As Capital Dance Project’s resident chef & yogi - Ms. Larissa Kogut returns to the Sacramento stage after completing her third professional season with the Sacramento Ballet. Originally from Buffalo, NY her passion for the performing arts guided her internationally to the National Ballet School of Canada, where she received her primary ballet training & later attended the collegiate ballet program at the University of Utah. Her professional career highlights showcase her strong classical & contemporary performance abilities as seen in Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker (Arabian Pas de Deux), Ma Cong’s Blood Rush, Rudolph Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Act I (Mercedes), Septime Webre’s Juanita y Alicia & in CDP’s first performance of ‘Behind the Barre’. This Sac-town dancer & avid collector of rocks, breaks many of the ‘ballerina bunhead’ stereotypes – often trading her pointe shoes for hiking boots & spending time off-stage working on her original jewelry design. Larissa loves to chill out at local coffee houses like Old Soul, sampling sandwiches at Sampinos & enjoys discovering treasures at her favorite shop Zanzibar.