplish in order…
no captains

3 Surprising Reasons NOT To Have Dance Team Captains

Most dance teams appoint a few upperclassman dancers to function as captains on their team. They are there to help with choreography, run sidelines at games, and generally set the standard of commitment and hard work for the team. However,…
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,…