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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Thanks everyone for a great season and awesome State Tournament! See you next year:)

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Class AAA Kick Finals – 1st Place

Eastview (7)

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Class AAA Kick Finals – 2nd Place

Wayzata (8)

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Class AAA Kick Finals – 3rd Place

Lakeville North (14.5)

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Class AA Kick Finals – 1st Place

Sartell-St. Stephens (7)

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Class AA Kick Finals – 2nd Place

Totino Grace (9)

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Class AA Kick Finals – 3rd Place

Faribault (14)

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Totino Grace, Chaska, St. Cloud Cathedral, and Anoka!

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Faribault, Eastview, Austin, and Wayzata!

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Class A Finals 4-6 (with ranks)

4. Yellow Medicine East (18)

5. Cannon Falls (21)

6. BOLD (30)

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Sartell St. Stephens, Prior Lake, Benilde St. Margaret’s, and Lakeville North!

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Anoka finishes off our Class AAA kick competition with a strong and piercing routine with flawless kicks and combination execution. Leap skills were impressive and visually pleasing, but their moving kick lines made this team really stand out. The control from these girls was intense and consistent, and closed down the day with an unforgettable performance from the Twisters!

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St. Cloud Cathedral brought their historically accurate and technically sound kicks to the Finals floor. Such wonderful control and consistency across the whole team. Great floor work in the one line kicks and loved the transition during the hip hop music breakdown! Great foot work and kick line choreography in the ending kick sets – made this dance a clincher for the Class AA kick competition!

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Totino Grace always turns up their performance in Finals which is always fun to see as it looks like a whole new dance! So sharp and more intricate than before! Kicks were technically sound and their skills in between kick sets was beautiful. Love the overt theme and formations/choreography with the church references, but super HIGH ENERGY! Great job E’Gals!

 

Chaska stands out with their difficult transitions with moving stationary kicks. More intricate and with very different upper body positioning and arms from others – hard to execute and they did it very well. One line kicks and choreography were spot on, and the science formations and references were so fun to see. Awesome Hawks!

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Wayzata’s dance was just so engaging and creative! What interesting formations to form the countdown that lasted through their whole dance! Kicks were well timed and executed very well, even through difficult combinations and transitions. Spacing was a huge strength with this team with how unique everything had to be to pull off the theme – LOVE it Trojets!

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Austin’s routine was full of fun choreography and partner work from beginning to end that made the dance very fun to watch. The music was very up-tempo and the girls kept up with it just fine with extremely sharp kicks that were high and placed correctly! Loved the stationary kicks towards the end – timing was perfect. Amazing job Austin!

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Faribault’s dance was diverse and had a lot to offer the crowd! Amazing kicks, fun choreography, costume changes, the works! The choreography towards the end during “He Had it Coming” song was so fun and creative! Loved the musicality of the choreography, great job ladies!

 

Eastview, how can you be so sharp and fluid at the same time?!?! Loved the intricate salsa dancing in the transitions! Formations moved quickly and the team never stayed in one spot for longer than a count of eight. Skills in the one line were well displayed with stunning kicks and extremely difficult choreography in between. Quite amazing ladies!

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Benilde St. Margaret’s brought a new level of energy to this floor! Love the music note formation and stationary kicks that followed. Great turn into a link-up! Their kicks were incredibly sharp up and down and stayed strong until the very end. Also loved the choreography between kicks, cute and fit the theme well. Awesome job ladies!

 

Lakeville North was trying to kick ME in the face with how high their kicks were! Great formations and turns from this team – very visual and precise! Loved the part where they link and walk over the girls in their team. Kick technique was top notch and will be hard to beat, loved it ladies!

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Prior Lake – SHARP! Toe touches were out of control high and kicks were placed and timed beautifully. Transitions with kicks were very clean and diverse from each other. The kick set at the end into the one-line was perfect – a great way to end this routine. A strong start to AAA, great job ladies!

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Sartell-St. Stephen’s dance had a new level of sharpness to it in the Finals competition. Great fan kicks – timing was dead on and placement was terrific. Foot work was sharp and choreography was executed with a vigor that wasn’t there in prelims. This team wants to place! The crowd went wild for this routine, nicely done Sabre Dancers!

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See you at 7:15 for Class AA/AAA Kick Finals!

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Class A Kick Finals – 1st Place

Frazee (6)

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Class A Kick Finals – 2nd Place

Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd (8)

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Class A Kick Finals – 3rd Place

Aitkin (17)

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Frazee, Cannon Falls, and Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd!

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BOLD, Aitkin, and Yellow Medicine East!

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Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd finishes the Class A kick Finals with a great performance with lots of energy and stamina! Loved the leg extension in the beginning that is held as it lowers to the ground – so difficult! Great choreography in between kick sets – very different and unique to this team! Loved the ripples near the middle of the dance! Great job Shadows!

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Cannon Falls – this hole can’t stop you! They came to the floor determined to make their mark! Kicks were so sharp and clean! Transitions were smooth and timed perfectly, beautiful. One line kicks were amazing – very precise with consistent height! Choreography was confident and left a great impression on the floor, well done Bombers!

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Frazee’s dance is just wonderful and a welcome change in choreography and theme to kick! Their kicks were so sharp and well executed, but their kick combinations were so difficult and unique. They hip hop choreography was very well done and sharp as can be! Loved the crossing kicks in the one line. This dance is so different and wonderful, love it Fly Girls!

