EDEN PRARIE DANCE TEAM
EDEN PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL, EDEN PRAIRIE MINNESOTA
Jordan Erickson, Junior Varsity Coach
Jordan began dancing at the age of 3 at Woodbury Dance Center. She was a competition dancer and a member of the Woodbury High School performance dance team all 3 years and was captain her senior year.
Her love of dance continued at Minnesota State University of Mankato, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She is trained in modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and musical theatre.
After college she performed professionally with Curio Dance and Minnesota Dance Collaborative. Outside of coaching, Jordans other passion is fitness. She is a licensed Pure Barre instructor in Eden Prairie.
This will be Jordans 3rd year of coaching and she is absolutely loving it! She can't imagine coaching any other team.
Erin Paul, Assistant Varsity Coach
This will be Erin's second season with the Eden Prairie Dance Team. Erin is an Eden Prairie alumni, having danced with the Pom Squad during her four years in high school. She was fortunate to have won the Jazz National Championship in 2006 at UDA.
After high school, Erin continued dancing for the University of St. Thomas for three years, having won two national championships with the team. From 2012-2014, Erin was the winter season assistant coach for the Varsity Burnsville Blazettes.
When not coaching, Erin teaches kindergarten at Oak Point Elementary in Eden Prairie. This will be her third year in the district.
In her spare time, she loves to exercise and stay active. Erin feels fortunate to coach EPDT and is grateful to be a part of a strong tradition and great community!
Jessica Howells, Varsity Head Coach
Jessica has over 20 years of dance experience. She started her dance training as a studio dancer. Jessica is an alumni of Eden Prairie High School and EPDT. While she was a member of EPDT she was fortunate enough to win a State title, served as captain her junior and senior year. Jessica continued her dance career in college at the University of St. Thomas where she was a member for 4 years. During her time on the team they won two National Championship titles and she served as captain of the team.
Jessica began her coaching career at EPHS with the EPDT fall season team (EPPT). She coached for 5 years, as an assistant coach for 2 years and head coach for 3 years. In 2015 Jessica made the transition to the EPDT winters season and is now in her second season as the EPDT Head Coach. In 2015 Jessica received Rookie Head Coach of the Year.
She is very involved in the dance industry as she judges and works with many dancers and teams in the Midwest. Outside of coaching Jessica work’s full-time for Varsity Spirit Fashion as a design/sales rep and is a dance instructor at a local dance studio. In Jessica’s spare time she loves to spend time with her husband Brett, their dog Fletcher and their friends and family.
COACH ERIN PAUL
Olivia Erickson, Junior Varsity Coach
Olivia began dancing at age 3 and competed in studio dance until high school. Olivia was a member of the Eastview Lightning Dance Team during all four years of high school. She was crowned the MN state kick champions twice, as well as placed 3rd in jazz at the state tournament.
Olivia attended college at the University of North Dakota. She danced on the UND dance team for one year, and was actively involved in her sorority Delta Gamma.
Olivia is currently in graduate school at the University of St. Thomas/St. Kate's University working towards her masters degree in social work. Olivia has coached EPDT for 2 years and loves getting the dancers pumped up before performances! Go Eagles!
COACH KATIE KOHNERT
COACH OLIVIA ERICKSON
The Eden Prairie High School Dance Team (EPDT) is a program that supports a Varsity, JV and B Squad Dance Team at Eden Prairie High School ( EPHS) in Minnesota. The program is under the leadership of Head Coach Jessica Howells, Coach Erin Paul, Coach Olivia Erickson, Coach Jordan Erickson and Coach Katie Kohnert.
The EPDT represents EPHS and competes under the Minnesota State High School League within the Lake Conference, Section 2AAA and State Tournament. EPDT competes within the Class AAA jazz and high kick divisions.
The team has won 6 State titles along with numerous State Tournament Appearances, Section Titles, Lake Conference Championships and Invitational Awards. The team performs at Varsity basketball games and school pepfests. Weekly training includes ballet, yoga and strength training.
HEAD COACH JESSICA HOWELLS
COACH JORDAN ERICKSON
Katie Kohnert, B Squad Coach
This will be Katie’s first year with the Eden Prairie Dance Team. She joins us with 14 years of studio dance, 4 years of collegiate dance and 6.5 years of coaching experience.
Katie grew up dancing at a studio in Cedar Rapids, IA and was a member of the dance team at Benton Community H.S. in Van Horne, IA. She attended college at the University of Northern Iowa. She danced on the UNI Dance Team for 4 years, competed at UDA Nationals and served as co-captain her junior and senior year.
Katie continued her love of dance by coaching Linn Mar’s JV Team (Marion, IA) for 2.5 years, winning the Championship title at the Spirit of America Competition held at Mall of America. She then moved north to MN and was fortunate to join the coaching staff at Orono High School. She coached their JV team for 4 years and helped Varsity to State 2 years.
Outside of coaching, she is an Assistant Vice President at American Investors Bank and Mortgage in Eden Prairie. She loves spending time with her family (especially her two nieces) and friends.