Shirley J. Larkin, owner and founder of Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota, died Wednesday morning, August 10, surrounded by her family, according to the studio.
Larkin had been teaching dance for more than 60 years. Certified by the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, she served as president and secretary of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists from 1962 until 1970, and was National President Emeritus of the Professional Dance Teachers Association.
In 1950 she founded Larkin Dance Studio, where two of her daughters, Michele Larkin-Wagner and Molly Larkin-Symanietz, are on the faculty. In addition to her studio work, Larkin choreographed many musicals, taught dance workshops, and judged numerous dance competitions.