Studio Owner/Instructor- Larissa Humiston
Larissa Humiston’s background in dance began in 1987 where she was a student of ballet and jazz in Syracuse, NY at The Bennett Conservatory for the Arts. Once in college at Stetson University (BA 2004), Larissa began her love for modern, lyrical and contemporary dance and continued with ballet jazz, tap and hip hop.
Ms. Humiston has been teaching and choreographing all ages since 2000. She coached two high school dance teams and choreographed for many theatre groups while in NY studying for her Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University (MSW, 2006).
Ms. Humiston relocated to Central Florida in May of 2007 and founded Emotions Dance Company in August of 2007, a professional 501c3 non -profit dance company. She has won numerous dance awards, attended countless dance conferences, and has collaborated with many artists throughout her time in Orlando. Ms. Humiston’s work is locally and nationally recognized has been seen throughout Orlando and the Central Florida area.
Ms. Humiston spends her days as a therapist at her own private practice and countless hours after work choreographing, producing, and directing Emotions Dance Company. Ms. Humiston also teaches classes, master classes and workshops throughout the Central Florida and Central New York areas.
She is thrilled to start this next chapter of her dance career by opening Emotions Dance Studio and will teach a variety of classes.
Amanda Forsyth has recently graduate from Texas State University – San Marcos with her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Performance Dance and Choreography. Amanda began studying dance from the early age of 2, but her childhood hobby has only seemed to grow into a deeper passion as she reached her adult years. Dance has humbled Amanda to work with professional celebrities of the Dance world such as Christa Oliver (Dancer from the movie Avatar) along with taking class from Sonya (from So You Think You Can Dance) and hip-hop genius Rennie Harris. In recent years, she has danced professionally with Texas State’s elite company Merge, and has become the first female Bungee jumper at Seaworld Parks & Entertainment of San Antonio Texas.
Jessica Harris was born and raised in Ormond Beach, Florida. She attended Father Lopez Catholic High School where she competed in national competitions with the Dancing Green Waves. After high school, Jessica attended Santa Fe College and began to get plugged into the dance community in Gainesville. After a year, she transferred to the University of Florida to pursue her BFA in Dance. At UF, Jessica trained not only in modern and ballet, but also in West African dance under the direction of Mohamed Dacosta. Other artists she has trained with include Kritsin O’Neal, David Dorfman, Tiffany Rynard, Tzveta Kassabova, and Orange Grove Dance. At Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Jessica grew an interest in Arts and Medicine.This interest prompted her to apply for and receive a scholarship to research the benefits of dance on recovering cancer patients. This opportunity has allowed her to work with multiple programs at the forefront of using dance and other arts as a form of recovery. Jessica plans to continue this research upon arriving to Orlando.
Sara was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. She started studying dance at the age of four, beginning her training with ballet and tap. As the years progressed she continued her studies in local studios in different styles such as jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern/contemporary, and pointe. She competed for many years, and won many awards, including Highest Overall Score in the Teen Solo Category in 2009. She attended Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School in South Hadley, MA and graduated in 2011 with a concentration in Dance. She was a member of the school’s pre-professional dance company, Catalyst Dance. After high school, Sara moved to New York to attend Manhattanville College for the next four years. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Theatre, and a minor in Psychology. In the summer of 2014 Sara performed in a modern piece by Marta Renzi in Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival.
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Ashton graduated from Georgia College and State University in May 2015 with a BA in History and a double minor in Dance and Spanish. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has received training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, acrobatics, and modern from teachers such as Robert and Jennifer Mason, Tom Ralabate, Albert Cataffi, and Marcus Alford. She competed with the North Georgia Academy of Dance Elite Dancers for 13 years, where she won many awards including Miss Dance of Mid-South Dance Masters Ch. #41. With the NGAD Elite Dancers, she has been able to give back to the community through dance with many performances at local festivals and showcases. She was Lawrenceville’s Junior Miss for the Class of 2011 and received a Scholastics Scholarship at the state program. She has been a part of the DYWGA State Production Team for 2 years. During college she was inducted into Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honorary and Alpha Psi Omega Theater Fraternity and has performed in multiple productions including Anything Goes, The Birds, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the annual GCSU Dance Minor Concert. She began teaching during her high school years and received her teaching certification in the areas of Tap and Modern from Dance Masters of America, Inc. in September of 2013. Her choreography on the NGAD Elite Dancers has won awards at regional level competitions.