“Teaching the Heart of Dance” since 1969

Diana DeVusser Founder


Diana DeVusser, FounderDiana's Dance Academy was founded in 1969 by Diana DeVusser.  

"Miss Diana" packed away her dance shoes in May 2016 and although Miss Diana no longer teaches or is a part of the everyday operation of the academy she enjoys hearing about the students and attending any perfomances the students do throughout the year.
She continues to be a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Project Care, and other local community organizations.  Her tireless efforts for her community are just part of her energy and zest for life.

Connie DeVusser, Owner/Director


Connie Moore, DirectorConnie DeVusser began dancing at age 4.  She always enjoyed performing but realized that her strongest desire was to teach and share her love of dance.  

In 1980, "Miss Connie" began teaching at Diana's Dance Academy; and since 1995 has combined both teaching and managing the academy. In June 2017 Connie became owner of Diana's Dance Academy.

Miss Connie's credentials include the following:

  • Certified Instructor of Dance Masters of America Inc.(DMA); member since 1987
  • Member of Carolina Dance Masters(CDM) Chapter 15
  • Has served on the CDM Board of Directors and is currently the Secretary for CDM
  • Successful certificates of completion from the Ballet and Jazz exams from CDM Chapter 15 and DMA Teachers Training School, completing Grades I, II, III, IV.
  • A recipient of several choreography awards

"Miss Connie" has also been honored by her students as they have won numerous competitions.  Her students have performed with the Ballet for Young Audiences dance company in the productions of Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, and Pirates.

Meet Our Staff

Heather Stanley

Heather has been dancing since the age of 5 and has always dreamed of being a dance teacher.  She received her B.A. in Dance and Theatre Arts with a concentration in acting/directing from East Stroudsburg University.  Upon graduating, Heather remained in PA to own and operate her own dance studio for 7 years.  During that time, she ran the local YMCA dance program.  She was also the choreographer for a high school color guard and during the day she taught K-12 dance education at the local charter school.

Heather returned to her home state of NJ in 2006 and taught at several studios before moving to NC.  She has choreographed for many competitions which have received many awards.  Heather also had the pleasure of serving as Tap Captain for Macy's Tap-o-Mania in New York City for 4 years.  She loves sharing her gift of dance for 25 years now and looks forward to teaching here at Diana's Dance Academy.




Veronica Welch

Veronica is a native of Onslow County and began dancing at age 6.  She is the mother of two children, one of which graduated from ECU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance.  For over 20 years, Veronica has trained dancers of all levels in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, Preschool, Tap/Ballet, Acrobatics and Character Production.  Her students have been accepted at numerous prestigous schools throughout the country for summer intensive studies.  She is certified through Carolina Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America.  Her choreography and comeptition teams, soloist, duets and trios have won numerous awards.  She has choreographed for the MGM Performing Arts Troupe, The Power Pack Dance Team, The Nutcracker Ballet, The Crystal Coast Jamboree, Worthy Is The Lamb Passion Play, West Carteret Marching Band's Christmas Extravaganza Show, East Carteret Marching Mariners' Colorguard performances and Winterguard Show, East Carteret Show Choir, as well as, recital and competition pieces at various local studios.  Veronica believes dance requires hard work and discipline but, above all, it should be FUN! 




Contact Us

  • Diana's Dance Academy 3145 Henderson Drive
    Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • Phone: (910) 346-3590
    Email: contact@dianasdance.net