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


Conference Highlights – Thanksgiving Week

Its Wednesday in the land of 10,000 kicks and it’s a great time to take a break from weekend invitational action and look at where the conference standings are headed for this week. Many conferences have had one or more meets already this year, getting teams up and going in front of some judges for the first time. Conferences can contain multiple class teams, and bring together teams from across different sections for some neighborhood rivalry and fun. Here’s how things are shaping up so far:


Classic Suburban Conference: Henry Sibley takes a comfortable lead in the 2 jazz meets so far, but the next top 2 are AA teams who battle it out in section 1AA year after year. This time, it looks like South St. Paul will have the early edge over Simley. North St. Paul will add into this mix once the kick contests begin.

Mississippi 8 Conference: Rogers is stealing the show in the new make-up Miss 8. St. Francis and Chisago Lakes joined the party this year from North Suburban, and have been taking this group up a notch.
Lake Conference: Wayzata has hosted the one Lake Conference meet so far and taken an early win over section rivals Eden Prairie and up-and-comer Edina. Neither team will be letting Wayzata rest easy, even if the Trojets have won every conference meet since I can remember. (anyone know how long their streak has gone?)

South Suburban Conference: The action heated up just last night with Eastview taking a small lead over rival Burnsville, with Apple Valley coming up for 3rd. This conference is probably the best grouping of kick teams in the metro, so if you get a chance to see this one in action, head down to Apple Valley next Tuesday for round 2. Don’t forget these scores were out of 600, so they skew high in the charts. Eastview averaged 81.5 last night, which looks good against Maple Grove’s kick score from Saturday (80.4). Typically these 2 matchup starting at Eastview’s invite, so that one will be a hot ticket.

North Suburban Conference: The new north is a smaller group, but its still a 3-way show between Spring Lake Park, Totino Grace, and Benilde trading off over the years and meets. This one has a ton of variability in results from week to week and it could not have been tighter between Benilde and TG to start things off in the jazz division last week. The big wild card will be Fridley who is pulling something together with their jazz and will want a piece of the pie in the last year of NSC action.

Northwest Suburban Conference: This group has only had 1 jazz meet so far, but Maple Grove looks solid to take the lead in the jazz division, with strong showings coming in from Blaine, Andover, and Champlin Park too. This conference spreads out its meets more, so there can be bigger changes as the season develops.


Suburban East Conference:  This conference doubles up and does kick, jazz, and JV all in one night with lots of section 3AAA shakeups.  Forest Lake is establishing itself as a new leader while Mounds View isn’t taking top spots that we usually see, leaving top places in kick and jazz a bit more up in the air.

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