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Who are we? YME!!! These girls hit their kicks and choreography stronger than in prelims! Transitional choreography was very controlled and creative. All of their song choices were crowd pleasers. Loved the section of the dance after the one-line! Ending kicks were technically sounds, great job Silhouettes!

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Aitkin’s dance is a great example of strength and creativity. Kick sets got stronger and stronger as the dance progressed with great kick height and timing. One line kicks were very well executed! A lot of power in this team’s arm movements and upper body movements in their choreography. Overall, a hard performance to beat from the All Starz!

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BOLD brought their A-game to the Finals floor, much stronger performance than in prelims! Their kicks were much more consistent and movements were very controlled and precise. Loved the ninja choreography and transitions! This was a performance from a team who wants to medal a second year in a row, nice job ladies!

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Class AA Kick 7-12 (with ranks)

7. Rocori (30)

8. Mound Westonka (34)

9. Orono (40)

10. Marshall (49)

11. Simley (52)

12. Zimmerman (60)

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Class AAA Kick 7-12 (with ranks)

7. Eden Prairie (30.5)

8. Brainerd (31)

9. St. Cloud Tech (47)

10. Spring Lake Park (47)

11. Centennial (55)

12. Henry Sibley (58)

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Class A Kick Finals start at 5:30, see you then!

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Class AAA Kick Finalists (in order of performance):

  1. Prior Lake
  2. Lakeville North
  3. Eastview
  4. Wayzata
  5. Chaska
  6. Anoka

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St. Cloud Cathedral, Wayzata, Rocori, and Centennial!

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Class AA Kick Finalists (in order of performance)

  1. Sartell-St. Stephens
  2. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
  3. Faribault
  4. Austin
  5. Totino Grace
  6. St. Cloud Cathedral

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Mound Westonka, Anoka, Simley, and Spring Lake Park!

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Faribault, Brainerd, Marshall and Lakeville North!

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Orono, Eden Prairie, Zimmerman, and Eastview!

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Totino Grace, Prior Lake, Benilde St. Margarets, and St. Cloud Tech!

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Austin, Chaska, Sartell-St. Stephens, and Henry Sibley!

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Rocori rounds out the Class AA kick prelims with a strong dance . Loved the formations and choreography during the Missy Elliot section of the dance in the middle! Great use of the full floor with interesting formations and transitions! The hip hop movements were well executed and brought a new element to this dance to help it stand out. Great job ladies!

 

Centennial’s dance was a perfect way to end the Class AAA kick prelims! Great transitions and different choreography! One line kicks were strong and the extension was well executed! Formations were creative and timed perfectly. Kicks were also consistent and placed very well – a total package. Awesome!

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St. Cloud Cathedral still has some of the best stationary kicks in Class AA. Great kick combinations and foot work worked into each one. Loved the lollipop choreography and formations! Such strong execution from these girls – great kicks integrated into their floor choreography, very impressive Crusaderettes!

 

The Trojets have complete control over every muscle in their bodies! Great kick control and placement! Loved the theme and the count down integrated in their formations, so fun and creative! This dance has the perfect combination of great movement and well executed skills and kicks, loved it Wayzata!

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Simley – be still my heart. You had my undivided attention from the first eight count with this amazing theme. So many fun moments with the choreography and formations! Kicks were well executed and difficult as the combinations were tough! I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear through this whole routine, thank you Simley!

 

Spring Lake Park’s dance displayed truly wonderful kick height and sharpness. Movements were placed perfectly and timed very well. Loved how the team moved from side to side using the whole floor! Nice use of jazz technique and choreography in a visual way, a strong routing from this team. Great job!

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Mound Westonka – super cute choreography and formations! Loved the costumes; they showed off their kicks well and add some cool color to the dance! This dance showed off a lot strong arm movements and upper body movements. Formations and transitions were very fun and interesting towards the end! Loved it ladies

 

Anoka dance was full of fun water reference in their movements and formations. Great kick technique and placement. The turn set was well executed. Great kick set in the wave pattern towards the end as it moved and stayed fluid – very different from other dances! Excellent job Twisters!

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The Marshall Tiger Dance Team brought a very fun and detailed dance to the floor. A strong one-line combination of kicks and choreography! Great arm movements in the un-linked kicks – very difficult to master and these girls did it! Strong toe touches fro the full team as well, great job!

 

Lakeville North takes over the whole dance floor with their formations and choreography! Very impressive transitions and arm movements creating lots of visual moving moments! Great turn execution and musicality! Kicks were consistent and high. A great display of fluid transitions and flawless link-ups. great job Lakeliners!

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Faribault never disappoints with their kick technique. Kicks were difficult in combination and timing. Great energy from the team and song choices was wonderful! Loved the subtle change in costume to add the color to the routine! A strong solid dance that will be tough to top, nice job Emerald Dance Team!

 

The Brainerd Kixters always bring such great formations and transitions to the State floor. Kick technique was top notch and difficulty was right up there as well. Such diverse movements and skills displayed in this dance. Loved the Michael Jackson linked formation transition – so smooth and flawless, amazing job!

