Larkin Dance Studio presents The Greatest Show

The Larkin Dance Studio's Spring Recital, called The Greatest Show, was inspired by the movie The Greatest Showman.

the Arthur Murray Dance Center annual benefit Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities. Photo by Matt Blewett/Minnesota Dance News

Titled The Greatest Show, the Larkin Dance Studio’s Spring Recital was a brilliant combination of light, sound, choreography.  This is not your average dance recital, it is the culmination of 68 years of building a legacy.

2018 marks the 68th annual showcase of the Larkin Dance Studio’s student performances.  Minnesota Dance News caught up with Michele, one of the owners and the daughter of Larkin’s creator.  In 1950 Shirley, Michele’s mother, started teaching tap dance in the basement of her family’s restaurant.

Over the past almost seven decades, the studio has built a national reputation for building some of the most talented dancers in the country.  The legacy is instantly apparent when upon entering the auditorium.  To a person, current and former dancers as well as parents shared the pride they had at being part of the Larkin legacy.

The 800 students of the dance studio learn discipline and self confidence as Michele and the other instructors perfect every move and pose.  Brittany Rehling, a Larkin alum shared that precision is what makes the Larkin legacy special.  The dedication…no, insistence on perfection and excellence in every aspect of the dancers is why Larkin dancers have enjoyed so much success.  The studio has helped train some of the top dancers in the state and the nation.

Last year two Larkin dancers were prominently featured in nationally televised shows.  Eva Igo took second place on World of Dance – she is back for season two, catch her Tuesday’s on NBC.  The other dancer to be featured last summer was Taylor Sieve, who took third on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance competition.

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