Southwest Dance



Performance by Dance Company 3, Winter Concert Dec. 2021

Choreography by Erin Brown & the dancers, music by Lindsey Stirling

"New Level"

Performance by Dance Company 3, Winter Concert Dec. 2021

Choreography by guest artist Averie Mitchell-Brown, music by A$AP


"Humble Beginnings"

Performance by Dance Company 2, Winter Concert Dec. 2021

Choreography by guest artist Averie Mitchell-Brown, music by Twitch4EVA

Dance Electives SW Southwest High School.mp4

Come meet Ms. Brown at the Prospective Student Night at Southwest on Jan. 19th at 6:30 pm. All are welcome!

Auditions for Dance Co. 1, 2 & 3 will be held during classes on Jan. 18-20. Auditions for new dance students for the 2023-2024 school year will be held after school on Wednesday, Feb. 1st from 3:15-4:30 pm in the dance studio. If you have a conflict with that time please email Ms. Brown at to set up an alternate time.

*Watch this one minute video for a quick look at the Southwest Dance Department's electives for the 2022-2023 School Year! For a more in-depth look scroll down to the "Creations" video posted below.

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

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

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.

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), Dance Company 1 & Dance Company 2 (year-long/combined class), IB/SL/HL/Dance Company 3 (year-long - SL & HL options available). Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions at the email above!

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 23rd year of teaching and her 6th 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 or TV shows, and cooking together. This was taken at an outdoor music festival.

My son Jackson is an 11th 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 senior 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.