Ask An Expert: Making The Transition From Competitor To Coach

QUESTION

“It would be nice if you posted a getting ready to teach course or suggestions for young twirlers who have already expressed interest in teaching. What skills should they develop?”

Alisha Barca

 


 

ANSWER

by Kellie Donovan Perelman (COACH)

Are you a twirler thinking about becoming a coach one day? Here are some suggestions on what you can do NOW to prepare…

If you are thinking about becoming a coach, the best way to prepare is to shadow current coaches. Before I started coaching I had spent many hours helping and observing my coach with her classes. I would see how she ran classes and ask questions about how to teach certain twirls. I also was able to help and observe another coach who had a very different style of teaching. I was able to form my own teaching style based on what I had learned.

Another great way to prepare for becoming a coach is to help out with your peers. As a twirler, I always tried to practice with a friend and we would sometimes give each other critiques or try to help out with skills.

Also, think about teaching techniques at classes you attend… how does your school teacher keep attention? what do you always like the most in a dance class/gymnastics class? have you attended clinics and what did you like about them? Pull from your resources and this will also help form your teaching skills.

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