About Coach Erin


Erin is a 15 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

State 2017 LiveBlog – Jazz Day

Stay Tuned for liveblog coverage updates from the State Dance Team Tournament 2017 – Jazz Day!  This page will self-refresh and display updates from our state coverage team, Erin Kruesi, Emily Fausher, and Karen Barthol.  Coverage starts around 11:15am.

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AAA Kick 2017 State Champions: Eastview (5)

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sorry for the spam.  there are so many viewers online it’s crashing me!  first world problems.

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AAA Kick 2nd Place: Wayzata (9)

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AAA Kick 2nd Place: Wayzata (9)

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AAA Kick 2nd Place: Wayzata (9)

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Class AAA Kick 3rd Place: Lakeville North (15)

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Class AAA Kick 3rd Place: Lakeville North (15)

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Class AAA awards in just moments

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Class AA Kick 2017 Champions: Sartell (7)

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Class AA Kick 2nd Place: Totino Grace (9)

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Class AA Kick 3rd Place: Faribault (13)

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We’re thinking up here that AA top 3 are going to be TIGHT.  Those awards are up next

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Careful observers of the Eastview routine will notice that the audio plays across the floor from side to side and pulls up and down.  Very enriching experience if you noticed it over the screaming.  

Coach Karen

Eastview rounds out the State tournament with their magic dance – and that it is! I didn’t notice all of the hard skills in it the first time; I mean I saw some but now I see the routine is full of awesome skills! How they hit all of their formations is amazing to see, but they did it, then left the floor and took our amazement with them:) Great!!!

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I love the ending being a straight walk-off for finals of all of 2017

 

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St. Cloud Cathedral’s dance is so fun for it’s character and theme! Love the shapes and formations from beginning to end with clean choreography in each one! Kick sets were very clean and consistent in this high energy dance. Great use of the floor with kick sets and formations!!! Great performance!

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I love the tree formations!  such a great ending to AA finals.  SCC is clearly gonna bring it if they get into finals taking 3rd at their section.  those teams never let it slip by.

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Lakeville South’s dance is very fun with a great mix of lyrical/jazzy type movements with solid kicks to boot! Loved the use of their tan legs against the stark blue of their costume for visual effectiveness. Very awesome to see this team turn and land in a kick set, so amazing to see it done well. Such cool choreography with this dance that makes it memorable, great job!

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I love how this one is called “Get Jacked”

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South’s 5th Symphony portions are so creative and brings the energy up in time for straightline.

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The speed of a Faribault dance just makes me dizzy.  I have no idea how they do that and pull those legs up and down.  Truly an accomplishment not to mention the clean and difficult dancing.

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Faribault comes to the floor with a well polished, well executed dance. Their known for their kicks, but their dancing should be noted in this routine. How they make some many cool visuals with a solid colored costume is amazing! Their sharp arms, heads, and bodies just create the ideal package for a visual dance!!! LOVED IT!

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Lakeville North is really a party just like they planned.  Too bad we can’t have a prop for the selfie at the end!

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Lakeville North nailed their Party dance. Loved the use of color in their routine; simple but very effective! This team executed their difficult kick combinations well and incorporated a lot of arms to make it more visual. Love the song choices and choreography to match it; takes me back! Great dance ladies!!!

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Sartell is gonna be sore tomorrow – I haven’t seen them be this sharp since the “Whip-It” year! Kicks were incredibly sharp and high! Their energy increased as the dance went on which was awesome to watch. Loved the different jazz skills throughout the dance and level changes in several spots. Very well done!

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Wayzata sure loves NYC!  That was perfection of course — kick height and placement really stood above that skyline

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Wayzata’s New York dance made a bigger splash this time around. Unique in that barely any of their dance was in one spot. Most of their kick sets and choreography was traveling. Kicks did not waver in technique though even through all of the transitions! Choreography was strong and confident, a top performance from this team!

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I am really enjoying the Totino theme and creativity.  The opening snap flicks to the front on the musical accents….that works for me.  And then it just builds and gets more interesting as we go.  Very re-watchable.

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Totino Grace’s dance is so cool! They turn and then land in a kick!!! Did you see it?!?! They kick as a unit, but then embed kicks throughout the dance to make it more visual! So many difficult skills throughout this whole dance, whether it’s a linked leap or a lift or something else, this dance had it all. AWESOME!

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Chaska! I wish I could watch you from the front, but even from the back you are telling such an amazing story! So visual with the formations and then the change in costuming. Kick combinations were different because they would do 1-3 kicks, move, then 1-3 kicks, then move, and again and again! Really loved this routine:)

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Benilde has such a solid and playful dance – it’s fast becoming my favorite in their recent past.  I probably like that best of any dance of theirs since the “Since You’ve Been Gone” days

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Benilde’s dance is so sassy! Love the way they use the full floor and visually give us formations that fit a non-visual theme! Their kicks were much stronger than in prelims as they hit their top height sharper and stayed their longer – timing! Good use of a pony-tail – it made a visual difference!!! Excellent!

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Brainerd’s kicks are magic – it’s like they just float in the air like that’s where they belong and not on the ground! Loved all of their cool ripples and group work; their floor work is so visual and effective when executed sharply which it was today! Such a creative team and dance, well done Kixters!

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Really sassy moves from Rocori. They really nailed that run thru. There’s no way that could have been more perfect

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Class AA starts off with Rocori! A VERY energetic performance – these girls wanted to leave their mark! All of their choreography was executed with a lot of power and confidence. Kicks were high, sharp, and consistent until the end. This team is making an argument to medal and they looked GOOD!!! Nice job ladies!

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Class A kick final results:
1. Aitkin (5)
2. BOLD (13.5)
3. Yellow Medicine East (16)
4. Lac Qui Parle Valley DB (17)
5. Cannon Falls (22)
6. Frazee (24)

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Worthy note: prelims results were somewhat different. prelim top 6 went: 1. Aitkin, 2. BOLD, 3. Cannon Falls, 4. Frazee, 5. Lac Qui Parle, 6. YME
Check out those earlier scores now online in the state composite

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Class A Kick 2017 State Champions:  Aitkin (5)

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First kick medal ever for BOLD.

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Class A Kick

2nd Place: BOLD (13.5)

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Class A Kick 3rd Place:

Yellow Medicine East (16)

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Class A Kick Final Results:

3rd place: Yellow Medicine East (16)

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class A had a really nice finals – I saw some season best performances for sure.  Aitkin, BOLD, and YME all stand out as obvious personal bests.

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Class A Kick Awards coming soon!!! Woo hoo! Posting pictures to Facebook now! You crashed the website again:):):)

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Cannon Falls wraps up Class A Kick Finals! Kicks look sharper and cleaner this round! Kicks were very consistent in height and power and the girls executed their choreography between their kick sets beautifully. Loved the song choices and space theme; who didn’t smile when the Star Wars and Jetsons songs played?!?! Great job Bombers!

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Bombers show they’ve got the kick strength in the end with a last count of 8 long kickline.  Really sells us on the kick consistency.

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BOLD comes back to the floor with their Africa dance. Holy WOW!!! Where did this confidence and energy come from?!?! This is just fantastic from the choreography to the KICKS!!! A truly stunning performance which highlighted everything that you had in prelims but now it all came together much better. Kudos Divas!

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cleaner and better accuracy of formations tonight for BOLD.  They wanted to make a mark.

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LQPV-DB, this is just a cool theme idea to do different songs that mirror a news cast – LOVE IT!!! Your formations were well played out and transitioned very smoothly which was captivating. Kicks were much more consistent this performance and were much sharper, great job!!!

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YME is next and they are ready for this chance to shine! Much more energetic than this morning in both movements and facials. Kicks are much higher and have a lot of power behind them, plus their placement is consistent from girl to girl. Formations looked a lot tighter and cleaner this time around, a well-rounded performance that will be tough to compete against. Excellent job Silhouettes!

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Great transitions from YME tonight – much better spacing tonight in finals

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Aitkin in all it’s glory of theme, visuals, and over-the-top fun.  Their finals run was even more perfect than the first time.

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The All Starz are next up! I just love this theme and all of the fun visuals that the team did with it. You had me from your opening pose! Great choice to have the red stripe on the sleeves of the costume to enhance all of your arm movements! This team has some of the best kicks that I have seen all day too. Just a fantastic performance Aitkin!

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Class A Kick Finals is underway! The Frazee Fly Girls start us off with a stronger performance of their Circus dance than in prelims! Woah!!! Love the part where they are linked and do a leap through the other like of dancers – so fun! Kicks height was much better too and consistent throughout the whole dance, awesome job ladies!

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Class AAA Kick 7-12 Ranks:
7. Edina (30.5)
8. Anoka (35)
9. St. Cloud Tech (40)
10. Spring Lake Park (50)
11. Henry Sibley (55)
12. Centennial (60)

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Class AA Kick 7-12 Ranks:
7. Austin (29)
8. Orono (36)
9. Mound Westonka (46.5)
10. Simley (48)
11. Hutchinson (51)
12. Chisago Lakes (57)

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Class AAA Kick Finalists (in Order of Performance)

  1. Brainerd
  2. Chaska
  3. Wayzata
  4. Lakeville North
  5. Lakeville South
  6. Eastview

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AA Kick Finalists (In Order of Performance)

  1. Rocori
  2. Benilde St. Margarets
  3. Totino Grace
  4. Sartell St. Stephens
  5. Faribault
  6. St. Cloud Cathedral

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Finals announcements are moments away!

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Adding pictured to Facebook now! Great job teams!

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Last prelim dance of the year! Spring Lake Park’s Bohemain Rhapsody dance was very fun to watch as it had a great mix of flowing movement and sharp precise choreography mixed in. Great use of the floor and loved the diagonal 1-line! The song was a great choice and the choreography choices were appropriate and dynamic – great job Pantherettes!

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I’m loving how controlled SLP’s arms and upper bodies are on solo kicks ….. that’s way harder than it looks

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If I know Sartell – there’s always a little somethin’ somethin’ left in there we won’t see until finals.

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Sartell rounds out Class AA prelims with a great Africa routine with a true variety of movement and kick combinations. They used the floor from corner to corner which was interesting. Each of their formations was more of a transitional piece instead of  true formation – super fun to watch. Plus their kicks were very sharp and high! Excellent job ladies!

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Original hair concept award to Lakeville South!