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Zimmerman had some of the best control of kicks in Class AA, especially in the beginning. Great use of the floor and formations for a smaller team of 10 girls. Movements were quick and sharp throughout the full dance. Everything was pristine and clean and well thought out, nicely done Thunder!

 

Eastview brought the most musicality to the Class AAA floor! Such intricate movements and foot work that coupled with the accents of the music. The salsa dancing between kick sets was so fun to watch! I was wowed by the transition into the one-line, it was so smooth and perfect. Just amazing Lightning!

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Orono’s brings a great theme and choreography to State yet again! Loved the formations and costuming to tell a full story. Kicks were consistent and well placed. Loved the little nuances from the movie and character solos. These girls danced with a real sense of pride and love for their routine, thanks for the smile Orono!

 

Eden Prairie’s dance was complicated and interesting. The changing of tempos made it much more challenging and difficult to execute. Great control of upper bodies in this dance, especially during the linked transitions! The braids were a gamble, but it helped with the uniformity factor in this dance, well done Eagles!

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Benilde St. Margaret’s formations were ever changing and elaborate. Very consistent kick in height and stamina. This team really used the full floor and moved from corner to corner throughout their dance! Great kick height and uniformity with each kick set, this team brought some great spice to their theme – great job!

 

Did you see the kicks from St. Cloud Tech?!?! They faced away from me and I was still blown away by their height and sharpness! Their music was fun and upbeat which matched the choreography perfectly. Loved the leap into the roll transition towards the middle of the dance. Great color placement on the leg of the costume too, I am amazed St. Cloud!!!

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Totino Grace’s dance blew everyone away with their sharpness and incredibly strong kicks! Loved the linked leap and diagonal ripple choreography! So much energy and passion from these girls! Creative and well thought out choreography – really made this theme come to life! LOVED IT E’Gals!

 

Prior Lake’s dance was well orchestrated. Great transition in lines with the left front leap! Very challenging and stood out for sure – kudos! Great turn set with girls folding into the formation. This team’s dance had strong kicks for sure, but the choreography in between made a bigger impact and helped it stand out! Way to set a high bar Prior Lake!

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Sartell-St. Stephens stepped up the competition with their kick height and sharpness! Smooth transitions and links, jumps were high and impressive as well. Great kick variety, even when un-linked. Ahh!!!! They had skirts the whole time…WHAT?!?! Where did they come from??? What a fantastic ending, great job Sabre Dance Team!

 

Henry Sibley’s dance was very clean and their tow touches were incredible! Kicks were very technical and accented well with the different leg patterns on the costume. Great lines in formations and a fun song/theme to boot, a great performance from this team!

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Love it Austin!!!! Great partner choreography that was fun and difficult. Kicks were great quality; high and technically sound. Really loved the formations and transitions and overall execution was terrific. Nice job Packer Dance Team!

 

Chaska brougt very unique transitions and formations to the table in true Chaska form. This team rarely stayed in the same spot for over a count of 8. Intricate arm movements made them stand out and set a high precedent for the rest of Class AAA. Kicks were impressive and well executed; love the one-line choreography! Nice job Chaska!

 

Class A Kick 7-12 (with rank)

7. Bagley (36.5)

8. Wabasha-Kellogg (42)

9. Zumbrota-Mazeppa (45.5)

10. Lake City (49)

11. Randolph (51.5)

12. New Ulm Cathedral (54)

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Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Frazee, Wabasha-Kellogg, and Cannon Falls!

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Class A Kick Finalists (in order of performance)

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

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Aitkin, New Ulm Cathedral, Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd, and Bagley!

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Yellow Medicine East, BOLD, Lake City, and Randolph!

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Cannon Falls closes out the Class A Kick Prelims with a really well thought out Prince dance. Very clean from beginning to end with high and consistent kicks! Kick combinations were interesting and difficult. This team showed exactly what to do when faced with a major challenge after one of them suffered an injury, excellent job Bombers!

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wow Cannon!  way to pull something amazing together in the face of adversity.  I would have thought they practiced with that unexpected hole for an injury.  It shows what real professionals they are.

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Wabasha really stepped up their personal skill and execution levels from last season.  Solid turning and turning into hookups is no easy feat for anyone, and in class A its quite rare.

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Wabasha-Kellogg’s dance had a lot of great creative arm movements that accented their kicks. Loved the Egyptian theme and music. The turn into the one-line kicks was great!. Kicks were high and sharp, some of the better ones of the division. A very well performed routine, watch out for the Wabasha-Kellogg dancers!

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Cannon Falls will perform at the end of the Class A Division.

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Let’s go Fly Girls! Their Hamilton dance was so different and well done. I watched in awe until the end now knowing what to think, then at the end I just yelled “YES!” Who knew you could make a kick dance out of Hamilton??? Choreography was an amazing combo of in-sync hip hop with creative formations and amazing kicks to boot! High and well executed kick combinations, absolutely loved it Frazee!!!

Coach Erin

Frazee’s “hamilton” just takes innovative and dynamic movements to a new level.  Musicality, syncopation, attitude and a ton of heart from the Fly Girls.

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Zumbrota  gives us some strong technique and a great foundation behind their turns and skills, not just in the kicks, but behind every move

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Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s theme was so fun and well orchestrated! Song choices were spot on and fun for everyone! Good use jazz skills in a visually pleasing way. Kicks were very sharp, especially on the left! Formations matched the theme and choreography well and made this dance a great package for State. Love it ladies!

