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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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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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 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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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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I was so happy to be asked to judge the Miss Kansas Dance and Drill Team Festival this year!  It’s such a neat contest!  I love how the director, Gail Holder, always makes it about something more than trophies.  This year the focus was on being present (put away those phones and really connect!), remembering…

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It was a great day for dance teams at the 2015 Kansas City Classic!  Our fifth year was held in the brand new field house at Liberty High School.  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…

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                  It was a great day at the Missouri Dance Team Association’s Coach’s Conference!  Many thanks to the board for having me as a presenter!  I’m attaching PDFs of my session on Cleaning Routines and the session I did with the fabulous Julie Catron and Alex Foster…

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I had a blast at the Indiana High School Dance Team Association’s Fall Conference!  Thanks so much to their board for having me.  I did a presentation on successful dance team coaching and maximizing routines.  I also attended sessions by other presenters and learned a lot as well!  A special shoutout goes to the coaches…

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The aerial sessions for the Overall High Point Winners at The Kansas City Classic have begun!  A huge thank you to our good friend Rachel at Voler for being so awesome and supportive of Larkspur and The Kansas City Classic since day one, AND for being such a great teacher!  During the sessions, she taught the…

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Kansas City Classic teams were also well represented in the first ever Missouri Dance Team Championship Solo Competiton!  In the Sophomore Division, Tanner Frisbey from William Chrisman High School won 1st and Megan Bishop from Blue Springs South won 2nd!  You can see a great piece Fox 4 did on Tanner right here.  In the…

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Congratulations to all the Kansas City Classic teams who participated in the Missouri Dance Team Championship (commonly referred to as “state” in these parts.)  We are so pleased with how well our teams did, whether they used our choreo, had us out for a perfecting session (“cleaning” in these parts), or just came to our…

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Many thanks to Gail Holder and the Olathe South Golden Girls for having me back to judge the Miss Kansas Drill Team Festival January 16th and 17th!  I loved it again this year!  It’s my favorite non-competition competition.  🙂  I think there were 45 teams from Kansas, and at least a million solos.  I’m exaggerating,…

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Check out Fallon and Cassie leading a group of holiday characters in a special workout for 300 BC Ultimate Boot Camp!  This holiday greeting was used for a promotional campaign, and Larkspur was thrilled to be a part of it!  This proves that sweet workout/dance moves can be performed in any wardrobe.  🙂

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Summer flew by and I was a terribly lazy blogger, so I’m going to just do one big, fat blog post now. Kayla and I choreographed a pom routine for an adorable team that we love.  Here’s what the choreo sessions looked like: I did actually snap a photo of all the Hello Kitty stuff…

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Teams that compete at the Kansas City Classic have the opportunity to win placements in their division.  And if they win 1st, they get a complimentary aerial session with our good friend Rachel McMeachin at Voler Aerial Academy.  These sessions are so much fun! I’m so pleased to be able to share this really cool…

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It was a busy season!  Thanks so much to Shelley McCain at Lee’s Summit North for having Cassie, Kayla, and Fallon judge solos again at the LSN Invitational.  And many thanks to the Indiana High School Dance Team Association for having me judge the Kahler Invitational, North Regional, South Regional and State!  I really, really…

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Congratulations to The Kansas City Classic teams who earned well-deserved trophies at the Missouri 2014 Dance Team Championship this past Saturday, February 16th at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri! Barstow:  2nd Place 1A Hip Hop, 4th Place 1A Dance Pembroke Hill:  2nd Place 2A Dance, 3rd Place 2A Pom, 3rd Place Overall in 2A…

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Many thanks to Gail Holder, coach of the amazing Olathe South Golden Girls, for asking me to judge the Miss Kansas Drill Team Festival!  It was a great experience!  I had never had the opportunity to judge in Kansas before, so that was pretty neat.  They don’t rank their teams over there as 1st, 2nd,…

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Many thanks to the event planners at the beautiful Saddle & Sirloin Club of KC for having me out to to teach line dancing at a party for their members.  What a lovely, lovely place with some awesomely fun people!  I absolutely did not want to leave…but I felt quite certain they would notice a…

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I got the opportunity to teach at the School Nutrition Association National Conference as part of their Steps Challenge program sponsored by Jennie O.  It was so great hanging out with lunch ladies (and a few lunch men) from all over the country!  Over 300 attendees turned out and participated in my “dance as fitness”…

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I had the best time in the Windy City checking out Carnival,  Donnette and her business partner Andrea’s showcase event they produce in conjunction with Carey Ysais and Paulette Azizian from LA!!!  It’s always great to hang with Donnette and Andrea!  Besides being good friends and so much fun, I always learn something from their…

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I was very excited to be asked to judge a regional competition for Headliners!  It’s a national company that has a lot of regional competitions, and then a national competition at the end of their season.  I loved that it’s a family business run by a former dance studio owner, and how the awards weren’t…

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Many thanks to the Indiana High School Dance Team Association for having me out to judge this competition season!  I thoroughly enjoyed going to the Chicago area for the Munster and Lake Central Invitationals and the Indianapolis area for Crawfordsville and State.  (Got to hang out with Donnette and Mishra at State, but not near…

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Congratulations to The Kansas City Classic teams who earned well-deserved trophies at the Missouri 2013 Dance Team Championship this past Saturday, February 23rd at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri! Maryville:  2nd Place 1A Kick, 2nd Place 1A Pom Pembroke Hill:  4th Place 1A Mix, 4th Place 1A Pom, 2nd Place Overall in 1A…

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It was a great day at the 2012 Kansas City Classic!  A huge thank you to all the teams, their coaches, parents, judges…..we are so grateful to everyone who made it successful!  You can see highlight reels and results on the Kansas City Classic page by clicking on the photo of the logo to the…

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I was very happy to present a session called “What Judges Are Looking For” at the first ever Missouri Dance Team Association Fall Coaches Conference!  It was so much fun hanging out with local dance team coaches and learning from them.  I decided last year after working with so many awesome coaches that The Kansas…

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At our dance team competition, The Kansas City Classic, the lovely and talented Raymore Peculiar Prowlers earned the most points making them the overall grand champions!  As their grand prize, we provided them with an introductory aerial lesson with our good friend Rachel McMeachin of Voler-Thieves of Flight.  They came to Rachel’s loft on a…

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We got the opportunity to work some fabulous teams who participated in The Kansas City Classic by choreographing for them, or helping them prepare their routines for competition.  We wanted to give them a special “congratulations” and let them know how much we enjoyed our time with them, and how proud we were of their…

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We got invited back to another evening of dancing and drawing at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School!  Here’s a little review of what this event is all about, lifted from their official website: Every month, over 3,500 artists gather in nearly a hundred cities (including New York, Hollywood, Sao Paolo, London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, and Melbourne)…

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The dance team competition season has come to a close, and we were so blessed and fortunate to be a part of a lot of great competitions this year serving as judges, watching teams perform our choreography, and helping to prepare teams for competition day!  I am always so amazed at the talent level of…

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