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Lakeville South was full of energy too! Loved the composer theme and the fun choreography that they used with it throughout the dance. Formations were really unique and always-changing. There were a couple of times when they did a formation change when I thought there would be a collision – but it was just a cool transition!!! You got me Lakeville South!!!

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Rocori was sharp sharp sharp! Kicks were fast but on time with great footing in between. Their choreography was super fast but executed well. How these girls looked the same at the end of their dance is beyond me; I would have been tired! They stuck out for sure because of this – terrific job!

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Really intricate dance moves from Rocori.  I can’t imagine how hard it is to clean that stylish movement AND the kicks AND formations.  This program keeps growing for sure

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Edina’s Cirque Du Soleil dance was super fun! Lots of fun skills embedded in the routine for great visuals and difficulty points. Kick combinations were chosen well as they showcased great kick height and technique from these girls. It’s fun when team think outside the box from a traditional kick routine, great job Edina!

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Great kick debut from Edina!  They make it look like they’ve been here before

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creative ending from Austin – fall asleep in zzz’s…..and wake up

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Austin’s dance was so SHARP! Kicks looked like they were piercing the air, then they would move to a new formation with transitional choreography that was incredibly placed as well. The dream theme was fun and the choreography made it come alive! Very cool ladies!

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YAY! I was hoping for a David Bowie dance and Henry Sibley delivered a great performance! Very clean and precise with both choreography and formations. This dance was a crowd pleaser for sure – even from behind everything gave me a chill up my spine. Excellent job ladies!!!

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I’m glad a Bowie dance made it to state this year.  It’s a greatest hits and even the uniform is from the ziggy stardust era.  Nice tribute.

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Orono!!! This is my new favorite dance ever!!! The Beattlejuice theme was so fun, the choreography was spot on, the formations was interesting and had complicated transitions, and your kicks were spot on!!! What a great performance!!!

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Orono’s beetlejuice routine is a classic already.  They look like they’re having a ton of fun and it’s so memorable.

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Eastview’s magic dance was full of really cool transitions and choreography! Lots of fun skills that were showcased in this routine that were visually pleasing plus difficult – double points! Don’t know why, but I LOVE that they just walk off the floor!!! You owned it ladies!

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Eastview sure brought the magic.  By far the best “hit” of that dance that I’ve seen.  Everything worked and the audience was sold.

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Chisago Lakes!!! What beautiful kicks from these girls! Great timing and technique with each type of kick from beginning to end. No loss of energy from these girls! I’ll always have a place in my heart for this team as a former head-coach, love you Lakettes!!!

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Brainerd is up with a robot themed routine – loved the music for this dance! This team always delivers unique choreography and transitions and they continued that this year. Such awesome choreography choices with ripples, hip-hop, kick and jazz skills, all melted into one routine. Wonderful performance Kixters!

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They’re called The Kixters for a reason.  Some of the nicest, pleasing kicks out there.  The breakdown section was a huge hit.

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that theme is crazy clever and soooo Minnesoootan.  I’m a huge fan of this idea!

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St. Cloud Cathedral brings us a cool Lumberjack themed dance that had unique formations and choreography – so fun!!! Musically sound a well; a crowd pleaser and the girls clearly loved it based on their facials and energy! Great extensions within kick combinations and choreography choices too, awesome!

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Great use of costumes and formations Anoka! Their kicks were high but looked so impressive with the gold stripes down the sides – smart to highlight your kicks this way! Transitions were fluid and precise and super cool! Plus the cursive at the end – you’ve won me over!

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Benilde-St. Margaret’s dance was fun and very fluid. They rarely stayed in one formation for long but transitioned well from one place to the next . Loved the music choices and choreography that went along with it – full of energy and life. Kicks stayed high until the end with some sass built in to each move, great job!

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Cutie in the front rt corner of “vogue” — I see you winking at me!  Love that attitude girlie!

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I wish there were subtitles for those of us who didn’t read the Odyssey!  I wonder if this the 1st real “book” theme.  I know hunger games didn’t count.

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Chaska never ceises to amaze me. Every transition was unique, every formation was asymmetrical and a puzzle, and their story that they told was truly remarkable. And their kick – wonderful! Sharp, high, and precise across the whole team. Well done Hawks!

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The Hutchinson Showstoppers had a very energetic dance! The girls danced and transitioned as if they weren’t int he middle of an exhausting kick routine; loved it! Kick timing was a highlight along with a great choice of choreography that was super appropriate for the whole team. Great job!

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This my be my favorite “Hutchinson” dance I can remember.  Clearly it’s their anthem with “showstoppin'”

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Super star release on those kicks from Tech.  They always have a few signature “looks”  — like the pivot leg hold/scale.  Their 3-2-1 formation change was clever.

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St. Cloud Tech gave a time themed dance that was super sharp from the very beginning. This team chose very difficult kick combinations and executed them well! Each move was hit right on it’s mark with a lot of power behind it. Great job hitting your formations too, a great performance from the Tigerettes!

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Totino Grace — that was some top notch choreography.  I really haven’t “seen that before”.  Super complex and challenging, with a splash of fun and theme.  We’ll wanna see that again

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Totino Grace’s dangerous dance was very unique. Kick sets were very thought out and creative; different from other dances and each different from one another. The attitude from the girls was so cool!!!! Loved the choreography – it wasn’t a typical kick routine. You could tell that the dancers had fun with every move, great job E’Gals!

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LOVED Lakeville North.  Those kicks were fabulous.  wow.  Complex formations — but they HIT them.  not just roll on by and mush the hard stuff together.

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Lakeville North brought their best kicks to the floor today! SO sharp and clean, then they added arm movmeents in addition and made it looked even more impressive! Loved the simplicity of their movements and formations, but they hit everything perfectly which makes them truly stick out!!!! This is gonna be hard to top, loved it!

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This is the 4th “color” dance of the first 6.  Interesting that they all stacked up like that .

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Simley had a lot of power behind all of their kicks and dance movements! They had a lot of big formation transitions that had their girls running from spot to spot and they nailed it! Great energy from each dancer and fun choreography, great job!

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Get up off of that thing!  Love the musicality and playful routine from Simley.

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Centennial’s dance was cute and made me smile and laugh along with the fun costume reveals and matching choreography. Transitions and formations were very well executed and interesting to watch. Kick height was also present from begining to end – well done!

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Centennial’s cute little “Shiver” move when they’re cold was super fun. I didn’t notice that at sections.

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Mound Westonka’s energy was blowing me out of my chair! Kicks had a lot of power behind them but kept a consistent timing. Color use with the costumes was well played out and fun to watch. Plus the girl’s facials were huge and amazing:) Excellent!

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Class A kick prelim scores for 7-12 are up on the sections/state composite page.

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Wayzata’s kick dance was so fun and energetic! Kicks were high and clean – fans especially were precise! Loved the New York theme and shapes and song choices. The dance was clean, full of different and difficult transitions, and great choices in kick combinations. Well done!

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Faribault starts off the Class AA Kick competition with a machine themed dance. Awesome slow and controlled kicks – very difficult. Other kicks were sharp and one point. Very technically sound routine with clean dancing and visuals. Impressive Faribault!

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Class A Kick 7-12 final results:

7. Crosby Ironton (32.5)

8. Montevideo (33)

9. Lake City (37.5)

10. Randolph (44)

11. St. Charles (49)

12. Zumbrota Mazeppa (50)

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Class A kick finalists in order of performance:

  1. Frazee
  2. Aitkin
  3. Yellow Medicine East
  4. Lac Qui Parle Valley – Dawson Boyd
  5. BOLD
  6. Cannon Falls

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More pics are on Facebook! The live blog won’t let me post them – it must mean that you love us:)

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Class A Finalists about to be announced!!

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Let’s go Mario dance! Crosby-Ironton had me hooked from their walk-on:) Awesome c-jumps and cool dance moves between kick sets. Kicks were solid; high, clean, and sharp. This dance was very visual with the fun formations and choreography – whether you knew the icons from the old Mario game or not. A great way to end Class A prelims!

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That was fun.  Crosby has great visual effects with the front and back – but I personally love those gloves.  They pop out.  It makes me miss the days when everyone wore a colored glove.

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Its Mario time

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LOL I saw a legit Bowzer in the fan crowd!!!!!!! Crosby-Ironton has some dedicated fans:)

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Zumbrota’s movie themed dance was a true crowd pleaser! Kick combinations and transitions were difficult and well executed. Great choreography that went with every song and movie idea – there were cheers from the entire audience at every turn! What a cool idea, great job!

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Universal cheer from our media booth when “what a feeling” came on for ZM.  Classic dance team tune right there.

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Let’s go Divas! High energy from every dancer! Great facials and choreography – each unique movement hit really well. Kick combinations were difficult and showed off a lot of right cross and fan kicks. This Afirca themed dance really had everything you want in a kick dance – loved it BOLD!

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BOLD has such great choreography.  Beautiful flow and a high level of content.  They try a lot of brave things that other A teams just won’t.  A solid outing for them – they might be in a good spot here this afternoon.

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Lake City’s tornado was cool.  and “no place like home” at the end is just fun! Did you catch the manager as Dorothy?  love that.

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Lake City’s Wizard of Oz theme was full of cute choreography. The red shoes were gutsy, but the girls’ kicks were well placed and high so the shoes paid off! Loved the tornado part – so fun! Sharp choreography movements in between their kick sets also – very well done. Made me smile:)

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Frazee brings us a circus theme with some very creative moves and ideas.  Dancing an obvious hole from last night is tough – the girls had to make some quick adjustments!

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Frazee’s costume choice was perfect! Their dark pants against the light floor and bright colored tops make them stick out and look higher. Very sharp flick kicks and toe-touches. Interesting formations and choreography to accompany their circus theme. Great facials from beginning to end to boot, great dance!

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Pictures will come later; the blog is so busy that I can’t upload them! A good problem to have I guess:)

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Our pictures are cooperating.  We might have to add those to facebook.

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Montevideo started the year with some ankle “fuzzies” as we dubbed them up here.  Looked like removing them was a good choice.  Kicks had a smooth long look.

Coach Karen

Montevideo’s jungle dance was super cute. Kick movements were well placed and consistent in height. Great fan kick technique. I liked their intricate kick transitions from set to set. Good use of the entire floor with several formations! Fun ending when they spelled WOLF – good job ladies!

Coach Karen

Randolph brings their A-game with their kicks today! They were sharp and high and consistent from dancer to dancer. Best toe-touches of the day so far too! Dance moves between kick sets were sharp and clean which made their dance very visual even with unison choreography. Great job!

