Lindsay Tusche – Co-Owner/ Artistic Director
Lindsay along with Barb Stokes opened Dance Unlimited in 1993 with the intent to offer a studio where students could build a passion for dance by learning in a positive and enjoyable environment. Starting at the age of 3, Lindsay trained with those such as Bebe Eversfield, Maureen Eastick, Sherry Black and Sylvia Hosie. She studied Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Voice and R.A.D. Ballet, completing several exams with outstanding results. In addition to her dance training, Lindsay figure skated and completed her B.C.R.P.A. Fitness course. She continues to train by attending conventions here in Canada and in the US. She has performed with the UVIC Air Canada Cheerleaders, at the David Foster Celebrity Baseball game, Expo ’86 World Fair and with the children’s singer Bob Schneider. She performed in the productions of “Grease’” and “Something in the Air” and choreographed for “Fievel, Lost in America”, “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast”. She has been teaching and inspiring dancers in Victoria since 1989 for those such as the Greater Victoria School District, Island Catholic Schools, Saanich and Juan de Fuca Parks & Recreation and the Jazzercise Fitness Centre. Lindsay directs the studios Performing Companies and has travelled with them to attend conventions and master classes and to perform in places such as Disneyland, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix and Edmonton.
Deborah James R.A.D.
Deborah is a locally trained dancer who has studied dance for over 35 years and has been teaching Ballet, Tap and Musical Theatre in Victoria for over 25 years. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap and has completed her Royal Academy of Dance examinations with high success. Deborah went on to achieve her R.A.D. Teacher status and presently her students have achieved outstanding marks in their examinations and assessments. Deborah is a passionate teacher who continues to encourage, motivate and inspire her students to achieve their personal best. She applies this philosophy for herself as well, consisitently attending R.A.D. seminars and courses to keep herself updated and in the know. Deborah is also an accredited Montessori School educator (IAPM) and applies this training into her dance classes. Dance Unlimited is excited to have Deborah partnering in the Ballet program and sharing her passion with her students.
Melanie Narciso A.A.C.
Melanie has lived in Victoria B.C. all her life and discovered her passion for music at a very young age. She started performing at the age of 4 with “The Voice Club”, a Pop and R&B singing and performing group. She discovered her love for dance at age 5 and has been trained in many dance styles including Jazz, RAD Ballet, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Since then, she has participated in many competitions, festivals and performances receiving outstanding marks and awards. She attended and graduated from St. Andrew’s Regional High School where she took part in her school choir and travelled to Whistler to participate in choral festivals. She was on student council serving as a Fine Arts representative while being very involved within the community. She took part in Theatre Performance at her school where she choreographed dance numbers for her school musical “Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood.” She landed the lead role in her second year of theatre performance playing Peter Pan in her school’s production, “Peter Pan.” She began choreographing dances and singing solos for her school’s variety show “Diamonds in the Rough.” While in high school, she had been awarded Top Student in Choral Music for several years and music scholarships. She obtained teaching experience when she became an assistant teacher for young children in dance. Melanie received her certification in Acrobatic Arts Module 1. She is excited and feels blessed to have been given this opportunity to share her passion for the arts with the students of Dance Unlimited.
Mary completed her Bachelor of Education at UVic with a specialization in Theatre and Drama in Education. After teaching Drama in SD 62, she moved to Chilliwack where she ran the Musical Theatre Program at Mt. Slesse Middle School. Alongside her students and fellow collaborative teachers, she wrote and directed several musicals, as well as coordinated the Art Department and taught Drama and Math. After moving back to Victoria she took 7 years off work to stay at home with her three children but has since returned to teaching Fine Arts. She currently teaches Music in SD 63. She has continually upgraded her education by enrolling at the Vancouver Island School of Art, attending Music Conferences in Victoria and Vancouver and collaborating with fellow artists and teachers.