Instructors & Staff

Liz Bevilacqua

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Mrs. Liz has been living in Brevard County, FL since 1952. She began her dance training at Jim Trevelen's School of Dance and Ebsen School of Dance and Royal Studios in Orlando. Her summers were spent studying in New York City at Ballet Russe and June Taylor School of Dance. She received her Dance Masters of America Teaching certification in 1958, which is the same year the Dussich Dance Studio began its inception. Along with the study, she began the Brevard Dance Company and initiated the Lecture Demonstration Dance Program in Brevard County Schools and has trained and coached many professionals dancers and teachers through the studio as well as through Florida Dance Masters. Currently, Mrs. Liz is the membership chairperson for Florida Dance Masters and is the author of the FDM Ballet Syllabus and Dictionary. Mrs. Liz still teaches many of the adult classes here at the studio. 

Anna Bevilacqua Spangler

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Mrs. Anna Bevilacqua Spangler was born and raised in Brevard County and started dance at the age of 2 and began teaching at the age of 16. She has had the opportunity to study with Ray & Rhee Gold, Jo  Rowan, Gus Giordano,  and Bob Kimball & Luigi. She is a graduate of Merritt Island High School and Brevard Community College, (Now Eastern Florida State College).  She attended Oklahoma City University for two years with studies in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Voice, Piano and Musical Theater.  While in Oklahoma, she was a member of the AMERICAN SPIRIT Dance Company and performed on stage with Tony Award Winner, Pearl Bailey.  After Returning to Florida, Anna danced as a Mexican Dancer for Walt Disney World at Epcot for one year and performed with local theaters in several plays.  She also has helped with school choirs in setting and conducting musical productions for school and local performances.  Anna officially returned to Dussich Dance Studio in 1999, teaching Preschool, Combo, Jazz, Tap and Musical Theater.  In 2016, she stepped down from her teaching role to become Office/Business Manager at Dussich.

Al Packard

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Mr. Al was born in Maine but grew up in New York. He attended college in Maine, where he majored in Science and was introduced to dance. While in college, he studied modern dance with a former member of Martha Graham's Dance Company and performed with the college dance company. After college, he moved to Florida and began studying ballet and jazz and performed with a group that later became Ft. Lauderdale Civic Ballet. In 1960, he moved to Melbourne but retired from performing dance in 1962. Five years later, he was contacted by Dussich Dance Studio to assist with teaching the Swan Lake Pas De Deux for their annual recital. After this, Mr. Al began teaching at Dussich and in 1972, he became co-owner. He joined the Dance Masters of America and continued his studies of dance with Ron Daniels, David Howard, Patsy Swazy, Gus Giordarno and many others. He performed for many years with the Brevard Dance Company but retired for the second and final time in 1986, becoming the Business Manager for the studio. Today, Mr. Al still assist with Business Management responsibilities at the studio and is also the annual dance recital emcee.

Carol Branam

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Ms. Carol comes from a legacy of dancers and began dancing at the age of 4 in Jacksonville, FL where her mother was her first dance teacher. Ms. Carol has been teaching at Dussich Dance Studio since 1980 and is a member of the Florida Dance Masters and continues to attend their conventions and intensive teacher training courses to continue growing as an instructor. She was Co-Director of the Dussich Imperial Dance Company for 8 years. She has won several medals and received  numerous accolades for her choreography from both FDM and EPA.   Ms. Carol is the mother of two sets of twins and is also a loving grandmother. She feels that promoting the art of dance to children is important to life and culture.

David Pitti Williams

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David began dancing at the age of 15 at the World of Dance studio in Fayetteville, NC. He attended numerous summer dance intensives as well as competed nationally, winning two national titles in Contemporary/Lyrical. He continued his study of dance while attending the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he minored in Dance and was also a Varisty Cheerleader. After college, David accepted a position as the Assistant Cheer and Dance Coach for Methodist College, while also choreographing for pro-amateur football and hockey dance teams. David appeared on Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance and qualified passed his Atlanta audition.  In 2009, David relocated to Florida and has been teaching in the area ever since. He has also assisted the Merritt Island High School Dance team and choreographed for the Imperial Dance Company. David has been teaching at Dussich Dance Studio for the past 4 years, as well as traveling nationally and internationally to teach master classes and judge dance competitions for companies such as DX Events, Varsity Brands, CCC, Jamfest Japan and FutureCheer UK.

