A Chat With Denise Heilers – LDCPS4E9

Denise Heilers is the long time coach of the Forest Park Dance Team.  They hold 23 state titles total in pom, kick, and hip hop.  They are also climbing the ranks on the national stage as well.  With this talent and quality of performances, one would assume that they come from a really large school…

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A Chat With Danielle Schneider – LDCPS4E8

Danielle Schneider is what I consider a triple threat in our industry:  coach, judge, and state association leader.  She has been a coach in the state of Oregon for many years so she has many ideas on what has worked in the areas of team management and culture.  She is also an experienced and knowledgeable…

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A Chat With Gretchen Noack – LDCPS4E7

Gretchen Noack is one of my favorite dance team people!  She’s so warm and friendly and so very welcoming to everyone.  She also really knows her stuff, having taught for USA for years, and judging dance teams across the country for even longer.  She shares her unconventional dance story, what makes USA so special and…

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A Chat With Jenny Matthews – LDCPS4E6

 Jenny Matthews is from Lafayette, Lousiana, where she began her training at a young age.  She was trained in all genres of dance but her true love is teaching.  She brings over 30 years of experience and has been teaching competitively since 2003. In high school, she was a member of the St. Thomas More Sparklers…

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A Chat With Jennifer Whitford – LDCPS4E5

Jennifer Whitford is an all around expert in so many facets of dance team.  She’s been a dancer, an instructor, a coach at the high school and college level, a choreographer and a judge.  Jennifer is now serving as head coach to The College of New Jersey Dance Team.  She’s also a wonderfully kind, generous…

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A Chat With Bianca Caryl – LDCPS4E4

Bianca Caryl is the coach of a major powerhouse, the Arizona State University Dance Team.  I think listeners will be pleasantly surprised and inspired by Bianca’s approach to competition, building team culture, and her team’s purpose.  She shares so much insight and advice from her wealth of knowledge and experience!   Follow ASU Dance Team:…

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A Chat With Mo Klug – LDCPS4E3

Mo Klug has lived on both sides of the country, but eventually settled here in the Midwest where we are so fortunate to have her.  She talks about her varied background and dance experience and shares all kinds of great insights and advice on coaching.  There are so many takeaways from this episode with Mo,…

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The Confident Dancer Summit with Dr. Chelsea Pierotti – LDCPS4E2

Join us for The Confident Dancer Summit August 6th – 8th, a free online conference for dance coaches and teachers!  You will gain knowledge and skills to teach your dancers to believe in themselves, help your dancers take the stage with confidence, boost your confidence as the educator, learn from a community of like-minded educators…

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The World Goes On: A Collaboration with country music artist Jamie O’Neal

We are so excited to announce the release of this collaborative project between Larkspur, Jamie O’Neal and college dance teams around the country during this pandemic!  Jamie’s song The World Goes On was released at the height of Covid, and it inspired us to create beautiful movement, and to reach out and make connections with…

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A Chat With Gretchen Jost – LDCPS3E26

Gretchen Jost is the coach of the national championship team West Fargo Packatahnas.  We talked about all kinds of great dance team stuff including how she has handled the pandemic with her team, planning a “normal” dance team year, building team culture, teaching skills and conditioning, cleaning routines, virtual competition tips, improving performances before and…

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A Chat With Mishra Keller – LDCPS3E25

Mishra Keller has been a competitive cheerleader, dancer, choreographer, instructor and judge so her perspective comes from years of experience.  Her perspective is also unique because she through her company Nutrisults, she offers a holistic approach that beautifully translates into dance teams, individual dancers, choreographers, and coaches.  We talk about choreography, improving routines and maximizing…

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Apolla Performance

We created the sock we needed as dancers, and ended up with the best sock in the world for everyone.  We’re an all female owned company that created this company from the ground up to change the world of what people wear on their feet.  We’ve spent years developing the perfect, game-changing, sustainable sock.  Our…

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A Chat With Apolla’s Brianne Zborowski – LDCPS3E24

Brianne Zborowski has a lot of experience in dance as a performer, instructor, and cofounder of successful competition teams in multiple states.  Brianne received her B.S. in Business Management with an emphasis on Management and Marketing from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan while teaching dance and working in the family business. She moved to Los…

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A Chat With Jodi Maxfield – LDCPS3E23

Jodi Maxfield danced as a Cougarette at Brigham Young University back in the day, but as a coach of that program for 30 years, she built the program into the internationally celebrated and acclaimed powerhouse that it is today.  This legend shared so many valuable pieces of advice, tidbits of info, and all kinds of…

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FLOURISH with Larkspur – Race Relations with Adrian Singletary & Book Club Follow Up with Iris Lynne Sherman

I’m so pleased to have Dr. Adrian Singletary on the podcast!  He’s been an athlete, a coach, an athletic director, and an administrator, but my favorite role of his is that of our Natalie’s husband.  We spend a little time talking about what those of us in dance team want to know:  motivating our dancers,…

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A Chat With Coree Smith – LDCPS3E21

