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Discussion of all things dance team, featuring interviews with experts in the field.

Larkspur Dance & Choreography Podcast Melanie Dailey

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Discussion of all things dance team, featuring interviews with experts in the field.

    A Chat With Gretchen Jost – LDCPS3E26

    A Chat With Gretchen Jost – LDCPS3E26

    Gretchen Jost is the coach of the national championship team West Fargo Packatahnas.  We talked about all kinds of great dance team stuff including how she has handled the pandemic with her team, planning a "normal" dance team year, building team culture, teaching skills and conditioning, cleaning routines, virtual competition tips, improving performances before and during competitions, building a routine, tweaking choreo, and her sweetest victories.  There is so much to learn from this knowledgeable and dedicated coach of such a powerhouse team!  

    Follow the Packatahnas:  

    https://www.facebook.com/West-Fargo-HS-Dance-Team-120300601385124

    https://www.instagram.com/westfargodanceteam/

    Shout out to the sponsor of this episode:  Apolla Performance!  Larkspur loves their footwear!  

    Apolla website: https://www.apollaperformance.com

    Apolla Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apollaperformance

    Apolla Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apollaperformance/

    Apolla Twitter: https://twitter.com/ApollaWear

    Connect with Larkspur at the following links:

    Website: https://www.larkspurdance.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkspurdance/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarkspurDance/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkspurMelanie

    • 1 hr 8 min
    A Chat With Mishra Keller – LDCPS3E25

    A Chat With Mishra Keller – LDCPS3E25

    Mishra Keller has been a competitive cheerleader, dancer, choreographer, instructor and judge so her perspective comes from years of experience.  Her perspective is also unique because she through her company Nutrisults, she offers a holistic approach that beautifully translates into dance teams, individual dancers, choreographers, and coaches.  We talk about choreography, improving routines and maximizing a team's potential in common scoresheet captions.  Her answers are different and I think come at the perfect time as seasons are either gearing up for competition, or wrapping up after competition.  We also talk about doing what is best for all areas of your life through nutrition and fitness, and correcting previous damage that may have been done both physically, emotionally and mentally.  Mishra has a wealth of knowledge to share when it comes to body image and what she has to say will help our dance team community continue on a more inclusive approach and will help those of us who have struggled with this in the past to heal.  So much great info from this dear friend and mentor!  

    You can find Mishra at community.nutrisults.com

    She's also on Clubhouse doing all kinds of great things in the Nutrisults Community @holisticmish

    Mishra's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nutrisults/

    Shoutout to the sponsor of this episode:  Glam’r Gear! They have fantastic pieces of luggage the even the tiniest of tots can maneuver!  Precious costumes will arrive to the competitions safely and neatly with Glam’r Gear’s patented design that keeps costumes organized, and has an optional privacy curtain that transforms the luggage into a dressing room!  They also have tap boards and marley covered turning boards to help dancers stay on their toes at home!  And don’t forget to look at their accessories page for some great dance stuff too, like my favorite travel cosmetics bag and a garment bag with pockets to hold smaller costume pieces.  Use code LARK5 to receive 5% off!  Some exclusions apply.

    Connect with Larkspur at the following links:

    Website: https://www.larkspurdance.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkspurdance/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarkspurDance/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkspurMelanie

    • 1 hr 27 min
    A Chat With Apolla’s Brianne Zborowski – LDCPS3E24

    A Chat With Apolla’s Brianne Zborowski – LDCPS3E24

    Brianne Zborowski has a lot of experience in dance as a performer, instructor, and cofounder of successful competition teams in multiple states.  Brianne received her B.S. in Business Management with an emphasis on Management and Marketing from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan while teaching dance and working in the family business. She moved to Los Angeles where she continued her dance training with the best of the best at Broadway Dance Center in NY, and Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio, Millennium Dance Complex, and Edge PAC in Los Angeles and was able to travel across the country with many different dance opportunities including: Hollywood Carnival, a video for Sean Kingston, assisting master classes for Celine Dion’s dancers at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and working with Urban Legends and Adrenaline Dance Convention.   Brianne is now the Co-Founder & CEO of Apolla Performance Wear providing revolutionary footwear for dancers with designs based in scientific research to aid in arch support, ankle stability, energy absorption, & with customizable traction.  Along with her partners, she is excited to change the way dancers take care of their bodies and help them dance longer and stronger.  This newest step in her journey fuses her love of business and dance and she feels fortunate to be able to use all of her experiences to bring new awareness to an industry she has loved since she was a little girl.  This episode is full of advice and insight for those wanting to pursue a professional dance career, building your skill set so dance can still be a part of your life after the performance years have come to an end, and how to take your passions and turn them into a successful business with the help of your dear friends!  You'll also learn how Apolla is helping dancers and the dance community and opportunities to get involved!

