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New Coaches

Congratulations, you've been hired as the new Dance Coach! Now what?

At NDA we realize that becoming a new dance coach can be very overwhelming. You probably have questions and need a little help to get you started. Here's a guide to help you get on your feet and a timeline to keep you on track all year long.

We're Ready to Help

You have a life-line! Contact your NDA State Director and local Varsity Spirit Rep. With NDA, you have a State Director who will be happy to help you with:

  • Finding or setting up a camp/clinic for your team for training, safety, or choreography
  • Supplying you with a wealth of helpful materials like a free NDA Coaches Manual, NDA Spirit Book, competition information, and more

You also have a Varsity Brands uniform rep who will help you with uniforms, warm-ups, shoes, poms, summer camp info, and more. There for your every need, whether it's fall, winter, spring, or summer—your NDA State Director and local Rep are always just a phone call or email away!

Free Tryout Material Kit

The first step in creating a successful season is choosing your team! NDA can help you every step of the way. From tryout material to interview questions, we've got you covered.

Create an Emergency Action Plan

Create or update your team's Emergency Action Plan. Before you do anything, you'll need to figure out what to do in case of an emergency. You'll need to know important personal and medical information about each of your dancers, and you'll have to come up with a detailed plan of action in the event that one of them gets hurt. 

Safety First!

Perfection Before Progression!

Be sure to take your team through progressions, starting with the most basic skills, before progressing to more advanced skills.  Beginners tend to want to skip steps and “get to the good stuff,” but it's not enough for them to just to know how to perform them, you should physically see them perform each skill with solid technique and proficiency before progressing to the next level. When they show proficiency in a skill, allow them to move on to the next level (but not before that). 

Not sure what the correct progressions are? Not to worry, contact your NDA State Director for help. Also, if your team hits a plateau, needs help perfecting specific skills, or if they need new more challenging curriculum to work on feel free to contact your NDA State Director to schedule a Technique Clinic or Home Camp. 

Protect Yourself

Find out more about safety and protect yourself as a coach.  Ask your Athletic Director or Principal what requirements the school/district/state place on school dance coaches. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you know the rules mandated by your state or district and adhere to them at all times.