About Coach Erin

Erin is a 17 year veteran dance team coach in Minnesota. A 3 time MADT coach of the year (2009, 2010, 2014) and winner of 2 state championships in high kick with the Cannon Falls Bomber Dance Team. In high school Erin danced for Winona and Apple Valley high schools. Erin is a nationally known blogger, writing for the Radio City Rockettes and a Hollywood movie among other projects. Erin also teaches on a freelance contractor basis for many MN high school teams and can be contacted for date/time availability at mnhsdanceteam@gmail.com


2nd January Weekend Results

Blaine Invitational (AAA varsity) *new*

Varsity AAA Kick
1st place  St. Cloud Tech 3 rank points
2nd – Brainerd 6
3rd – Blaine 9
4th – Maple Grove 14
5th – Duluth East 19
6th – Champlin Park 20

Varsity AAA Jazz
1st place Maple Grove 4.5 rank points
2nd – St. Cloud Tech 10.5
3rd Place – Blaine 14
3rd Place – Brainerd 14
    (tie breaker put Brainerd at 4th)
5th – Hopkins 15
6th Duluth East – 16.5

Rocori Invitational – 1/14/12

Varsity Kick
2-Pequot Lakes
4-Detroit Lakes

Varsity Jazz
1-Detroit Lakes (won tie-breaker)
2-Pequot Lakes

Missota Conference Championships 1/14/12
Varsity Kick
1. Chaska
2. Chanhassen
3. Academy of Holy Angels
4. Shakopee
5. Farmington
6. Northfield
Varsity Jazz
1. Chaska
2. Chanhassen
3. Shakopee
4. Holy Angels
5. Farmington
6. Northfield
High Kick Champions : Chaska
Jazz Champions: Chaska
Overall Champions: Chaska
JV Kick
1. Chaska
2. Chanhassen
3. Farmington
4. Northfield
5. Shakopee
JV Jazz
1. Chaska
2. Chanhassen
3. Farmington
4. Northfield
5. Holy Angels
6. Shakopee
Overall JV Kick Champions: Chaska
Overall JV Jazz Champions: Chaska
Overall JV Champions: Chaska

Marshall Invitational – 1/14/12

AA Jazz
1. Marshall (3)
2. Albert Lea (6)
JV AA Kick
1. Marshall (4)
2. Willmar (6)
AA Kick
1. Marshall (3)
2. AlbertLea (7.5)
3. Montevideo (11.5)
A/AA JV Jazz

1. RCW JV (4.5)
2. Marshall JV (7)
3. Cannon Falls JV (9)

A Jazz
1. YME (3)
2. Cannon Falls (6)
3. LQPV-DB (11.5)
4. RCW (12)
A JV Kick
1. Cannon Falls (3)
2. LQPV-DB (7)
A Kick
1. Cannon Falls (4)
2. LQPV-DB (5)
3. YME (8)
4. BOLD (12)
5. RCW (17)

Thursday, Jan. 13th – Northern Lights Conference Jazz Meet at Pequot Lakes:

1st- Aitkin (3)
2nd Pequot Lakes (7)
3rd Crosby-Ironton (8)
4th Pierz (12)
5th Pine River Backus (15)
1st Aitkin Black (3)
2nd Pequot Lakes (6)
3rd Pierz (9)
4th Crosby-Ironton (13)
5th Aitkin Red (14)

Wright County Conference Championships @ Orono 1/14
1.  Waconia (4)
2.  Mound Westonka (6)
3.  Delano (9.5)
4.  Hutchinson (12.5)
5.  Orono (14)

1.  Mound Westonka (3)
2.  Waconia (8)
3.  Orono (9) (won tiebraker)
4.  Delano (9)
5.  Hutchinson (15)

Conference Kick Champions:  Waconia
Conference Jazz Champions:  Mound Westonka
Overall Conference Champions:  Mound Westonka

Simley Invitational – 1/14/12
AAA Varsity Kick
1. Irondale (3)
2. Roseville (6.5)
3. Rochester John Marshall (11)
4. Tartan (12)
5. Park (14)
6. Stillwater (19)
7. Minneapolis South (20)
AAA Varsity Jazz:
1. Irondale (3)
2. Rochester John Marshall (2)
3. Tartan (9)
4. Roseville (12)
5. Stillwater (14)
6. Minneapolis South (19)
7. Park (20)
AAA JV Jazz:
1. Irondale JV (3)
2. Rochester John Marshall JV (7)
3. Roseville JV (8)
AA Varsity Kick: (corrected)
1. South St. Paul
2. Austin
3. Simley
4. Kasson Mantorville
AA Varsity Jazz: (corrected)
1. South St. Paul
2. Simley (lost tiebreaker for 1st)
3. Holy Family
4. Austin
A Varsity Kick:

1. Randolph

Northwest Suburban Conference Championships – 1/7/12

1.) Maple Grove
2.) Blaine
3.) Centennial
4.) Andover
5.) Elk River
6.) Anoka
7.) Champlin Park
8.) Coon Rapids
9.) Osseo
10.) Park Center


  1. Anonymous says:

    At the Simley competition on January 14th, Holy Family got third and Austin got fourth in AA Varsity Jazz.

