About Us

Sharpen Up! Dance Team Training was formed in 2019 by three award-winning, former coaches who share a passion for excellence, and who are committed to supporting dancers and coaches by providing guidance and resources on how to effectively build successful dance teams. Since then, we have launched incredible athlete-focused recruiting events aimed to educate and connect dancers of all levels to their future dance homes in college or industry.

Meet the Team

Danielle Faulkner

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

  • Coach of Worlds Champion Dance Team & Spirit Squad, Arizona State University
  • Coach of AZ State & National Championship High School Pom Team, Chaparral High School
  • Owner/Director – Adage Dance studio, ftd. in Super Bowl XLII Halftime
  • 2-team college cheerleader – Kansas & ASU
  • Panel Judge – USA, UDA, Jamfest Super Nationals
  • AIA Panel & Technical Judge
  • 2-time Fitness and 3-time Bikini Regional Champion
  • Bachelors in Child Psychology, Early Childhood Education

Lindsey Larsen

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

  • Inspiration Dance Choreography, Owner
  • Director & Coach of AZ State & National Title Holding teams
  • AIA Assistant Tournament Coordinator, 2 years
  • USA Dance Instructor & Nationals Panel Judge
  • NHL Dancer, AZ Coyotes
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance Choreography, ASU

Rani Reichow

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

  • Coach of Collegiate National Champion Dance Team, Grand Canyon University
  • Director & Coach of AZ and NE State Championship Spiritlines
  • Director of Education; Conference Planner – National Dance Coaches Association
  • Conference Presenter – NDCA, AZ, IA, IN, UT, & WI Coaches Associations
  • 2-team NFL Cheerleader – AZ Cardinals, KC Chiefs
  • UNO Maverick Dance Team
  • UDA Head Instructor & Judge
  • Panel Judge – UDA, USA, DTU
  • AIA Technical Judge
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science/ Physical Education
  • Master of Arts, Secondary Teaching