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I’ve watched Randolph several times this year being in the same section — and that was by far a season best.  They were pumped about that one.

Coach Karen

Let’s go All Starz! Look at the height of these kicks! I clapped throughout the whole thing – each pirate shape made me laugh out loud and made my day! Their kicks looked consistent and sharp. You can’t NOT LOVE this dance; with the anchors, planks, keys and key holes, the All Starz had it all. AMAZING!

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That was choreographed for state that’s for sure.  Huge crowd pleaser from Aitkin and the best kicks so far today.  They have 3 consecutive wins for a reason.

Coach Karen

Cannon Falls comes to the floor with a space themed dance. Great variety of moves and chorepgraphy grouping. Sharp and consistent movements throughout the dance, especially with their upper bodies. Great facials and energy – they walked off the floor barely breathing hard. Great fan kicks and technique, a great Bomber performance!

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great consistent kick placement from Cannon Falls.  No random low or mistimed kicks which is something no one else has done yet today.

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St. Charles! Great football theme with their dance! Nice mix of formation transitions – some girls are kicking while others are linked and moving and they moved very well together. Good choice in legging design as the gold stripe accents their kick height and placement. Towards the end their choreography they utilized a good dance/ripple moves which was visually pleasing. Nicely done!

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Really effective uniform and leggings for St. Charles.  A cool use of football theme that was refreshing and intricate.

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Kick is starting off with some really clean and crisp routines from LQPV and YME.  I love how class A is so clean and controlled in their formations and transitions.  AAA has really gotten away from that kind of “finish”.

Coach Karen

YME! YME! YME! A good mix of jazz moves in a kick routine in an effective way to earn those visual points and transition points! Hard transitions that are always moving – not a lot of stagnant formations. Kicks are pretty consistent in height from each dancers. Loved the kick line ripples towards the end – great job!

Coach Karen

LQPV-DB – I LOVE THIS THEME!!! WHat a cool idea with the music and the choreography really flowed well! Smooth transitions both with and without kicks built in. Loved the one-line led-extension ripple. I can’t help but smile through this whole dance. Good recovery from the mis-link too – makes a HUGE difference. Awesome job Ladies!

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If you haven’t checked out our results and jazz day recap podcast — check out the sections/state summary page and the podcast is up on the mainpage as well as Itunes KickCast.

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Ooooh we’re underway!  Class A is coming out for Anthem

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A couple of pics from last night’s Jazz Awards!

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It’s Kick Day!!!! We’re ready on Facebook and Twitter, we already made one Podcast, my camera is working (it needed a break in the final hour last night – good grief), and National Anthem for prelims is in 30 minutes!!! Can’t wait!!!

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Final results for AA and AAA finals are on the state composite

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We’re thinking here in the booth that it’s been a decade since someone “new” has medal-ed in AAA jazz.  Mounds View was our last medalist outside of Wayzata, Maple Grove, and Eastview.

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Wow – everyone who got a medal in AAA was insane happy.

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Class AAA Jazz 2017 Champions: Eastview (5)

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Class AAA Jazz 2nd place: Maple Grove (13)

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Class AAA Jazz 3rd Place: Edina (14.5)

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Class AA Jazz 2017 Champions: Benilde St. Margarets (6)

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Class AA Jazz 2nd Place: Totino Grace (8)

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Class AA Jazz 3rd Place:  Sartell St. Stephens (16)

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More pictures!

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Lakeville North closes out Jazz Day with such a cool and strong performance. Their jump combinations are so well done and will be hard to beat. Loved how they controlled their turns and leg extensions in space – shows how much discipline you need to exceed at this sport. Excellent job ladies!

Coach Erin

Big finish there Lakeville North!  I enjoyed this one more the second time and thought you were more together and “in the zone”

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Faribault brings up the energy and fun with a solid finals performance.  Much more polished and better formations tonight as Faribault tries to make some moves in the jazz rankings.

Coach Karen

Wayzata brought a terrific dance to the floor. Great combinations of turns, into jumps, into more turns:) Great recovery from a small fall, but it didn’t stop this team’s reputation for impecable execution. The team exudes a wonderful confidence and love for their sport and did well tonight – great job!

Coach Karen

Totino Grace’s performance was emotion filled and passionate. They looked like they loved every movement and believed in what they were dancing for. Their turn sets were on-point and their exits from them were fun and unique and well executed. Love the skills and grouping from this team as always – great job!

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Much improved finals run for TG!  I just love the ending…..all you girls need is each other.

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Eastview sure makes us not wanna miss a thing. Really a top notch finals performance.  Not much left for them to have done to sell that one.

Coach Karen

Eastview is magic! How do you come up with so many ideas for one dance and one turn set?!?! They nailed every movement and made it look like it was the easiest thing to do. Great technique and execution – this dance had everything a team could dream of! Excellent job Lightning Dancers!

Coach Karen

Benilde’s energy flew off of them and hit me hard!!! Strong movements followed by hard hits and skill! Truly mastered and performed from beginning to end, this dance had everything from facials to spacing to turns to technique. Loved how this made me feel and love dance, great job ladies!

Coach Erin

Ahhh…Benilde .   That is just so nice.  One of the most enjoyable routines this year because you just love every move, every choice, and you look like you could just go do it all again.

Coach Erin

I’d just like to take this moment to say I love AAA jazz finals.  There is nothing like the screaming and goosebumps of a perfect turn set.  Nothing.  If you aren’t here watching this live you are missing out.

Coach Karen

Maple Grove’s dance was so awesome to watch. Loved the variety in their turns and combinations in and around them. How they drilled everything to match so perfectly is amazing. I love that there was so much individuality in this dance but yet the dance was wholistic and unified. Executed to a “T”, loved it!

Coach Erin

Rocori has such a clean line and sharp execution on everything.  It really stands above the crowd every time they take the floor

Coach Karen

Rocori was just fun to watch. They looked so happy to be on the floor and proud of their dance and themselves. Great turns from this gorup and also choreography was well placed on the floor and amongst the girls. This dance was well chosen for this team and the audience really responded well to it. Loved it myself!

Coach Erin

PL: acrobatic travel followed by a sky high double jump.  AND 80% of the way thru the routine besides.  No joke this team is on the rise and a crowd favorite.

Coach Karen

Coach Erin

Mound Westonka plays with all the fun accents in their music and I noticed a lot more detail and layering than I did on the first viewing.  Strong finish to their year.

Coach Karen

Mound Westonka has such a unique essence to it. Their arm movements were so sharp and in interesting positions. Their music would go from fluid to soft and the dance flowed with it so well. Loved the leap and jump combinations and height from the girls. An excellent job!

Coach Erin

OOOh my Edina.  That is how you do that. The speed and power of the turns is just…something else.  I liked it the first time, I loved it now!

Coach Karen

Woowzers Edina brought their A-game! Their whole routine was as sharp as a knife! Their turn sets were exquisit and each dancer looked like a clone of the others. Even more challenging and impressive was the pace of their movements – fast! These girls rose to the challenge though, well done!!!

Coach Karen

Sartell seemed to glide through their dance with an effortless essence about them. It was breathtaking; much stringer than in prelims. The confidence in their movements was so apparent; they wanted to leave their mark on that floor. Terrific turn sequences and leaps so high! Wonderful job ladies!

Coach Erin

way to bring it in finals Sartell! I saw a lot better releve’ on those turns and some real unity

Coach Erin

class A jazz final scores and preliminary 1-6 are up on the sections/state composite page!

Coach Karen

Class A Finals Ranks:

  1. Aitkin (6)
  2. Frazee (9)
  3. YME (17)
  4. St. Charles (20)
  5. LQPV-DB (22.5)
  6. Marshall School Duluth (26.5)

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Coach Erin

Class A Jazz Champions 2017: Aitkin (6)

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Class A Jazz: 2nd Place Frazee (9)

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Class A Jazz 3rd Place:  Yellow Medicine East (17)

Coach Karen

Class A All-Tournament Team

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Awards are here!

Coach Erin

Class A final awards up next……

Coach Karen

Aitkin’s performance was powerful and courageous. Turn technique was beautiful and distinct with diverse arm movements that bumped up the difficulty greatly. This dance was truly fun to watch and unfold. Loved the part where there was a group of turners surrounded by the circle of dancers – so pretty. A very unique and creative dance from the All Starz, excellent!

Coach Erin

Frazee comes back to re-dance and “turns us to stone” with a really passionate performance.  The strength in their stillness moments is shockingly hard to do.  I’m always impressed by teams who can express thru the high emotion/low energy sections of their routine and Frazee certainly has that mastered, really taking us on a journey throughout.

Coach Erin

If you didn’t catch the story on the Aitkin jazz dance — it honors “badge 203” — an officer that was killed last year in their community.

Coach Karen

LQPV-DB has such great control over their movements in their dance. Their leg extensions were admired in this booth! Loved the turn/leap combinations from these girls and the effortless movement even at the end of their performance, like this is easy:) Great job ladies! Looking forward to seeing your team grow in the future!

Coach Erin

one of my favorite routines this year.  just enjoy this one.  Great song, stylish choreography.

Coach Karen

YME!!! This team’s turns are just spectacular! Loved the precision in arms movements and leg placement. The girls clearly had fun with the choreography moments where they were showcased and got to be abstracted – hopefully we will see more of this from this team! Lovely Ladies!

Coach Erin

really solid turns from YME!  not an easy feat for that many girls on the team and in the Class A category.

Coach Karen

St. Charles really has a true dance! It’s not just an arrangement of skills – but when they have those they execute them well. I loved the emotion they have in their facial expressions and body movements. Their arms and cores tell such an amazing story and their turn sets leave a lasting impression, excellent job!

Coach Erin

Medical issue during finals.  First time I’ve seen that?? Frazee was doing great so far – hopefully we’ll hear good news everything is ok

 

Coach Karen

Frazee’s dance has so many appealing things about it. The music is soothing, the dance is precise but fluid, the little solos and grouping tell a sweet story and showcase great talent. This is truly a dance to remember.

Coach Erin

Action packed routine from Duluth Marshall to get us going!

Coach Karen

Oh ya Duluth Marshall! Turns got better from Prelims making this dance a little more challenging!!! The choreography of this dance just fits the music so well and the girls execute it with such fire! Love that there is usually more than one skills being executed at one time – just love this dance. Well done!

Coach Karen

Getting ready for Class A Finals!!! Here we go!

