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

Results Recap – Week 8

Results recap is a day late this week, as we were a bit behind in releasing invitational results from this weekend. I’m still missing Zumbrota and Hutchinson invite results, so if you have those – send em on in! I take snapshots of the pages if you don’t have digital versions (everything has to be copied over by hand anyways). So between rounding up scores and doing my own mid-season evaluations of each of my dancers, it’s been a busy few days! Now that the dust has settled, we have a lot of developments….


Eastview Invitational: The big one this weekend was the AA and AAA invite over at Eastview. The AA matchup had Sartell taking the kick win in a huge field, with Cannon Falls jumping into 2nd in their debut season in AA. Strong teams from Totino Grace and Benilde took 3rd and 4th. The sneaky finish in here was from Mound Westonka taking 5th in kick, a move up from the norm for them. In AA jazz, Benilde’s very, very red dance took top honors with TG and Sartell rounding out the top 3. Benilde’s coaching change seems to be bringing a fresh look and style to the team, which has been fun to see develop. Keep an eye on that one. In AAA, Eastview took the top crown in the jazz division, breaking the long-standing Maple Grove/Wayzata barrier. Last week, Wayzata ruled the day, but this time they slid to 4th. Chaska’s total points put them in 4th, but ranks got them to 2nd. I see some varying opinions in the judges stands from these results – so nothing was decided from this weekend as we move into 2014. I’d bet this will flip flop again. In kick, Chaska continued their 1st place streak, with Eastview taking a 2nd at their home meet. Eden Prairie, St. Cloud Tech, and Faribault all came in with high finishes to put them on a good path heading into the end of 2013.


Lakeville North Invitational: Henry Sibley (kick) and Prior Lake (jazz) took wins here, with host Lakeville North taking 2nd in kick. Not many surprises here in this more relaxed event.


Fridley Invitational: Another large AA matchup had Austin continuing it’s tradition of a strong kick program with a win here. Chisago Lakes pulled ahead of section rival Fridley in the jazz category, changing the leaderboards up for section 2AA. In single A, half of section 2A met for the first time this year, with PACT Charter winning the kick division and Rockford showing it’s ready to go with a win in jazz. Class A is always shows the most improvement throughout the year, so nothing is certain with those results going ahead.


Bemidji Invitational: This was all Pequot Lakes’ day with a double win in the mixed A/AA event. From the A side of things, Bagley looked strong against 2 other section 4A teams.


Albany Invitational: AA kick was a tight match, as St. Cloud Cathedral barely took the win over a surging team from ROCORI who is not to be underestimated. Keep an eye on these two as the season progresses. In A kick, Aitkin continued to way out-pace it’s competition with another high score. I’ll be interested to see them match with YME who put up similar numbers on the the same day at BOLD. Duluth Marshall looked good in A jazz for a win, as did St. Cloud Cathedral in AA jazz.


Edina Invitational: The Hornettes are going to have a happy holidays after a big win at home in AAA jazz against a solid field. Champlin Park won kick, and is gunning for a trip to state already this year from the looks of it.


BOLD Invitational: The always tight section 3A matchups did not disappoint at BOLD with Yellow Medicine East coming out strong for a win in their kick debut, with BOLD and Lac Qui Parle Valley swapping points and ranks lead. LqPV was #2 this time, but BOLD was right in there. Not good news for Montevideo, who placed well in AA at Fridley and will join that tight division after the first of the year. With 4 good teams already out for kick, someone is going to be staying home from state come February. The Jazz division was even closer, with Tracy and Renville County West tying in points. Tracy took home the 1st, showing they should be taken seriously this year. Mayer Lutheran from section 2A took 3rd in jazz.


Other news:  There was drama coming out of the Eastview Invitational as Marshall (AA kick) got DQ’d for a copyright issue on their costumes.  Interesting to say the least.  I had to check my Rules Book, but indeed there is a penalty for text and images that are actual representations of something/someone instead of just a suggestion of theme. (ie. you can dress like an Egyptian, but you can’t have a picture of Cleopatra on your costume).  This rule was certainly not on my radar, and nothing was said to Marshall at their competition the weekend before, so I guess they’ll be re-thinking their plans from here.  I always hate to see a technicality hurt the students we are supposed to be serving.  This is a rule, yes, (and the judges MUST enforce it)  but perhaps this rule is serving adults more than protecting, helping, and serving the kids.  Food for thought.

In brighter news, I am so impressed by the number of students with disabilities I’m seeing joining and absolutely succeeding in dance team.   I’ve seen a few dancers with a partial limbs be clean, precise, and perfect in jazz – and a deaf dancer working with an ESL interpreter rock the dance without ever hearing a beat.  Way to go ladies – you are superstars.  Your bravery, passion, and skill is inspirational!

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