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MARK OF EXCELLENCE NATIONAL TALENT COMPETITION was created to inspire dancers and performers. To provide them with a positive and professional environment where they can cultivate their self-confidence and improve as a dancer and individual. Focusing on the studio owners, directors and guests and exceeding their expectations is a Mark of Excellence standard.

Co-Founders Randy Kalis and LaRon Higgins have produced hundreds of dance competitions across the United States. For over 35 years they have demonstrated their attention to details and professionalism. They are committed to EXCELLENCE and providing a quality event that will be an extraordinary experience for every member of your dance family!

randy_newRandy Kalis CoFounder & Executive Director

Randy has been involved with the Dance Competition Industry for over 40 years. He was born and raised in southern Minnesota and studied Art and Design in Minneapolis/St. Paul. After relocating to Dallas, he worked for over 27 years with one of the largest dance competition companies in the United States. Through his employment he was also involved with many organizations, including the Dance Teachers Summit. He understands the important role Directors, Instructors and Teachers play in the lives of all their dancers and he is dedicated to bringing an outstanding competition to everyone.

Randy’s personal philosophy and passion is to set your standards high and be the best you can be! Integrity, respect and attention to detail are synonymous with all of his events and this tradition will continue with Mark of Excellence National Talent.

“We are all here to help mentor these young people through their expression of dance. Dance and their studio family have been an important part of their foundation for life. My greatest joy over the years is working with all the Dancers, Directors, Teachers and Choreographers, your dedication is truly amazing. Thank you for being the BEST part of Mark of Excellence!”

Randy Kalis



laRon_newLaRon Higgins CoFounder & Executive Director

LaRon has worked in the Dance Competition Industry for over 18 years. He was born in Illinois and later relocated to Fort Worth Texas where he attended Wesleyan University and began his career in Research Management. Once established in Texas he began a 21 year long career with the Neiman Marcus Group. His expertise expanded through to Corporate Management including Finance and Client Relations.

For the past ten years he has worked with one of the largest dance competition companies in the industry and participated in the Dance Teachers Summit. LaRon prides himself on attention to detail and organizational skills. He enjoys working with all of the Studio Directors, Owners, Dancers, Instructors and families throughout the country, dedicated to providing them with a creative and positive environment where every dancer can be their best.

“Experience has been our guide in the dance industry. Mark of Excellence National Talent was created to exceed all expectations. We pride ourselves on extraordinary events and a polished presentation.”

LaRon Higgins

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