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


Weekend Preview – December’s Best

We’re in the thick of the December schedule this weekend as teams are loading up their weeks with conference, invite, and performances like no other time of year.  The lineups have shifted a bit for this week due to some conferences wanting to wrap up this week, and others will still be keeping their December 21st timeslot.  Fortunately, there’s plenty of great dancing at any event you might be heading out to. 

A quick note about scores – I am always looking for the Excel files for easy copy and paste of scores, so if you have those from your event, email them in to mnhsdanceteam@gmail.com  I take other formats, but that does require me to transcribe all the numbers one at a time.  As the only person to enter the hundreds of scores you all produce, I appreciate any and all shortcuts.  Thanks for everyone who sends in scores and schedules to keep this site the best resource for dance team fans. 

On to the meets! 

Eastview Invitational:  A true gem of an event each year, the lightning host the high-water mark for the December schedule.  Simley, Mound Westonka, Sartell, Faribault, St. Cloud Tech, Austin, Benilde, and Rocori will all be here from last year’s state field.  Upstart teams from Becker and Delano will want to find their place in this lineup, but it sure looks crowded.  I don’t have a AAA order of performance to see who will be there, I now have a AAA order, and as expected it’s a strong lineup of top teams who will be trying to unseat the Lightning. Edina and Wayzata have gone back and forth in jazz in these early meets, but Maple Grove and Eastview aren’t going away. Seems like a 4 horse race there. Prior Lake will be jumping over from Lakeville North’s invite (I love it when people do that!) and will be doubling up on scores this weekend.  

Waconia Invitational: Class A should have some dramatic matchups here with Lac Qui Parle Valley meeting up with BOLD and Yellow Medicine East, a key section 3A preview.  AA features a sneaky good Belle Plaine program against an Orono squad that has been asserting some dominance in 3AA the last few years. 

Fridley Invitational: Duluth Denfeld, Fridley, Hermantown, Rockford, and North Branch will round out the AA division with a debut performance from Little Falls (who I don’t know why it’s taken so long for them to have a dance team).  I love how many new teams we have emerging in this year and the last 1-2 years, so it’s an open field for who will be the winner here.  AAA should have a surprisingly tight match between a classically well-rounded program from Forest Lake and what I thought was a really good year already shaping up for the Rochester Century team. 

Northwest Suburban Conference Championships:  The drama of a conference championship isn’t like anything else in dance team because it’s the only venue where points or points systems can carry forward.  Since cutting to two weeknight meets, this year’s NWSC was all about striking quick.  Spring Lake Park will be one to watch against perennial strengths from Maple Grove and Totino Grace.  Centennial also looks to be having a strong year with Anoka and Blaine trying to make an impression.  Look for MG to try to best their jazz score in a year where average points are thru the roof in AAA jazz. 

Melrose Invitational: Albany, Melrose, Bemidji, Alexandria, and Foley round out the AA morning event here with a wide-open stage for someone to up their scores and take top honors. Class A gets more interesting in the afternoon as New London Spicer and Holy Family have both won earlier events, with PACT and ACGC wanting to turn some heads as state tournament level teams.  Wild cards are Minnewaska and Pierz, who seem to have solid programs the last few seasons.  This one could have surprises. 

Lakeville North Invitational: This one is an absolute marathon, especially for 13 AAA teams.  Henry Sibley, Prior Lake, both Lakeville schools, Burnsville, Farmington, New Prague, and St. Michael are all on my list to catch in that division.  AA will be a great chance to catch St. Cloud Cathedral for the first time this year. 

Lake City Invitational: This huge southeast A event kicks off with Zumbrota, Wabasha, Randolph, and Lake City trying to hold off Lewiston, Plainview, Dover, and Houston.  With 14 teams here this is a big meet for class A. 

Rochester Mayo Invitational: So this one should be fun with a mix of all 3 classes together.  Cannon Falls will try to find a place with Roseville, JM, and Mayo from the Rochester area looking to score well.  A refreshingly low-key event compared to some of the high intensity metro invites going on this week. 

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