Lindsay Tusche – 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. Under Lindsay’s direction, the Performing Companies have travelled to attend conventions and master classes and performed in places such as Disneyland, DisneyWorld, 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.
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.
Jasmyn started dancing at the young age of three at The Coast Academy of Dance in her hometown on the Sunshine Coast. Over her many years of dancing, she has trained in numerous styles including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop, Tap, Acro, and Pointe. Jasmyn has completed her ISTD Modern exams from Grade One up to Advanced One and successfully completed her ISTD Modern Theatre Teachers Associate exam in November 2020, earning her ISTD Modern Teaching Diploma. Jasmyn has had many performance opportunities throughout her dance career. She has played numerous roles in the Sunshine Coast’s local production of the Nutcracker, starting with party girl at the age of 9, then progressing to Clara, Mirliton, Snow, Flower, Ballerina Doll, and Arabian Lead. Jasmyn started dancing competitively at the age of 11 when she travelled to Poland to dance for Team Canada. Since then, she has competed in many competitions achieving high awards for her group pieces, duets, solos, and choreography. Once graduated, she moved to Victoria where she started her post-secondary education at the University of Victoria. She is entering her third year of the University of Victoria’s BSc Kinesiology program in hopes of becoming a physiotherapist. She took a break from dance during her first year of school to allow herself time to adapt to the new experiences that come with university but missed dance immensely. This past year, Jasmyn has been incredibly grateful to be able to bring dance back into her life through teaching. She has had a love for dance ever since she can remember and is excited to continue to share her passion while incorporating her current and future knowledge into her classes as she continues her education at the University of Victoria.
Samantha is a self enrolled multi-sport athlete, a lover of photography, adrenaline and adventure, a future traveler, and proud Kinesiologist. She am the owner and founder of Calieight Fitness! A youth wellness brand with a primary focus on sport enhancement for artistic athletes! After registering herself in various sports throughout high-school, becoming a lifeguard and swim instructor after graduating, and coaching gymnastics for 5 years while studying the science of movement, she found her passion and niche in working with youth and teen athletes in the greater Victoria area. Dance and Gymnastics were two sports she was completely infatuated with, however was never in a position to train in as a child. Being a driven and motivated person, she decided to pursue funding through the ministry, and registered herself for dance classes at the age of 13, where she continued to participate recreationally for 3 years. This confidence that began to build through all types of movement in her youth, developed an understanding and appreciation for the benefits of exercise and sport. She loves watching her clients grow and perform with confidence and precision while staying healthy, happy, and motivated. Her dreams and goals are to one day expand her growing business in youth and teen Kinesiology, to become one of the leading health and wellness service providers for athlete’s nationwide. Alongside this, she would like to begin working towards a masters in physiotherapy. She’s spent the past two years after graduating, creating and developing new experiences for herself, to travel, learn and grow. Although her dreams are big, she believes that a mind stretched by new experiences, can never go back to old dimensions. With this mindset, she prides herself in being unique, effective and memorable!
Brooklyn was dancing before she could walk and was on stage performing for the first time before she was 2. Throughout her 17 years of dance education, Brooklyn trained in RAD Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Acro, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Tap. In addition, she trained in Aerial Arts, including Lyra and Silks. As part of her studio’s Performing Companies, Brooklyn was invited, and has travelled to perform in Disneyland and Disney World and most recently was chosen by industry professionals to attend the, by invitation only, Hollywood Summer Tour. In her many years of competing, she has been recognized by judges for her breathtaking emotion and outstanding performance qualities, earning her multiple awards and special recognition. Brooklyn began assisting at the at the studio at the age of 9, was one of the first assistants in the Assistant Teacher Training Program at 12, and then 5 years later began training dancers in Jazz, Lyrical and the Performing Companies. During her many years of assistant teaching, she developed a love for the creative process of choreography and quickly discovered her desire to share her love of dance and performing with her students. Brooklyn continues to maintain her strong passion for the arts by training at conventions in Canada and the US. Brooklyn strives to encourage confidence, respect, and a love of dance in her students.
Aunjelica discovered a love for dance and performing at the age of three. Over her years training at the Coast Academy of Dance on the Sunshine Coast, she developed extensive experience in all styles. Aunjelica completed various ISTD Modern and Tap exams from Intermediate to Advanced 2, and was awarded distinction at each level. At 17, Aunjelica graduated from CAD’s three-year Pre-Professional Program, and succeeded with distinction in the ISTD Modern Theatre Associate exam.
This PPP program awarded her with teaching qualifications and numerous performing opportunities. She has performed at the Vancouver PNE, with the Van City Project, the Source Dance Company, and in countless June and winter shows, festivals, parades, and competitions. Becoming a member of CAD’s competitive team in 2015 led to Aunjelica winning prestigious awards and titles over the years in groups, duos, and solos. She has also choreographed for competitive level senior dancers, where in 2019 her student won extremely high marks for a contemporary solo created by Aunjelica. That same year she was chosen to be a part of Becky Izad’s ‘Becoming’ Production as an ensemble dancer, performing a competitive level solo and group pieces.
Aunjelica’s continued her teaching experiences through CAD, where she taught Tiny Tumblers and Teen Hip Hop, as well as spring and summer camps. She was also a member of the judges board for CAD’s 2021 competitive team auditions. Now in Victoria, continuing her University studies in Sports Psychology, Aunjelica is thrilled to also continue sharing her passion and love for teaching and dance!