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


First Week: Tryouts and Cuts

I hope all my readers out there are having a smooth transition back into winter dance team – it sure is feeling like winter is here at my house.  I always know when I have to schedule a lunch date with my husband just to see him that day, it’s surely winter season.  The last few days of this week are typically big ones for teams across the state – at least for those holding tryouts or placing teams on varsity and JV rosters.  It can be a challenging time, especially for those “on the bubble” of varsity, JV, that solo you wanted, or even making the team at all.  I love this week and I hate this week – it’s so amazing to see routines take shape on bodies for the first time, but handing out disappointment can be the worst thing I have to do all year.  I’m sharing a great article from another website about coping with tryouts and what parents can be doing at home to make sure no matter what happens, this can be a positive experience.  Good luck, take it one step at a time, and train smarter – not harder.  We have a long run ahead of us!

By Brooke de Lench

Trying out for a roster spot on a team can be an extremely stressful situation for young athletes.

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