Venezuelan born Larissa Parra has always been highly influenced by musical culture, which has taken her to be greatly involved in the Arts. Since a very young age she dreamed of performing on a stage whether it was playing, singing, acting, or dancing. However, her encounter with Flamenco was love at first sight and a never-ending relationship.
By the age of four, she took her first Ballet classes at Azilde Henriquez’s School of Dance in her hometown, Caracas, Venezuela. After a couple of years, she went on to take Contemporary & Jazz lessons, where she further developed her technique and skills as a well-rounded dancer. After a few years of loving almost every form of dance, Ms. Parra came across her first Flamenco class at Yaya Carvallo’s “Camelas Escuela de Baile”, where she was an active figure and bailaora for almost eight years. During her teenage years, she decided to expand her knowledge by experiencing classes with different teachers and choreographers, which is when she turned to “Academia de Baile Tatiana Reyna”, where she became a student of renowned Venezuelan bailaora, Stefany Vivas.
In 2011, Ms. Parra became a founding member of the “Stefany Vivas Ballet Flamenco” dance company, where she performed in many of Venezuela’s greatest theaters. In 2014, she was one of the top five finalists of the “Premio Torbellino Flamenco”, where flamenco soloists from all around the country participated. That same year, she also became part of the “Grupo Coreográfico Dansestudios” company, and participated in Carlos Mezza “El Torbellino”’s dance ensemble in 2015.
Ms. Parra’s formation is greatly accredited to all the wonderful Flamenco artists her home country has to offer, such as Yaya Carvallo, Stefany Vivas, Deiweif Stephenson “La Bronce”, Gabriela Reyes “La Canela”, Mariana Martínez, Carmen Garza, Daniela Tugues, and Siudy Garrido. Besides this, on several occasions, Ms. Parra has sought Flamenco instruction in Spain with renowned artists such as “La Truco”, Carmela Greco, María Juncal, Alfonso Losa, Ramón Martínez, Concha Jareño, “La Lupi”, Pepa Molina, Nuria Truco, Claudia Cruz, and Carmen Ledesma.
Currently, Ms. Parra is a flamenco dancer and choreographer, who has been teaching the art form for over ten years, while incorporating teaching strategies and methods from her experience as an Early Childhood Educator.
Ms. Parra joined Encore Academy of the Arts in 2019, where she teaches all levels of Flamenco alongside Cachela Judez.