Coach Erin

Bagley easily has the most unique, clever, and engaging theme we’ve seen at state yet. I’m in love with the Beauty and the Beast (mode).

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Bagley’s theme was so cool and fun! So dynamic and fun with a build from subtle Disney to fun hip hop! Great formations and transitions – very intricate and difficult. These girls were sharp sharp sharp! Kicks were consistent and sharp on the way up and down. I really loved this dance a lot, thank you Bagley!

Coach Erin

Lac Qui Parle kick is an easy favorite routine of theirs.  Really innovative, unique, and sophisticated choreography choices highlight their obvious focus on technique that is just a notch above the typical class A

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Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd’s dance caught my eye immediately. The first kick set was stunning and creative. Such a powerful energy from this team, and the transitions were so different and well executed. This was the best technique from a team that I have seen this morning – a dance to beat from the Shadows!

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New Ulm Cathedral makes a return to the state kick division with “paint it black”  – nice to see them return in a division they won back in 2000.

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New Ulm Cathedral’d dance was sharp and strong for a smaller team. Good use of foot work with kick combinations. Kicks were consistent across the team and well timed. Jumps were a strong point for this team and there was a variety to choose from. Wonderful ladies!

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Aitkin’s Phantom dance was true to the Aitkin tradition of fun formations and creative costuming. Loved the theatrics and facials from these girls! Kicks were strong and well timed, and the ripple towards the end was strong and very cool and different! Kick height was also impressive and consistent, great job All Stars!

Coach Erin

Aitkin always fills out themes to the maximum, including a candelabra, pianos, hearts and arrows.

Coach Karen

Randolph’s routine was the sharpest I have seen today. Great timing in kicks and arm movements, made it very visually pleasing and interesting. The color of their pants was smart as it accented their kick height and consistency. Kicks at the end of the dance were as good as the ones in the beginning, really great job Rockettes!

Coach Erin

Randolph stepped up their transitions and tricks this year – easily the most intricate choreography from them than we’ve seen in previous state trips

Coach Karen

Here comes Lake City! Great unity and timing with their kicks, especially in the second half of the dance. Loved the little odes to the different military branches in both the songs and choreography choices. This team did a lot with a smaller amount of dancers and I loved it, great job!

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Lake city was ultra sharp.  Obviously came to state prepared.

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BOLD brought us an amazing Ninja dance with fun choreography and use of costumes. The hoods and masks were a great touch to this dance. Fun song choices and ripples that matched the theme. Good variety of kicks and also kick pace – very hard to execute. Way to bring it Warrior Dance Team!

Coach Erin

Loved the cool ripples and slow stalls with the masks and hoods.  It really added to BOLD’s effect.

Coach Karen

Yellow Medicine Easts starts the day off right with a very technical kick dance. Great kick set towards the end with lots of fans and a visual lines. The music caught everyone’s ear and the choreography coupled nicely with the accents of the songs. Great transitions to boot, especially leading up to the “You are now a Silhouette” line, great job ladies!

Coach Erin

YME had a great ending with moving triangles into the final finishing pose.  The music mix was a true classic!

Coach Karen

Class A Kick Teams are entering the floor – GET EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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In the meantime, let’s recap some Jazz Day standing!

Class A 1-12:

  1. Frazee
  2. Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd
  3. Zumbrota-Mazeppa
  4. Yellow Medicine East
  5. Aitkin
  6. Duluth Marshall
  7. St. Charles
  8. BOLD
  9. Houston
  10. New Ulm Cathedral
  11. PACT
  12. Richfield

Class AA 1-12:

  1. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
  2. Totino Grace
  3. Sartell-St. Stephens
  4. Mound Westonka
  5. St. Cloud Cathedral
  6. South St. Paul
  7. Faribault
  8. Rocori
  9. Marshall
  10. Simley
  11. Waconia
  12. Chisago Lakes

Class AAA 1-12:

  1. Wayzata
  2. Eastview
  3. Maple Grove
  4. Edina
  5. Lakeville North
  6. Prior Lake
  7. Anoka
  8. Brainerd
  9. Spring Lake Park
  10. Blaine
  11. Mounds View
  12. Centennial

Coach Karen

That’s it for marking! Doors are opening and the crowd is pouring in! Class A Kick starts at 11:30 with the National Anthem at 11:20, see you then!

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Thanks for a great Jazz Day! See you tomorrow for Kick! Goodnight!

Coach Karen

Class AA Jazz 4-6 (with ranks)

4. Mound Westonka – 21

5. St. Cloud Cathedral – 23

6. South St. Paul – 30

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Class AAA Jazz Finals – 1st Place

Wayzata (6)

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Class AAA Jazz Finals – 2nd Place

Eastview (8)

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Class AAA Jazz Finals – 3rd Place

Maple Grove (17)

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Class AA Jazz Finals – 1st Place

Benilde-St. Margarets (5)

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Class AA Jazz Finals – 2nd Place

Totino Grace (9)

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Class AA Jazz Finals – 3rd Place

Sartell-St. Stephens (15)

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South St. Paul, Prior Lake, Totino Grace, and Edina!

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Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Lakeville North, St. Cloud Cathedral, and Wayzata!