Emily Luedtke

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Emily began her dance and performance training in Wisconsin at the age of 3. She has extensive training in a variety of disciplines such as ballet, pointe, jazz, safety release technique, modern, gymnastics, and musical theatre. Emily moved to Florida in 2011, and in 2013 graduated with her A.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Valencia College. From 2010 to 2013, Emily performed with both the Walt Disney World Company, as well as Universal Studios. In 2013, Emily attended the Lehrer Dance Summer Intensive in Buffalo, under the direction of Jon Lehrer. From 2013 to 2015, Emily attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she graduated with her  B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. Emily has had 8 years of experience in Wisconsin, Florida, and North Carolina teaching ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, acro, jazz, KinderDance, and barre fitness. Emily has had the pleasure of working with various master choreographers and companies such as: Karris Sloss (Eclectic Edge Dance Ensemble), Lesley Brasseux ­Rodgers, Jon Lehrer, Jeanne Travers, Jaimie Martinez (David Parsons Dance Company), John Parks (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Janet Lily (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), Duane Cyrus (Martha Graham Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), BJ Sullivan (American Dance Legacy Initiative), Amy Love­ Beasley, and Catherine Miller (Mark Dendy Dance Theater). Emily was a performing company member with Dawn Branch Works, based in Orlando during the 2016-2017 season. Ms. Emily has been teaching at Dussich Dance Studio since 2015.

Roxanne Smith

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Mrs. Roxanne started dancing at the age of 8, studying ballet, jazz and tap at Martha Joyce Dance Studio. She was selected to be an assistant while cootniuing to learn and bythe time she graduated high school became a primary teacher. She continued her studies in dance by attending the University of Dayton and Pointe Park College majoring in dance with a concentration in Jazz. Before coming to Florida, she was a dance teacher at Bill Bailey's Dance Studio and Tony Tamarella's Dance Studio in Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. Roxanne has been teaching at Dussich since 2000, and is also the competition team director. 

Mrs. Roxanne  the proud mother of five.

Kristy Irby Hefner

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Mrs. Kristy has been dancing since the age of three and started dancing at Dussich Dance Studio when she was 6 years old. She was a founding member of the Imperial Dance Company and danced at Dussich until her high school graduation. Kristy is a graduate of Merritt Island High School and later found herself back there as the Head Coach and Director for the Merritt Island High School Dance Team. She filled this position for 10 years taking this team to many County, Regional, State and National competitions and bring home numerous National Titles. Ms. Kristy is the current Director of the Imperial Dance Company.

Tabatha Spangler Lopez

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Ms. Tabatha is said to have started dancing from the moment she could walk. Coming from a legacy of dancers, Tabatha has studied all forms of dance. In 2005, she received a scholarship to attend the Broadway Theatre Project, where she studied with Ben Vereen, Patrick Page (The Lion King) and Paige Davis (Chicago). In 2006, she graduated from Cocoa Beach High School, where she was the choreographer for the Cocoa Beach High School Dance Team. That same year she also was a finalist for the Orlando Magic Dance Team. After her tryouts, she went on to dance and sing for PGT Entertainment on Regent Cruise Lines from 2006-2009. 

Tabatha graduated from Eastern Florida State College with her Associates in Childhood Development, as well as completed certifications in Childcare Center Management, Early Child Development Intervention and Infant, Toddler and Preschool Specializations. She returned to Dussich Dance Studio as a teacher in 2015. 

She is the proud mother of two, Thomas and Elizabeth.

Debbie Manlove

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Debbie Manlove trained under Caroline de Lone and was a member of the Harrisburg Civic Ballet Company, a local semi-professional company in Pennsylvania. She majored in Dance at the Philadelphia Dance Academy, which was affiliated with the Combs College of Music, under the direction of Nadia Chilkovski, a dancer from Martha Graham’s first company. In her 50 years of dancing and teaching, she has taken from numerous teachers, including from NYC Ballet’s first cavalier in their first production of the Nutcracker.  Miss Debbie began teaching at age 16, at the West Shore Rec board. She also taught at the local YWCA, before opening her own studio, Manlove School of Dance, which she own and operated for 22 years.  Since relocating to Florida, she has been a substitute instructor here at Dussich Dance Studio, but most recently has joined our faculty as the Creative Movement Instructor, which is a dance class for our dancers with special needs that is rewarding both for the dancers and Miss Debbie!

Jessica Smith

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