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


Music Mondays – Like This, Try That: State 2011 Edition

Everybody has their favorite songs from each passing state tournament, and 2011 was no exception.  While there is nothing better than seeing a team master the art of picking a good song and matching it to a good dance at state – but it can quickly be ruined by watching it get reused over and over again in years following.  While there is something to be said for doing a well used song – and doing it better – I have always found there are ways to take your favorite dances of the past and capturing their magic without copying them in an exact sense.  Here is my list of some of the most “copyable” songs from state 2011, and some suggestions for what to do instead.  See what else you can come up with! 

First up: Totino Grace –  Mambo Italiano.  What a fun vintage inspired song choice this was.  What I think this goes for is a special feel of a vintage 50’s/60’s era and plays well to a theme costume and movements.  Try anything from the Mad Men soundtrack too.

St. Charles – Stuck on You.  Talk about sugar sweet adorable fun.  I can’t believe how many times people have said this dance was “cute”.  Great way to work with a lower skill level and maximize the creativity.

Benilde-St. Margarets – Heart of the Matter.  This was a return to something more along the lines of the John Mayer song “Say” that they did 2 years previously.  There are some 90s tunes to look at and some things along a similar vein.  Handsome Boy Modeling School’s version of Jack Johnson’s Breakdown is amazing.  

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