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

In Depth: Pre-Thanksgiving Scores

We’re officially one week into our competition cycle, and just about 1/3rd of the way through the 17 week season. Tuesdays are going to be our days to start looking deeper into the scores and recognize the high scores of the week previous. Since we have all this great data to work with, there’s already a lot to talk about we just didn’t have in years past. What an exciting time for our sport! There have been 126 varsity performances since last Monday, and each competitive varsity performance generates 16 data points I enter by hand into new tables. That means we already have 2,016 pieces of information to look at after the first week alone! That’s some serious scores! Please keep in mind that scores are really only about what happened that day, at that meet, against those teams. These comparisons are for fun and speculation – not fact. Earning a high score over someone at another meet is not an indicator of who would have won in a head-to-head. Enjoy, but don’t over-analyze. Lets take a look at last week’s highlights:


High Scores:
Class A Jazz: Duluth Marshall clocks in this week at an impressive 358/500 (71.6 ave)at the Maple Grove invitational, a full 50 points more than the other class A jazz teams so far. Duluth Marshall was averaging 70.2 points per judge by sections time last year, so they’re already surpassing that score – a true accomplishment. If anyone thinks they took missing out on a medal last year lightly, I think we stand corrected.


Class A Kick: Pelican Rapids took the top spot this week with a 327/500 (65.4 ave) in the kick division. I’ll be interested to see how that holds as more of section 4A starts taking the floor in kick next week. For now, the Valkyries are holding their own over Crosby and Pierz at least.


Class AA Jazz: Sartell takes the high score honors, despite taking 2nd place this week at Maple Grove. The Sabers dance team had a 384/500 (76.8 ave) score, but missed out on the ranks to beat Fridley. No doubt Sartell will take their points and turn it into some gold soon. Watch for them to bring their best to upcoming CLC meets.


Class AA Kick: Sartell also takes the kick division this week, (422/500, 84.4 ave) with strong showings from teams at the Maple Grove invitational to follow it up.


Class AAA Jazz: In our largest field of competition this week, Maple Grove brings in a 84.8 average on Friday night and again on Saturday morning. Wayzata had the most points earned, but out of 600 total possible, their average score was 77. As usual, AAA jazz will be solid again this year.


Class AAA Kick: Maple Grove doubles down in the kick division with their card-playing kick dance, scoring 402/500 (80.4 ave) beating some top-notch debut kick performances from Burnsville and Brainerd. Of course, those were different meets, so anything could happen once those teams go head-to-head. Plus we haven’t seen a thing from Eastview yet, which should throw something into the mix.


The Headlines:

  • Deductions.  Wow have there been a TON of deductions left and right.  Falls, kick counts, timing and rules, you name it.  You can see deductions in the total points – they don’t match the total if you added 10 categories together.  Total points reflect the deductions, not the categories.  I was surprised at how many I saw this week.  First week issues I guess!
  • Deja-vu.  Both Maple Grove and Forest Lake pulled off identical scores at 2 different meets this week.  I guess there’s no better way to say “you were exactly the same”.
  • Surprises.  Fridley wins at Maple Grove in jazz, and Forest Lake makes some waves of its own in the jazz division at conference and Burnsville.  Brooklyn Center (A) beats Roseville (AAA) in kick on Saturday, then Roseville turns around and beats Mounds View in jazz for the first time in school history last night.
The Line Up
Charmed Runnin
Satin Stitches
Just For Kix
Dirty Dog Productions


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