Coach Erin

Final results for AAA jazz prelims 7-12 and scores are up on the sections state composite

Coach Erin

AAA Jazz 7-12:
7. Anoka (36)
8. Brainerd (38)
9. St. Cloud Tech (44)
10. Spring Lake Park (50)
11. Mounds View (53.5)
12. Centennial (59)

Coach Karen

Class A 7-12 Ranks again with Rank totals:

7. BOLD (34.5)

8. Crosby-Ironton (40.5)

9. Worthington (42.5)

10. Zumbrota (44.5)

11. Randolph (46.5)

12. PACT (55.5)

Coach Erin

full 7-12 scores for AA jazz are up on the sections/state composite page!

Coach Erin

Results for AA jazz 7-12:

7. South St. Paul (32)

8. Simley (32.5)

9.Sauk Rapids Rice (43)

10. Marshall (51.5)

11.Orono (54)

12. Rockford (55.5)

Coach Erin

AAA Jazz Finalists (In order of performance)

  1. Edina
  2. Prior Lake
  3. Maple Grove
  4. Eastview
  5. Wayzata
  6. Lakeville North

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happiest team to advance from AA today  — Mound

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AA Jazz Finalists  tonight: (in order of performance)

  1. Sartell St. Stephen
  2. Mound Westonka
  3. Rocori
  4. Benilde St. Margarets
  5. Totino Grace
  6. Faribault

Coach Karen

Wow that flew by!!!! See you at 4:30 for Finals Announcements!

Coach Erin

Lots of drama with MG wrapping up the prelims today.  I really like their long straightline with the ripples in and out.  sometimes in AAA less is more for those drama moments – and MG “gets it”.

Coach Karen

Maple Grove rounds out our Jazz Prelims with a strong and technique filled routine that will be tough to beat! Loved the jumps that came out of nowhere and the different use of arm movements. Turn combinations were executed perfectly and highlighted with difficulty from different spotting and endings. They never repeated a skill – truly wonderful Crimson Dancers!!!

Coach Karen

Sauk Rapids-Rice dance was full of a variety of movements. They changed their levels in their choreography a lot which I know is hard and those girls nailed it! Lovely leaps and use of the floor with their formations and transitions. Arm movements really increased their choreography level too with how strong they were – great job!

Coach Karen

Prior Lakes dance was very unique. Very little unison choreography, but a lot of mirroring and interesting transitions. Their ripples were skill centered which was different and impressive. This dance was fast, full of skills, and constantly changing and keeping my interest. What a cool dance Lakers!

Coach Erin

loved the calypsos in a ripple from prior lake.  a sharp turn set and some drama and we’ve got a hit.

Coach Karen

Totino Grace has a great knack for interesting grouping and choreography choices. Their dance is full of pockets where the choreography is split up into 6-8 different parts that all flow and have skills imbedded and once you figure out one group, it changes into another – so amazing to watch and much appreciated. Loved it E’Gals!

Coach Karen

The Anoka Twisters really dominated their choreography – it was slow and smooth but so controlled! The unity between dancers was awesome to watch! Loved the angles in their leap and jump choices – made this dance stick out from others in their class. A great way to tell a story and stick it – great job!!!

Coach Karen

Benilde song choice made we sway and rock out! This team has a strength is turns and used it well!!! Their movements in between skill sets is so dynamic and strong, like they truly believe in every inch of movement. The girls faces radiate all of the way up to our booth – we just loved this ladies:)

Coach Erin

Benilde’s song is for the old school fans of dance…….they’re emotion moves are really working for me

Coach Karen

Edina – loving your turns!!!!!!! Great technique and power from the whole team. I loved the different extension skills that occurred throughout the dance in the small groups. Amazing jumps and leaps – so high through the air. This was a strong dance and I loved seeing this team grow from last year – nice job!

Coach Erin

Edina that first turn sequence was sick.  just … so impressed.

Coach Erin

Side note: there are some beautiful uniforms this year.  Just…so shiny and elegant

Coach Karen

Love this slow song gone jazzy Mound Westonka! Loved the grouping and different peels with the whole team. Also, this team has strong turners! Great extensions and musicality – the choreography really flows with this song! Very unique formation choices and transitions that use the whole floor. Nice job!

Coach Erin

Love the upbeat version of Rise Up for Mound…..They always dance with such joy.

Coach Erin

Oh I’m a sucker for “The Armageddon Song” …..don’t wanna close my eyes either Eastview!

Coach Karen

Who doesn’t like Aerosmith?!?! Such passion in their movement from Eastview! This is the dynamic that we love from Class AAA – a third of the dancers are doing a fluid movement on the floor, while others are leaping with a new leap style, and then the girls turning in the middle! The levels and precision from this team was magnificent, thank you Lightning Dance Team!

Coach Karen

Marshall – love this dance. The song is so cool and your attitudes show through in your faces and movements. When you leap, it looks effortless! When you end your turns, you show such a confidence in your faces. Loved the different jump choices and combos with other skill choices like turns or floor extensions. Great job!

Coach Erin

Marshall’s “Slip” is a great song choice.  just feels different and fresh

Coach Erin

Wow Brainerd!  I have no idea exactly why that was amazing – but it was.  Best turn timing today so far.  And I just liked the dance.  Enjoyable, on theme, didn’t look like they were trying too hard – just “dancing”.  harder than it sounds to do.

Coach Karen

I don’t cry a lot, but it’s happening now!!! There was a story in this dance, perfect turn timing and technique, arms that flew through the air with their leaps, difficult ways to end turn combinations, multiple skills levels and variations…who was it? The Brainerd Kixters. I am blown away…

Coach Karen

South St. Paul’s dance gave us a totally different song and dance combo. Soft song – strong dance! Arm movements sliced through the air and made their turns look so unified. Every girl got a chance to shine in this dance and the groups involved the total team. I feel like I just watched a dream with great turns and leaps – nice job!

Coach Erin

Loved that ending South St. Paul!  You guys really used all their athletes fully.  Not just a solo on a group.  Everyone added something to the overall look

Coach Karen

Lakeville North – you have my attention! How you found little ways to accent your music and make a BIG impression is astounding! Sharp movements on one half of their bodies, with fluid movements on the other half! So awesome!!! People don’t understand how truly hard that is, but I do know that this Target Center loved this dance! Amazing!

Coach Erin

Lakeville North has some great formation and group choices.  This dance keeps you engaged.  Really powerful music too.

Coach Erin

Sartell plans to “live like legends” today – a really well thought out routine with a great purpose, flow and connection to the audience.

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Coach Karen

Centennial brought us back to the 90s in the best way:) Fun choreography that reminded me to my old dances, but then skills that far surpass them! Loved the formations and grouping – this dance was making us all dance in our chairs! Great extensions and timing with kicks! I love when a dance makes me smile – great job!

Coach Erin

I’m loving this throwback fishnet and Janet moment we’re having here with Centennial.

Coach Karen

Rocori’s dance told a beautiful story:) Loved the different groupings with the variety of choreography; some girls turning while others are jumping and then a floor skill all at once. Their use of the floor was interesting too as they varied outside of a typical symmetrical formation most of the time. Then, out of nowhere, their unity would bring them back together! So fun to watch ladies:)

Coach Karen

Spring Lake Park – what a cool dance! I have never seen groups pausing within their movements – this made the choreography much more dynamic and differentiated from everyone else! I couldn’t tell if your choreography was made for the song or if the song was made for you! Great use of skills with different turn types throughout the routine as well, loved it!

Coach Erin

I love it when teams at this high of level are showing us all how it’s done with costume re-purposing.  SLP takes a former Edina costume and it fits their use better than anything they could have bought new.  Perhaps makes a nice argument for teams who don’t do both kick and jazz because of “uniform costs”?  I don’t see that stopping this team from making state.

Coach Karen

Here we go Simley! I think their movements were stronger than the instruments in their music!!! Technique was strong from top to bottom of each dancer with turns and leaps. Loved the increased level of difficulty in turns that I have seen from this team in past years. Great control later in the dance with softer and slower movements – very impressive girls!

Coach Erin

So nice to see something upbeat and “classic jazz” from Simley huh?

Coach Erin

Wayzata looking ready for finals.  Their “feature” dancers are really standout with some unique and wow-inducing skills.  They didn’t miss a chance to just go out there and nail it.

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The Viewettes bring us a fun and pretty lyrical number – so soft and fluid:) Loved how their arm movements melted from one formation to the next in total unison. It made me sway through the choreography. Great timing and spacing – this team brought a little tear to my eye – great job Mounds View!

 

The Orono Spartans gave us their own version of “I ran” with a lot of fun jumps and a great variety!!! This team knows what it strength is and they used it well!!. Liked the different groupings and progressions with choreography. They are figuring out what makes them tick; can’t wait to see how they continue to progress!!! Wonderful job!

Coach Erin

There are 3 teams doing “I Ran” today (including mine) – luckily we all had a good laugh and the coaches all decided next time we’re checking with each other first on song ideas.

Coach Karen

You can’t have a State dance without a GREAT MJ dance! Faribault delivered a great routine with strong turn technique!!! I loved the combinations and skill variety; plus I it seemed to get stronger as the routine went on! So awesome Faribault!

Coach Erin

PYT just might be Karen’s anthem!

Coach Karen

St. Cloud Tech kicks off Class AAA with a very dynamic jazz dance. Almost tribal – super cool! The music was intriguing and the movements were so fluid, yet strong. Their formations moved constantly; I never knew where they would end up. Plus formations were super different and impressive. Loved it!!!

Coach Erin

Class A Jazz Prelims 7-12 final scores are up on the sections/state composite page if you want to see how things added up.

Coach Karen

Rockford kicks off the Class AA Jazz category with an ultra clean and precise dance – very powerful! This  is precision that I have not seen from this team before and I LOVE IT! Each skill was executed with a lot of power behind. it. Also, the difference in color between their legs and arms made this dance very visual and fun, great job Rockford!

 

Coach Karen

Get ready!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Class AA/AAA is starting soon:):):)

Coach Karen

Class A 7 – 12 Ranks:

7. BOLD

8. Crosby-Ironton

9. Worthington

10. Zumbrota

11. Randolph

12. PACT

Coach Karen

See you at 2:00 for Class AA and AAA Jazz Prelims!!!

Coach Karen

Class A Finals Order of Performance:

Duluth Marshall

Frazee

St. Charles

Yellow Medicine East

LQPV-DB

Aitkin

Coach Karen

Class A Finalists will be announced at 1:15! In the mean time, check out Facebook and Twitter for more fun comments from Coach Emily!!!

