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. 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. 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.
Megan Creran A.A.C.
Megan began dancing at the age of ten in Courtenay BC. Her passion for dance showed immediately as she trained in various styles such as Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Irish, Musical Theatre, and Salsa. She attended various competitions and workshops where she won multiple awards and scholarships. After graduating from high school Megan moved to Vancouver and was accepted into Simon Fraser University’s Contemporary Dance Program. That summer she also travelled to Toronto where she trained with the Toronto Dance Theatre in various modern and contemporary styles. After returning to Vancouver she was accepted into the Drive Scholarship Dance Program where she trained on a professional level in a wide range of dance styles. Megan was an apprentice for Amber Funk Barton, Heather Laura Gray, and performed with Project CPR based out of the Dance Centre. She was lucky to be a part of various music videos and movies for artists such as Hey Ocean, and Michael Buble. She is Acrobatic Arts Module 1 certified and co-teaches the studios Acrobatic Arts program. Megan moved to Victoria to finish her psychology degree and is excited to share her passion for dance with all of 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 returning to Victoria to continue her University studies in Sports Psychology, Aunjelica is thrilled to also continue sharing her passion and love for teaching and dance!