Larissa McGowan 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 worldwide 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 and continues her work teaching company members and the Youth Ensemble. Larissa was also Co-choreographer of Habitus for 2016 Adelaide Festival.
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 was part of the Sydney Opera House’s New Breed season and remounted in 2012 for Link Dance Company. She has created Transducer as part of Tasdance’s double bill ‘Voltage’ and made Fanatic on Sydney Dance Company which premiered in Spring Dance, Contemporary Woman and recently toured nationally as part of SDC’s triple bill season De Novo. Her work Skeleton premiered in the 2013 Adelaide Festival and Dance Massive. It also toured to the Dublin Dance Festival and nominated for the 2014 Australian Dance Awards. Her work Transducer was remounted as part of Co:3’s launch premiere.
She has made a work on VCA A Ceremony of Senses, AcArts Inconsolable Robots In Search of Distraction. Additional movement direction includes, Slingsby Theatre Company’s Wolf, State Theatre Company of SA’s Romeo & Juliet, Mneumonic and Little Bird, Brink Theatre Company’s Harbinger, Mass presented by State Opera of South Australia. Rehearsal Direction for Tasdance, Physical theatre & circus group Gravity & Other Myths and Assistant Choreographer for The Boy Castaways by Michael Kantor. Larissa premiered her latest work Mortal Condition in 2016 at the Adelaide Festival Centre.