Faculty

Emotions Dance prides itself on the professionalism and artistry of our faculty.
Our instructors have numerous years of dance training, education, and professional performance experience.

 
 

LARISSA HUMISTON
Owner/Artistic Director

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 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 continue this next chapter of her dance career by merging the non profit company and the studio and will continue to teach a variety of classes including Contemporary & Ballet. She is also the head choreographer for Emotions Dance Company II, the studio's youth performance company.

 
Larissa Humiston
 
 

COURTNEY LUTON
Faculty

Courtney Luton has grown up as a part of the Central Florida Dance community. After graduating from Lake Mary High School, Courtney was a member of the University of Tennessee Dance Team, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from UCF. Courtney teaches dance at Indian Trails Middle School and is a company member with Crawford Jazz Project.

 

Leeanna Shelton

Faculty

Leap N Learn Certified Instructor

Leeanna is 20 years old and grew up in the Central Florida dance community and started dancing at the age of 5. Leeanna competed all throughout Florida and has won numerous titles, awards, and scholarships. Leeanna graduated from Umatilla High School and is now currently attending Seminole State College for a degree in Health Science. Leeanna danced with Emotions Dance professional contemporary company and now dances for Crawford Jazz Project.

Leeanna Shelton
Chloe Haslett
 

Chloe Haslett

Faculty

Chloe started dancing at the age of six at a local dance studio in her small town of Umatilla and joined her studios competition team at the age of seven, where she performed across lake county and in her towns parades, holiday and charity events. She competed regionals and nationally across Florida taking home numerous first place awards. Chloe extended her dance training in workshops and conventions from well known choreographers who work with many of today’s famous performers in the music industry. She started intensive training in Leesburg at the age of nine where she continued to practice under ballet master Ron holiday. As well as competing in Studio owner Terri hick’s competition team for nine years. Along with many other choreographers adding to her experience in all styles of dance. Chloe has been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, clogging, and modern. Because of her love for dance she has received much joy in helping assist teachers, choreographed numbers, as well as taught private lessons.

 

Raleigh Shelton

Faculty

Leap N Learn Certified Instructor

Raleigh is 21 years old and has been dancing since the age of 4. She was born and raised in Kingsport, TN and trained at Kingsport Ballet, primarily in classical ballet. She has also trained in modern, jazz, and character dance. Over her 14 years with Kingsport Ballet (7 years as a company member), she has performed in many full-length classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, and Don Quixote. Some of her favorite roles include Clara and Chinese in The Nutcracker, The Pas De Trois in Swan Lake, Diamond in The Sleeping Beauty, and Friends in Don Quixote. Raleigh has attended Kingsport Ballet’s summer intensive yearly as well as summer intensive programs at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C., Houston Ballet, and Radford University. Raleigh’s passion for dance has grown through the years and she now also enjoys sharing that passion through teaching dance as well as performing. More recently she has re-located to Florida to further her dance career, and is now part of the Emotions Dance Company.

Raleigh Shelton
Amparo Padilla
 

Amparo Padilla

Faculty

Leap N Learn Certified Instructor

Amparo Padilla started her dance training in Long Beach, NY at a local dance studio where she took ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. After traveling into the city and seeing dance companies like New York City Ballet, Alvin Alley and Martha Graham she told her parents she wanted to take dance seriously and started attending Lumiere Ballet under the direction of Svetlana Caton and Venti Petrov where she fell in love with ballet. In 2008 Amparo and her family moved to Central Florida where she attended local dance academies such as Orlando Ballet, The Russian Academy, and the Center for Contemporary Dance. She went on to attend Summer Intensives at Orlando Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. It was at the Center for Contemporary Dance in Orlando where Amparo received intense training in modern techniques like Horton and Graham. After graduating high school, she did her undergraduate work at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, which is part of the University of Florida system. At New World she studied under Ballet Mistresses Tina Santos from San Francisco Ballet and Hiroko Sakakibara-Silva from Complexions Contemporary Ballet as well as Ballet Master Gerard Ebitz from New York City Ballet and Modern Dance Master Peter London who worked and danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Amparo studied Limon with Bambi Anderson from the Limon Dance Company and Horton with Rebecca Cannan who danced with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. The BFA curriculum at New World included academic courses like dance composition, Laban movement analysis, and dance teaching methods. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her BFA in dance in 2016. Amparo returned to Central Florida and started teaching at Inez Patricia School of Dance, SongBirds Music, Art and Dance Center and Emotions Dance. In the summer of 2018, she attended a summer intensive at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She returned home to join Emotions Dance Company and now has completed her first season with them and looking forward to many more.

 

Abrielle “Aubrey” Dunn

Faculty

Abrielle began her gymnastics career around the same time she learned to walk. Despite moving several places throughout her childhood, she continued her gymnastics training, maximizing her flexibility and achieving high scores in competitions. She later moved to Orlando and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida. With a BA in Digital Media and minor in Business Administration, Abrielle thrives in groups of creative minds. She lives to inspire others through personal growth and creative expression. With additional experience in cheerleading and two years of training in Krav Maga, Abrielle understands a variety of movements and techniques that challenge and change the body. She believes the future depends on developing the minds, bodies, and souls of today’s youth and the generations of tomorrow.

Abrielle Dunn
Kim Pierzo
 

Kim Pierzo

Front Office Manager

Kim is the new office manager and has been a dance parent for many years and fully enjoy the commitment it takes for this art. Kim has witnessed firsthand how dance has marked a changed in her daughter , who is now a part of this years pre-professional program.
Kim has lived in Seminole County for ten years and graduated from Seminole State College with an AS degree in management. Kim has worked with children for several years and takes that responsibility very seriously. Kim enjoys spending time with her family and watching a really good movie.