1-DAY CLINICS 2020   View this email in your browser Hi everybody!  This is Melanie Dailey with Larkspur Dance & Choreography.  I hope you all are staying safe and finding new ways to navigate these unprecedented circumstances.  Normally at this time, I would have released information about our summer clinics.  We do have host school…

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It’s my absolute pleasure to provide line dance instruction for the National Dance Coaches Association Conference in Nashville!  I love this organization and the support it gives to the dance team community.  And I’m thrilled that the conference will be in Nashville this year!  I love that city because a really fun part of my…

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  The dance community has been dealt quite a blow with the cancellation of contests around the country. I’d still love to connect with you all through this thing that we love, so I’ve created the first playlist in a series I’ve entitled The Social Distancing Showdown. Like a handful of us still active in…

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    Larkspur Dance & Choreography is pleased to provide this new opportunity for high school dancers in Missouri and Kansas!  Why attend the College Dance Team Expo?     Learn collegiate level material from dancers on talented and successful college dance teams! Get valuable feedback from college dancers and coaches that will help prepare…

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We’re excited to be partnering with the Sion Storm Dance Team and the Oak Park Pommies to host 2 one day clinics!

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Kayla had a blast judging the NAIA Regional at Baker University! She learned a lot, made new friends and was grateful for the opportunity!

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It was an awesome weekend at the Lee’s Summit North Invitational! Kayla, Fallon and I got to judge some great routines, we had some KC Classic Crew members repping Avila and UCM, and the Missouri Western State University Mystics did a wonderful job performing!

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Thank you, DTU, for having me as a judge at your Bergenfield contest! I saw some really great routines at the high school and collegiate level and got to hang with some wonderful people! The talent was great, but so was the hospitality. On our way out, a grandfather from Hofstra offered to get us…

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Our hearts were full after participating in the 2018 MDTA Coaches’ Conference in Columbia, Missouri!  Thank you so much for the opportunity to shower our beloved Missouri coaches with goodies and present on the topic of tweaking and enhancing choreo!  We had a blast and the love and appreciation we received back from the coaches…

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It was an awesome day at the Iowa Regional for DTU!  I love judging for this organization!                                                                             …

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We’re excited to be partnering with the Sion Storm Dance Team and the Lee’s Summit North Northern Stars to host 2 one day clinics! Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 at Notre Dame de Sion Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at Lee’s Summit North Our main focus will be to teach usable and crowd pleasing material for the…

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We’re excited to announce the successful rollout of two new Larkspur services this year! The first is the administration of tryouts/auditions for dance teams.  Having us come in and handle clinics and tryouts for your team will make a process that is oftentimes a strain and stressor actually more enjoyable for coaches.  It will also…

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We are very lucky to have a very special group helping out at our competition called The KC Classic Crew!  Most of them were former competitors at the KC Classic and now dance on their college teams.  Congratulations to these dancers that are near and dear to our hearts!  It was great cheering you on!…

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The school year is coming to an end so it’s a good time to take a look back and recognize some great achievements from the teams that came to The Kansas City Classic!  Congratulations to all the teams on all their accomplishments!  It’s been a joy cheering for you and watching you soar!  Best of…

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I still love teaching line dancing and had a great time doing so at the St. Michael’s Nashville Nights Auction with Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders!  It’s always a blast when the band is great and the crowd is willing.  Thanks again, St. Michael’s, for having me and many thanks to Oulaw Jim and…

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                Best of luck to all the Emerald hopefuls auditioning this week!  Here is the music for the lyrical and pom routine taught by Kayla and Fallon.  

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A huge thank you to the Indiana High School Dance Team Association for having me out to judge this season!  I LOVE THE HOOSIER STATE!  They SHOW ME so much love!  (See what I did there?)  And now that I’ve had a week to decompress, and the opportunity to allow people who take better photos…

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It was another great year at the Family Arena!  Thank you to all the board members, coaches, teams, judges, staff, spectators…EVERYONE who made the day go so well!  I love Missouri and its dance teams and I’m so proud to be a part of it.  And I’m so proud of The Kansas City Classic teams!…

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What a weekend!  I was so happy for dear friends who took some major risks and huge leaps of faith to start their own competition from the ground up.  So much thought and preparation are behind just the vision itself, and what they wanted Dance Team Union to be.  To see it all come to…

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I was happy to judge for Dance Team Union again, this time in Louisiana.  I fell in love with Baton Rouge!  When some moms that were running concessions asked where I was from, and I told them Kansas City, Missouri, they said, “Oh, so you’re pretty much Southern.”  I considered that one of the best…

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I had a fantastic time once again at the Miss Kansas Drill Team Festival!  I love this contest for so many reasons.  It has such a rich history.  I think the first MKDTF was in 1985 or maybe even earlier!  There is so much dance team talent in the state of Kansas, and that talent…

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It was a great day for dance teams at the 2017 Kansas City Classic!  Thank you so much to the teams who participated, the soloists, the duos, the ensembles, the Sapphires, their coaches, their parents, the judges, the KC Classic Crew, and all the spectators who came to support these wonderful dancers!  Click here for…