Coach Karen

PACT’s dance was very clean and precise! Movements were interesting and non-traditional, showing off more angles and shapes. Though a small team, their transitions were interesting and difficult. Loved the combinations and how they staggered their starts and stops. Control is the name on this team’s game – a great closing to our Class A Pre-lim competition Pantherettes!

Coach Karen

Let’s go St. Charles! Look at those skills combinations! Turning in groups that other groups join in on facing different directions?!?! I saw it!!! The grouping was done so well and showed off a variety of skills and difficulty level. Loved that this team showed strength in every skill category. This will be hard to beat, well done Girls!!!

Coach Karen

Frazee!!!! You move me:) Slow movements, then quick movements, all executed perfectly. This dance matched the mood and accents of the music so wonderfully. Their turn technique was outstanding, along with a variety of other skills and transitions. Simply terrific Fly Girls!

Coach Karen

Randolph’s dance was so fun and cute. The energy radiated from those dancers from their facials and the way they hit their leg and arm movements. This dance was incredibly clean and precise; extensions were in place and unified across all six girls. This may be a small team, but their presence was huge! Nice job Rockettes!

Coach Karen

Zumbrota-Mazeppa had some really fun and interesting formations in their dance! Loved how they transitioned from space to space and showcased their soloists. Arm movements were unique and precise which was very pretty. These dancers knew their strengths and made a dance to fit them perfectly. It was very different from the rest of Class A and I loved it!

Coach Karen

Aitkin blew me away with a whole new variety of movement that was executed so beautifully. They truly told a story with their dance and made me wonder the whole time what the next leap or jump would be. The angles made by these girls were sharp and precise – truly difficult to do and unify throughout an entire team. All I can say is wow, great job All Stars!

Coach Karen

LQPV-DB!!!!! What technique!!! I could distinctly see you plie then releve during your straight-leg turns from way up here!!! Extensions were long and beautiful and in such unison – tremendous. They had my undivided attention through every movement; what a great performance Ladies:)

Coach Karen

Worthington’s dance was full of variety and unique choreography. The team was constantly changing and rarely was in unison which is always interesting to watch. Great levels from beginning to end and difficulty of skills was high. Plus I love that they had traditional skills in their dance that all of us coaches and dancers learned in ballet; rare to see these days! Great job Worthington!

Coach Karen

Crosby-Ironton is next with such beautiful blue dresses! The shirt was a good choice for this team as their choreographed movements that showcased the skirt as a visual – so smart. These girls flowed through their movements and hit their turns and arm movements appropriately so their were strong, yet soft. Also, they showed great control with their turns and skills as their music was a slower pace – VERY HARD to do. Wonderful job ladies!

Coach Karen

The Marshall Dance Team brings such a smile to my face every year. Always a small, but MIGHTY team of girls:):):) Loved the combinations from this team and how everyone’s skills were highlighted. I could see their smiles from up in my booth and I couldn’t help but bounce around in my chair. Great energy Ladies, love it!!!

Coach Karen

LOL Who are we??? YME!!!!!! Loved the variety of choreography from this dance. Each music hit was accompanied by a great leap, extension, or some other well executed skill. This dance used the whole Target Center floor as if they were a team of 50, so fun to watch. Also, a major kudos to their turn technique and difficulty – great job Silhouettes!!!

Coach Karen

Coach Karen

Alright Divas!!! Love the intensity of the choreography and the execution from these girls. Their arm movements were striking the air and hit beautiful lines. Great stationary jumps from each dancer too! This dance was very interesting – not a lot of unison choreography so I was captivated the whole time. An amazing start from the BOLD Team!!!

Coach Karen

Great National Anthem!!!!! Class A Pre-lims starts soon!!!!

Coach Karen

It’s STATE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Coach Erin

If you’re waiting …be sure to check out the great photos from the past years in the feed below.  New posts for this year will auto-refresh on top.

Coach Erin

Getting set up here in the Target Center!  Live Blog Gets going around 11am

Coach Erin

AA Kick Final Results: 4. Austin (16) 5. Benilde St. Margarets (24.5) 6. St. Cloud Cathedral (27.5)

AAA Kick Final Results: 4. Maple Grove (20) 5. Lakeville South (20.5) 6. Lakeville North (27.5)

Coach Erin

congrats on a great state! see you next year!

Coach Erin

Class AAA Kick STATE CHAMPIONS:  Eastview (7)

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Class AAA Kick 2nd Place: Wayzata (9)

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Class AAA Kick 3rd Place: Chaska (14)

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Class AAA is taking the floor for their awards!

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AA Kick STATE CHAMPIONS: Totino Grace (6)

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AA High Kick 2nd Place: Fairbault (8)

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AA High Kick 3rd Place:  Sartell St Stephen (14.5)

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Class AA awards are taking the floor!

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Lakeville South wraps up the night with a well preformed routine that had a great variety of choreography in it from kick to jazz to hip hop to tap!!! These dancers jumped and turned in sync with everyone around them, matching every arm movements and kick. An impressive end to our State Tournament, well done!!!

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Coach Erin

wow Austin!  What a HUGE step up from prelims on the energy, kick height consistency and general effect.  The crazy scary faces and mouthing the creepy words just chills me every time – but this time was really special.  So impressed with the passion and talent on this team.

Coach Karen

Austin!

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Eastview – LOVE this theme! Even from the back it’s fun to watch!!! The sharpness level from these dancers kicked up a HUGE notch from Prelims! Lots of total-team turns that were executed greatly, and high leaps and jumps to match the accents of the music. With precise, controlled kicks, this team gave us the perfect package. Awesome!

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Coach Erin

Well everyone sure is bringing it tonight in AA as Faribault comes out with a cool and fully realized idea that matches up with their tremendous power, kicks, and stamina.  The tricks and partner work with the black and white really stands out on the black and white Twolves head.  This is gonna be close for the medals stand tonight!!

Coach Karen

Faribault!

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Coach Karen

Chaska always delivers an amazing routine that is not expected, but ALWAYS so interesting and effective! Their formations tell us a great story that mesmerizes us from beginning to end. Kicks surprise us in places where you don’t think they can fit them in, but there they are and they are executed beautifully! A great routine from these dancers!

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Coach Karen

St. Cloud Cathedral!

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Coach Erin

St. Cloud Cathedral easily takes the best music mix award for “don’t stop” themes that just make you groove.  A little uptown funk full team split is just classic and cool at the same time.  Junior/Senior and MJ tunes to finish it off and bring it home  — this dance just picks up steam as it goes and boldy dares you to look away or not just get into it.

Coach Karen

Lakeville North – love the energy Ladies!!!!! A lot sassier this time around, this team brought their A-game with execution sharpness! They seemed committed to their choreography and kicks like they were born to dance this routine! Kick height maintained until the end too – a wonderful performance!!

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Coach Erin

Totino Grace was on fire with their disco heaven routine tonight – with some of the “richest” choreography we have in AA where everything was better on the 2nd viewing.  the partner work was really fabulous, difficult, and just a ton of fun.  This one will be an instant TG classic

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Totino Grace!

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Maple Grove – LOVE the jumps in this dance!!! With the variety of moves and kicks this team provides, their dance stands out as a unique entity. Very visual and choreography goes well with their music. These dancers truly gave us an all-around terrific performance – well done:)

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Benilde-St. Margaret’s!
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Coach Erin

Benilde upped their game for finals, playing with tempos in a way that brings in the difficulty for what would have otherwise been an average section of the routine – instead it punches it up.  That dance hit a peak at just the right time tonight in finals.

Coach Karen

Wayzata found some energy between Prelims and Finals that I didn’t think was possible! Their transitions looked more sharp, clean, and yet fluid! Kicks were higher and their legs seemed like separate entities from their bodies with how clean and strong their movements were. This team means business, and all I have to say is WOW!!! This was flawless Ladies, well done:)

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Coach Erin

Sartell sure set a strong tone as we kicked off AA finals tonight.  The energy and strength behind each arm move and headguide was perfection.  My favorites are the little Missy Eliott moments that just add such fun and playful moments that an intense kick dance needs.

Coach Karen

Sartell-St. Stephen!
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Coach Erin

Sartell is ready to take the floor!

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Class A Kick Final Results:

1.Aitkin (9.5)

2. Frazee (10)

3. Montevideo (15)

4. Cannon Falls (20.5)

5. Lac Qui Parle Valley (22)

6. Crosby Ironton (28.5)

Coach Erin

Class A kick this year was really tough.  What a show ladies!

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Class A Kick STATE CHAMPIONS: Aitkin (9.5)

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Frazee lost a tie for 1st place.

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Class A Kick 2nd Place: Frazee (10)

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Class A Kick 3rd Place: Montevideo (15)

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More pics!!!

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Random pics from today’s Kick meet!!!

Wayzata  Wayzata2 TG Tech SSP SLP1 SLP Rocori North1 North Mound1 Mound Hutch Henry Sibley Fridley5 Fridley1 Faribault7 Faribault4 Eastview2 Eastview1 CHS3 CHS2 CHS1 CHS  Centennial2 Centennial1 Brainerd2 Brainerd Benilde1 Benilde  Austin2  Austin Anoka2 Anoka

Coach Erin

Class A fans are the best!  Cheering for each other – support for your section — the wave.  Loving the spirit! Stay tuned for awards

Coach Karen

Frazee!

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Coach Erin

Frazee just absolutely “thrilled” us with their awesome blend of scary, clean, sharp, intense, and beautiful kicks….what a final performance at class A state!  Finals this year was over the top exciting.  Great job to all the finalists

Coach Erin

Cannon Falls – the BDT brought the energy this go around and kicks in straightline are always second to none.  Gritty and dark, the bombers wanna take their placement – not ask for it nicely.

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Cannon Falls!

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Lac Qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd!

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Coach Erin

Lac Qui Parle Valley earned a finals spot with a ton of heart and determination.  Tonight they took that as a vote of confidence and danced much more secure in their own ability.  Kicks released more and the performance just exuded the fun of a French theme.

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Aitkin!

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Coach Erin

Aitkin is the consummate professional when it comes time for finals – if anyone knows how to put on a good show when it counts and sell their routine at the moment it counts the most – its the All Starz.  This routine has improved so much this season and will be one of the best of this team’s history.  Every girl from front row to back would be good enough to be the only one scored.  Not a weak link anywhere.

