Owner & Studio Director

Studio owner and dance instructor of 20+ years, Tamara trained in Cecchetti Method of Ballet and worked as a dancer on stage in musicals and was a member of The Dance Theatre of the Inland Empire in Southern California. She attended the UC Riverside and finished at UC Irvine in Dance Education.

Affectionally known by her students as “Mrs. T” or “the Boss,” she established the foundation of Duvall Dance Academy on strong technical training. For that reason, we encourage students to study ballet throughout their dance education.

She strongly believes dance teaches balance, self-awareness, confidence, discipline, and teamwork. All great attributes no matter what the future holds.

Our teachers

Get To Know Us


Dance Instructor & Company Choreographer
LISA NATALE began dancing at the age of 3 at a local studio. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University. While there she served as the Artistic Director and Public Relations Manager of Infra Dance Company and performed in various shows in Pittsburgh. She is currently a Master's student at UCF pursuing a degree in Statistical Computing and the Marketing Operations Analyst at the Filutowski Eye Institute.

She began teaching at a studio at the age of 15 and has continued teaching for the past 10 years. She has experience teaching all ages and levels.

In her time at Duvall Dance Academy, she has received multiple choreography awards for her pieces, and has worked to create a loving and supportive environment for the competitive company.


Dance Instructor & Company Choreographer
CLARISSA TURNER is a dancer/choreographer based out of Orlando, FL, locally known for her precision, versatility, and stage presence. She is versed in many styles, such as contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She is currently training in urban dance styles which include waacking, locking, house, popping, Krump, and animation.

Her performance credits include Funkywunks, the Nomads, Universal Studios, Old Navy, Janet Jackson, Street Beatz, and Disney. She has battled underground to win the title of Queen of the Floor, and is a USA Hip Hop International gold medalist. She has been seen on America&rsquo's Got Talent with one of the top traveling percussion shows in the states, choreographed for the Orlando Magic Dancers, and is the director for the Nomads.

She strives to educate and encourage her following to be open to learning a variety of styles and to concentrate not only on understanding their craft, but being able to show who they are within it.


Tap Instructor & Company Choreographer
BONNIE BREWER has obtained a degree in Sports Medicine from East Carolina University. She currently teaches Health, PE, & Medical Skills courses at Lake Mary Prep. She has been teaching tap to DDA’s dancers for the past 9 years. Her energetic, upbeat numbers have won numerous awards & recognitions both regionally & nationally.

She also uses her extensive knowledge of sports medicine and rehab to help our company dancers with safe and effective conditioning exercises and healthy eating habits.


Dance Instructor
ASHLEY KROFT is a dancer/choreographer based in Orlando, FL. She is well trained in styles, such as, Jazz, Lyrical, Improv & Ballet. She received her Bachelors Degree at UCF and is now a JU candidate for her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Choreography. She strongly believes in continuing her education and to never stop learning. She is excited to grow and share the knowledge she will gain with her students.

Her performance credentials consist of DRIP, Red Right Return Dance Company, Emotions Dance, DaSa and The Ashka Project. Her most recent award, “Best Dance Show” for “Does That Make Sense” in collaboration with DaSa, at the 2019 Orlando Fringe Festival.

She encourages her students to be themselves when they dance, to be open to learning new dance styles and to have fun while you dance. Life is serious in so many ways, and this is one way we can spread joy and happiness to others.


Guest Choreographer
W SEAN DUVALL has obtained his B.S.B.A. in Finance and is working on his Masters degree in Economics. He has toured with the Bad Boys of Dance “Rock the Ballet” in 2011. His choreography continues to win numerous awards at competitions. He danced for Disney in “Dreams Come True” and is living in Dallas, TX.


Guest Teacher
EMILY WILKIE graduated with a Finance degree from Nova Southeastern University in May 2018. She’s been teaching for Tamara since she was 16, from Creative Movement to advanced Jazz/lyrical classes. She has Choreographed dances for DDA's company for 6 years. “Red Lips” has been her biggest so far, winning first overall at several competitions this season.


Dance Instructor


Acro Instructor


Front Desk & Dance Instructor


Front Desk & Dance Instructor