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Sartell-St. Stephen, Eastview, Mound Westonka, and Maple Grove!

Coach Karen

Edina’s dance was the perfect way to end this Jazz competition. The extreme power in the body movements from these girls pierced everyone in the audience. Loved the turn combination towards the beginning with the full team. The complexity of the transitions and formations was unforgettable. I loved this dance, great job!

Coach Erin

Edina brings us the hopes and dreams with this tear-jerker.  Turns were on point for sure.  I love how everyone in AAA brings it in finals.  No room for error!

Coach Karen

Totio Grace tells a great story with their jazz dances every yea. The choreography is ever-changing and different than most others, but so unified and performed well which makes them hard to beat. Turn combos were layered and complex, but this team’s floor work really adds to their routine. Awesome job E’Gals!

Coach Erin

The E’Gals ending sequence is easily my favorite here, including the slow hand grabs at the end.  I do love a good show of team unity – it’s a classic.

Coach Karen

Prior Lake executed their dance with perfection. Skills from these girls are unmistakable, especially in turn set difficulty and technique. Really loved the layered choreography in the middle of the dance in lines, so different and strong. My favorite beginning of this competition I think because of the impact it left on me, amazing!

Coach Erin

Prior Lake has a great slow headstand by 6 people that I just love.  So hard and they always crush it.  Overall this dance was really powerful and certainly at it’s very best for finals.

Coach Karen

South St. Paul is excited to be at this Finals competition! Energy from this team slapped me in the face and exuded from each dancer. Turns were timed beautifully. Loved the differentiated leaps and and combined greatly with other extension skills. The choreography between skills though is what kept me interested with this dance and made it stand out from the rest, great job ladies!

Coach Erin

SSP’s “grown woman” is so catchy and fun.

Coach Karen

St. Cloud Cathedral gave us such an emotional performance. Loved the upper body movements and extensions of the arms throughout the dance – especially during transitions. Lots of power in their extensions and holds, especially in their hold towards the end. This team loves being here and performed exquisitely, just loved it:)

 

Wayzata’s performance was stunning. Their turn technique is second to none and makes them truly unstoppable. Choreography was smooth but incredibly strong. Loved the staggered entry turn combo near the end with the dynamic jump out of it as a full team with an accent of the music – a trifecta! Superb job Trojets!

Coach Erin

Wayzata was absolute perfection in execution and cleaning.  Pretty sure that couldn’t have been done any better.  Expect max points that one’s worth.

Coach Erin

Cathedral has a unique cartwheel/handstand sort of hybrid that stands out as a cool skill of the tournament.  I thought they snuck in quite a few unique moments that show why this routine got high enough marks for finals.

Coach Karen

Benilde-St. Margaret’s routine is just beautiful. Their costumes shine brightly on the State floor and and they truly moved as one. Turns were executed wonderfully and leap combinations were stunning. Their dance was very stylized and different than expected from this group, which drew my attention and held it from beginning to end! Loved it!

 

Lakeville North’s dance got even more interesting to me the second time around. I watch more of the non-turning groups and noticed how intricate their choreography was and how difficult the movements really were. I loved when the whole group came together and moved in unison with leveled choreography that really went with the music and made the crowd rise to their feet. Great job ladies!

Coach Erin

I adore North’s add on turn set.  that is so hard to time as the girls starting later have GOT to be on point and at full speed right away.  They nailed it.

Coach Erin

Benilde is so lovely and lifted throughout.  It has a nice flowing visual  – utilizing smooth transitions to keep us engaged.

Coach Karen

Maple Grove brought their A-game in turns to Finals! Though they looked amazing in Prelims, they will be hard to beat in Finals s they got sharper and their timing went a notch up! Such interesting transitions in the second half of the dance that differentiated them from others as well. A very memorable routine from the Crimson Dance Team!

Coach Erin

Maple Grove really perfected everything tonight.  I noticed more details this time with musical accents and unique choices for landing leaps and turns that defy the expected.

Coach Karen

Mound-Westonka’s dance was very dynamic and powerful. Lots of level changes and layered choreography from this team, along with great leaps and jumps! Great formations and transitions, especially with the choreography in the last minute of the dance. So many great moments with differentiated levels, some girls on the floor extending while others were soaring in the air. Great job!

Coach Erin

Skyfall is such a great choice for Mound Westonka to depart from their comfort zone and step up the intensity.  I’m liking where this one is heading.

Coach Erin

Eastview ups the passion and really hit their turns tonight in finals.  Their dance is so original and moving.  Hard to put a value on that.  Sheer enjoyment and a feeling of being captivated.

Coach Karen

Eastview kicks off Class AAA Jazz Finals with a terrifically performed powerful dance. Their costume choice really adds a lot of visual effectiveness to their routine with their grouping and leveled choreography. Loved when some of the team was turning while others were transitioning around them with beautiful choreography. Turn sets were executed with perfection, loved it Lightning Dance Team!

Coach Karen

Sartell-St. Stephen starts off Class AA Finals with a sassy upbeat routine. The girls were sharp in prelims, but they somehow are defying basic principles of physics and got even sharper! Lots of great group choreography, especially towards the middle and end. Turn combos were executed beautifully and landings were controlled and precise. Excellent job ladies!