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Crosby always impresses with full alternating fans that snap, and hit every angle just as it should.  Never a flexed foot with those spats on either.  Great finish for the season Rangerettes!

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Crosby-Ironton!

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Montevideo!

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Coach Erin

Montevideo kicked us off strong with some really snappy kicks and a ton of finals worthy energy.  The routine shines with just that right mix of hard, and totally achievable content that the girls really own with their completion of every step.  Way to go Monte!

Coach Erin

Class A finals are about to begin!

Coach Erin

AAA Kick 7-12:

7. Anoka (35)

8. Brainerd (36)

9. Spring Lake Park (44)

10. St. Cloud Tech (50)

11. Henry Sibley (55)

12. Centennial (59)

Coach Erin

AA Kick Prelims 7-12:

7. Rocori (35)

8. Mound Westonka (42)

9. South St. Paul (42)

10. Delano (47.5)

11. Hutchinson (49)

12. Fridley (59)

Coach Erin

Class AAA Kick Finalists Order of Performance:

  1. Wayzata
  2. Maple Grove
  3. Lakeville North
  4. Chaska
  5. Eastview
  6. Lakeville South

Coach Erin

AAA teams are taking the floor for finalists announcements!

Coach Erin

Class AA Kick Finalists Order of Performance:

  1. Sartell
  2. Benilde St. Margaret
  3. Totino Grace
  4. St. Cloud Cathedral
  5. Fairbault
  6. Austin

Coach Erin

Class AA Kick finalists are about to be announced!

Coach Erin

Maple Grove matches their amazing jazz skills with beautiful kicks perfectly to wrap up our AAA division.  The speed of those open turns and triple pirouettes makes it tough to nail and they make it look easy as ever.  What a great final routine for the afternoon!  See you back for finals announcement

Coach Karen

Lakeville South!

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Delano gives us a lot of upper body strength  and sharpness in their movements! This team had enough energy for all of us and kept it up, even through a lot of level changes and floor work! Kicks were consistent from every dancer, and they showed great control which is to be admired. Well done!

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Maple Grove!

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Coach Erin

A trip to the movies and back to a golden age with Lakeville South.   I loved the creative use of tap dance and the amazing leg technique and stretch just can’t be beat.  The fun ending and theme incorporation were spot on from the Cougars.

Coach Karen

Chaska!

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Sartell-Saint Stephen kicks make my heart beat out of my chest!!! Fun songs and choreography to match with lots of character and fun breakdowns! Most of their kicks barely missed their faces and it was consistent for all dancers! Really enjoyed the level changes when they took over the floor as well, overall a great performance!

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Coach Erin

kicking on the diagonal  — not usually flattering…unless you’re Sartell.  then you kill it.

Coach Erin

Chaska just wowed us with the powerful solo kicks and a full team triple jump section that stands out.  The double and side circle sections were perfection of spacing and kicks when I’m not used to seeing anyone get that kind of thing “just right”.  Chaska sure did.  Way to hit some TOUGH formations and skills.

Coach Karen

Spring Lake Park!
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Faribault – this dance is wonderful! So much to see and experience with the fun choreography, tricks, color use, and technique! This dance had it all, not to mention the kicks by themselves! SO much power and precision behind each one from every dancer, no matter how difficult the kick. Just fantastic!
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Coach Erin

Spring Lake Park takes us to the garden of eden and steals the show with some of the creative and difficult transition steps they use that are a step above.  The stylish and cool routine compliments this growing programs improving technique and kick height that gets me excited to see where this one will end up going.

Coach Karen

St. Cloud Tech!
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Fridley – LOVE this music!!!! Great choices in choreography and movements, not to mention the variety of kick combinations from start to finish. I really love how this team makes a terrific visual with a simple movements – very crowd pleasing and fun!!! Simple yet difficult, great job Fridley!

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Coach Erin

St. Cloud Tech had one of my favorite tricks this year with a ripple walkover that they make look so easy and effortless.  The tempo of that routine alone is enough to impress!

Coach Karen

Centennial!
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Benilde-St. Margaret’s brings us a lot of power behind their movements and kicks!!!! Notice the tempo changes – WE DID! This adds a level of difficulty that is hard to beat, especially when executed so well in their kick height and consistency. A powerful performance from the Knightettes!

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Coach Erin

Centennial brings us the trend of the moment with “hair-o-graphy” that ads something to a traditional headguide.  Packed with lots of tricks and a sweet headstand soloist, this routine had a much stronger showing than even their sections performance to really impress.

Coach Karen

Anoka!

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Rocori – very nice upbeat performance! Lots of skills to go with their kick technique! This dance moved around a lot and the girls never too a break using unique movements from place to place. Kicks stayed high and sharp fro each girl – I don’t think they looked tired when they left the floor! GREAT!

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Coach Erin

Anoka absolutely sparkled in their “crystalize” routine that was absolutely perfect for this huge venue and floor.  Clearly an investment in the end game – this dance was MADE to be viewed in this room and was full of wow, ooh, and that’s cool moments.  We’re quite well frozen up here!

Coach Karen

Wayzata!

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Totino Grace’s – the hair just makes me giddy:) Love the interesting transitions and high energy!!! There is a lot going on with this dance in terms of transitions and formations – all of their movements seemed incredibly choreographed and had purpose. A pleasure to see from this team – LOVE it Girls!

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Coach Erin

TG….that curler hair.  yes!  great for an anniversary season.

Coach Erin

Wayzata: Bringing the 100% commitment and sassy.  Its so difficult to have the extension, technique, cleaning AND that level of presentation and personal performance quality.  Really standout with how polished that concept was.

Coach Karen

Brainerd!

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Mound Westonka’s dance gave us a great dance with visual variety and fun! Loved the fun formations and use of the floor – fit the spiderweb theme well! Fun free-choreography that made me smile from ear to ear. Also loved the kick combinations to go along with everything else – nice job Girls!

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Coach Erin

Brainerd brings us the “love” with a super fast paced and action packed routine.  Kick height is really stand-out from this group this year with some really interesting kick combinations that are certain to work the scoresheet to the max.

Coach Karen

South St. Paul – this theme is so fun! The choreography left us all in aww as it was challenging and also true to theme. Kicks were consistent and strong to make this dance a full package. I think the energy from the girls though really makes the dance all come together – wonderful job!

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Coach Karen

Henry Sibley makes me smile as they give me both sharp movements and also beautiful jazz-like movements. And the jumps – WOW!!!! Definitely the strength with this team and they use it well:) Great kick height throughout the dance along with fun formations and transitions. Nice job Ladies!

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Austin’s theme never seise to surprise and amaze me. How to make a creepy doll dance into an effective routine is beyond me, but they did it well. Kicks were higher than ever and with more difficulty and strength behind each one. Choreography was easily the most unique of the day so far, very well done Austin!

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Eastview is next with a real Spelling Bee!!! Their transitions were hard to beat with their difficulty and all of them hard level changes to boot! Kick strength was very apparent and made this routine so fun to watch. NOT TO MENTION, how they managed to incorporate spelling real words with their costumes in there is truly remarkable – a first in Dance Team. LOVE IT!

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Coach Karen

Hutchinson gave a great performance with lots of high energy and clean transitions! Fun floor work and choreography stood out to me along with kick consistency from beginning to end. Nice job with this routine Ladies!

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Coach Karen

Lakeville North – nice formations and movements!!!Controlled legs both up and down – this is a great display of kick technique!!! Fun formations to go with their music theme, it was fun to notice when they changed from place to place with their beautiful fluidity. GREAT!

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Coach Erin

Class A Kick Prelims Results:
7. Yellow Medicine East 30
8. BOLD 34
9. St. Charles 42.5
10. Lake City 50
11. Randolph 52
12. Zumbrota Mazeppa 55

Coach Karen

St. Cloud Cathedral starts off the Class AA Kick competition strong with fantastic kick variety and kick formations!!! Difficulty is HIGH with acrobatic choreography when the girls spread out on the floor, but the kicks are to be admired for their height and consistency!! Loved the way they moved while they kicked – an AMAZING performanCHSce from this iconic team:)

Coach Erin

Congrats to our finalists and qualifiers for class A kick – join us at 2:15 for AA/AAA

Coach Erin

Class A Kick Finalists in order of performance:

Montevideo

Crosby Ironton

Aitkin

Lac Qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd

Cannon Falls

Frazee

Coach Erin

Class A Finalists are about to be announced!!

Coach Karen

Lake City had a very cute routine with a bunch of fun and crowd pleasing choreography! Loved the kick combinations and difficulty that came with it. You could tell the parts of the dance that they really LOVED because they had fun bursts of energy and power – fun to watch!!!!

 

Coach Erin

Aitkin has the highest kicks and an insane depth of talent on their team year after year that they certainly showed that again today with their racecar themed routine.  Theres’ a good reason Aitkin wins consecutive titles – they sure know how to shine when it’s the target center and medals are on the line.  Just making finals today is gonna be tough after watching this top 12

Coach Karen

Aitkin has given me a new definition of routine effectiveness with these colors!!! Quick movements and strong placement of arms and legs really make this team stand out in Class A! Kick difficulty and visuals are strong with this team as well, even with formation changes and transitions. A great way to close out Class A Kick with a BANG!!!!

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Coach Karen

Lake City!

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Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd!

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Coach Erin

Lac Qui Parle Valley shadows bring us some Ooh La La today with a cute French theme complete with an Eiffel Tower.  This routine had a ton of action packed sections and a fast paced transitions and had people hustling — keeping us engaged.

Coach Karen

Crosby-Ironton displayed nice kick technique and a lot of fun and effective visuals with both kicks and free-choreography. I’m not gonna lie, when the yellow wings came out, I yelled “ohhhhh cool!” This team gave us the full package of great kicks great technique, transitions, and visuals everywhere – LOVED IT!

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Coach Karen

Frazee!

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Coach Erin

Frazee scares us big time going all out on the makeup and white hair ….and then they started kicking and making some of the most creative and complex formations and transitions we’ve seen this year.  What a solid blend of theme, movements, difficulty, floor use and all around total entertainment package you want to see again immediately after it’s over.

Coach Karen

Randolph’s energy hit me like a ton of bricks!!! Good use of color change with choreography and arm movements, along with interesting transitional choreography and combinations. This team used their music well and emphasized their own movements well, great job!

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Coach Karen

Cannon Falls!

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Coach Erin

Cannon Falls brings us the very nice kicks today where their leg “sharpness” really stands out.  Very nice formation concepts and the team uses the full floor for the best view from the state upper deck.

