February 2019

National Dance Coaches Association

In this Issue:

  • Unbelievable Offer from CLI Studios for NDCA Members!
  • High School Coach Resigns - A good 4 minute read!
  • Two Conference Keynote Speakers Announced
  • Book Review - Dare to Lead
  • Is Dance a Sport?
  • NDCA Partner Spotlight - Curtain Call
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What Are You Waiting For!?

It's time to register for the 2019 NDCA Conference in Vegas May 16 - 18.

Click here to go to our website's registration page.


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Unbelievable Offer from CLI Studios for NDCA Members

The National Dance Coaches Association has an exciting new resource to share with dance and performing arts educators throughout our network!

We have recently partnered with CLI Studios, the industry leader in online continuing education for dance teachers, to provide our K-12 school systems, dance coaches, and performing arts staff with access to the CLI Studios online platform for dance teachers.

When you join the CLI Studios Partnership Program, your school will work with over 100 of the industry's top choreographers in every style of dance throughout the year. CLI Studios provides dance teachers with 24/7 access to online dance classes, tips and techniques for teachers, stretching and strength and conditioning exercises, lesson planning ideas, and more! The program also allows you to share these classes directly with your students in your classroom on a TV or Projector, allowing your students to learn hip-hop from tWtich from The Ellen Show, ballet from Tiler Peck of New York City Ballet, jazz from Broadway choreographers, and more.

And best of all, through our partnership with CLI Studios, K-12 schools can participate with CLI Studios at no cost to the schools due to a recent group of sponsors and donors that is supporting CLI Studios in this mission!

All of the K-12 schools and dance teachers are encouraged to apply through the link below, and a member of the CLI Studios team will work with you one-on-one to help you get started!

Apply today: http://www.clistudios.com/ndca

Thanks for being a member with National Dance Coaches Association, and we’re excited for this new partnership with CLI Studios!

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High School Coach Resigns - A Good 4 Minute Read!

Check out this article about parents and politics. She might be a volleyball coach, but her situation will sound familiar to all of us. Click the link below to read more!

Welcome Back to the NDCA Conference - Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching

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The NDCA has announced two of the key speakers for the 2019 Conference in Vegas. Rob Miller will be back to energize us with new perspectives on coaching today's athletes. We've shared his bio. below, but it doesn't do him justice. Come and meet Rob in person!

Rob is a motivational speaker for “Proactive Coaching“. Rob uses his speaking skills and “coaching” knowledge to promote the “Proactive Coaching” mission of helping coaches positively impact their athlete’s lives. His experience gives him an amazing view at the status of modern day coaching and parenting. Rob is also the commissioner of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, with schools in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. Throughout his career, Rob has been a coach at the high school and college levels. He was also instrumental in building up the NAIA’s Champions of Character program.


Undergrad: Spring Arbor College, MI 1986

Masters: Michigan State Univ. 1995

Professional last 18 Years:

Director of Champions of Character--NAIA 2000-2008

Partner Proactive Coaching--2008-Present

Commissioner-The Sun Conference 2009-2012

Commissioner-Wolverine Hoosier Conference 2013-present


High School Boys, Girls Basketball and Track/Field

College: Men's Basketball

Youth: Soccer/Basketball


Lives in Liberty, MO

Wife Susan

Daughter Kendall (22)

NEW Keynote Speaker for 2019 Conference - Petra Krebbs of The Jon Gordan Companies

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Dance coaches respect people who can kill it onstage, and Petra is going to be doing that at the Conference in May. We spend our lives helping to make other people's lives better. Petra will show us how we can reach our potential as coaches and people - ME time!

Petra holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and is passionate about engaging, equipping and elevating others to achieve their very best. Her energy is contagious, and her focus on outcomes is refreshing.

Petra’s professional career spans over 18 years in sales, leadership, training and development for several corporations where she helped clients and employees to reach their goals. She is an entrepreneurial thinker and built a large thriving direct sales organization while raising two children. She served there as a Leader, Mentor, Coach, Trainer and Speaker for over a decade. Jon Gordon’s principles have been a guide in her personal and professional journey. Those experiences drive her passion to support others in their quest for excellence.

Her faith is her compass in building a life of purpose with her husband of 24 years. They enjoy traveling with their grown children to connect their world to the global perspective and impact of many.

Book Review by Chelsea Pierotti

Dare to Lead – Brene Brown

Maybe you’re already a fan of everything this wonderful Texas woman writes, but whether you’ve read any of her other books or not, this one should definitely be on the top of your 2019 list.

Most of the research is based on large corporations and small companies, but it all applies to what we do as coaches. Leadership principles hold whether you’re working with teenage dancers or members of a Fortune 500 company.

I think Brene Brown has a wonderful definition of leadership: Anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and has the courage to develop that potential.

We are all leaders, and even more importantly, we are coaching future leaders.

Brene talks about how our greatest challenge as leaders is not that we are sometimes scared or afraid, but how we react to being fearful. You will have times where you are feeling less than courageous as a coach. Days were you’re not sure of your decisions or how to handle a situation. But in this book, Brene teaches you about the different kinds of armor leaders put up to shield us from the difficult work. I promise you will see yourself in at least one of them, and it’s an eye-opening process to understand how you have armored up rather than “rumbling with vulnerability,” or handling the challenging situations in front of you.

Even better, she gives you the strategy to combat that armor. How to start to tear it down and lead your team with courage.

I love the final note in her book as well. Courage is contagious. So, if you can learn to be a brave leader, you will create a culture of brave leaders where dealing with difficult situations with grace, handling tough conversations, and being courageous are expected. How we show up as leaders creates the culture of our team. Everything starts with you, so I hope you dare to read the book, do the hard reflective work, and become a brave leader.

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Is Dance a Sport?

Here's an article from Dance Teacher Magazine with the age-old question of whether or not Dance is a sport.

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Platinum Partner Spotlight

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