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


Not-So-Weekend Preview

Happy Holidays Dance Teamers!

The season is officially half over and this year is shaping up to be a real classic.  Some of the routines out there are nothing short of stunning.  If you haven’t made it out to an invitational or weeknight meet just to take in some great dancing, you’ve still got time to catch the peak of the season once 2019 arrives.


With a lull in the action coming up, I’ll be working on the reader-favorite section leaderboard.  Check back during the break for that.  In the meantime, I’m still working hard at gathering scores and schedules for upcoming events.  If you have a copy of a scoresheet or schedule and you don’t see it here – you can send it on in to mnhsdanceteam@gmail.com  I’d love the help!  Scoresheet entry takes a TON of time, last Saturday’s 10 meets took about 5 hours over 3 days just to get that looking nice.  (and I’m still missing one meet, sigh) I do still have to hand transcribe each and every digit.  Someday we’ll get a better system in place, but until then I can use all the help I can get just gathering the information.  Thanks to everyone who consistently sends in their results and schedules.  I hope Santa sees how nice you’ve been this year!


I did get a confirmed date sent in for the Timberwolves Dance Team Clinic, Sunday January 20th they’ll be inviting dancers to participate at the home of the state tournament – Target Center.  Check out the registration materials here or on the schedules page.  The T-wolves dancers also have a blog you should check out for updates from the team.  I’ve included a snip-it of dancer Lauren’s blog about performing at Target Center as a high school dancer:


Each Timberwolves home game, different dance teams come out and perform on the court prior to the game, as a Timberwolves Dancer, how impactful is it to see these teams performing each game?

I have always appreciated the diversity of entertainment that the Timberwolves Organization provides for their fans. People in the community have the unique chance to experience many different styles of dance from all different ages right in their seats at an NBA game.

What impact do these performance opportunities mean for the dancers who get to participate in performing on the Timberwolves court?

Performers on these teams get to engage with a large scale audience from their community which is a very special experience that few get to have. Sharing their art and passion in a high scale production multiple times in a season is exciting for both the teams and the fans.

If you had the opportunity as a high school dancer to come and perform on the Timberwolves Court, what impact would that have on your dance career/how would that have impacted your dance career?

If I had had this opportunity in high school it certainly would have matured me much faster as a dancer. Performing under high intensity and expectations really has encouraged me to step up and work much harder than I did as a young dancer. This and many other skills I’ve acquired as a Timberwolves Dancer has set me up for success in both dance and other professional careers.


January will be upon us FAST – so if you’re looking to join the dance team clinic or register your team for a pre-game performance opportunity, get going!  Check back next week for section leaderboard updates.

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