    Apolla website: https://www.apollaperformance.com

    Apolla Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apollaperformance

    Apolla Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apollaperformance/

    Apolla Twitter: https://twitter.com/ApollaWear

    Connect with Larkspur at the following links:

    Website: https://www.larkspurdance.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkspurdance/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarkspurDance/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkspurMelanie

    • 1 hr 14 min
    A Chat With Jodi Maxfield – LDCPS3E23

    A Chat With Jodi Maxfield – LDCPS3E23

    Jodi Maxfield danced as a Cougarette at Brigham Young University back in the day, but as a coach of that program for 30 years, she built the program into the internationally celebrated and acclaimed powerhouse that it is today.  This legend shared so many valuable pieces of advice, tidbits of info, and all kinds of helpful tips.  We talked about the evolution of the BYU Cougarettes, how coming from a special and devout environment really bolstered the team in big and small ways, tips on working with choreographers, tweaking and cleaning choreo, building team culture, how to build a successful team, her favorite routines and sweetest victories, and how she balanced a successful career with a family and home life that she loves.  Listen with a notebook and a box of kleenex.  

    Connect with Larkspur at the following links:

    Website: https://www.larkspurdance.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkspurdance/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarkspurDance/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkspurMelanie

    • 1 hr 42 min
    FLOURISH with Larkspur – Race Relations with Adrian Singletary & Book Club Follow Up with Iris Lynne Sherman

    FLOURISH with Larkspur – Race Relations with Adrian Singletary & Book Club Follow Up with Iris Lynne Sherman

    I'm so pleased to have Dr. Adrian Singletary on the podcast!  He's been an athlete, a coach, an athletic director, and an administrator, but my favorite role of his is that of our Natalie's husband.  We spend a little time talking about what those of us in dance team want to know:  motivating our dancers, coaching methods that work, and getting support from athletic directors and administrators.  Then we shift our focus and talk about his reactions to the civil and social unrest of late, both over the summer and in our nation's capital in January.  We also talk about what those of us that want change need to do moving forward.  

    Then I'm joined by Iris Lynne Sherman, who kicked off our FLOURISH series and selected our first Larkspur Book Club pick:  Stamped From The Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.  Iris and I chatted about the book and the main takeaways we both got from it.  

    Shoutout to the sponsor of this episode:  Glam’r Gear! They have fantastic pieces of luggage the even the tiniest of tots can maneuver!  Precious costumes will arrive to the competitions safely and neatly with Glam’r Gear’s patented design that keeps costumes organized, and has an optional privacy curtain that transforms the luggage into a dressing room!  They also have tap boards and marley covered turning boards to help dancers stay on their toes at home!  And don’t forget to look at their accessories page for some great dance stuff too, like my favorite travel cosmetics bag and a garment bag with pockets to hold smaller costume pieces.  Use code LARK5 to receive 5% off!  Some exclusions apply.

    Connect with Larkspur at the following links:

    Website: https://www.larkspurdance.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkspurdance/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarkspurDance/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkspurMelanie

    • 1 hr 49 min
    A Chat With Coree Smith – LDCPS3E21

    A Chat With Coree Smith – LDCPS3E21

    Coree Smith has extensive dance team experience as a performer, choreographer, instructor, and judge.  Although she is an expert in this field, she is still a very enthusiastic, lifelong learner when it comes to dance team, and her positivity is contagious.  Her routines have won more than 65 state championships in Iowa alone over the last 25 years and multiple national champions and finalists at the high school and college levels.  She is now serving as head adjudicator for Dance Team Union.  I picked Coree's brain about choreo of course, how to build a routine, how to improve routines, getting inspired, and she also gives numerous tips on upping scores in synchronization, execution and showmanship.  Listen with a notebook because you're going to get inspired and informed by Coree's knowledge and energy!  

    Connect with Larkspur at the following links:

    Website: https://www.larkspurdance.com

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkspurdance/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarkspurDance/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkspurMelanie

     

    • 1 hr 41 min

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