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


The 11th Hour

I hope you’re enjoying your last Sunday without dance team results for the next few months.  If I thought I would be “relaxing” I guess I haven’t learned how things always end up over-scheduled anyway.  Yesterday was the big MADT student convention – and it was fun being able to teach a class on the rules book for dancers who attended.  The whole event was sold out and jam packed.  Looks like a good time was had by all.  Today I’m getting our new episodes of KickCast ready to go for this week – tune back in for those.  And if you’re wondering what’s coming up next weekend, I have schedules for NWSC meets and Burnsville Invitational now up on the schedules page.  It’s really getting close now!


If you weren’t at the convention, no doubt your days were filled with last minute practices and even getting those final uniform touch-ups done.  My team has been rhinestoning like crazy.  Deborah over at Satin Stitches sent me some thoughts on the last-minute madness I thought were helpful (and timely!)


“Last Minute Team Costuming Worries”

© Deborah J Nelson/Satin Stitches Ltd


If your High School dance team has already ordered, and you have received your costumes for this competitive season, hopefully you have already tried them on and practiced with them, and you feel confident that ‘all is well’, right?


If you feel ‘all is NOT well’, and if you feel your chosen costumes are under-performing or simply not ‘showing’ how you expected, what options do you have?


Here are some helpful and (not-so-helpful) ideas!

  • Grin and bear it?
  • Lose your temper and blame someone?
  • Demand that your booster parents ‘fix it’?
  • Eat some chocolate and order a calorie-rich latte?
  • Go shoe shopping?


Here are some better ideas:

  • Have a brain-storming session with your co-coaches, booster parents and/or team captains to consider how to improve your current costumes.
  • Search the Internet to find SOMETHING that will work better.
  • Realize that maybe improving your team’s dancing or choreography (so that judges will look past lack-luster costuming) and zero in on what is really important for a fabulous routine.
  • Call your costume provider and ask if they have any ideas, after explaining your worries.
    • They may have ideas on how to adjust or alter the current costumes.
    • Consider accessories or specialized makeup or hair decor to improve your costume’s theme or concept.
  • Take into account how long it might take for revamping current costumes or order additional accessories or costume parts that could be added to current costumes.
  • Keep in mind that your preliminary competitions ARE preliminary. Don’t panic, and work towards a solution for costumes for your competitions that are a few weeks (or months) down the road.





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