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


Sections 2020 & 21 Released

Unless you checked out of dance team recently, you’ve been anxiously waiting for the new section assignments for the next two years.  And today, they’ve been announced!  Check out the MSHSL webpage for a complete listing.  Every two year cycle, the MSHSL makes adjustments and balances the sections that teams are assigned as their road to the state tournament.  Dance team’s are divided equally by 1/3rds into classes A, AA, and AAA.  After that, there are 4 sections that are geographically assigned within your class.  There is a great map feature on the league’s website that gives you a visual on how the lines get drawn.  Here’s what’s changed:

  • Plainview Elgin Millville moved down from section 1AA to 1A
  • Richfield was denied an adjustment down to class A this cycle and will return to section 1AA
  • St. James moved from section 3A to section 2A
  • St. Francis moved down from 4AAA to 2AA after winning an appeal
  • Litchfield did not apply to be in class A and will now join 3AA
  • Bemidji was granted a move down to AA and will be in in 4AA
  • St. Cloud Tech became a AA school and will join their regional schools in 4AA
  • Waconia’s growing population moved them up into section 2AAA
  • Champlin Park and Rogers moved from 2AAA to 4AAA


The implications:

Class A:

The biggest news is state qualifier Richfield leaving the field and St. James will have to move in to cover the gap left in 2A with Litchfield also leaving.  PEM was a class A team ages ago and often compete in A regional meets, so they’re back in the mix to cause trouble for the 1A status quo.  I was wondering if we’d see the return of the hangers-on teams that sign up as “having a dance team” and then never field a program.  Most of those violators were in class A.  Looks like league executives squashed that behavior again.  Everybody’s gotta show up in 2A and 1A (jazz) for us not to see spots to state move, but things do look more settled for now.


Class AA:

As if we needed any more strength in AA, St. Francis and St. Cloud Tech move in as well established AAA programs.  The whole St. Cloud region is incredibly talented, and now they’re all in the same section.  St. Francis joins an eclectic group in 2AA, and things should be more interesting around there from now on.


Class AAA:

With all the move downs and Waconia coming in to 2AAA, Champlin Park and Rogers got shuffled over to 4AAA to balance the scene.  Things seem business as usual as far as the difficulty and state qualifiers in each section go, so lets hope today’s conversation with the league about adding layers to the AAA state tournament went well.  Stay tuned for updates on anything firm once or if that happens.  ‘Till then, it’s gonna be about getting in shape for 2020.  (wow, 2020 already?)

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