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


Interviews: Steve Lucas Photography

I got a chance to sit down this season with Steve Lucas from Lucas photography, and we talked about his amazing ability to capture dance action shots.  If you haven’t seen some of the posters and individual dance work that Steve has done, you need to head on over to his website and check it out.  He has an amazing library of dance themed shots in the “portfolios” section.  Steve did some great shots for me and the website while I was there and we talked about capturing the best in dancers.  
Erin: So, I always assumed you had girls use a trampoline to do those amazing jumps, is that true?
Steve: No, not at all.  Those girls really do look like that, but the key is to capture them in the right moment, at the very peak of that jump.  Most of the time they didn’t even know they could do that themselves.
Erin: How do you know the perfect moment to snap them?
Steve: Well, I like to watch their hair and look for the best movement there so that is doing something interesting and dramatic during that moment.  Having a coach there to count beats for them is also a good idea when doing a whole team.   
Erin: Ah, yes.  I think that’s what sets your photos apart so much, that hair!  You really see the motion, the muscles of every subject.  You really see them as both artists and athletes.  Not just one or the other.  
Erin:  I like the shots with the scarves in your dance portfolio.  Are props a good idea for action shots?
Steve: Sure, those scarves were a great addition to the movement we were capturing.  Just about anything can be worked in, including furniture and chairs.  White backgrounds are popular, but not the only option.
Erin: So you do senior portraits as well?  Can dancers get some action dance shots and senior portraits done? 
Steve: We have a wide array of options to fit your needs – outdoor, indoor, seniors, dance, whole teams, posters, composite photos, and just about any combination for individuals and teams.  
It’s not too late this season to get in to see Steve’s fabulous studio (while you’re still in awesome dance shape) and get some photos done for graduation party displays, dance team memory videos, or to start looking ahead to next year’s team shots or senior photo sessions.  Steve is conveniently located in Eden Prairie and well worth the drive.  His ability to capture you at your best really stands out in his work.  I loved the photos he did for me, be sure to check out the composite idea with matching background and text.  Steve also does all the catalog shoots for The Line Up and the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader calendar, so head over and take a peek at those too!  If you’re interested in doing something for your team or for yourself – check out Lucasphoto’s website or email Info@LucasPhoto.com  Thanks Steve for your beautiful dance team photos!   

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