  2. Coach Erin says:

    I made a mistake in Simley results, should be fixed now. Honestly, I was so caught up in the really ummm….rough….way things were announced at the meet that I couldn't stop thinking about the way the announced the tie and forgot who was before that! Even with a form to tell announcers EXACTLY how to announce ties and places, sometimes that doesn't get followed — and its not always done in a positive, tasteful way. I was a bit unprepared. There is also a correction to Marshall results -there was a tab room error in JV results.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow… kind of surprised by the Blaine results. The kick results seem to be the right order, but it sure is a shake up of what we usually see. The jazz results really surprised me. Hopkins 5th? I was not there so I don't know how it looked, but I have seen them perform the dance before and I was pretty sure they would be taking the third place spot at 2AAA sections. Anyone know how Maple Grove's jazz looked like?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Worst judging ever……the dx judges had no clue.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Brainerd performed their new GLAM routine and costumes. Really nice routine and will be much better when cleaned up. The point spread between Tech and Brainerd was only 8 or 9 I believe in kick.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Brainerd has a new dance? I thought they were keeping their “Girls” dance, but just changed their costume.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hopkins in fifth just doesnt seem right. I wasnt there to say how well they did, but I feel like they should be in the top 3.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Tech Jazz is amazing, Brainerd jazz SO cute. Placements were right on at Blaine!

    1. Anonymous says:

      I heard from several dance parents at the meet that Andover looked very good and didn't place?? Anyone else have thoughts??

    2. Anonymous says:

      They placed 7th in Jazz, one spot out of the placements. There were more than 18 teams for AAA, a big category.

    3. Anonymous says:

      Thanks for the information. Saw their jazz and it looked good

  8. Anonymous says:

    I keep hearing rumors that Maple Grove is changing their jazz routine. Any one know if this is true?

    1. Anonymous says:

      They did. Heaven is a place on Earth is their new song. Same costumes.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yes, they did change their jazz routine. The song they are doing, unless they have some revamped version, is basically the same style as “Time Of My Life”. They easily have the best technique in the state, but pairing it with some outdated 80s song will not win them a state championship. I have personally not seen the routine, so it could be amazing, but seeing as they got a rank of 4.5 at Blaine (meaning they must of received a tie rank for first and two 2nd place ranks, one dropped and on not) I feel like this new routine still may not be enough to catch up to Wayzata…

    1. Anonymous says:

      The new dance is amazing. Def never heard this version before…..gonna be interesting.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Erin. I know this does not relate to anything on your site, but I hope you see this. I do not know if you are familiar with the YouTube account “Chanelist” (it is the one that post the state videos dating back to 2005 up to now) but that account has for some reason been disbanded. Not entirely though. All it says on the account is that they will not be taking request and will be taking down all of their videos. I'm wondering if by the littlest of chances you will know why this is? Does it have to do something with MSHSL or MADT? I am just so confused and sadden because that account carried so much dance team history with it. There are still some videos up of the most popular routines (The Eastviews and the Maple Groves) but besides that… the rest of the videos are just gone…

    1. Anonymous says:

      I noticed that as well (videos being pulled off) with at least two accounts- one account posted great videos from the early 90's. I can only guess that maybe it had to do with the comments. Having nothing to do personally with HS dance team (not a coach, dancer, parent, judge etc…) even I found some of the comments posted about the videos very offensive. Now I've noticed that many are posting the videos and disabling the comments- which is unfortunate that we have to censer the positive comments/feedback, because a few like to “stir-up” drama, or leave hurtful words. Just my two-cents…I could be totally off 🙂

  11. Coach Erin says:

    Sorry guys I don't know much about that situation. It's a sticky subject when it comes to copyright, privacy of minors, posting teams you are not competing against violates mshsl rules, and it's a hard job to maintain all of that for free. ( I would know something about that) I can try to look into it once I return from sunny Mexico where I am on vacation. It is nice to have old videos at the ready like that, but I absolutely agree that comments should be moderated or just not allowed on videos. They just can't seem to stay respectful. I'm proud to say that here we've had good discussions that I have never had to take down anything ( yet) so let's keep that going!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks sooo much for the update!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wayzata Results (watched from my couch on tv)!
    Kick. Rank
    1. Brainerd 5
    2. Eden Prairie. 6
    3. Tech. 7
    4. Wayzata. 12
    5, Blaine. 15
    6. Apple Valley. 20
    7. Hopkins. 23.5

    1. Wayzata. 3
    2. Eastview 6.5
    3. Eden Prairie 9.5
    4. Tech 13
    5. Blaine. 17
    6. Spring Lake Park 19.5
    7. Duluth East 24
    8. Hopkins. 25.5

  14. Anonymous says:

    Brainerd rocked! Great day of MN High school dance!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Woah, look at those kick results! Brainerd topped EP and Tech!? Blaine finally cracked the top 5 and Valley's been knocked down to sixth? AAA is finally turning into AA where you never know where teams will finish! State is gonna be real interesting. Plus there is still Eastview and Burnsville. Throw them into the mix and that will make for one crazy state tournament.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Tech did have a fall, but I don't know if that affected the results, I didn't see EP…but looking at the ranks, it was tight! 4AAA is especially going to be interesting!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tech was not deducted for their fall at Wayzata.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Totino-Grace Results

    AA Varsity: Jazz
    1. Chaska
    2. Totino-Grace
    3. Benilde
    4. Sartell
    5. Mound Westonka
    6. Simley

    AA Varsity: Kick
    1. Chaska
    2. Sartell
    3. Totino-Grace
    4. Benilde
    5. Simley
    6. Sauk Rapids-Rice

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