Studio Closed Dec 23rd - Sun Jan 7th
Ever since I can remember, dance has been an integral part of my life. No matter where we moved, dance remained a constant companion. One dance studio, in particular, holds a special place in my heart. It was at Dussich Dance Studio that I made many connections with teachers and friends who shared my love for dance. Dussich has a unique program called Imperial Dance Corps, or IDC, where they rehearse every Saturday to prepare for a performance at the end of the eleven month season. IDC then donated the proceeds from the performance to a local charity, such as “The Children’s Hunger Project” and “Families Exploring Down Syndrome”. From the moment I started attending Dussich, everyone kept telling me to join the program, so I decided to audition for the next season. After joining IDC, I started to love being a part of it, merging my passion for dance with a profound desire to make a difference in the community.
A year later, my family had to move 200 miles across the state of Florida. I realized that this would mean leaving Dussich and IDC. The prospect of giving up dancing for IDC was unthinkable, so I made a proposal. My family agreed, so every weekend we would drive 4 hours for IDC rehearsals on Saturdays. Even though this was a long drive, I knew that it was important for me to be a part of IDC because it was the perfect way for me to give back to the community. I was also cast as Belle in the “Beauty and the Beast” production. Taking on the lead role meant extra dedication with rehearsals on Fridays and longer days on Saturdays. Managing my academic responsibilities was crucial, as I had to get all of my homework done before leaving every weekend. It was worth it, however, when I was able to see the impact that IDC had on the community.
Beyond fundraising performances, we also volunteered at chosen charities throughout the year, such as running 5K’s, dancing at festivals, and packing food for kids in need. Serving with charities gave me a greater understanding of the pressing local needs and how my small involvement could make a huge impact. Dussich also gave me the opportunity to serve others outside of charities. Dussich holds dance class for children who have Down Syndrome, and I had the chance to choreograph two dances and teach them to this class. The kids I met through that class were incredibly sweet and attentive as I taught them the dances. They especially loved when they were able to choose their own leap or turn to do during their dances. Their faces would light up when it was time for them to showcase the dances they spent months practicing. Seeing the joy of the children in the class as they learned and performed the dances was the best reward.
Through my gift of dance, I have not only cultivated the dedication it takes to be a successful dancer but also imbibed the life-long lessons about the power of giving. Through IDC, I have found my love of helping other people, a commitment I intend to uphold through other charitable initiatives and in my career. The discipline and time management I honed during my time at IDC will undoubtedly serve me well when confronting future challenges. The invaluable lessons I have learned through IDC will remain steadfast throughout my life.
Peter received a 4 year scholarship to the Julliard School & received the Hector Zaraspe Award for choreography. He spent 2 years with Montreal Jazz and 3 years performing with Celine Dion in her show in Las Vegas. He formed his own project-base dance company, "Chuthis",
Dear Mrs. Liz, Al, and all of the Dussich family,
Thank you, all of you, for the constant support I have received throughout the years. Without this organization of wonderful people, I would not be the dancer/person I am today. Nor do I think I would have the aspirations and motivation push myself as far as I need to in order to achieve wh...at I want in life. Dancing has always been my escape from the pressures that life lays upon me, but can potentially become more overwhelming than the rest given the environment I'm in. It's happened many times and places throughout my life, but never when taking at Dussich. Every time I set foot onto that floor, I feel as comfortable as I would while dancing around my living room/kitchen/bedroom/bathroom. The place simply makes me feel at home. What I'm saying is, among having excellent teachers and a well planned curriculum, the environment was exactly what I needed as an adolescent to keep me on the path I've chosen. If it wasn't for Dussich Dance Studio, you can be sure I wouldn't be the well rounded, happy, dancing person that I am today. Again, thank you so much for all you have given me!
Patrick VanBuren (currently Soloist with the Cloumbia City Ballet)
Patrick is certified to teach by the ABT National Training Curriculum. He has served as the Assistant Director of the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, Ballet Master of Montgomery Ballet, and as an instructor in the upper school of Fort Wayne Ballet’s Auer Academy.
Mr. VanBuren joined The Florida Ballet 2021.
At Dussich Dance Studio, we believe that dance is meant to be shared. That's why we offer performance opportunities for our students, from recitals to competitions. It's a chance to showcase your skills and share your passion with others.