Coree Smith has extensive dance team experience as a performer, choreographer, instructor, and judge.  Although she is an expert in this field, she is still a very enthusiastic, lifelong learner when it comes to dance team, and her positivity is contagious.  Her routines have won more than 65 state championships in Iowa alone over the…

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Melanie’s 50th Birthday Episode Pt. 2

I’m joined by the wonderful Nick Clement as guest cohost as we’re continuing to celebrate this milestone birthday.  We talked about surprises that this podcast has brought and some choreo successes and failures.  Then  I spilled the tea or brought the juice or whatever the cool cats are saying these days, by sharing some details…

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Melanie’s 50th Birthday Episode Pt. 1

On today’s episode of the podcast, my dear friend, talented choreographer, king of kick, and guest cohost extraordinaire Nick Clement asked me the questions and I gave the answers!  It’s a very forward looking episode, as I  spent a great deal of time talking about where I see Larkspur in 10 years and things I’d…

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A Sequel Chat With Sara Heptig – LDCPS3E18

Sara Heptig coached the Olathe North Eaglettes for years, leading them to national championships for two different brands.  She is now coaching the Kansas State University Classy Cats, a role she cherishes because she too was a Classy Cat during her time at K-State!  We talk about her journey to secure that coaching position, which…

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Covid Coping Mechanisms – What’s Next? LDCPS3E17

In this episode, I talk with my dear friend, long time educator, guidance counselor and dance team coach Shelley McCain about what she has seen that has worked when dealing with the Covid pandemic, the effects on our dancers we’re going to witness, and how to deal with this situation both in the present and…

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A Chat With Dave Sanchez – LDCPS3E16

Dave Sanchez, also known as Dazzman, ran a wildly popular Yahoo Group dedicated to dance team, and he was known for accurately predicting outcomes of competitions on a national level.  Many did not know that Dazzman is also a Harvard educated attorney whose passion for dance team started in a really unique way.  He’ll also…

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Video Tips For Virtual Competitions – LDCPS3E15

Missouri Dance Team Association President and experienced dance team judge Brett Elder and I share helpful tips and advice for showing your team’s routines in the best possible light via video for virtual competitions.   You can submit routines for video feedback only or to have them considered for the Show-Me State Showcase for $60/team…

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A Chat With Kate Ridge – LDCPS3E14

Kate Ridge is from Australia, and that’s where she currently resides, but she spent years here in the United States, and during that time she was a performer, instructor, choreographer and judge.  Her experience isn’t limited to America and Australia though.  She has also worked in other countries including China and Korea.  I picked her…

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Savannah Miller

Savannah Miller has had a baton in her hand for about as long as she can remember, and through tremendous dedication and hard work, she has won numerous titles on the national and world level, and was the featured twirler at the University of Arkansas, entertaining thousands.  She also has worldwide acclaim when videos of…

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A Chat With Rachelle Kiehle – LDCPS3E13

Rachelle Kiehle is the coach and choreographer for the Eisenhower Dance Team.  This powerhouse program from Michigan has been national champions eight times over, and has achieved the honor of double national championships in jazz and hip hop for three of those years.  Rachelle passed on so much great advice, tips, and pointers on building…

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A Chat With Katie Groven of Dancer Fitness – LDCPS3E12

Katie Groven is a certified personal trainer, a dancer with 25 years of dance experience, holder of two world championship titles and has coached for ten years.  She is also the owner of Dancer Fitness, an extensive exercise library with training plans she’s carefully created with coaches and dancers in mind.  We talked about important…

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Hip Hop Combo 2

Briana teaches a fun and fast hip hop combo!  If the song she chose is too fast for all team members, the choreo is super adaptable and will go with something a tad slower.    

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Performance Makeup and Skincare with Kayla

Kayla Kernel, our resident makeup artist and skincare expert, and I discuss the use of makeup in the dance team world:  how it can enhance your routine, the difference between game day looks and competition, and how to master those pesky false eyelashes.  The last part of the podcast is dedicated to anti-aging and Kayla breaks…

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FLOURISH with Larkspur – Race Relations With Yvonne Cole

In an effort to keep this topic at the forefront, our second episode in our FLOURISH with Larkspur series of the podcast discusses the sensitive topic of race again.  This time I sit down and chat with Yvonne Cole, the longtime coach of the Lindbergh Flyerettes and Missouri Dance Team Association founder and board member,…

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A Chat With Mallori Walker – LDCPS3E11

Mallori Walker is not only the coach of the Purdue Dance Team, she is also a former member of the team.  She is so passionate about dance team and the team she coaches, and she passed on so many tips for not only how the team is getting through Covid, but how they are utilizing…

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BONUS Episode: Pumpin’ The Brakes With Larkspur

One of the most listened to episodes of the podcast was at the end of Season 2.  It was during a very uncertain time of the pandemic, and I just picked up a microphone and started talking.  This episode is done in that same spirit.  I’m joined by Larkspur members Kayla and Natalie (our precious…

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Rob Miller

Rob Miller has influenced and guided the most successful and significant dance team coaches through Proactive Coaching, an organization that  works with coaches to help them create character-based team cultures, provide a blueprint for team leadership, develop confident, tough-minded competitors, and train coaches for excellence and significance.  He is one of my favorite speakers, and…

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Advanced Turns

Kathryn gives some tips for turns in second, and suggestions for turn variations and combinations. The tutorial is followed by a super sassy and fun jazz combo to Waka Waka by Shakira. The combo has a double pirouette, and it’s also a great tempo to add one of Kathryn’s turn combos from the tutorial.  

