Kristin BiwanVarsity Head Coachedinadanceteam100@gmail.com
Entering Kristin’s 9th year as Edina Dance Team's head coach, she is so excited about the 2019-2020 season! Kristin was named the MADT AAA Head Coach of the Year in 2015 and also in 2017.
Biwan (formerly Luth) is from Shakopee, Minnesota, where she graduated from Shakopee High School (2006). Biwan graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with a degree in Communication Studies and Dance. While there, Kristin was a member of the nationally recognized U of M Dance Team from 2007-2010, and captain of the 2009-2010 National and World Champion University of Minnesota Dance Team.
Kristin has been dancing for 28 years and continues to pursue her passion for dance outside of coaching. She was a member of the Minneapolis dance company, Crash Dance Productions for 9 seasons. Kristin is also an instructor and choreographer for Karl Mundt's company, Innovate Dance and working with dancers across the country. On the side, Kristin teaches Yoga Sculpt to dancers. Biwan also spends her days at her full-time position with ReMax Results, Inc as a Marketing Coordinator. She is married to her husband Tyler and they reside in Hopkins, MN.
Now as Edina Dance Team Head Coach, she is excited and proud to be able to share her knowledge and expertise with the dancers on her team. Her hope is to help her team grow throughout the season by reaching new heights and to help each dancer on the team achieve their personal goals.
Kristin’s EDT Mission Statement: My mission as the Head Coach of the Edina Dance Team is to provide our student athletes with respect, honesty and growth both in dance and personal development. I am dedicated to creating an experience that is supportive of the team's and individual's love for the sport and contribute to their well-being to prosper in future life endeavors.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Tia is a recent graduate at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Elementary Education. She will continue her academic career as a graduate student with the goal of obtaining her Masters in Education. In addition to attending school, she just completed her 4th season on the University of Minnesota Dance Team where she was a captain and won a UDA National Championship in jazz this past January. Over the course of her time spent on the University of Minnesota, Tia and her teammates were able to achieve 4 national titles in 4 years. In addition, Tia is an instructor with Innovate Dance and will be going into her 4th season this summer. Growing up, Tia attended Larkin Dance Studio. She is so excited for this upcoming season with the EDT family!Tia’s EDT Mission Statement: My mission as a Varsity Coach of the Edina Dance Team is to bring a positive and dedicated attitude to the program. With my acquired knowledge and skills developed, I will strive to challenge dancers all while maintaining respect as well as support for them. Lastly, I aim to assist student athletes in any way needed and provide opportunities of growth as individuals, teammates, and dancers.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Taylor is a current junior at the University of St Thomas, majoring in Journalism. She is a part of the University of St Thomas Dance Team and won a UDA Double National Championship this past January in jazz and hip hop. Her freshman year, she attended the University of Kentucky and was a part of their dance team as well; there she had the opportunity to represent the US as Team USA in both pom and hip hop at the 2017 ICU World Championship. Taylor is an instructor for UDA and was their 2017 Rookie of the Year! For the upcoming summer, she has been asked to join UDA’s Core Staff; a group of seven staff members that lead all the training sessions for the entire staff to prepare for the summer.
Taylor’s EDT Mission Statement: My mission as a Varsity Coach of the Edina Dance Team is to take the various dance experiences I have had to help continue to broaden our dancers’ experiences. I plan to lead the girls with honesty, respect and motivation. In addition, I aim to establish bonds with the dancers that make them feel welcome, safe and also encouraged to continue growing.
Head JV Coach & Varsity Kick Assistant Coach
Paige Anderson is going into her 4th year coaching with Edina Dance Team as the Head JV Coach, and Assistant Varsity Coach. She is so excited about coaching the 2019-2020 Edina Dance Team, and can't wait to see what this year has in store for everyone!
