NORTH BREVARD – Over the past 64 years, the Dussich Dance Studio and its affiliated dance companies (Dussich Dance Company, Brevard Dance Company and now Imperial Dance Corps) have contributed to the community in many ways.
In the late 1960s, the then Dussich Dance Company performed a show to raise money for the Kidney Foundation and in particular for Evelyn Smith, a Pan Am employee at the PAFB who suffered from kidney failure and needed help getting a home dialysis machine and did many small shows around the community for a variety or organizations. For several years we have performed in fundraising events for Guardian Ad Litum. Liz Bevilaqcqua and members of the company participated in the first days of demonstrations in public schools.
The Brevard County Library exhibits were annual events as part of their summer programs.
More recently, the Imperial Dance Company held an annual Sharing Through Dance event in early spring. It all started with a show at the Cocoa Beach Country Club and a $500 donation to the Cocoa Sharing Center. They moved to BCC Cocoa Auditorium, then to Merritt Island High.
Organizations that have since been helped have included, Crosswinds Youth Services, Barth Syndrome Foundation (One of our students’ brother had Barth Syndrome), Harmony Farms, Bright Star Center for Grieving Children, Candle Lighters of Brevard, Fame, 4 years Devereux, & Serene Harbor Domestic Violence Center
In 2006, IDC was the proud recipient of a $1,000 Edyth Bush-David R Roberts Charitable Foundation National Outstanding Youth Philanthropy Award. The award was presented at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast in Orlando. The students then presented the award directly to Devereux.
This year, IDC performs “Meow” (a version of “Cats”) to support the Confidence Builds Success Academy which offers CARE training to help educators and parents develop the social-emotional development of children to create a school culture positively, improve classroom management skills, implement restorative practices and address diversity with inclusion.