Coaches Union is a place for coaches to visit throughout their season to find tools for every occasion! We cater the resources on this page to the time of year, and provide opportunities for every coach's voice to be heard.
Dance Team Union strives to promote a more equitable diverse and inclusive dance team industry. In addition to efforts we continue to make internally within DTU, we encourage our coaches and teams to seek out opportunities for self-improvement and challenge themselves to be better.
Below, we highlight a few of many good resources for doing so. Your school may be willing to provide additional funding for your team to participate in or implement these resources.
One great resource specific to dance teams and run by important diverse voices in our industry is the i•ncl•ude workshop. The main focus of the program is inclusion | unity | diversity | equity. It’s designed for Coaches, Spirit Squad Coordinators, and Athletic Directors looking to improve themselves and take a deeper dive into running an inclusive program.
The goals of this program are to:
Empower teams to transform their culture through diverse thought, experience, and community engagement.
Build a stronger industry reputation of diversity and inclusion.
Promote anti-racism within teams.
For a deep dive, utilize this Elle Magazine "Anti-Racist Reading List" to find informative books about Black history and the experience of disadvantaged groups in the United States.
Other powerful articles and videos to review and/or share with your team include:
How Dance Students Can Confront Racism and Implicit Bias in the Studio (Dance Spirit - Courtney Celeste Spears)
How to be an Ally to People of Colour (Sacha De Klerk)
Cracking the Codes - A Trip to the Grocery Store (Joy DeGruy)
TED Talk: How to Resolve Racially Stressful Situations (Howard Stevenson)
IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING:
Learn more about yourself and your own implicit biases through these Implicit Bias Training Modules offered by the Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University