Murisa Harba received her BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University's College of Fine Arts with a minor in ballroom dance and has performed and toured in shows such as Sweet Charity, Amadeus, The Rivals and ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' Roadtrip. Murisa studied with Tony Meredith and Melanie LePatin at Dance Times Square NYC and went on to compete in International Latin and American Smooth Ballroom around the U.S. and Europe for five years snagging amateur champion titles along the way until landing in Los Angeles in 2008, where she currently teaches. She had the opportunity to help with the opening of Balliamos, the first same sex ballroom dance studio, located in the heart of West Hollywood, where she taught privates, classes, choreographed wedding couples and brought students to competitions. Murisa also choreographed music videos for artists such as Derek James, Billy Bob Earl and most recently, Grammy nominated artist, globally acclaimed DJ Paul van Dyk. She starred opposite So You Think You Can Dance season 5 winner Jeanine Mason in Understudy, while also choreographing and performing on Disney's I'm in the Band, Korda's Beautifully Esther, and the Kroll Show on Comedy Central. Murisa launched her own acting studio called ABOUT THE WORK, a safe place for actors to hone their craft and continues to teach at the SAG Conservatory.
As a dancer, Amy Lawrence has captivated audiences with her sophistication and class on the dance floor. With over 10 years experience as a teacher, Amy has helped countless students with their dancing goals including wedding dance instruction, social dancing skills, and competitive ballroom training.
She holds teaching qualifications in all American styles of ballroom dance and has competed professionally in American and International styles. Amy trained in ballroom dance at the famous Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boston while earning her BM in music at the Boston Conservatory. She studied with top professionals such as Armin Kappacher, Larinda McRaven, Russell Monk, Istvan Cserven, and Mark Sheldon. Amy was a featured dancer in the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade featuring dancers from Dancing with the Stars!, danced alongside Jeanine Mason, winner of So You Think You Can Dance in Understudy! and was a lead dancer/singer in Zoot Suit Riot. Amy caught the eye of instructors from the Fred Astaire Studios in Boston where she taught for 5 years and then relocated to the FADS in New York City Westside for 2 years. In 2010 she moved back to her hometown of Los Angeles where she continues to share her love of ballroom dance to dancers of all ages.
Jared has been dancing since the age of 14. His career started in Canton, OH. He started his dance career in Breakdancing under the instruction of Bobby Blaze of the "IllStyle Rockers". He soon followed this with Ballroom Dancing. Through the years he has danced many other styles of dance including salsa, argentine tango, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. In 2009, Jared became a member of Living Fountain Dance Company, training and performing in Modern/Contemporary, and guest performing as a B-boy. Upon the company closing, he ventured into opening his very own dance studio. This also provided the opportunity for Jared to teach for “Heartbeats to the City”, a non-profit organization that brings art into inner city elementary schools as an after-school program for at-risk youth. Jared also helped create and manage the “Canton City Crew”, a crew of B-boys and Hip hop dancers, doing performances such as halftime shows for the cleveland cavaliers D-league. Over the course of the next year he performed for many big events such as "The Love concert" and "Canton's Dancing with the Stars". At the turn of the New Year, he decided it was time to explore bigger opportunities and moved to Los Angeles. Jared looks forward to positively impacting his students as well as pursuing his performance and teaching career here in L.A. He is currently teaching all over the greater Los Angeles area.
With more than 20 years of experience in ballroom dance, Amy Lawrence Ballroom Dance provides professional instruction to our students. Our team of instructors are motivated by their love of dance and the passion to transfer their knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.
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