Ask An Expert: Making The Transition From Competitor To Coach


“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




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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3 thoughts on “Ask An Expert: Making The Transition From Competitor To Coach

  • January 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Excellent tips, Kellie! We need more athletes to transition into coaching much the way you did. As a former Elite athlete you have a wealth of information to pass onto the young twirlers of today. Continued success!

  • January 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    As a former twirler and a classroom teacher, I think that these suggestions are great. One other thing to think about (not to be negative, but to be prepared) – what is something that you did NOT like in a certain class – or what is something that did NOT work for you as a student? Sometimes we can learn so much from the mistakes of others. You can really make a difference when you come up with a unique way of explaining something that makes it simpler to understand.

  • April 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm



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