Coach Erin

Lovin’ the snake visuals and the uniform color creates the full look.  Creative holds, lines, and partner-work create the serpent imagery.

Coach Karen

Class A Jazz 4-6 (with ranks)

4. Yellow Medicine East (20.5)

5. Aitkin (22)

6. Duluth Marshall (25)

Coach Karen

Congratulations Class A on a great Jazz Day! Class AA/AAA Jazz Finals start at 7:15! See you then!

Coach Karen

Class A Jazz Finals – 1st Place

Frazee (6)

Coach Erin

First jazz medal for LqPV!

Coach Karen

Class A Jazz Finals – 2nd Place

Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd (8)

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Class A Jazz Finals – 3rd Place

Zumbrota-Mazeppa (19.5)

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Duluth, Frazee, and Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd!

Coach Karen

Zumbrota, Aitkin, and YME!

Coach Erin

now we wait for the first medals of 2018

Coach Karen

Lac qui Parle Dawson Boyd’s dance will be hard to forget! The MUSICALITY!!!! Need I say more! Such a variety of upper body movements, arm extensions, and unique combinations! Each turn set was executed perfectly on time and with great technique, this dance was the perfect way to round our Class A Jazz Finals! Way to go Shadows!

Coach Erin

LqPV really nailed that tough turnset right at the end of the dance it’s a brutal hard place to put that move.  Very bold!

Coach Erin

I love how Frazee uses the “eyes to serve, my hands to learn” phrasing so well in their choreography choices.  It’s a mark above what many class A jazz routines tend to contain.

Coach Karen

The Frazee Fly Girls control every muscle in their bodies during their routine! Such beautiful movements and arm choreography from these girls. The expression in the girls’ faces and body language is truly amazing. Turns placement was precise and executed perfectly, a very remarkable dance!

Coach Karen

Wow, Duluth Marshall brought a stronger and cleaner routine to Finals! Love the heart in this dance. Great jumps from these girls and movements that matched up with the music perfectly. The smiles from these girls radiated up to our booth, so wonderful to feel from them:) Turn combinations were slow and difficult! Nice job ladies!

Coach Erin

Duluth Marshall stepping it up in finals with a much sharper performance and a confidence that comes with being here on a regular basis.

Coach Erin

YME brings us an ocean of emotion with “never let me go”.  They sure do bring the passion when it’s finals time.

Coach Karen

Who are we? YME!!! This 6 girls take over the entire State floor, impressive! Still love the little solo tricks throughout this routine, helps it stick out from the others. Good jump height and turn technique from this group, and I have to give a lot of love for the costumes! Great job YME!

Coach Karen

Aitkin – way to bring it with the jump combinations! A very great use of skills in this dance! Turn combinations were strongly executed and each was unique from the rest which was fun to watch, but difficult to perform. Really liked the precision of each movement and how controlled everything was, great job Aitkin!

 

Coach Erin

Aitkin has a really interesting floorwork section that I think sets them apart in the jazz field this year.  They took some risks this season and it’s paying off in the end.

Coach Karen

Zumbrota-Mazeppa kicks of Class A Jazz Finals with a more unified dance than in Prelims! Turn sets were spot on in timing and choreography was very precise! Loved their use of skirts in the choreography, so cute and well designed into the dance. Great great great performance ladies (did I mention it was great?) 🙂

Coach Karen

Get ready for Class A Jazz Finals! Starting in a few minutes with the National Anthem!

Coach Karen

Maple Grove, Chisago Lakes, Brainerd, and Waconia!

Coach Karen

Totino Grace, Prior Lake, South St. Paul, and Spring Lake Park!

Coach Karen

Wayzata, Eastview, Marshall, and Lakeville North!

Coach Karen

Class AAA 7-12 (with rank score):

7. Anoka – 35

8. Brainerd – 43.5

9. Spring Lake Park – 43.5

10. Blaine – 45

11. Mounds View – 49

12. Centennial – 58

Coach Karen

Class AA 7-12 (with rank score):

7. Faribault – 32

8. Rocori – 34

9. Marshall – 39

10. Simley – 46

11. Waconia – 53.5

12. Chisago Lakes – 58.5

Coach Karen

Rocori, Anoka, St. Cloud Cathedral, and Benilde-St. Margaret’s!

Coach Karen

Class AAA Jazz Finalists (in order of performance):

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

Coach Karen

Class AA Jazz Finalists (in order of performance)

  1. Sartell-St. Stephen
  2. Mound Westonka
  3. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
  4. St. Cloud Cathedral
  5. South St. Paul
  6. Totino Grace

Coach Karen

Sartell-St. Stephen, Edina, Simley, and Centennial!

Coach Karen

Mound Westonka, Blaine, Faribault, and Moundsview!

Coach Karen

Totino Grace’s dance was truly a story in itself:) So unique in its movements and transitions. Also, you cant miss their amazing technique in their leaps and turns. Turn sets were well executed and difficult. And the costumes; so sparkly and beautiful! This dance will be hard to forget, great job E’Gals!

 

Prior Lake’s dance was strong and precise. Great turn sets and technique! The ending was so captivating! The team moved as one in everything, great transitions and creative level changes. Loved the difficulty in turn combinations – a true strength for this team. Great job Prior Lake!

