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    Kristin Biwan

    Varsity Head Coach  
    edinadanceteam100@gmail.com

    Entering Kristin’s 10th year as Edina Dance Team's head coach, she is grateful and so excited for the 2020-2021 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 29 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 works 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 Edina Public Schools as the Facilities Scheduler. She is married to her husband Tyler and they reside in Hopkins, MN.

    As the 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: This season I want to focus on creating an environment that is not only motivating but also a SAFE place for our athletes to thrive and have meaningful growth with a culture that is inclusive & strong despite any obstacles we may face.

     
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    Tia Tumbleson

    Varsity Assistant Coach

    Tia is a recent graduate at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Elementary Education. She is a graduate student of the University of Minnesota as well, where she received her Masters in Education. This year she is beginning her first year teaching with a classroom of 2nd graders. In her time at Minnesota, she danced on the University of Minnesota Dance Team where she was a captain and won a UDA National Championship in jazz in January 2019. 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: This season I want to focus on creating an environment that is encouraging and motivating while maintain the safety of our athletes. The goal is to foster growth, unity, drive, and dedication to create an overall team culture we are all proud to be a part of.

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    Taylor Shupe

    Varsity Assistant Coach

    Taylor is a student at the University of St Thomas, majoring in Journalism. She is a part of the University of St Thomas Dance Team where she has won 4 National Championships; two of which she was a captain for. 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.

    She is an instructor for the Universal Dance Association and was their 2017 Rookie of the Year! This past summer was her fourth year with UDA. In that time she has been a part of their Collegiate Camp staff and 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: This season my mission is to foster an environment where our athletes feel motivated. Life is undoubtedly different in 2020, but I think our team striving to achieve goals together will bring a sense of normalcy and satisfaction. I will check in with athletes to make sure all feel safe and supported.

     

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    Varsity Assistant Coach

    Paige Anderson is going into her 5th year coaching with Edina Dance Team as a Varsity Assistant Coach.. She is so excited about coaching the 2020-2021 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 grew up dancing at Victoria Dance Productions and Studio 4 Dance. She currently also teaches at The Vibe Dance and Fitness.

    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.

    Paige’s EDT Mission Statement: This 2020 season my mission is to create a safe, encouraging, and meaningful season. I will strive to help coach our athletes to meet their goals, and the teams goals, even in these uncertain times, on and off the floor.

     
     

     

    Ava Diaz

    Assistant Junior Varsity Coach

    This is Ava’s sixth 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: This season I want to be a positive support system for my team. I will actively work to create a space where each girl can feel comfortable, safe and respected in so that they can thrive as dancers and as individuals.

     

     

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    Allie Paulson

    Assistant Junior Varsity Coach

    Allie Paulson graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato, in the Spring of 2019 with a degree in Corrections and plans to continue her studies to obtain her Masters in Addiction Counseling. She spends her days at her full-time position with Edina Public Schools as a Security Monitor. Allie is entering her 5th year of coaching and 2nd year with Edina Dance Team! 

    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 this season as a coach is to help lead the team in a safe, supportive, and positive environment. I will give my all to make the best of this unique season and help push each dancer to their fullest potential.

     

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    Amy Shepard

    Assistant Junior Varsity Coach

    Amy graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media and Communication Studies. Amy started dancing at the age of three and trained at the Brainerd Just For Kix studio. She was also a 5 year member and senior captain of the Brainerd Warrior Dance Team. Amy spent her summers teaching at Just For Kix dance camps for several years. After high school, she was a three year member and captain of the Minnesota State University Mankato Dance Team, where her team earned a National title at UDA Nationals in 2016. Amy is currently a second year member of the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders.

    Amy's EDT Mission Statement: My mission this year as an Assistant Coach of the Edina Dance Team is to instill a safe, positive and engaging atmosphere throughout all our practices. I will strive to make the most out of our unique season, as well as help each athlete to see and fulfill their potential as dancers.

     

     
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    Victoria McNamara

     

    Head B-Squad Coach

    2020-2021 is Victoria's 9th 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: This season, my mission as the B-Squad Head Coach is to introduce our dancers to the exciting world of dance team, in a safe, respectful and supportive environment. Their safety is my utmost priority, while helping the dancers navigate this unique school situation, balancing it with the realities of competition and what it takes to be a successful student athlete.