Posts Tagged ‘Melanie Dailey’

MDTA Coach Conference 2018

November 18, 2018

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 […]

DTU – Iowa

October 25, 2018

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

Larkspur 1-Day Clinics

June 2, 2018

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 […]

New Larkspur Services

May 5, 2018

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 […]

Line Dance Instruction

April 18, 2018

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 […]


March 16, 2018

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 […]

MDTA State Championship

February 28, 2018

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! […]

DTU Nationals

February 21, 2018

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 […]

Dance Team Union

January 26, 2018

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 […]

Miss Kansas Drill Team Festival 2018

January 21, 2018

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 […]

MDTA Coaches’ Conference

November 22, 2017

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 […]

The ONE Love Movement

November 13, 2017

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 […]

Dance Team Union

November 10, 2017

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 […]

IHSDTA Fall Coaches’ Conference

October 16, 2017

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 […]

One Day Clinic = Success!

July 10, 2017

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, […]

Larkspur 1 Day Clinic

June 7, 2017

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 […]

Cheer/Dance Clinic

June 7, 2017

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 […]

Missouri State Dance Team Championship

February 28, 2017

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 […]

Miss Kansas Drill Team Festival 2017

January 30, 2017

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 […]

Thank You, Olathe North Eaglettes!

November 22, 2016

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 […]

Cheer/Dance Clinic

July 17, 2016

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 […]

Larkspur 1 Day Clinic = Success!

July 11, 2016

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 […]

Larkspur 1 Day Clinic

April 29, 2016

                  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 […]

IHSDTA Competitions

March 22, 2016

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 […]

Missouri Dance Team Championship

February 22, 2016

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 […]

Kansas Competitions

February 12, 2016

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 […]

2015 Kansas City Classic

December 14, 2015

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 […]

Missouri Coach Conference

November 16, 2015

                  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 […]

IHSDTA Conference

October 5, 2015

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 […]

College Basketball Experience Commercial

July 30, 2015

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 […]

Thank you, IHSDTA!

March 26, 2015

I’m so grateful to the Indiana High School Dance Team Association for having me again this year to judge invitationals, regionals and state!  It was like I “wintered” in Indiana, and I loved every minute of it.  IHSDTA has really grown into quite the powerhouse organization, and I always learn so much from some really […]

Miss Kansas Drill Team Festival

February 2, 2015

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, […]

MDTA Coaches Conference

November 11, 2014

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.” […]

Summer of 2014

August 30, 2014

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 […]

Thank you, Headliners!

May 15, 2014

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 […]

KC Classic Teams’ Aerial Sessions at Voler

April 10, 2014

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 […]

Dance Team Judging

April 9, 2014

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 […]

Missouri State Dance Team Championship

February 19, 2014

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 […]

Miss Kansas Drill Team Festival

January 24, 2014

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, […]

2013 Kansas City Classic Highlight Reel

January 8, 2014

Check out photos taken by Camera Girl Images at this year’s Kansas City Classic!  Ordering info at the end of the reel.  

2013 Kansas City Classic Results

December 29, 2013

It was a great day!!!  33 teams, 400 dancers, 8 hours of dance!  Photos coming soon!  In the meantime, here are the results for the 2013 Kansas City Classic. 2013 Results

Saddle & Sirloin Club of KC

October 27, 2013

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 […]

School Nutrition Association National Conference

July 16, 2013

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” […]

Choreographers Carnival in Chicago!

May 30, 2013

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 […]

Headliners Dance Competition

April 26, 2013

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 […]

IHSDTA State Championship!!!

March 19, 2013

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 […]

MDTA State Championship!!!

February 26, 2013

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 […]

2013 LSN Invitational

January 27, 2013

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 […]

The 2012 Kansas City Classic

December 31, 2012

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 […]

MDTA Fall Coaches Conference

November 11, 2012

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 […]