Southwest Dance

Homecoming Pep Fest Performance Friday, October 8, 2021! "Lakers Return" choreographed by the Dance Company 1, 2 & 3 students

Erin Brown, Director of Dance, Classroom/Office: W218 (dance studio)

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

For additional information and an overview of dance at Southwest, please watch our new department OVERVIEW video (titled "Creations Field Trip") that is posted below to learn more about our amazing students. Whether you have danced all your life or are new to the art of dance, Southwest has a class that will meet your needs and interests as a dance student. The SW Dance Department is committed to the physical, intellectual, emotional and creative development of students as they journey through dance as an art form. The curriculum and programming is designed to nurture individuality while also building a strong sense of community and relationships in each ensemble and class. We have a year of new challenges ahead of us. I am confident that we will find innovative ways of learning how to be dance artists together in these unprecedented times.

For an overview of our department watch the video below. For specific information about the curriculum, including syllabi, click on each of the classes in the menu tabs above. This year I will be teaching Dance 1 (semester-long), Anchor Dance (year-long), Dance Company 1 (year-long), Dance Company 2 (year-long), and Dance Company 3/IB (year-long - SL & HL options available).

Fine Arts-Performing Arts Dance Brown Promo

Erin Brown (Director of Dance) is thrilled to be teaching at Southwest High School. This will be Ms. Brown’s 22nd year of teaching and her 5th year at Southwest. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in dance and earned a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She later completed a graduate teacher license program from Mankato State University in 2015.

Before teaching in the Minneapolis schools Erin co-founded a modern dance company in Oklahoma where she worked as artistic director for four seasons before moving to Minneapolis in 2012. After receiving her MFA, she taught dance in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Her life as a professional dancer has included working as a choreographer and performer in Arizona, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. In addition to modern dance choreography Ms. Brown has also choreographed over 12 musicals including West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Hairspray, The Wiz, Grease, RENT, and A Chorus Line.

Please contact Ms. Brown at to learn more about the dance program. Do not hesitate to reach out with your questions!

My husband Steve and I enjoy going to arts events, traveling, boating, watching movies and cooking together. This was taken at an outdoor music festival.

My son Jackson is a 10th grade student in Hopkins this year. He and I go camping and hiking at National Parks every summer. This photo was taken in Zion National Park in Utah.

I am a part of a blended family with my husband Steve's kids, Isaac and Margaret. Isaac is a junior at the U of M and Margaret is a first year student at George Washington University.

This is our dog Sam. He is an important member of our family and is a source of comfort and love. He likes going for walks, licking plates, and barking uncontrollably at the slightest noise.