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


Section Leaderboards – Class A

Well if you’re like me and keeping an eye on the season composite leaderboards after each meet, you can start to see some leaders in each section emerging.  The next 3 days we have a look at who’s-doing-what in each section, based on the highest score that team has earned in the first half of the season.  Today we start with class A.  Check back tomorrow for AA and on new year’s for AAA.  Keep in mind, this is for FUN, not FACT.  Scores are not consistent in every instance, and since this is the first year we have this, I have no idea how reliable it really is.  If you don’t like where you ranked out – then get busy!  I’d love to see some surprise victors in the coming weeks and remember dance team is winner takes all on that day/time/performance.  There are some really interesting stats if you look at what is “average” for the state, and by class and division.  A lot of my assumptions about what is really an “average” score by class and style seem to become clear when we have so much data to look at now.  Very cool.


Class A:

Section 1A:

Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School 71.2 Lake City High School 67
St. Charles High School 59.6 Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School 63.2
Wabasha-Kellogg High School 54.6 Wabasha-Kellogg High School 60.8
Dover-Eyota High School 53.4 Dover-Eyota High School 60.4
St. Croix Lutheran High School 53.3 St. Charles High School 60
Houston High School 50.8 Southland High School 56
Lewiston-Altura High School 44.6 Goodhue High School 53
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 36 Rushford-Peterson High School 50.8
Chatfield High School 35.4 Lewiston-Altura High School 46.8
Kingsland High School Hayfield High School 44.2
Triton High School 37.3
Chatfield High School 36.4
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 36.2
Kingsland High School 35.6
Kenyon-Wanamingo High School 34.3
Average Score: 50.98889 Average Score: 49.46667
Median Score: 53.3 Median Score: 50.8
Qualifier Score: 54.6 Qualifier Score: 60.8

What’s awesome about section 1A this year is that the highest score is in the JAZZ division instead of the usual kick side of things.  With Cannon Falls gone from this group,  and Lake City getting a new coaching staff – anything can happen here.  Otherwise, Wabasha Kellogg is off to a strong start, with Dover Eyota keeping it tight.


Section 2A:

Rockford High School 64.8 PACT Charter School 64.6
Mayer Lutheran High School 62.2 Randolph High School 63
New Ulm Cathedral High School 58 Concordia Academy-Roseville 58.8
PACT Charter School 53.8 New Ulm Cathedral High School 56.6
Concordia Academy-Roseville 52.4 G-F-W High School 51.4
G-F-W High School 51.6 Brooklyn Center High School 53
Norwood-Young America 50.2 Mayer Lutheran High School 46.8
Brooklyn Center High School 47.6 Norwood-Young America 42.8
New Century Academy 25.6 Hmong Academy 31.6
Columbia Heights High School Spectrum High School 29.6
Minneapolis Edison High School Columbia Heights High School
Southwest Christian Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Spectrum High School Minneapolis Edison High School
New Century Academy
Southwest Christian
Average Score: 51.8 Average Score: 49.82
Median Score: 52.4 Median Score: 52.2
Qualifier Score: 58 Qualifier Score: 58.8

Section 2A is so different from the past – plus when you throw in quite a few teams who either haven’t fielded a team this year, or haven’t brought out dances yet, we don’t have a great picture yet.   Rockford doesn’t seem to need any transition time as they go straight to the top in jazz, with Mayer Lutheran taking 2nd among the veteran teams.  PACT charter school is currently holding on over a strong kick-only team from Randolph.  Many of these teams meet for the first time this month and more will come to light then.


Section 3A:

Renville County West High 61.4 Yellow Medicine East H.S. 76.4
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton High School 61.4 Montevideo High School 71
B O L D High School 59.2 B O L D High School 67.4
Lac qui Parle Valley High School 53 Lac Qui Parle Valley High School 67.2
Montevideo High School 51.6 Renville County West High 64.4
Lakeview High School 47 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton High School 59.6
MACCRAY High School 42.6 Canby/Minneota High School 56.6
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa H.S. 38.8 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City H.S. 51.2
Sleepy Eye High School 29.2 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa H.S. 43.3
Canby/Minneota High School MACCRAY High School 40
Worthington High School Sleepy Eye High School 37.4
Yellow Medicine East H.S. Lakeview High School 31.8
Paynesville Area High School
Wabasso High School
Worthington High School
Average Score: 49.35556 Average Score: 55.525
Median Score: 51.6 Median Score: 58.1
Qualifier Score: 59.2 Qualifier Score: 67.4

Arguably the hardest section in A, the scores here are a step above with 5 kick teams breaking 60 points in December this year.  YME hasn’t shown us their jazz routine yet, but I expect that will disrupt the jazz leaders so far.  Montevideo hasn’t danced in a class A meet with these teams yet and might not be a true comparison yet.  Keep an eye out for results from the Marshall meet for this section to become more clear.


Section 4A:

Marshall School, Duluth 71.6 Aitkin High School 84.6
Frazee High School 63.4 Crosby-Ironton High School 71.2
Pelican Rapids High School 62.2 Pelican Rapids High School 70.6
Crosby-Ironton High School 53.8 Frazee High School 68.8
Pierz High School 47.6 Bagley High School 58.6
Bagley High School 45.2 Marshall School, Duluth 58.2
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton H.S. 43.6 Pierz High School 53.4
United Clay-Becker High School 43.6 United Clay-Becker High School 53.2
Crookston High School 40.8 Wadena-Deer Creek High School 50
Mahnomen/Waubun High School 20.8 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton H.S. 48.4
Aitkin High School Crookston High School 47
Pine River-Backus High School Mahnomen/Waubun High School 12
Wadena-Deer Creek High School Ely High School
Pine River-Backus High School
Wrenshall High School
Average Score: 49.26 Average Score: 56.33333
Median Score: 46.4 Median Score: 55.8
Qualifier Score: 62.2 Qualifier Score: 70.6

This section is going to be keeping someone home who is of state caliber based on how well it’s been going so far.  The best action will be between Pelican Rapids, Frazee, and Crosby Ironton for top spots behind strong championship performances from Aitkin and Duluth Marshall.  The usual leaders better stay on their toes, this one won’t be easy.

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