Dance Coach Academy: How did this all come about. A little back story….
First I should probably introduce myself. My name is Jenna Schneider. I am entering my seventh season at the University of Wisconsin, and had previously coached a high school dance team for seven years prior to that.
Let's back up even more. When I was in high school, I went through nine dance team coaches. When I was in college I had three different coaches as well. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not.
It was difficult and frustrating transitioning through so many different coaches, but dance was my passion so I took the good with the bad.
I learned back then what an impact a coach can have on those they coach.
My junior year of college, an opportunity came about to coach my high school team that I had previously been on. They had not had a consistent coach for almost 10 years.
I didn’t know how to coach. But I did know that I was passionate about dance and wanted to give the girls the best experience possible.
I wanted to become the coach I always wanted to compete for.
That first year of coaching was a roller coaster. I felt I didn’t know what I was doing. I would try to read about what other teams and coaches were doing, but there just wasn’t any training out there for dance coaches except for the brief training I received at the dance camp I took my team too. I often felt like I was on an island by myself.
With coaching, you are the one in charge. The one that has to make the final decisions. It can be a frustrating and exhilarating experience all wrapped into one. Little by little, I gained my footing through longevity, surrounding myself with coaches I admired, and learning from the mistakes I had made…and in the end, we won a couple national championship titles as well (proud to say the school still has the national championship banners hanging in the school gym…that was a win in itself!).
Entering my 13th season(how can that be!), it is now my mission and my passion to help other coaches become the best coach they can be for their team through Dance Coach Academy Training's.
I truly want you to be the best coach you can be…. so in return, you can give the best experience possible for the kids you coach.
I am humbled to have such an amazing team of mentors here at Dance Coach Academy. We have the best of the best dance coaches in the country serving as DCA Mentors and I can’t wait to share the training's that we are currently working on for the upcoming DCA coaches training course. Registration officially opens on the DCA website Wednesday June 14th. The private course will run June 26- July 9th.
We look forward to the community of dance coaches that will be joining our training where we all will be inspiring each other.