Larisa Hall was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where the majority of her family still lives. She migrated to the “left” coast (as her east coast friends like to call it) to enjoy the sunnier skies! After realizing the need for more tap in San Diego, Larisa set her sights on opening a studio with a focus on tap dance. As of April 2008, Larisa Hall is the Founder, Executive Director, and an instructor for Tap Fever Studios in La Jolla, California.
Dance has been a part of Larisa’s life for as long as she can remember, but it didn’t come easily at first. Larisa was born with severely clubbed feet, and had to wear casts on both legs from one to nine months of age. She slept each night with a brace to hold her feet and casts in a turned out position. Doctors had their doubts how well Larisa would walk, but by age 1 1/2 she was on her feet! Just as Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi used skating to assist with physical therapy for her clubbed feet, by age five Larisa turned to dance with the same goal. Although Larisa had a lot of ankle pain in her youth, she never wanted to stop dancing once she got the “fever”! By opening Tap Fever Studios, Larisa has been able to help other students overcome their own obstacles and experience the joy of dance.
There are some memorable events from Larisa’s dance career which continue to motivate her. Getting first place awards in multiple dance competitions when she danced with Pamm Drake, in Alameda, California, gave Larisa confidence and a sense of pride. When she became a member of the professional group Tap Dancing Christmas Trees (also with Pamm Drake), Larisa experienced what it was like to get paying gigs. As a part of the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, Larisa was able to dance in the 2001 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, just two months after the September 11 attacks. It was a surreal experience to be in New York at that time. Since opening Tap Fever Studios, it has been heartwarming for Larisa to see the joy of students who are visually impaired, students with crutches, and all the other students who learn and excel with their dance skills at Tap Fever.
Larisa has degrees in Television and Radio Production and has worked in many areas of both fields from 1997 to 2008. Larisa’s most recent television work was as a Segment Producer with KUSI NEWS in San Diego. This background in performing arts affords her the experience and knowledge to manage Tap Fever Studios and its performances. Larisa’s primary goal with Tap Fever is to ensure anyone who wants to dance has the opportunity to do so.