 

South St. Paul brought us a peppy, fun dance to round out Class AA Jazz. So much energy and bright facials from these girls! Great leaps from this team and the combinations around them are superb! This dance didn’t slow down and kept those girls moving until the very end, awesome job South St. Paul!

 

Spring Lake Park rounds out Class AAA Jazz Prelims with beautiful costumes that accented their turn combinations making them stronger and more unified! Later using their skirts in their choreography – so fun! Great use of the floor and formations were versatile and unique. Great way to end our Jazz prelims ladies!

Coach Erin

I’m loving the South St. Paul style year after year.  “Grown Woman” doesn’t disappoint for sass.

Coach Karen

Eastview brought a great routine that exemplified a message of love and power to the whole Target Center. Great group choreography and visual movements and transitions. I am blown away at how this dance made me feel! Amazing turns and technique in…just everything. Just wonderful Lightning Dance Team.

 

Marshall’s dance was very clean and precise! Great transitional movements and arms! Loved the part with the solo in the middle with the fun partner work surrounding her. Super sharp arms and leg movements, made the dance very visually pleasing and intricate. Great execution ladies!

 

Lakeville North’s dance sent chills down my spine:) Especially the choreography towards the end – surprise levels and extensions paired perfectly with dynamic music! Turn sets were unified and performed with great technique. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a little Journey at the State Tournament! Love it!

 

Waconia made a strong song choice with a slower beginning that builds with their dance and choreography! Great extensions from these girls and strong technique in placed choreography! Overall – a strong performance with a variety of skill level and stamina. Awesome job Waconia!

 

Maple Grove dance was full of creative movements and technique. Turn sets stood out as they displayed skills that other teams lacked. Great use of music and movement towards the end – really captivated the audience and myself! Great extensions and leg placement in jumps and leaps – amazing job Crimson!

 

Great job Chisago! Movements complimented the music so well and choreography was creative and strong! Body placement was difficult and really displayed the skill level of this team. Transitional choreography was super impressive and well executed – it really drew in the crowd and left us all in suspense. Wonderful job Chisago!

 

Brainerd’s dance was full of strong movements and choreographed transitions that were quick and strong while the music stayed smooth – very interesting!! Great use of the floor and formations! Such interesting shapes and transitions! This team does well with extensions and holds. Nice job Kixters!

Coach Karen

Wayzata brought their A-game with amazing control and stamina from each girl. Choreography complimented the music perfectly with strong movements and transitions. Great turn sets that were perfectly placed and controlled. Great performance Trojets!

 

Benilde-St. Margaret’s dance was beautiful and breath taking! Their beginning left me so captivated and I couldn’t look away! Every part of their body was engaged and dynamic! I felt energy on leaps, turns, transitions, and simple head movements. So impressive, wonderful performance ladies!

Coach Karen

Rocori’s dance was full of surprises! I felt that most of the jumps came out of nowhere and were high and clean – very nice! Great facials and energy from these girls! This dance made me smile from ear to ear – great stamina and control Rockettes!

 

Anoka gave us a lot of group/partner choreography that really made it stand out! Great whole-team pirouettes and turn sets, strong with good technique. Very visual and well thought-out choreography, so much variety of movements. Nice job ladies!

 

St. Could Cathedral’s dance had amazing formations and transitions! The middle section was like a kalidescope with levels and floor-work choreography! Very cool jumps and leaps from this team, coupled with strong multi-level choreography made this team a strong competitor. Great job!

Coach Karen

Loved the beginning of Simley’s dance – used the full floor and left me guessing what would happen with every count. Great extensions from this team – a main strong point. Leaps and jumps were well executed with beautiful lines in their arms and legs. Terrific ladies!

 

Centennial – LOVED these costumes! They gave this dance a very visual dynamic that added a lot to this choreography. This dance had a lot of energy and large-group movement that was beautiful and crowd pleasing. Very fluid transitions and expressive arm movements, very pretty ladies!

Coach Karen

Sartell-St. Stephen combined amazing technique and fun hip-hopish choreography throughout the dance. Formations were impressive and ever-moving. Loved the groupings towards the end with the extension holds and other skills – super interesting and fun to watch. Way to go Sabre Dance Team!

 

Edina – did you just do 10 pirouettes (or more) in a row?!?! What a game changer of a dance! So strong in every movement; I don’t even think this dance had counts but each dancer was in sync with every other dancer! I am blown away Edina Dance Team, hope to see this amazing routine at Finals!

Coach Karen

Class A Jazz 7-12 with rank score:

7. St. Charles – 33

8. BOLD – 40

9. Houston – 44

10. New Ulm Cathedral – 48

11. PACT – 50

12. Richfield – 58.5

Coach Karen

Class AA/AAA Jazz Prelims starts at 2:00, see you in 15 minutes!!!

Coach Karen

Houston, Richfield, Aitkin, St. Charles, PACT, and Duluth Marshall!

Coach Karen

Class A Jazz Finalists (in order of performance)

  1. Zumbrota Mazeppa
  2. Aitkin
  3. Yellow Medicine East
  4. Duluth Marshall
  5. Frazee
  6. Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd

Coach Karen

Frazee!

Coach Karen

Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd!

Coach Karen

New Ulm Cathedral!

Coach Karen

Zumbrota-Mazeppa!

Coach Karen

Yellow Medicine East!

