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


November In-Depth Scores

We’re officially 1/3rd of the way through the 17 week season, and many teams have given us a great debut of their 14-15 routines. We’re having our first in-depth look at scores even if there are 3 meets from November I’m still looking for (Burnsville, Shakopee, and Miss8 meets) It’s still a good time to reflect on what’s happened so far. If you haven’t checked the composite page, head on over and take a look! 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 — 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 the November highlights:

Class A Jazz:
With only 3 teams getting their jazz out there, Crosby Ironton is in the lead with their “Pink” BCA themed dance at the Maple Grove Invitational. The rangerettes are at an average of 58 at this point.

Class A Kick:
PACT Charter School is out in front in this slightly bigger group with 63.6 average points. The Crosby and Wabasha teams are in 2nd, both earning a 58 average in different meets. With how much things evolve throughout the year in class A, we’ll be seeing these leaderboards move a lot more as teams make their debuts.

Class AA Jazz:
Totino Grace is way out in front with a 79.6 for their Smooth Criminal dance. Just behind them is the Sartell jazz team, and I understand (but haven’t seen) they also have a Michael Jackson dance. I’m hearing a ton of MJ already this year- 3 teams in Northwest Suburban Conference alone. I expect the jazz division will also see a moving up of scores from Simley and South St. Paul who clocked in scores from the metro east meets.

Class AA Kick:
Sartell is all the news here, cracking the 80 point average mark in their first meet at CLC already this month. An always-clean-early Benilde team is bigger news perhaps in 2nd right now, after a huge upset win over Chaska at their recent metro west conference performance. Keep an eye out for what the Knightettes are gonna bring this year.

Class AAA Jazz:
The most scores for November happened in AAA jazz as usual, with Maple Grove out in front early. Scores from a Friday night conference meet and a Saturday invitational seem to conflict, but it just goes to show a score is only as good as the day/meet it was given. A “low” score compared to a previous performance doesn’t always mean a worse performance, and scores always need perspective. Either way, Maple Grove, Eastview, and Wayzata all cracked 80 right out of the gate. If we thought anything was gonna be settled between these 3 early on – we’re just gonna have to wait and see aren’t we?

Class AAA Kick:
Brainerd has several entries in the top of the kick list, with a top score of 79.4 at their last conference meet. Its interesting that no AAA kick teams are in the 80s, considering 3 AAA jazz teams are and a few AA teams are in the mix too. Chaska and St. Cloud Tech look poised to crack that threshold in their next outings – Chaska will be at home in their home invite next weekend and won’t be settling for anything less than their best. After the amazing work we saw last year in kick, I have no doubt that December will see some impressive scores come back.

Happy Thanksgiving dance teamers! Enjoy a nice break, we’ll be back in action next week with conference and invitationals in full swing. Be safe, happy, and healthy until then!

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