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It was a great day this past weekend with 65 Missouri dance team coaches and 2 from Kansas meeting in Columbia, learning new stuff and sharing ideas!  I was very excited to present “Polishing Routines,” which focused on how to make improvements to routines that will improve your score on the MDTA scoresheet.  I was…

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I was so excited and honored to be a part of this fantastic event again this year at Olathe North! The O.N.E. Love Movement has been inspired by Kristin Sudeikis, an Olathe North alum who is now an artistic director and choreographer. Their mission is to unite local dancers in the Kansas City area in…

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I had the best time last weekend judging for DTU!  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of the Pella, Iowa competition!  I can’t say enough good things about this organization.  It was started by some really awesome people who are no strangers to the dance team world to fulfill a need…

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Many thanks to the Indiana High School Dance Team Association for having me as a speaker at their Fall Coaches’ Conference!  I enjoyed being a part of the judge training and talking to coaches on “upping their coaching game.”  Thank you, coaches, for all you do!  Your fantastic work with these kids is benefitting them…

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Many thanks to the teams who attended our One Day Clinic!  It was a blast!  We loved working with all of you and can’t wait to see you perform the material!  Best of luck to all of you for the upcoming year and enjoy the rest of your summer!   Love and Hello Kitty Stickers,…

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We had our first 1 Day Clinic last summer and it was such a success we’re doing it again! Here’s a quote from a satisfied coach who attended last year’s clinic: “The one day camp with Larkspur Dance and Choreography was extremely beneficial to our dance team. We were able to bring home ready to…

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Fallon and I had the pleasure of working again with the wonderful Vianney Hockey Cheerleaders for a 2 day clinic in St. Louis! We worked with them on jumps, technique, strength of motions, and taught them some visual and fun choreography to incorporate into their competition routine again this year.  We’re honored to be a part…

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STATE  This year brought so much growth to The Kansas City Classic teams and it was awesome to watch and, in some cases, participate in this growth!  All the credit should be given to the dancers and their dedicated coaches.  Congratulations to the following KC Classic teams on their placements at the Missouri State Dance Team…

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Many thinks once again to the Indiana High School Dance Team Association for having me as a judge this season!  I always enjoy my time in the Hoosier State.  So much talent and hospitality!  I was very touched and honored when IHSDTA Judging Coordinator Kelly Berheide referred to me as an honorary Hoosier and when she says that I…

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It took me a couple of days to recover from my Site Coordinator job for the Missouri State Dance Team Championship this past weekend.  What a great couple days of dance, highlighting all the fantastic talent from our fabulous state!  My favorite moments:  Seeing past and present Kansas City Classic dancers!  They’ve gone on to…

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I think the theme for Miss Kansas this year was flexibility, and if it wasn’t, then it should have been.  In it’s long history, this is the first time the competition had to cancel due to an impending ice storm that brought the entire Kansas City area to a standstill, while we all waited for…

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It was a great day for dance teams at the 2016 Kansas City Classic!  Thank you so much to the teams who participated, the soloists, the ensembles, the Sapphires, their coaches, their parents, the judges, and all the spectators who came to support these wonderful dancers!  Click here for the results.  It’s going to be another…

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Natalie and I had a blast judging the ONE Love Movement Showcase this month at Olathe North!  There was so much talent there, plus a great vibe of service and spreading love and uniting people through dance.  I saw some fantastic routines!  My favorite was the Project Access dancers pictured below.  The Eaglettes work with these special…

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Kayla and Fallon spread some more Larkspur love this summer when they taught a two day clinic to the Milan Topcats!  They worked them hard and got their year off to a great start!  We wish them the best of luck and can’t wait to see them at the Kansas City Classic!

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Fallon and I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Vianney Hockey Cheerleaders for a 2 day clinic here in Kansas City this past weekend!  I woke up today already missing these hard working, fun, and oh so cute girls from St. Louis!  We worked with them on jumps, technique, strength of motions, and…

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Many thanks to our hosts, the JV and Varsity St. Pius X Pommies for hosting a great day of dance!  We had a blast teaching 2 pom routines, 2 jazz routines, 2 hip hop sidelines and a warm-up routine that teams can utilize to strengthen team skills and flexibility.  We’re hoping to do it again…

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                  We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, July 9th at St. Pius X High School for a day of fun and learning in preparation for the 2016-17 school year!  You can find all the information you’ll need at the following link: LARKSPUR 1 DAY CLINIC INFO…

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Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to the Indiana High School Dance Team Association for having me and Kayla judge invitationals, regionals and state this year!  There is so much talent in the state, AND I’ve  met so many great people there as well.  It was a fantastic competition…

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We love Missouri and its dance teams!  The weekend started on Friday with the solo competition.  Kayla, Natalie and Fallon got to help judge 82 solos.  I’m very proud of some KC Classic dancers who placed in the top half of their class: Freshman Solos: Katie Rhodus, Kearney 1st Alaina Lee, Liberty North 2nd JoAnna…

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