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.
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. 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.
Brooklyn Tusche A.A.C
Brooklyn was dancing before she could walk and was on stage performing for the first time before she was 2. Throughout her 18 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. She most recently was chosen by industry professionals to attend the, by invitation only, Hollywood Summer Tour and was awarded a full scholarship to Harbour Dance. In her many years of competing, she has been recognized by judges for her breathtaking emotion and outstanding performance qualities, earning her multiple first places, numerous 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 is Acrobatic Arts Module 1 certified and is currently working on her PBT certification. She continues to maintain her strong passion for the arts by training at conventions and teacher conferences in Canada and the US. Brooklyn strives to encourage confidence, respect, and a love of dance in her students.
Makenna started dancing at age three and it immediately became her passion. Over the years she has trained in many styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro and Musical Theatre. Makenna completed several ADAPT Jazz and Tap syllabus exams, receiving top marks and also received scholarships and bursaries. She started competing at age 10, and was awarded first place overalls, top ten overalls, adjudicator awards, cash prizes, and an invitation from Peak Invitational to attend Nationals. Makenna has always enjoyed helping and working with her peers in and out of the dance studio and has fallen in love with teaching. She continues to learn and grow as a teacher by attending conventions, taking classes and collaborating with her fellow dance teachers.
Carly started dancing at three years old at the Coast Academy of Dance on the Sunshine Coast. Over the past 16 years, she has trained in various styles such as ISTD Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, Broadway, and Acro. She has completed all of her ISTD Modern and Tap exams from Grade 1 through to Advanced 2, along with the ISTD Modern Theatre Teachers Associate completed in May 2022, earning her ISTD Modern Teachers Diploma. Carly has had many performance and choreographing opportunities throughout her dance career. She started competing at the age of 12, attending many competitions in BC, entering solos, duets, trios, groups, and choreography of her own. She was selected to represent Canada in Germany in 2017 for the IDO Dance World Championships. Carly started experimenting with her own choreography at the age of 16, where she choreographed a solo for herself which was entered into competition receiving high achievement. Since then, she has choreographed numerous solos and duets to perform herself, and other dancers. Carly took her first year of post-secondary at the University of Victoria studying Biology when she discovered a passion for Nursing. She has continued teaching since graduating in 2022 teaching numerous summer camps, and working with students one one-on-one at the Coast Academy of Dance. She is absolutely thrilled to continue doing what she loves and share her passion with her students.
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