About Coach Erin

Erin is a 16 year veteran dance team coach in Minnesota. A 3 time MADT coach of the year (2009, 2010, 2014) and winner of 2 state championships in high kick with the Cannon Falls Bomber Dance Team. In high school Erin danced for Winona and Apple Valley high schools. Erin is a nationally known blogger, writing for the Radio City Rockettes and a Hollywood movie among other projects. Erin also teaches on a freelance contractor basis for many MN high school teams and can be contacted for date/time availability at mnhsdanceteam@gmail.com

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Waconia Invitational 1/21/12
A Varsity High Kick
1. Mayer Lutheran (3)
2. PACT Charter (7)
3. Norwood (8)
4. Richfield (11)
5. Columbia Heights (15)
A Varsity Jazz
1. Mayer Lutheran (4)
2. Norwood (5)
3. PACT Charter (9)
4. Richfield (12)
A JV Jazz
1. Mayer Lutheran (3)
2. Norwood (6)
AA Varsity Kick
1.  Marshall (3)
2.  Fridley (8)
3.  Hutchinson (10)
4.  Delano (13)
5.  Belle Plaine (15)
6.  Waconia (16)
7.  New Prague (21)
8.  Glencoe Silver Lake (24)
AA JV Kick
1.  Hutchinson (5)
2.  Fridley (6)
3.  Belle Plaine (6.5)
4.  Marshall (12.5)
5.  Waconia (13)
6.  Glencoe (18)
AA Varsity Jazz
1.  Marshall (3)
2.  Fridley (7.5)
3.  Waconia (9)
4.  Delano (11)
5.  Belle Plaine (15.5)
6.  New Prague (19)
7.  Hutchinson (20)
8.  Glencoe (24)
AA JV Jazz
1.  Marshall (5)
2.  Orono (6)
3.  Waconia (8)
4.  Fridley (11.5)
5.  Belle Plaine (16)
6.  Hutchinson (17)
7.  New Prague (18)
8.  Delano (24)
AA JV B Jazz
1.  Fridley (4.5)
2.  Waconia (6.5)
3.  Belle Plaine
Minnesota River Conference Championship 1/19/12
Varsity Jazz
1. Mayer Lutheran (3)
2. Belle Plaine (7)
3. Central NYA (8)
4. Jordan (12)
Varsity Kick
1. Belle Plaine (3)
2. Mayer Lutheran (6)
3. NYA Central (9)
4. Jordan (12)
JV Jazz
1. Belle Plaine (3)
2. Mayer Lutheran (7)
3. Norwood (8)
Overall Jazz Champion:  Mayer Lutheran
Overall Kick Champion:  Belle Plaine
Mississippi 8 All Conference Meet
1.) St. Cloud Cathedral /Ranking 3
2.) Rogers- Ranking 6
3.) Monticello Ranking 9
1.) St. Cloud Cathedral /Ranking 3
2.) Rogers-Ranking 6
3.) Monticello Ranking 9
Overall Jazz and Kick winner St. Cloud  Cathedral
Final Granite Ridge/Mississippi 8 standing for the season:
1.) Cathedral
2.) Rogers
3.) Monticello
YME Competition
JV Jazz
1. RCW JV A (4)
2. YME JV A (5)
3. BOLD JV (10)
Varsity Jazz
1. YME (3)
2. TMB (8)
3. BOLD (8.5)
4  RCW (13)
5  Lakeview (14)
6  Worthington (19)
7  GFW (20.5)
8  New Ulm Cathedral (22.5)
JV High Kick
1. YME JV (3)
2. TMB JV (6)
3. Worthington JV (9)
Varsity High Kick
1. YME (3)
2. TMB (8)
3. BOLD (9.5)
4. RCW (10.5)
5   GFW (17.5)
6   Canby-Minneota (18)
7   Worthington (20)
8   Lakeview (23.5)
9   Wabasso (26.5)
10 New Ulm Cathedral (28.5)
Totino-Grace Results
AA Varsity: Jazz
1. Chaska
2. Totino-Grace
3. Benilde
4. Sartell
5. Mound Westonka
6. Simley
AA Varsity: Kick
1. Chaska
2. Sartell
3. Totino-Grace
4. Benilde
5. Simley
6. Sauk Rapids-Rice
Wayzata Results
Kick. Rank
1. Brainerd 5
2. Eden Prairie. 6
3. Tech. 7
4. Wayzata. 12
5, Blaine. 15
6. Apple Valley. 20
7. Hopkins. 23.5
1. Wayzata. 3
2. Eastview 6.5
3. Eden Prairie 9.5
4. Tech 13
5. Blaine. 17
6. Spring Lake Park 19.5
7. Duluth East 24
8. Hopkins. 25.5


  1. Anonymous says:

    Can you please explain rank points to me? I am a new freshman parent and I am confused how a team can score 5-7 points better than an opponent and then lose spots due to ranks points. Are rank points decided after the whole meet is done??

