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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Melanie and Cassie were booked as line dance instructors for a Vet Partners party at the National CVC!  It was great to work the event with DJ Kirby!  He’s a really cool guy who does mixes for all kinds of musical genres, puts them together and then they’re broadcast on ten different radio stations across…

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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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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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It was time to put together some new reels!  I called in every favor.  🙂  A big, fat thank you from the bottom of my big, fat heart goes out to my Larkspur girls.  It is no secret that I just love dancing with you.  Of course Melissa Kothe of Camera Girl Images lent us…

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I just got back from Nashville where I had the best time ever shooting more scenes for the FX Network pilot “Outlaw Country.”  It was hot as Hades, and there were no Ted Danson sightings, but for a multitude of reasons this was one of the best times I’ve ever had in that city.  Hung…

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I was so proud to be a part of this performance for many reasons!  First of all, it was the final performance held in a superbly historic venue:  The Lyric in Kansas City.  Beautiful theater!  I performed a routine on aerial fabrics during a Las Vegas themed show for my good, good friends at All…

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I was more than happy to be photographed for The Little Black Dress Series again by my friend and photographer Tom Styrkowicz!  This time the theme was Little Black Dress Deconstructed.  He wants to start exploring variations of the little black dress.  Whatev.  Sounds good to me.  So, I was photographed wearing a “dress” that…

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So very, very happy and pleased that Larkspur was one of many proud sponsors of the 2011 Missouri Dance Team Championship held in St. Louis this year!  The contest was great!  There were  97 high school dance teams from all over the state, competing in Jazz, Kick, Pom, Hip Hop, Mix, and Prop categories.  The…

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Great weekend!  Great, great, great, great weekend!  Donnette, Mishra and I got to judge the Indiana High School Dance Team Association State Championships.  Whew!  That’s a long title.  Let’s just call it “State.”   🙂 This weekend was the culmination of 14 consecutive weekends of competitions throughout the state of Indiana, averaging over 100 performances…

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I got to work with St. Pius X High School in Kansas City to help them prepare their routines for the state competition.  This is one of my all time favorite things to do!  We cleaned their jazz and mix routines, and I’m pleased to say that they finished in the top five for both…

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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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I got the opportunity to hang out with great friends at the Lake Central Dance Invitational!  Crazy long day and something like 150 performances, all of them fabulous I might add!  It’s the longest running dance team competition in Indiana and it brings together more than 50 teams.  Huge amount of talent at this competition!…

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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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Every year Larkspur donates their time and talent to the Girl Scouts of America because we love them and their Thin Mint Cookies.  Last year Kayla, Natalie, and Melanie taught a local Brownie troop basic ballet, jazz and pom techniques, helping the girls earn their Dance badge.  This year, Natalie tapped her degree in dental…

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I just judged the Munster Invitational for the Indiana High School Dance Team Association this month with two good friends who we both just adore.  And now I’m going to brag on them a little bit.  Elizabeth Hathaway is a former dancer for Ball State University, and she’s one of the most precise and consistent…

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I just got back from Oklahoma where I had the great opportunity to judge one of my favorite state competitions!  So much talent in Oklahoma!  There were over 100 teams there.  The Oklahoma Dance Team Directors Association is a really cool organization.  I like how they have awards for Coaches of the Year, and they…

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The foundation is being laid for our competition “The Kansas City Classic!”  After a frantic “I don’t know what I’m doing!” email to Yvonne Cole, I got to spend the entire day shadowing her at her competition in St. Louis.  I learned so very, very much!  Her contest is in its 30th year (Yeah, that’s…

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I got to help my good friend Katye Baker, owner of All About Dance by Katye, choreograph a performance at a corporate event for Citizen’s Bank and Trust!  We had so much fun!  I also performed at the event with other members of Katye’s awesome staff!  So good to be working with her again!  Brought…

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Donnette and her business partner Andrea had another wonderful and amazing dance event!  Well, three actually.  And I was once again so very pleased and humbled to be a part of it!  Building upon the tremendous success of theConvention, Donnette and Andrea launched theDance Series and theUniversity Dance Tour.  These events bring in highly successful…

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Hey, I’m going to be in a photographic series!  Crazy, I know!  It’s called “Little Black Dress” and it’s by a photographer named Tom Styrkowicz. The series focuses on the little black dress being a symbol of a woman expressing her feminine side.  Tom started the series when he would see moms at school in their…

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Larkspur would like to congratulate all the fine folks at All About Dance by Katye on winning the “Best of the Best” Award from Home In The Northland magazine!  All About Dance won Best Dance Studio!  Below is an excerpt from the article that appeared in the July issue of the magazine: “Now 18 years…

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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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Donnette’s convention in Chicago was wonderful!  Proud of her and Andrea!  The hotel was a really, really nice place to hang for the weekend.  It was right underneath those corn cob tower things that intrigue me to no end.  There were 300 dance professionals there, ages thirteen to thirty (unless you count me, but I…

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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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I got the opportunity to go to Nashville for another movie.  This time it was Country Strong starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.  Had a lot of fun and learned a lot!  If I get a credit for this one it will be “Girl In Front Row Doing A Really Tight High V With Her…

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Lots of judging, dancing, teaching, and choreographing going on!  Good thing we live and die for this stuff!   😀 Okay, so the Indiana High School Dance Team Association shows no signs of getting sick of me.  I’m going back to judge at Westfield.   And our little Fallon worked with her alma mater, Milan…

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What a fun night!  We got to dance with critically acclaimed and award winning bluegrass band The Wilders!  They’re getting ready to leave for a tour of the UK, so best of luck to them!  I think Donnette and Mishra are still hanging out at the William Wallace Monument, so they should swing by and…

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I got a great opportunity to go to Nashville and dance for a movie that is going to be released next year!  It’s called “Redemption Road” and Michael Clarke Duncan, the big dude from The Green Mile is starring in it.  It’s directed by Mario Van Peebles and it was all I could do not…

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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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I got the fabulous opportunity to judge the team State Championships for Indiana!  It was their 15th annual contest and it was so much fun to be a part of it.  Saw some really outstanding team performances.  I’m always so amazed by what people can put together with nothing but a group of dancers and…

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I got to judge in Indiana again!  First at the North and South Regional Competitions for the Indiana High School Dance Team Association to determine who will continue on to their State Championship.  Very cool!  Saw so many awesome team, solo and ensemble performances!  The three of us got to judge their State Championship for…

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I just got back from Oklahoma where I judged the Oklahoma State Dance Team Championship in Oklahoma City.  (I just typed Oklahoma a whole lotta times.)  I love that competition!  It’s run by a group of sweethearts who are so sincere and professional.  And I love getting the chance to hang with my good friend…

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