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

MSHSL Rules Clarification





A number of teams have used a move this season which is being performed in a way that is not compliant with the dangerous move rules.  Officials have given warnings so far since the minimum amount of judges needed to give a deduction was not met. Please watch the attached video of the assisted cartwheel and view the attached picture. 

This move would fall under the lifts/mounts portion of the dangerous moves rule which states: “Lifts and Mounts above waist level are illegal. The lowest part of the dancer’s body being lifted cannot be above the standing waist level of the person doing the lift. The same applies to mounts. This move is a mount and the video and picture shows the dancer mounted higher than standing waist level.  The Rules Coordinators  recommend that all assisted cartwheels have the working dancer’s hands below an obvious standing waist level so that the level of the legs would not come into play.  Using the video as an example, the supporting dancer is in a “sitting up” position on her knees.  To bring this move into compliance, the dancer could be in a lower position with her body, (her seat resting on her feet) which would lower her shoulders.  This would bring the lowest part of the working dancer’s body below standing waist level.   Please note that the working dancer’s body may not be inverted at any time or this would be in violation of the “stunt” portion of the dangerous moves rule.   Please contact your Rules Coordinator if you have any questions.

assisted cartwheel movie


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