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’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.
Tara McGugin has been a professional in the dance industry for eighteen years. She has performed and choreographed for several Central Florida dance companies, including Emotions Dance Company, Blushhh Productions, and DRIP. She has also lent her skills to events for companies such as M.A.C. Make-up, Paul Mitchell, and Saco Hair. She even did a stint as a magician’s assistant for illusionist David Davinci, who currently has his own theater show. Tara really loves the teaching process and the student/teacher relationship. Being a dance instructor/choreographer has been her main focus for fourteen years, and she has taken many dancers on the journey from beginner to professional. She hopes to see many more! However, in the past five years Tara has branched out into talent judging, casting, and management for various projects and companies. Always continue to grow!
Faculty/ Competition Director
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 is also a current senior company member of Emotions Dance Company and teaches dance at Indian Trails Middle School.
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.