Category: Student Leadership

Color Guard Storytime

| December 2, 2011 | 1 Comment
Color Guard Storytime

Remember in kindergarten everyone would gather around the teacher for story time? Everyone loves listening to stories, even high school kids!  In our guard, we have ‘story time’ and it is connected to the development of our team core values. One of our values is to ‘Be good people’ and treat each other with respect. […]

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Creating Core Values with your Color Guard

| February 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

In 2005, I took a job as the color guard director at Byron Center High School.  As soon as I met the kids, I learned that the vets had no training in technique and execution. I overheard them talking about their experience in guard, and how “bad” they thought they were; they talked about placing […]

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How to Build the Ultimate Color Guard – Part 2

| August 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

Happy July!  Ah yes, the wonderful month of July!  Even though we are months away from competitive season, you should be beginning to see glimpses of the ‘guard to be’ in your summer rehearsals. Those sparks of performance as the new team finds its way toward identity and distinction. How exciting! Last month I wrote […]

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Dance Spirit Magazine – Check out this great resource

| April 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Years ago I subscribed to Dance Spirit Magazine but let my subscription lapse for some reason, though I can’t remember why.  Just this week I posted a question on the Color Guard Planet message boards about finding information for a reader on the physical demands of colorguard compared to that of athletics.  One message board […]

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Tip for Today: Writing An Essay

| November 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

Ever wanted to get your members take on their role as a performer?  Ask them to write a short essay addressing the topic of interest so that you, as an instructor, know that they understand their role in the guard.  You can even take an article off this site and have the performers reflect on […]

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Student Leaders: Managing Your Own Frustrations!

| February 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

The job of a student leader comes with frustrations.  What you are doing is difficult and time consuming and you probably have many other important responsibilities pulling at you from other areas of your life.  First, understand that it is normal to feel frustrated from time to time.  Second, take a step back and breathe!  […]

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The Student Leader’s Role in Discipline

| February 12, 2007 | 2 Comments

This is an article which was originally written as part of a student leader’s handbook given each year to my new captains and section leaders.  It addresses my expectations for how I expect them to lead by example as well as a series of scenarios for discipline problems they might encounter and positive ways to […]

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Interviewing Potential Student Leaders

| February 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

If your student leader selection process involves an audition, an interview can be a great way to get valuable insight into your captain candidates, how they would handle potential situations, their maturity and their thoughts on leadership. It is also a way to give high school students experience with the interview process, a valuable skill […]

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Rehearsal Techniques for Student Leaders

| February 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

This is an article originally written as part of a student leadership manual.  It outlines practical advice and strategies for student leaders (which may also be helpful for new instructors) on ways to teach and clean routines. Group Teaching Techniques The captain(s) are the primary officer(s) responsible for group teaching and demonstration at rehearsals.  The […]

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