Looking for one-on-one attention? Our private lessons are tailored to your specific needs and goals. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced dancer, our instructors will help you improve your technique and reach your full potential.
Ready to start your dance journey? Contact us today to learn more about our classes and schedule. Our friendly staff is always happy to help.
Kira Received a scholarship to the Harid Conservatory Ballet School. After graduation, she went on to dance with the North Carolina dance Theater and Montgomery Ballet.
Stephanie graduated from Palm Beach University and performed with Lululemon Athletica and Klein dance Company and is now the owner and instructor of Tight Tummies Pilates.
I had the pleasure of learning dance from Mrs. Liz as a young girl. I remember looking forward to going to dance classes after school when I was 12 years old. Dussich Dance Studio was an awesome place to learn and the support I received from all the teachers there made all the difference. I loved all the classes from Ballet to jazz/hip hop. I made such wonderful friends in the classes and that made my experience even better. Mrs. Liz also taught us to be supportive of the other dancers and it felt like we were a family. Her expertise went much further than just teaching dance, she helped me prepare for many dance auditions as well. Knowing how to audition gave me the edge I needed to be chosen to be in the Disney Parades. This was just the beginning of my career as a dancer/performer. I began dancing/performing at Walt Disney World, EPCOT, Universal Studios, Cruise Ships and The Orlando Magic Dancer Girls(Basketball). My career as a dancer/singer/actress/performer continued for many years and then I went on to become a Stuntwoman. Without Mrs. Liz. and everyone at Dussich Dance studio I don't know if I would have had the skills and courage to make it as I performer for over 15 years! Thank you Mrs. Liz.
Niki Received her Bachelor's in dance at the University of South Florida and is now teaching Behavioral Health in Tampa.
Todd went on to study at Steps on Broadway . Broadway Dance center and was mentored closely by Bill Hotaling. He is currently a full time artist in Residence at Dean College on faculty at Boston Ballet School and is teaching on tour with Manhattan Dance Project and Dance Educators of America.
Robert Hill continues with his vision for Orlando Ballet to make ballet relevant to today’s audiences. Mr. Hill blends modern entertainment with classical ballet and his choreography has been critically acclaimed as energetic, graceful and theatrically beautiful. Under his direction, artistic collaborations have developed with other organizations such as Central Florida Community Arts, Opera Orlando, Garden Theatre, Creative City Project, The Abbey, The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Cirque du Soleil.
Mr. Hill has been a principal dancer with ABT, The Royal Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. As a guest artist, he has appeared with numerous companies including the Scottish Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Australian Ballet. Mr. Hill’s interpretation of the title role in John Cranko’s Onegin, opposite Julie Kent as Tatiana, presented at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center by ABT, was selected by the New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Moments in Dance” in 2002.
Mr. Hill is especially grateful to the loving dedication he received in his initial training with Liz Bevilacqua and Al Packard of The Dussich Dance Studio, and with Phyllis Papa of the Atlantic City Ballet.
Dara is creator of Super Girl Fitness (Supergirlfit.com) in Redondo Beach and SuperFitSolutions.com on line. Everyday she fulfills her passion to help busy professionals understand how to lose weight and eat healthy, so that they may live happier healthier lives. Click here to watch her interview on TV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6LYDZ7bOoY. Dara will show you how to get fit while havin
Think of you often and how much you gave to me to prepare me for whatever comes my way, and am very grateful to you. From all the wonderful ballets, fun tap classes, to fun conventions, I was very lucky to have had you and your studio in my life - thank you! Melanie Hodges Malone
Please give my love to Al Dear and Al and your family, hope everyone is doing well ~
Brentwood started dancing as soon as he could walk, first learning the art of ballet from his mother and Liz
Bevilacqua at Dussich Dance Studio. Brent won many honors along the way. He was Mr. Rising Star, Mr. Twinkling star, Mr. Jr. Dance of Florida and Mr. Sr. Dance of Florida Dance Masters.
He won many scholarships and awards thru his years of dance. He is now choreographer, artistic director
Victoria has 17 years of dance experience, her early years spent at Dussich Dance Studio where she was a student for 6 years & a member of the Imperial Dance Company. Victoria then moved on to dance competitively with Rhythm in Motion in Satellite Beach where they participated in competitive studio competitions obtaining many titles and high rankings as an individual and with her t