Coach Karen

BOLD – NICE JUMPS!!!!! Formations were interesting and fluid from beginning to end. Kick variety sticks out in this dance and makes this team a force to be reckoned with! Sharp arms in tight formations were great to see with this team – well done Ladies!

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Coach Karen

Zumbrota-Mazeppa!

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Coach Erin

Zumbrota Mazeppa had some really cute and impressive solo features in their wedding themed dance.  Sharpness and control is a signature for this team in both kick and jazz this year.  Sweet Caroline making it in a kick dance is so creative!

Coach Karen

St. Charles made an excellent costume choice with the lighter colors in the pants to help highlight these high kicks! Kick consistency was great with this team, and the girls’ energy made me bounce in my seat!!! Nice job St. Charles!!!

St. Charles

Coach Erin

Montevideo brings the spirit today in a patriotic and extremely high energy routine.  Kick combos were difficult and the visual formations were well planned and themed.

Coach Karen

Montevideo!

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Coach Karen

YME gets the party started with a lively and cute beach dance! Lots of precision from this team and cute poses to go with the theme. Nice kick consistency and good transitions that coupled their unique choreography. A great way to kick off Kick Day at State!!! Great job Ladies!!!

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Coach Karen

Class A Kick Prelim Teams!

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Coach Karen

Arguably the best Dance Team Fan EVER!!!!!!

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Who are We? YME:)

Coach Erin

Joe’s getting YME fired up ….. that’s a 5 year + tradition..

Coach Erin

We’re almost 50% full on the seating….class A is totally packed!  I can’t believe we used to do open seating for this.  The number of people who came in the last 20 minutes is just staggering.

Coach Erin

If you missed out on jazz liveblog yesterday, it’s below this current kick feed for your review.  Lots of pictures and updates.  Scores and full results from jazz are on the sections/state 2016 composite page

Coach Erin

We are back and doors are open for kick day 2016!  Seating will be extremely tight today as we get rolling.  Get here early, be patient, have a plan, and be a good sport!  We’ll be underway at 11:30!

Coach Erin

Thanks for a great state jazz day!  Check for scores and come back tomorrow for kick day coverage starting around 11am

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AAA Jazz STATE CHAMPION: Eastview

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Class AAA Jazz 2nd Place: Maple Grove (8)

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AAA Jazz 3rd place: Wayzata (14)

Coach Erin

AAA awards are about to begin!

Coach Erin

Class AA Jazz STATE CHAMPION: Totino Grace (5)

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Class AA Jazz 2nd Place: Benilde St. Margaret (10)

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AA Jazz 3rd Place: Sartell St. Stephen  (14.5)

Coach Erin

AA Jazz Final Results: but first, we have all tournament presentations….

Coach Erin

Stay tuned for AA results

Coach Erin

Prior Lake has such a cool moment when they dip a dancer almost..almost to the floor.  Love that moment and it sure does draw the oohs and ahhs in the state arena.  Really cool ideas and a quick favorite routine in this history of this team.

Coach Karen

Prior Lake!

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Coach Karen

South St. Paul – you make my heart smile:) Such fun energy with this dance – not to mentioned the control and precision! This choreography is a perfect storm of fun transitions and difficulty of skills – a true crowd pleaser. Great jumps and leaps from these girls and a wonderful way to close out Class AA. Wonderful job Team!

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Coach Erin

Wayzata pulls in a “peaking” performance with probably my favorite AAA finals song and uniform choice for this year.  Of course, what you really notice about the Trojets is the second-to-none crispness of their turns.  The snap of the leg and honed in timing is really standing out this year.

Coach Karen

Wayzata!

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E’gals! Their movements and transitions are so fluid, yet strong. I loved the placement in their every movement and the purpose behind each piece of choreography. And the TURNS, wow wow wow. They truly brought their A game to Finals – amazing Girls!!!

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Coach Erin

Eastview brought the perfection to finals tonight as a flawlessly timed and executed routine took its final bow.  Some of the performers are clearly captivating in their emotion and expression even from the back they steal the attention all over the place.  That’s really saying something to stand out in such a talented team.

Coach Karen

Eastview!

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Benilde-St. Margaret’s skills are second to none! Whether it’s turn sets, floor work, leaps, or transitions with skills, this team’s execution will be tough to beat!!! I don’t think they actually landed out of any turn set, but rather leaped, extended, or moved into a floor move. I LOVED IT!!! Great job!!!

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Coach Erin

Edina has some amazing sharpness and some things that other people either won’t or just can’t clean.  A one count roll with legs apart that was perfectly the same?  Not worth others time – but Edina takes nothing for granted and left nothing to chance tonight.  Crazy good support behind every move.

Coach Karen

Edina!

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Rocori is next with a truly effective dance – each arm movement and leg movement having a distinct purpose. Love the levels that this team uses, especially with their amazing jumps! When this team has unified choreography, they move as one and it’s mesmerizing:) Much love for this dance and team!

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Coach Erin

Lakeville North has some choreographic elements I didn’t even notice were so well constructed until this second viewing.  Turn sets were just insane, those skirts were lovely and timed together (not easy!) What a finals debut from North.

Coach Karen

Lakeville North!

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Coach Karen

Way to bring it Sartell! Good variety of turn combinations and wonderful turned-out technique!!! Lots of controlled extensions and arm placement from beginning to end. The dancers look like they are one with their music which is fun to watch and makes this dance rememberable, nice job!

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Coach Erin

Wow Maple Grove chills all over!  I was captivated by the time you were “Stuck in reverse”… there is nothing like watching a Maple Grove dance at finals.  Live is something just a step above the video.  Stunning

Coach Karen

Maple Grove!

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Coach Karen

Here we go Faribault! MUCH stronger and more confident than in Prelims, a performance worthy of Finals! Great turn sets with unity from all. Leaps were high in the air and legs were extended like they were miles long! I noticed more level changes and dynamic choreography this time around – well done Ladies!!!

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Coach Erin

Final Results Class A Finals:

  1. Frazee (8.5)
  2. Aitkin (9)
  3. Yellow Medicine East (14)
  4. Duluth Marshall (17)
  5. BOLD (20.5)
  6. St. Charles (24.5)

Coach Erin

Coming up at 7:15: AA/AAA finals coverage

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First state championship for Frazee.  2nd medal in team history, first medal in jazz.  Last year, Frazee didn’t qualify for the tournament in jazz.  What an accomplishment Fly Girls!

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Class A Jazz STATE CHAMPIONS 2016: Frazee (8.5)

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Class A Jazz 2nd Place: Aitkin  (9)

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Class A Jazz 3rd Place: Yellow Medicine East (14)

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Presentation of the all tournament team.  What an honor for seniors

Coach Erin

What a strong showing class A Jazz finalists!  Stay tuned for awards announcements…

Coach Karen

Closing out Class A Jazz Finals is Duluth Marshall – These 5 girls show a lot of diversity of skill which is really great to watch. I love the control in their turns and extensions and how they utilize each other in their choreography. The grouping in their dance also makes this more interesting to watch and makes you forget that this is a small team – they may be that but this was a BIG performance. Wonderful job Ladies!

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Coach Erin

Yellow Medicine East highlighted some fun skills and individuals who had a moment to shine tonight in finals.  Obviously devoted to the dance, it’s meaning, and emotion, the YME girls really sell it when it comes time for finals.  A team tradition that continued this year.

Coach Karen

Yellow Medicine East!

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Coach Karen

Aitkin delivered a strong performance in Finals, landing their turn combinations and skill sets with great confidence. I love the variety that the teams gives in jump and leap choices, somethings that this long-time dancer and coach has never seen which I love!!!! Excellent performance Aitkin!!!

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Coach Erin

BOLD really got in there and made us dig deep emotionally with a presentation that just jumped out at everyone.  Certainly a more solid and fluid performance than the prelim round and should improve in scores.  All 3 teams so far have really peaked their dances.  Class A sure shines bright!

Coach Karen

BOLD!

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Frazee has a truly beautiful dance with so much skill and technique to make it stand out in Class A! Love the leap combinations in this dance and how they seem to fly through the air with each set with seemingly no effort. This performance shows that this team has worked hard this season and deserve to be in Finals, well done Ladies!

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Coach Karen

St. Charles!

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Coach Erin

Wow St. Charles! That last turn set with a proper fouette and no arms? I’m a convert. That was on point and what a way to start us off with perfection.

Coach Erin

Class AA Jazz Prelim Results 7-12:
7. Mound Westonka (31)
8. St. Cloud Cathedral (33.5)
9. Simley (38)
10. Rockford (51)
11. Marshall (53)
12. Duluth Denfeld (57)

Coach Karen

Class AAA Jazz Ranks 7-12:

7. Blaine

8. Anoka

9. St. Cloud Tech

10. Spring Lake Park

11. Moundsview

12. Henry Sibley

Coach Erin

Congrats to all of our finalists and qualifiers.  We’ll see you back at 5:30 for class A finals!

Coach Karen

Class AAA Jazz Finalists in Order of Performance:

Maple Grove

Lakeville North

Edina

Eastview

Wayzata

Prior Lake

Coach Karen

Class AAA Jazz Teams!

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Class AA Jazz Finalists in Order of Performance:

Faribault

Sartell-St. Stephens

Rocori

Benilde St. Margaret’s

Totino Grace

South St. Paul

Coach Erin

Class AA Jazz Teams!

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Coach Karen

Never mind!!!!!!! Class AA is starting to come out now – stayed tuned for Finalists to be announced soon!!!

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Come back at 4:30 for Class AA/AAA Finalist announcements!!!

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Wazata dance is powerful with a capital P! This teams really knows how to use the floor and display a variety of skills from every dancer. They are never in one spot for long before they completely mix it up – always fun and interesting to watch!!! Not to mention their turn power; just perfection:) Great job Ladies!!!

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Coach Karen

Rocori!

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Eastview’s dance was sharp sharp sharp!!! Loved the turn sets and transitions out of them- difficulty at it’s best! Lots of level and layers made this dance complete – not to mention the beautiful extensions and jumps from each girl. Great job!!!

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Coach Erin

Rocori made a splash getting to finals last year and this year they’re back and better than ever.  The Rockettes really fly off the floor when they leap, not just stretch, but soaring height that sets them apart.  Excellent group choices and maximizing of potential for each dancers performance.

