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.
JOIN US AS WE CONNECT COACHES FROM
AROUND THE COUNTRY!
Coach Connect is a recurring virtual discussion just for coaches where you can share your ideas on various topics. This is an opportunity to connect with coaches from around the country while learning from each other. DTU will be there to facilitate and help generate ideas!
Sign up now for our next Coach Connect and we will email you a link to the virtual Zoom meeting with instructions on how to join. As slots fill up we may add sessions to our site. Check back for updates!
You don't need to have attended a Coach Connect previously in order to attend now. Each session hosts a new group of coaches and we would love to have you join!
COACH CONNECT RESOURCES
There are many factors that you should look into when searching for a choreographer...
1 - Do your research
2 - Decide your budget
3 - Plan early
4 - Communicate and build a relationship
Check out some great choreographers in the industry by clicking the link below.
FINDING A CHOREOGRAPHER
INTERESTED IN A ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH A DTU CREW MEMBER?
Sometimes it's great to get feedback from someone who has been in your shoes! Sign-up for a personal meeting with a DTU crew member to discuss anything you'd like or to get your questions answered about DTU events including camps, regionals, and our national championship!
Dance Team Union is excited to bring you and your team the resources you need to strengthen your bond! We will periodically provide new activities and exercises here on our Coaches Union page. If you would like to have a team bonding session facilitated by a DTU Crew Member via Zoom, please submit your request by selecting an activity, date, and time after clicking "Sign Up." Check out more fun ways to keep your team connected throughout your season!
SIGN UP FOR A TEAM CONNECT SESSION WITH A DTU CREW MEMBER!
Budgeting and fundraising is especially relevant this year! Check out these fundraising or budgeting ideas to keep you on track this year.
Get creative by including your alumni in your fundraising efforts, or by partnering with local teams to swap attire!
You can have your candidates record themselves performing the tryout material, then have them upload their submissions to a private Google Drive or a Dropbox that only you have access to!
Use these examples to customize your team's tryout process!
GEAR UP FOR THE SUMMER
Check out all that DTU has to offer for the summer of 2020! We are here to bring you a whole new experience to keep your team on track for their next season! Learn more about our Virtual Camp packages!
LIVE VIRTUAL TRYOUTS:
If you are looking to keep your audition process live, but need to go virtual, we recommend using an online meeting platform like Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, Skype, or Microsoft Teams. Here you can schedule group or individual sessions where candidates can perform tryout material live! You can even have multiple judges join each meeting as well.
Trends are constantly changing in the dance world! Be sure to stay up-to-date by checking out some of the helpful links below.
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
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.