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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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 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 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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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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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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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’m always happy to reciprocate when it comes to sponsors for our dance team competition The Kansas City Classic.  The College Basketball Experience has been so great about donating items for our coach drawing every year, so when they asked if I’d be Birthday Mom #3 it was a no-brainer.  Of course!!  I never pass…

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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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It was a pleasure presenting at the Missouri Dance Team Association’s Fall Coaches Conference! I saw some fabulous familiar faces, and met some new ones as well. Thanks so much to Brett Elder, President of MDTA, and the executive board for having me again. Below are links to my presentation “What Judges Are Looking For.”…

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Congratulations to Ashtyn Scruggs for being selected as the 2013 winner of the Allyn Schwinn Scholarship! Ashtyn has not only overcome a physical deformity at birth that made doctors doubtful she would ever be able to dance, but also a broken back, the result of an accident her sophomore year. With hard work and dedication,…

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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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I had a really great time judging for Headliners in Orlando, Florida!  What a great company!  Here’s a link so you can check it out.  So many great things!  National titles, agency representation, college scholarships, charity involvement.  The list goes on and on.  And it’s run by some wonderful people!  The following is a PDF…

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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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Our smart little philanthropic dance powerhouse from Lee’s Summit North High School, Miss Olivia Wheat, will be going to Drury University this fall where she will pursue a degree in Elementary Education (I know!  This former teacher is so excited!) with a minor in Special Education and Spanish.  Olivia was a member of the awesome…

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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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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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