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
AMY SEAWRIGHT HARTMAN began her dance training in Gainesville and continued at the School of American Ballet in New York City. While attending UF, she danced with Dance Alive International Ballet and was a guest artist throughout the state of Florida. She earned her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from UF and was asked to join the Miami City Ballet where she danced for 11 years. Upon invitation, she joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the JFK Performing Arts Center for 4 years. During Amy’s career she has toured throughout the US, Europe, Central and South America. She was featured on the main stage at the Edinburgh Festival, Spoleto Festival, Torino Arts Celebration, Kennedy Center Honors, Jacob’s Pillow, Wolftrap, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Dance Aspen. She has been a part of over 70 professional productions from the Balanchine Trust, the Bolshoi, the Kirov, the Paul Taylor Company, the Stuttgart Ballet and Royal Ballet. Amy loves leading her students towards a better understanding of movement, technique, body alignment and stage craft. She is certified in the ABT’s National Curriculum, PBT.


Dance Instructor
GABI PATEN is a dance teacher, award-winning competition choreographer, and technical dancer with a solid experience in teaching students of various ages and levels.

Highly skilled in assessing and adapting to dancer's needs, applying patience, and maintaining professionalism, Gabi trained for over 18 years in all genres of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and jazz funk with a specialty in jazz.

She has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry in Orlando, New York City and Los Angeles.


Dance Instructor
LAUREN CORY graduated from UCF with a BS degree in Elementary Education and has been teaching for 10 years, currently at Sabal Point Elementary. Lauren grew up dancing and competing from the age 3 in all styles of dance. While competing, Lauren also performed in the Nutcracker as well for Disney and Universal Studios. Lauren also traveled, trained and performed with many of today’s top choreographers and performed all of FL and Los Angeles including many showcases, one featuring the Backstreet Boys. While in high school, Lauren was a member of Seminole High School’s Nationally ranked Dazzler Dance team where her choreography was also featured, along with Destiny Show Choir. Lauren began teaching her own dance classes at the age of 16 at her mom’s dance studio. Lauren also spent some time teaching for UDA (Universal Dance Association), training and teaching dance camps to other high school dance teams for their upcoming dance season. While being a mom of 4 now, Lauren spent many years teaching for local dance studios where her choreography was featured and won many awards on the competitive stage.


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.


Acro Instructor


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.


Front Desk & Dance Instructor


Front Desk & Dance Instructor