Larissa McGowan

Larissa teaches ballet, contemporary and jazz at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Larissa McGowan

Born in Brisbane, Larissa began her dance training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE), where she won the Queensland Ballet Scholarship to the Victorian College of the Arts(VCA), as well as the prize for ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’. In her graduating year at VCA, Larissa won the award for ‘Most Outstanding Talent’.

Larissa joined ADT in 2000 and has since toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, America, Asia and Australia performing in Be Yourself, G, Devolution, HELD, Vocabulary, Nothing, The Age of Unbeauty, Birdbrain and Attention Deficit Therapy. In 2008 Garry Stewart named Larissa, Associate Choreographer.

Following winning the 2003 Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer, Larissa won multiple awards in 2004, including Best Female Dancer in a Ballet or Dance Work at the Helpmann Awards and the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer.

Her work, Zero-sum, made its world premiere at WOMADelaide 2009. She followed this up with a highly successful appearance as a guest choreographer on two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. Her work Slack, performed by ADT, was part of the Sydney Opera House’s New Breed season & in 2012 Link Dance Company toured this work to France & Holland. She has created Transducer as part of Tasdance’s double bill ‘Voltage’ & made Fanatic on Sydney Dance Company which had it’s world premier in Spring Dance, Contemporary Woman and recently as part of SDC’s triple bill De Novo. Her full length work Skeleton premiered in the 2013 Adelaide Festival and as part of Dance Massive 2013.

Larissa was also choreographer on MASS, presented by Adelaide Festival(2012) & State Opera of South Australia. In 2012, she made a work on the VCA graduating year called A Ceremony of Senses.

Additional movement direction includes, Slingsby Theatre Company’s Wolf, State Theatre Company of SA’s Romeo & Juliet and Mneumonic, Brink Theatre Company’s Harbinger.


Larissa McGowan