Paige is from Edina, Minnesota, where she graduated from Edina High School in 2014. She was a member of Edina Dance Team, and was captain her senior year. During her time on dance team she represented EDT on Miss Dance Team Minnesota her junior year, where she received 8th in the country for her solo, and 2nd overall for the MDTM small group. She was also award all conference her senior year, and lettered 6 times throughout her high school career. Along with dance team, Paige was involved in the Edina Hornettes. She was on Varsity Hornettes for 4 years, and was captain her senior year. She also grew up dancing at Victoria Dance Productions and Studio 4 Dance. She is starting her 5th year teaching at Victoria Dance Productions this fall.
Paige is a graduate from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where she majored in Communication Studies. She is now the Creative Director and full time wedding/event planner for Rosetree Events. Paige loves to be able to share her love of dance through teaching and mentoring those on Edina Dance Team. She is so excited to get started with the new team!
Paige’s EDT Mission Statement: My mission as the JV Head Coach, and Assistant Varsity Coach of the Edina Dance Team is to train, teach, learn from, and support our athletes in every way I can. Not only coaching them in dance, but letting them learn life lessons, and offer them more than just being their coach. It is an honor to be able to work with each one of these girls, and I will confront each practice as an opportunity for growth, hard work, and passion among all dancers & coaches.
Assistant Junior Varsity CoachThis is Ava’s fifth year as an assistant coach for the Edina Junior Varsity teams. Ava graduated from Edina High school (2015) and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2019 as Communication and Journalism major and English minor. She danced at Lake Harriet Dance Centre for eight years in addition to four years on Edina Dance Team and three years on Hornettes.
As an alumni of the team, Ava is grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with her teammates and coaches. Her hope is that the girls enjoy their experience through the program as much as she did. Overall, she is very excited to assist in improving the team as a whole and she can’t wait to watch them grow.
Ava’s EDT Mission Statement: My mission as an Assistant Coach of the Edina Dance Team is to lead the team in a positive and constructive manner that is not only engaging for the girls but also supports their growth as athletes, students and young adults. I will be honest, respectful and accepting of the girls throughout the season as I too am a representation of the program, school and community as a whole.
Assistant Junior Varsity Coach
Allie Paulson is currently a senior at Minnesota State University - Mankato, graduating in the Spring of 2019 with a degree in Corrections and plans to continue her studies to obtain her Masters in Addiction Counseling. Allie started dancing at the age of two and followed with several years of competition dance culminating with dancing at Larkin Dance Studio. Allie then moved on to dancing for South St. Paul Dance Team where she holds many awards and titles including several state tournament appearances, All-Conference, All-State, and MVP. She was given the opportunity to be a member of Team Minnesota and compete at Miss Dance Team Nationals in California her senior year of high school. After high school, Allie was a member of the Minnesota State University - Mankato dance team where she proudly represented MSU at UDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida and won a National Championship in 2016.
Allie’s EDT Mission Statement: My mission as an Assistant Coach of the Edina Dance Team is to lead the team in a safe, supportive, and positive environment. I will help make a positive influence in each athletes life beyond dance, help them explore their potentials, and provide honesty by remaining a role model while being their coach.Victoria McNamara
Head B-Squad Coach
2019-20 is Victoria's 8th season of bringing her experience and expertise to Edina Dance Team. She loves getting to work with the youngest dancers on Edina's squads and introducing them to the great legacy that is Edina High School Athletics.
Victoria has over 40 years of dance and teaching experience. Her students and choreography have received top honors throughout the state and nation. Victoria's dancers can be seen on college dance teams across the country and working for professional cheerleading squads, national touring shows, on Broadway and with dance companies from coast to coast.
Victoria is so excited for this season. She can’t wait to work with the amazing EDT coaching staff and start a new group of B-Squad dancers on the path to Edina Dance Team excellence.
Victoria’s EDT Mission Statement: My mission as the B-Squad Head Coach is to introduce our 7th and 8th grade dancers to the exciting world of high school dance team. Through a safe, respectful and supportive environment, I will help the dancers grow in their dance training and life skills, as we navigate the realities of competition, school and the balance it takes to be a successful student athlete.