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Beginner Turns

Kathryn gives some tips and tricks for turns that can be applied when working on Briana’s lyrical combo.  

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A Chat With Savannah Miller – LDCPS3E9

Savannah Miller has had a baton in her hand for about as long as she can remember, and through tremendous dedication and hard work, she has won numerous titles on the national and world level, and was the featured twirler at the University of Arkansas, entertaining thousands.  She also has worldwide acclaim when videos of…

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Andrea Feltz & Mila O’Brien

The coaches of Millard North share their journey with this team that has been climbing the ranks at UDA Nationals!  They share how they’ve gotten successful results, built a support system, and how they perfect routines.   Planning their dance year:  “We usually get our choreography in August or September.  We are busy with football…

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Lindsey Lococo

Lindsey Lococo is the coach and choreographer for the University of Illinois – Chicago Dancing Flames, but her fantastic choreo can also be seen on other high performing teams.  She shares with us her choreo process, what she does to keep things fresh for game day, how she cleans routines, and she also shares some…

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FLOURISH with Larkspur – Race Relations with Yvonne Cole

In an effort to keep this topic at the forefront, our second episode in our FLOURISH with Larkspur series of the podcast discusses the sensitive topic of race again.  This time I sit down and chat with Yvonne Cole, the longtime coach of the Lindbergh Flyerettes and Missouri Dance Team Association founder and board member,…

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Dance Team Union

Check out DTU’s new virtual championship series, a brand new experience held virtually!  You can compete with teams all over the country and there is no streaming fee for your fans!  You’ll still get a master class, awards, interviews, highlights, and fan vote!   Be bold, be authentic, be YOU!   https://www.danceteamunion.com

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Tasha Ruble

Tasha Ruble shares her experience on many levels:  talented dancer and performer, coach at the Big 12 powerhouse, the University of Kansas, and dance team competition judge.  She’ll share tips on how to up your team’s game-day experience, how to prepare for and succeed at national competitions, and how to utilize male dance team members…

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T.J. Maple

T.J. Maple’s dance team story is full of perseverance, hard work, and an untiring pursuit to better himself and the teams he works with.  He also has an ability to create some of the most stunningly visual routines that win national titles.  He is so generous with his knowledge and experience, and gives us so…

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Hip Hop Tricks

Kathryn gives some tips and tricks for increasing strength and technique for beginner level hip hop tricks that can be applied when learning Melanie Benner’s Hip Hop combo.  

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A Chat With Rob Miller – LDCPS3E7

Rob Miller has influenced and guided the most successful and significant dance team coaches through Proactive Coaching, an organization that  works with coaches to help them create character-based team cultures, provide a blueprint for team leadership, develop confident, tough-minded competitors, and train coaches for excellence and significance.  He is one of my favorite speakers, and…

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What Judges Are Looking For

I’ve heard from many coaches, choreographers, dancers and pretty much anyone involved with dance team who need some clarification on what exactly judges at a dance team competition are looking for.  With the help of good friend and Larkspur colleague, Kayla Kernel, I break down categories that are present on just about every dance team…

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Pom Motions

Kathryn gives some tips and tricks for increasing strength and technique for pom motions that can be applied when working on her Pom Sideline.  

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FLOURISH – Iris Lynne Sherman

We’re very excited about new FLOURISH themed episodes for this season’s podcast that will involve other important aspects of our lives besides dance.  In our first FLOURISH episode, I welcome back my dear friend Iris Lynne Sherman, who gave us all some great advice from her long and varied career as a performer during a…

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A Chat With Lindsey Lococo – LDCPS3E6

Lindsey Lococo is the coach and choreographer for the University of Illinois – Chicago Dancing Flames, but her fantastic choreo can also be seen on other high performing teams.  She shares with us her choreo process, what she does to keep things fresh for game day, how she cleans routines, and she also shares some…

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Sara Heptig

Sara Heptig is the former head coach of the Olathe North Eaglettes, who have been national champions for not only NDA, but for DTU as well.  She is the most passionate and caring coach I know and she was able to motivate her team with focus, positivity and an unparalleled service component that is sure…

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Teri Rowe

Teri Rowe’s dance team experience goes way back!  She has coached and judged dance teams at the middle school, high school, college and all-star levels for over 30 years. Her teams earned numerous state, national and world championships, and she has also served as the President and Vice President of the Washington State Dance/Drill Coaches…

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Flexibility

Kathryn gives some tips and tricks for increasing flexibility that can be applied when working on a kick combo taught by Courtney.  

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