Coach Erin

Simley took us California dreaming today with some really nice opening center split footwork and a routine that was a wonderful mix of lovely and powerful.  Plus those old Maple Grove uniforms were so pleasing.

Coach Karen

Simley!

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Spring Lake Park’s dance displays extremely unique movements and choreography that really tells a great story. Dynamic and strong, this dance is by far the move unique and creative of the day. Love how “use the music” but there is non; I was captivated the whole way through. Nicely done:)

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Coach Karen

Totino Grace!

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Coach Erin

Totino Grace took us on a climb today with some very cool arm details and a rotating open set in the beginning that just pops! The hard rock sections are just what state demands – fill the room with intensity and give us all chills!  That one needs an encore.

Coach Karen

Maple Grove’s dance was so fluid and beautiful, I melted:) Don’t get me wrong though, these girls are STRONG and showed amazing placement and control from beginning to end with with arm movements. Precision is the name of the game with this team as they dominate their choreography – just stunning.

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Coach Karen

Duluth Denfeld!

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Coach Erin

Duluth Denfeld had a sweet hard beat breakdown section and some cool jump choices that just kept us guessing a bit and kept the pace rolling.  Certainly not a wasted count in energy and fire.

Coach Karen

St. Cloud Tech brought some amazing turn combinations and floats to this competition, way to step it up girls! Choreography was dynamic and visual all around, plus the color choice in the costume really added to the movements. Also a great display of control in movements and different timing – well done team!!!

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Coach Karen

St. Cloud Teams support each other – this is just amazing!!! Look at these fans support each other and their dancers – LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

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Coach Erin

Mound Westonka dances jazz with such absolute joy it’s easy to see from way up high that they’re simply living the dream.  It was hard to analyze the routine because the enjoy themselves so much that we just get to be a party to watching it and can’t break away.  That is what state is all about ladies.

Coach Karen

Mound Westonka!

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Anoka’s dance was very moving and had me swaying in my seat:) Good use of movements with the music choice – very effective!!! The way the skirt flowed with their open turns really complimented the group and their technique. Very smart choreography as each dancer moved from spot to spot – practical but dynamic. Coach Erin and I both also LOVE your hair – side note:)

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Coach Erin

Faribault in jazz is a rare treat since a drought in jazz appearances going back to 07.  This one was special though because it was both a ton of fun and had a bunch of musicality moments where skills and sequences complimented the music in ways others simply have neglected today.

Coach Karen

Faribault!

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Lakeville North – how many “wow, that was cool” moments can you give me?!?! Love the use of the long skirt, really compliments the lines in these dancers’ during turns and extensions. A lot of really interesting levels and layers with choreography that were very different which only made this dance stick out more – just terrific!!!

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Coach Erin

Sartell changed up the style a bit this year with some dramatic choreography and a touch of their super powered control and execution we normally see in their kick routines.  A few little touches to otherwise classic skills really shine.  This song was on my wish list for this year so you get a big smile from me

Coach Karen

Sartell-Saint Stephen!

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Coach Karen

Henry Sibley made a smart costume choice with those sleeves; their movement placement and precision looks wonderful!!!  Lots of level changes and fluid transitions makes this dance very visually pleasing, plus their use of the floor is wonderful and makes this theme extremely entertaining!!!! Good job Girls!

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Coach Erin

Rockford: the sharpest and cleanest routine everywhere they go – the Rockets are making a solid debut in the AA category by showing that control and hard work get you to the big show just as much as super difficulty would.  Throw in some fun faces and presentation and the routine really shines at the Target Center.

Coach Erin

Rockford!

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Coach Karen

Edina, all I have to say is SHARP!!!!! This is sassy like it was meant to be and you have this blogger smiling from ear to ear:):):) Such dynamic movements and arm placement that makes me wonder if this dance was made for you or if you were made for it!!! No lack of strength and energy from any girl out there – SOLID!!!! Great great great!!!!

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Coach Erin

South St. Paul – way to leave us dancing in our seats!  I loved the firebird leaps and the total sassy breakdown (first one of the day).  This was so much fun you begged us to wanna see it again.

Coach Karen

South St. Paul

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Prior Lake’s team looked like their cloned each dancer and just put 14 of them out there!!! So unified with both leaps and turns – just stunning!!!! When the team did layer a bit in choreography, these dancers displayed wonderful extensions and skill use with lots of level changes and visual choreography. Great!

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Coach Karen

Marshall

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Coach Erin

Marshall: The tigers are over the top on punch and height for their jumps this year, and really showed us the endurance and sparkle can last until the end of an action packed routine.  This one was a huge step up in difficulty and fun from what I’d been seeing in the past from this group.  Really takes it up

Coach Karen

Moundsview’s dance was full of great jumps and transitions! The expression in the girls’ faces was wonderful and I could feel their energy even from the AA side!!! Fluid transitions and beautiful arm placement throughout brought a lot of visual effectiveness to this team, great job!

Coach Karen

Moundsview!
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St. Cloud Cathedral dance was so clean and precise! Loved the use of arms in their turn sets and the formation changes using skills and jumps – so interesting to watch! Arm lines made this dance very visual and captivating; what we always love from this team:) Great job Ladies!!!!

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Coach Karen

Blaine!

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Coach Karen

Benilde-St. Margaret’s dance is piercing with their flawless sharp movements and and beautiful costumes to match! Turn combinations coupled with skill sets will be near impossible to beat, I am blown away by this team’s choreography and control control control. Wonderful!!!

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Coach Erin

Results from class A jazz prelims….(just 7-12 for now)

7. Pelican Rapids (30)

8. Lac Qui Parle Valley DB (41)

9. Worthington (43)

10. Cannon Falls (46.5)

11. Zumbrota Mazeppa (51)

12. Randolph (55.5)

Coach Karen

Class AA/AAA Jazz Prelim Teams:)

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Class AA/AAA Jazz Prelims at 2:00!!!

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Class A Jazz Finals Order of Performance:

St. Charles

Frazee

BOLD

Aitkin

Yellow Medicine East

Duluth Marshall

Coach Erin

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Finalists are about to be announced!

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Teams are taking the floor for class A jazz awards!

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Stay tuned for Class A teams to be announced for Finals at 1:15!!!

Coach Karen

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Pelican Rapids!

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Duluth Marshall brings wide variety of skills that each dancers got to showcase to demonstrate individual strengths, very interesting! I don’t think I have ever seen this wide of an array of skills from a Class A dance and I have to say that I LOVED IT! Combinations and visuals from start to finish – absolutely terrific job!!!

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Coach Erin

Pelican Rapids makes a splash in their return to the state field with a laser focused, intensity driven jazz that showed just how hard it is to get out of section 4 this year.  Strength and power behind every inch made this a complete picture to round out class A today.

Coach Karen

Frazee

Frazee

Coach Erin

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Frazee ready to “rock you soul” and they sure did today.  Beautiful, moving routine from the Fly Girls and a super difficulty stacked routine that looked always like they could do even more.  Perhaps they’re wanting to show us more tonight….judges will have to let us know in 2 short dances.

Coach Karen

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Coach Karen

Randolph dancers show their strength in their precision and accuracy – not an arm or leg out of place!!!! Every dancer could execute the unified skill sets together making this dance perfect for them as a team! Stamina from beginning to end for this team – well done Girls!!!!

 

Coach Erin

St Charles just blew it out of the water with a super clean, sharp, and skill heavy routine.  The stretch and placement on arms while turning along with the least bobbling and movement on the floor means we’re looking at a top scoring routine for the Saints…. this one is a gem for sure

Coach Karen

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Coach Karen

The Worthington dancers looks like they are floating in the air during their dance, so pretty! A lot of talent is packed into these 5 dancers, way to bring it Girls!!! I loved their flowing movements and expression in their faces, plus the strength behind their arm and leg placement will be hard to beat. Way to make me melt ladies, this dance was beautiful:)

Coach Karen

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Coach Erin

Yellow Medicine East really wowed us with their clear experience with the state floor and emotional pull from back row.  This dance has taken the full season to develop and mature, but I think they’ve gotten it all put in place now to make a strong argument for finals today.

Coach Karen

Here comes Cannon Falls!!! Very cute choreography with skills to boot!!! Love the theme and upbeat tempo of this dance – very attention grabbing. Can’t beat a quadruple toe-touch, woo hoo!!! This team also showed its strength with standing leg extensions and holds throughout the dance which we all know too well is hard to do, excellent job:)

Coach Erin

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Cannon Falls jazz getting sassy

Coach Erin

Zumbrota Mazeppa clearly had the best leaps we’ve seen today in the first 2 jumps of their dance.  The cougars had control and personality in what is clearly their strongest routine in a few seasons despite not coming in as section champs this time – it wouldn’t be because they didn’t bring it.

Coach Karen

Aitkin comes to the floor with beautiful technique to make their choreography shine! Wonderfully controlled turn sets make these girls look like true angels with their flowing skirts. Coupled with great lines and extensions during their floor work makes this dance rememberable in Class A. Great job!

Coach Erin

Lac Qui Parle Valley — way to use the full floor and keep the energy flowing throughout.  The opening skill set was a real attention grabber and the punch of every jump and kick was felt in the back row.  Huge steps forward for this program that isn’t always here in jazz.

Coach Karen

Very strong start to this tournament with the BOLD Divas. LOVED this dance from the start: very layered and captivating with sharp movements and challenging choreography. Good use of jumps and skill choice – this was a great dance to set the stage for what’s to come!!!! Great job Divas!!!

Coach Erin

And we’re underway!  BOLD takes the floor now

Coach Erin

Wow Mounds View Dancer Sabrina (?) you were awesome on the National Anthem…. way to rock this one! Sorry I didn’t catch your full name… but you sure killed it

Coach Karen

Jazz A Prelim teams!!!

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Coach Karen

Unnecessary premature picture of the girls in the pit!!!!!! So excited!!!!!

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Coach Karen

Jazz A Pre-lims are about to begin!!! National Anthem in 5 minutes so get to your seats and get ready for magic!!! 🙂

Coach Erin

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jumbotron getting a raise!  We need that floor

Coach Erin

Spectators are coming in the door!  Must be getting close now!

Coach Karen

Mark time is officially done! Getting excited to see what these girls bring to the floor during Pre-lims:)

Coach Erin

Doors open in 10 minutes!!!!!!

Coach Karen

Here we are at State 2016!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to see these beautiful dancers for the next 48 hours – this is my favorite weekend of the year:)

 

Coach Erin

We are getting setup and marking is underway at Target Center!

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