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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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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                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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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We are all so proud of Kayla and the success she’s having as a makeup artist, licensed esthetician, and beauty blogger!  One of her posts from her blog Peace, Love & Glitter got a shoutout from iFabbo, which apparently is a really big deal.  Check out this verbiage I pulled from their website: iFabbo™ is…

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A big thank you to Shelley McCain for having Larkspur judge the Lee’s Summit North Invitational again this year!  51 dance teams from Missouri and Kansas, a ton of solos, ensembles, and even more team performances.  It was a great day!  And a big congratulations goes out to all the Kansas City Classic teams!  They…

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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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A number of Kayla’s posts on her beauty blog “Peace, Love, & Glitter” have been added to the Lucky Community, a section of Lucky Magazine’s website that features advice and style tips from contributors all over the world!  Check out Kayla’s blog, and her contributions to Lucky by clicking on the links below!  So proud…

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Many thanks to our good friend and aerial instructor Rachel McMeachin of Voler-Thieves of Flight for including us when she was tapped to put together performers for the 2012 Silpada National Convention!  We had so much fun, and were so proud to perform alongside amazing aerialists from Voler, dancers from Alvin Ailey, bungee performers from…

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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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So proud of our Kayla!  She has gone back to school to pursue something she is very passionate about and just loves!  She is studying to become an esthetician, and is doing quite well I might add!  She scored a 94% on her first test, and that was after a late night of performing with…

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We did it!  We hosted our first dance team competition, and it went very, very well!  So proud of every single soul that darkened the doorway of Liberty High School that day. Click on the Kansas City Classic link to the right to be taken to the results and a highlight reel! Love and spirit fingers, Melanie…

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Kayla’s season of dancing with the AFL Command Dancers has come to an end! Congratulations go out to our little rock star powerhouse who did an amazing job!  So proud of you and all your hard work!  Now gimme my hats back.   😛 Love and pom pons, Melanie            …

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Congratulations go out to our Kayla for making the 2011 Kansas City Command Dancers!  Never did we have a doubt!  I’m convinced our little powerhouse came into this world holding a pair of poms!  (And wearing sparkles and red lipstick.  And garish nail color, but we won’t go there.)  Kayla will be dancing and cheering…

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Here’s what I found out on the internets about this life-drawing event we were invited to do.  Pay attention.  There might be a quiz. Every month, over 3,500 artists gather in nearly a hundred cities (including New York, Hollywood, Sao Paolo, London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, and Melbourne) to sketch glamourous, subcultural models and compete in…

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Our good friend and photographer Tom Styrkowicz and his photo series was just honored with The Little Black Dress Party!  It was sponsored by The Bank of Prairie Village, Tom Tivol and Wanda Allen and Kansas City’s magazine of society “The Independent” to promote Tom and his work.  I was just so pleased and proud…

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We needed some posed group photos and our good friend and aerial goddess Rachel McMeachin suggested that we enlist the talents of Nikki Moreno, owner of Vixen Pin-Up Photography.  So glad we did!  We got something  colorful, fun and different than any of our other photos.  Vixen Pin-Up is a collaboration between Nikki and her…

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Larkspur Dance and Choreography was proud to be a sponsor of the 14th Annual Lee’s Summit North Dance Team Invitational!  It’s the largest dance team competition in the Kansas City area, and this year the LSN Invitational hosted 45 teams, and over 80 solos, ensembles, and duets!  I was grateful for the opportunity to be…

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Kayla and Cassie just wrapped up a music video shoot for the band Red Line Chemistry!  The song is from their new album on Bulldog Productions label entitled “Dying For A Living.”  Seems to me, the band is a tad on the metal side, which is awesome, unless you’re Kayla, who probably shouted during the…

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Another “Night Of Fame.”  We just had to go.  The theme was Old School vs. New School Divas.  This time Cassie came home with the Best Costume prize, and it was well deserved.  She had to walk through Fallon’s parking lot in that get up….in front of people…..and it was unnerving.  I, on the other…

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I am so very, very excited about our newest endeavor!  The ladies of Larkspur have decided to broaden our dance repertoire to include aerial silks!  You know, the Cirque de Soleil thing where you wrap, suspend, fall, swing, and spiral into and out of various positions on a suspended fabric.  No safety lines, which is…

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Yep.  We made the paper again.  This time we weren’t wearing our Honky tank tops.  We were all dressed like Britney Spears.  We were taking a much needed break at a Night of Fame party.  So much fun!  These photos were featured in two arts and entertainment publications, The Pitch and Ink Magazine, and on…

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So, it looks like the Toby Keith gig has been extended to include weekend performances at Harrah’s in North Kansas City!  Love those people!   We’re putting together what we’re hoping will be some entertaining choreography of jazz, country novelty, prop and line dances!  Awesome opportunity to hang out with each other and do what…

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  We were all so excited to have the opportunity to dance onstage with Toby Keith again!  The Sprint Center is such a great venue, and the set for Toby’s tour this year was really cool!  And there was a sold-out crowd, and pyro, and cool things on the background video screens!  And new choreo,…

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Kayla choreographed and taught an awesome little jazz routine to the competitive team at one of Kansas City’s best dance studios:  Miller Marley School of Voice and Dance!  So far, Miller Marley has received nothing but top level awards for her material in every event they’ve entered!  Who’s a good wittle choreographer?  Who is?  Who…

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