The aspiration of Tap Fever’s Executive Director and Founder, Larisa Hall, is to give dance opportunities to anyone who wants to get on the floor.
Dancing since kindergarten, Larisa has experienced many styles— jazz, ballet, contemporary, swing, hip-hop… she loves ’em all, but the rhythm and unique art of tap dance has always been her favorite. Born and raised just outside of Washington D.C., Larisa learned a Broadway style of tap with Mary Lou Peters, and performed in many shows. After college Larisa left the snowy east coast and landed in the Bay Area of Northern California, where she broadened her skills with more classic and rhythm steps at Pamm Drake’s Dance/10 Performing Arts Center in Alameda. With this experience Larisa received high marks in regional and national competitions and performed as a member of Pamm’s professional tap team, “The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees”. One of Larisa’s most memorable experiences with that studio was dancing in the 2001 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, just two short months after the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings.
Larisa has been in San Diego since the summer of 2003 and teaching her own style of tap, which is a culmination of the variety of dance experience she’s had over the years. Larisa’s classes focus on making technique easy to understand, and having fun! Larisa loves all types of dance and wants to share that joy with anyone who is willing to try. By opening Tap Fever Studios, Larisa has been able to help other students overcome their own obstacles and experience the joy of dance. Larisa firmly believes that anyone can dance if given the chance.
Larisa has degrees in Television and Radio Production and has worked in many areas of both fields from 1997 to 2008. Larisa’s last job (before opening Tap Fever Studios) was as a Promo Writer, an Editor, Voice Over talent, and finally, as a Segment Producer for KUSI NEWS in San Diego. Her background in performing arts coupled with the TV producing skills she acquired affords her the experience and knowledge to manage Tap Fever Studios and its performances. Larisa is always working to make Tap Fever Studios the best it can be, and to serve the community with quality dance classes for all.
Mariah was born and raised in San Diego. She has been dancing since the age of 4 and it has always been a main part of her life.
Mariah went to The San Diego School of Creative and Performing arts. There she took jazz, tap, ballet and drama. For high school she decided to broaden her horizons by going to High Tech High International, a professional, tech savvy and project based learning charter school. However, she still took dance outside of school and at the time, they didn’t have a dance team so Mariah took initiative and created the High Tech High Dance Team. She directed and choreographed for this team.
Mariah Salas graduated high school in 2009. She continued to take dance classes at Mesa College. There she studied Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet and she completed the dance program in 2013. She also went to Mueller College to study Holistic Heath so she could pursue her fascination with the human body. She has a goal to help dancers and herself stay healthy and dancing for a long time. She graduated from Mueller in 2012 and continues to teach her students about the self care skills she learned there.
Straight out of high school Mariah went after her dream of being a dance teacher and performer. Since then, plenty of doors have opened for Mariah such as being the director of the San Diego Surfettes, a professional dance team for a basketball team in the ABA. She has also choreographed for Mesa College for 5 years and is currently an assistant to the professors there in both classes and show production. In 2012 Mariah also got chosen to choreograph four pieces for a showcase presented by Mounarath-Powell Productions. She has danced professionally for Naganuma dance company in New York City, Bite Jazz company in San Diego and Feverlesque a burlesque company in San Diego. In addition, she is also a touring back up dancer for hip hop artist Demi Daygo. Mariah loves to use the art of dance to give back to the community and produces dance and variety shows to fundraise for local charities.
She now has a home with Tap Fever Studios and is teaching dance full-time at various studios and elementary schools in styles such as jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and modern. She also created her own business doing dance birthday parties for children.
Aside from dancing, Mariah enjoys yoga, cooking, geocaching and babysitting.
Vikki Weinberger has had a lifelong passion for rhythm and dance and finds joy inspiring others.
Vikki finds joy inspiring others through dance, and currently teaches Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Broadway Jazz, and Ballet to all ages and levels. Vikki has had her choreographic works presented at The White House, the Kennedy Center, Disney World, Cherry Blossom Festival, Nigel Lithgow’s National Dance Day, & the internationally renowned DC Tap Festival. She has choreographed for companies including DCypher Dance, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, Dancemakers Inc. competitive team, Young at Heart, and coached the Greater Washington Maccabi Dance Team. Vikki Weinberger has had a lifelong passion for rhythm and dance. Newly relocated to the area by way of Washington DC, she is very excited to share her love for dance on the West Coast! Vikki has been an esteemed dance instructor and choreographer in Washington DC since 2000. For over a decade she has been the Artistic Director of the award winning youth tap company Soles of Steel, a faculty member at Joy of Motion Dance Center, and conservatory faculty and choreographer at CityDance School & Conservatory.
Vikki made her Broadway debut at Lincoln Center (NYC) in Broadway’s Greatest Showstoppers with Marvin Hamlisch and the NY Philharmonic, danced at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Strathmore Music Center with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Pops Goes Vegas, and was a featured dancer and tap soloist at the Horatio Alger Awards hosted by Ed McMahon. Vikki has performed at The White House, The Kennedy Center, The Verizon Center, The National Mall, the DC Tap Festival, FOX 5, & has made special appearances in multiple corporate events & club venues as both dancer & model. Vikki was a member of Heidi Schultz’s Tappening (2000-2008), hip hop company DCypher Dance (2006-2012), and MetroTAP (2009-2013). While studying Music Theater at American University (2000-’04), she choreographed many works, was V.P., and helped to establish the still thriving dance organization AU In Motion.
Vikki truly believes that you always gotta follow where the beat leads you!
Andromeda Breeze Bradley believes in the transformative experience of dance and is grateful for its therapeutic power.
Andromeda’s main focus is in contemporary and somatic practices, with a heavy background in ballet and jazz. Andromeda graduated from UC San Diego Cum Laude with a BA in Dance, where she was also awarded the Leandra Smith Memorial Award for her exceptional promise as a dancer. While at UC San Diego Andromeda studied music, and was also a recording assistant with the UCSD Music Department. Her time as a recording assistant exposed her to a large variety of complex music, as well as the technical aspect of recording a live performance. Andromeda transferred to UC San Diego with an AA in Performing Arts, Digital Music Technology from San Diego City College. Her creative work focuses on the ephemeral nature of all things and the power of the mind, drawing inspiration from the paranormal and nature cycles. She creates her own music and sound designs for most of her works, as well as composes and designs for many San Diego based choreographers. As a drummer and vocalist Andromeda seeks to expand her performance experience and exposure to a global market.
Andromeda is a San Diego native, if you are interested in hearing some her design work you can find her on sound cloud at www.soundcloud.com/Andromeda-Breeze.