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

Music Mondays – The Sounds of Fall

We’re starting a new series on Mondays from now until the start of the winter season called Music Mondays!  This will be a look at the ins and outs of picking, editing, finding, and working with music from a dance team perspective.  Because after all, music is the most important thing not on the scoresheet!  This week, a look at the songs filling practice gyms and football fields for the fall season.

Upcoming Articles:
-Mark Henderson, Dirty Dog Productions Interview
-Editing music at home with Audacity
-Making an effective practice track CD with Pyro
– Like this: Try That (State 2011 Edition)
– and MORE!

The SOUNDS of Fall Season:
                With football season kicking off all around the state, we’re hearing new songs for fall performance teams echoing through stadiums, letting us know that fall is really here.  Aside from the perennial favorites from the JFK camp soundtrack, what else can be used for fall performances and even practices?  If you are in need of something to spice up fall drills or performances – I have a soundtrack of some new ideas for this season. 
 Hello – Martin Solveig:  This song will be great for across the floor drills, fall performances, and might even make it into some winter mixes.  Something about this is new and fresh, yet classic house dance music. 
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People:  Well the name sure suggests this one to you, but it’s great for walking kicks across the floor and the dancers are probably already rocking this on their Ipods – so it’s an instant practice favorite.  I would love to see someone find a way to mix this one into a winter dance….what a challenge that one would be. 
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO:  This one I know I’ve heard everywhere already, but what a fun fall football song.  This one will likely make winter appearances as well. 
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5:  If you can get away with the slightly “interesting” lyrics in this one, I’d pump it at practice for some fun, contagious energy this song drives.  I wish it had a tamer version for some winter mixes, but alas, I think this one will be relegated to practice time. 
Just Can’t Get Enough – Black Eyed Peas: This one will be everywhere in performance mixes and probably a lot more BEP in the winter season too – they’re really coming out with good dance music left and right.  Not to be missed.
Put Your Hands Up – Kylie Minogue: #1 dance track right now.  This artist is often overlooked here in the US, but has a great dance team worthy sound. 


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