About Coach Erin

Erin is a 17 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


In-Depth: Early December 2014

Its time for another look at where things stand after invitationals and conference meets have been trickling in here for the first full week of December. All kinds of great things are happening as teams get their routines dialed in for December and bigger meets start hitting the books. This upcoming weekend is gonna be HUGE – so check in on Friday for the weekend preview. If you have meet schedules and you don’t see them in pink on the schedule page – send them my way and we can share the info! Get your fans there, and on time for your performances with accurate schedules.



Class A Jazz:  Frazee jumped out in front after the Detroit Lakes invitational, topping 67 points along with a strong team from Rockford.  Rockford may be scoring well, but still took 2nd to a polished Crosby Ironton team in jazz at the Apple Valley meet.  No doubt they’ll be back on the leaderboard with something even better soon.  RCW and BOLD round out the teams cracking 60s in jazz this week, with debut showings at the New Ulm Cathedral meet.  The western A teams have a strong tradition in jazz and will no doubt be setting the pace next week too.


Class A Kick: As usual this time of year, Aitkin is way out ahead with a huge 77 points in kick, a full 7 points ahead of anyone else.  Crosby and Duluth Marshall won their respective invitationals and bring in the next highest scores.  PACT and Montevideo round out the teams breaking 65 points this week.  Those two will be meeting this weekend at Fridley to see where things stand.


Class AA Jazz:  Totino Grace and Benilde are hovering right at the 79 mark, and nothing will be settled until they have a head-to-head meeting we know about.  The Catholic Jam doesn’t usually do public scores, but if they make them known, you’ll see them here.  Sartell hasn’t added a December score yet, but hangs in there in 3rd none the less.  One fun addition to the top pack is the up and comers from New Prague, who took 71.2 at Hutchinson.  I’m betting we haven’t seen the last of them making waves.  Mound Westonka, Simley, South St. Paul, and Chisago Lakes all broke the 70 point mark as well in the first 10 days of the month.


Class AA Kick:  Austin moved up big at the Apple Valley invite, taking the top AA score statewide with 82.4.  Their “aliens” themed dance and lace costumes made an impression, especially on the bottom of the scoresheet.  Sartell, Benilde, Sauk Rapids, and Totino Grace are all in the hunt with more than 75 points.  Benilde managed a tough win over AAA Chaska at Metro West Conference – not an easy feat.


Class AAA Jazz:  Maple Grove rolls on, now pushing 90 points for the first time this year.  Eastview took a big and CLOSE win over Wayzata at the Chaska invitational, with MG staying out of the fray over at Apple Valley.  Chaska and Spring Lake Park round out the 80 point club, with SLP making big strides to improve and take home some difficult conference wins.  Keep an eye on them stealing some space on the leaderboard this year.


Class AAA Kick:  Eastview is well out in front with 87 points at Chaska’s invite, even if they are likely doing another kick dance as is team tradition.  Faribault came to Chaska to leave an impression as well and took a strong 2nd place there and on the overall boards.  Brainerd, Chaska, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and Lakeville South all pulled over the 80 mark this week, showing these teams already mean business for the end of the year.

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