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A Chat With National Champion Coach of Blinn College Dance Sarah Flisowski – LDCPS4E24

It’s the finale episode of Season 4!  It’s going to be a bare bones episode again with no intro and no outro.  My voice recovered from strep, only to lose it again by teaching a clinic to forty-five Kindergarteners through 3rd graders.  I’m sure you all can relate.  

It’s a good thing that our guest on the podcast today holds enough sparkle that she doesn’t need a flowery intro and outro!  I’m so excited to be chatting with Sarah Flisowski of Blinn College!

The Blinn College dance team has won numerous American Dance and Drill Team collegiate championships, has won eight national titles at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) College Nationals and six national tiles at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) College Nationals.

In 2019, Blinn’s dance team made history by claiming national titles in Dance Team Performance Open and Pom Division II.

Barland Flisowski is a former member of the Blinn dance team and a graduate of Southwest Texas State University – now Texas State University – in San Marcos, Texas, with a degree in exercise sports science and minor in political science. She was also a member of the dance company Orchesis. She also earned her master’s in physical education and health from Prairie View A&M University.

Barland Flisowski started her teaching career at Mesquite ISD, where she taught for two years at Berry Middle school. She went on to Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD to become the director of the award-winning RL Turner Lionettes and dance department head. She was the director of the Lionettes for seven years before returning to Blinn as the head coach of the Blinn College dance and cheer teams.

Barland Flisowski also is a 20-year staff member with American Dance and Drill Team School, where she has been the Novelty Staff Captain and Social Officer Coordinator.  Sarah has traveled to Florida as a member of ESP Productions, the halftime production company of the Citrus Bowl for over 10 years. She has been a speaker at Drill Team Directors of America and assisted with speaking at Texas Dance Educators Association. Sarah is a member of NDCA, National Dance Coaches Association where she is a Executive Board member, College Division Representative and on the Small College Committee. She has done choreography for high schools all around Texas and beyond and loves working with all dancers and helping them find their place in college dance.

Many thanks to all our loyal listeners and guests for making Season 4 of the Larkspur podcast a huge success!  Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any ideas for the podcast or just want to say hi!  You can reach me at melanie@larkspurdance.com.  

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