Coach Karen

BOLD 2.0!

Coach Karen

BOLD!

Coach Erin

Stay tuned for pictures of Class A jazz routines.  Lots of technical issues to sort out

Coach Karen

Coach Karen

Coach Erin

and now we wait for the announcement of the finalists

Coach Karen

PACT had a good variety of combinations and skills. Loved the use of levels and jumps, very clean and pretty to watch. The colors of the costume were beautiful and fit the dance well. Jumps and leaps were this team’s strong suit and each set was executed beautifully. A strong wrap up to the Class A Jazz Prelims, thanks Pantherettes!

Coach Erin

St. Charles and PACT wrapped up the meet with some of the cleanest and sharpest routines of the day.

Coach Karen

St. Charles blew me away with their strength and power! At first the beginning of the dance stood out to me, but at the end I realized that I had taken pictures until the very end because I was so captivated! This team displayed great precision and control in everything from turn sets to transitions. Way to bring it ladies!!!

Coach Karen

Aitkin’s dance was dynamic and very different from other Class A dances. Choreography stood out and matched the song choice beautifully. Technique was strong and floor work was intricate. Nice control of extensions on all levels, liked the choreographed transitions with layering and different skill levels. Nice job All Stars!

Coach Karen

Hello Richfield! Great song choice and upbeat choreography! Pony tails were a good choice as they brought some great sass to the dance! The energy and facials were strong, even during leaps and turns. The dance had a lot of levels and formation changes, even with only 6 girls! Nice job ladies!!!

Coach Erin

Loving the upbeat music choice in “Fire” from Richfield.  Some interesting turn choices including one that rotates right, then unwraps to the left that stood out.

Coach Erin

Up next, Richfield – the first dance team to ever win a state championship is back at state after many decades!

Coach Karen

The Houston Dance Team displayed a lot of group work and choreography which was fun to watch. Very pretty unified jumps and extensions. Loved when the team broke up into three different parts and displayed the different skills – still in lines but the choreography was layered and interesting. Great job ladies, glad to see you here at State!

Coach Erin

I love it when a tiny town has a huge showing at state like Houston does!

Coach Karen

Duluth Marshall’s dance was very cute and happy, I bounced along the whole time smiling:) Each dancer had beautiful jumps and extensions in the air. Facial expressions were strong and never faded, and movements stayed strong until the very end. Really enjoyed the classic feel of this dance and song, wonderful job ladies!

Coach Erin

Great use of lyrics to drive the choreography Fly-Girls.  Such pleasing technique makes this one easy on the eyes.

Coach Karen

Frazee brought beautiful turn combinations and skill. I smiled through each combination and loves that each was different from the other. Choreography was sharp, yet soft. Strong cores in each of these Fly Girls! Great use of music and dynamics in simple arm and leg movements, excellent!

Coach Karen

Lac qui Parle Valley Dawson Boyd – such a fun dance!! This dance left me wanting more and hoping to see it again. Such interesting choreography to go with the song, never knew what was coming next which was incredibly captivating. Also loved the pause towards the end in the bridge that made the crowd truly gasp. Amazing job Shadows!

Coach Erin

I always thought ‘Believer’ was a great Class A jazz song choice…..

Coach Karen

New Ulm Cathedral – loved the high releves from each dancer during turn combinations:) Costume choice showed off their strong arm placement and made the dance very visually pleasing.  Nice control throughout the dance and HIGH JUMPS! Terrific work!

Coach Erin

NUC had some of the highest jumps we’ve seen yet today.  This is a growing program on the rise every time I’ve seen them in the last few years.  Solid jazz debut.

Coach Erin

Wow ZM — that was really strong and easily the most complete package routine in recent memory from your team.  Easy to see why they’re section champs!

Coach Karen

Love the costume choice from Zumbrota! Great use of formations and transitions – they never stayed in the same spot for more than a count of eight! Turn combinations compliment the music well and really enhances this dance visually. A strong performance from Zumbrota-Mazeppa, loved it!

Coach Erin

Some great athletic skills YME. Difficulty was off the charts.

Coach Karen

Coach Karen

Great synergy from the YME Silhouettes! Turn combinations were impressive and unified, great technique from each dancers. The choreography was sprinkled with fun and interesting solo-ed moments as well displaying great extensions and abilities from different dancers which was fun. Nice job YME!

Coach Karen

Coach Erin

Don’t forget you can join the live video stream at KSTP Channel 45.  Prep45.com

Coach Karen

BOLD kicks off the Class A Jazz tournament with a beautiful routine that displayed fun intricate floor work. Great jumps and differentiation of groupings from beginning to end – the beginning was especially captivating. A variety of difficulty of turns as well, great job ladies:)

Coach Erin

Up first in class A jazz: BOLD

Coach Karen

Coach Erin

Anthem is underway!  That means we start in 5

Coach Karen

Class A Jazz Team are about to hit the floor! See you after the National Anthem!

Coach Erin

Karen and I are so excited you’re joining us for another state tournament coverage day!!

Coach Karen

Coach Karen

Doors just opened up!!!!! Come grab a seat and get ready for the magic!!! Woohoo Jazz Day!!!

Coach Karen

It’s Jazz Day!!!! Getting set up for an amazing day, can’t wait to see everyone this year:)

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