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

Audio Interviews: Brainerd Dance Team

Today we’re with Cindy Clough, Brained Kixters coach and owner of Just For Kix.  We’re talking outback bowl, and the kixters recent jazz DQ leading to a huge conference penalty.  Listen to it here or at Soundcloud:

Soundcloud link: Cindy Clough

  Cindy Clough – Brainerd Kixters by mnhsdanceteam


  1. Anonymous says:

    It seems inappropriate for a coach of this caliber to have a judges phone # in her phone much less send them videos of their dance. From an outsiders perspective there seems to be an integrity issue here.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How is that inappropriate? Most judges are ex dancers/coaches so they still have connections with their old teams. I do not find anything wrong with her sending a video of a move to a judge to see if it is legal or not. It is no different than having a judge come watch a performance.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Seems only fair then that every coach should be afforded the judges phone numbers for advice on their dances

  4. Anonymous says:

    I didn't take it that she was contacting a judge for advice on their routine, but rather an interpretation/clarification on a rule that affected her team. I'm guessing that the judge contacted was also a rules clinician. Their information is usually found in the Dance Team Rules Book.

  5. Coach Erin says:

    My understanding was that she contacted a rules clinician, and that information is public to all dance team coaches (MADT or not) and completely within anyone's means to do. I personally think thats a smart approach, why not try to make sure your bases are covered from a coaches perspective? I would. A video of the move is a brilliant idea – makes sure you're not just describing it over the phone or email. I don't see any competitive advantage to that. I encourage teams/coaches who haven't clarified something about the rules (and wish they could have) to contact their rules clinician next year and ask rather than guess. Our judges associations are very friendly and professional!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree with everyone else. I don't think she is sending the entire routine for review. She said the move in question. I have done this a few times myself. I looked up in the rules book who I should contact. I took video, sent it and within a couple days I had my answer. She was very professional about it. She told me the move was good performed the way it was in the video but also told me what would make it illegal. She told me what I needed to know before our first meet, then I didn't have stress about it. Any one can do it even if you are a first year coach, j.v. coach or a 20 year coach.

  7. Cindy Clough says:

    I did not send a video to a judge prior or after. I believe I said if I had a move in question or in the past I would either send a video or show them live. (Like a uniform check.) I did mean rules clinician rather than judge. I was meaning that if our team had a move that we thought was even close to being considered illegal, I would have had it checked prior to competition rather than risking a DQ. Similar to how you can email a costume picture or have a costume check. I have never done that however. I have shown moves live to a judge right before a meet. (At costume check.) The rules clinicians phone numbers are on the MSHSL. I did not have the number of the judge I needed to talk to so I got it from a rules clinician. Any good coach needs to go to bat for their team. I am saddened that someone would question my integrity over this. If the person writing the comment thought connections helps…it sure didn't in this case.

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