  2. Anonymous says:

    Each judge ranks the teams based on their own individual points that they have scored the teams in that division. Then the high and low rank of each team is thrown out for an overalll rank that indicates their final placement. That is part of the tabulation process. If the scoring process relied soley on total points, a team could win (or lose) if one judge ends up scoring a particular team too high or too low.

  3. Anonymous says:

    To add on to that previous question, why are there two different judging associations (JAM and Dance Xtreme)? Whats the difference and what associations judges sections and state?

  4. Coach Erin says:

    A rank is assigned by the tab room once an individual judges scores are all in for the day. The judge herself does not assign rank, just a raw score. This way, if a judge gave the best team a 38, and another judge gave her best team a 58 – the higher points judge wouldn't have more sway, rather they'd both earn 1 rank point. Lowest rank in the end winning. What gets dropped is determined by how many judges there are. Most meets have one high (worst) ranking dropped, and one low (best). I personally like this system even if I've been that team with more total points and a lower placement on a few occasions. Usually I take that to mean those who liked it, really did, and those who didn't thought it wasn't by much.
    As far as judges associations go, its just a choice for schools and judges to make as to who they'd like to be a part of. I'm neutral myself – there are talented judges in both associations. Each group has its own rules for membership and standards for education, training, meet assignments, ect. They both use the exact same scoresheet, judging criteria as specified by the high school league, take the same exam to judge, and register with the league. Currently, JAM has decided not to mix their judges with a DX panel, so we're at an impasse when it comes to state and sections. Currently, the section managers hire a judging panel an the criteria is different for each section. Some alternate, some don't, some vote on it, ect. State is picked by the MSHSL and follows specific criteria for reviews by coaches, rules about how many years you can do it, ect. Last year, no DX judges met criteria of experience for judging state, but as they start to, it will be interesting to see if the MSHSL will require a mixed panel at state or not. Hope that clarifies! I hope to put out some pre-state info regarding the judging panels for the year prior to the meet, but that's TBD right now.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I know there has been a lot of hype about St. Cloud Tech's jazz routine this year, but how is their kick? Like is it finals material as well?

    1. Anonymous says:

      I have only seen it once, and it was pretty good. Not amazing, but very sharp and clean. I think they have a good chance of making it to finals for kick. I will go out of my way and say that Apple Valley, Eastview (havent seen their dance, but really excited if they are doing what I think they are) Burnsville (havent seen their dance either, but from the sound of it, could be a top three contender), Brainerd, and Eden Prairie will join them in finals.

    2. Anonymous says:

      What about Wayzata and Blaine tho for kick? Didnt they beat Apple Valley?

    3. Anonymous says:

      Yes, Wayzata and Blaine beat Apple Valley in kick at the Wayzata invite, however that was the first time Apple Valley performed their new dance. Also, it was Wayzata's own invite and I feel like scores are always “improved” when a team is dancing at their own invite. Additionally, I am not impressed with Blaine's kick this year. It is not up to par with the other routines. These are my personal opinions and it doesn't mean different teams can not make it to finals. I would not be totally shocked if Wayzata or Blaine made it to finals, I just think Apple Valley will.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh i hadnt realized Apple Valley changed their kick routine!! i had to miss out on the Wayzata invite this year:( how is the new routine??

    1. Anonymous says:

      I liked their first routine much better (the one they did at their own invite). The new one just seemed like a mess to me. Not the performance of last year's 3rd place team. The music wasn't that great which was a distraction.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have not personally seen it, so I can not say. I have heard that it is sort of a “different” song. Not that the song itself is weird, but the way Apple Valley manipulated it makes it not a song that people would enjoy. I have heard they are still in great form, and overall it is a good routine, but the song choice just was not a smart one.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have to disagree with the idea that “scores improve at one's own invite”. Our team has attended two invites this year in which the hosting teams did not even place in some cases and at other competitions, not hosted by them, they have placed….with same teams present.


  9. Anonymous says:

    I actually disagree with the comments about Apple Valley's dance. I feel like it is superior to their conference dance, and I did not notice the “weirdness” of the music. It is a high energy dance that gets the audience involved. The costumes (I guess they did not wear these are Wayzata) are adorable and it really is a cute dance.

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