Our Dance Staff
Lisa Walsh, Owner/Director and Instructor
Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Combo Classes
Lisa began dancing at age three, with her mother who owned a small dance studio in Los Angeles. Influences of ballet, tap, jazz, Indonesian, Hawaiian, and other forms of dance inspired Lisa to expand her dance opportunities in the Los Angeles area at Dance Center West, Debbie Reynolds Studio and Danny Daniels Studio, adding jazz to her repertoire as well as studying rhythm tap with rhythm tap master Eddie Brown in the 1980’s. Her one on one tapping with Eddie for over 4 years strongly influenced Lisa to educate and share his legendary style with her tap students over the past 35 years. Her dance experience includes performances with Eddie Brown, dinner theater appearances at the Masquer’s Club in LA with Buddy Ebsen, as well as pursuing her strong equestrian talent and strength, stunt riding in commercials, television and feature motion pictures. In 1983, Lisa opened Dance Unlimited in the LA area, teaching children, teens and adults. After relocating to Santa Barbara in 1987, she re-opened Dance Unlimited offering a happy non-competitive dance studio environment. Over the past 22 years Lisa’s Dance Unlimited has been a happy founding base of dance education for all children and adults, offering quality instruction with the philosophy that dance is at it’s best when dancing “from the heart”.
Classical Ballet, Lyrical, EXIST
Kaycee grew up just outside Boston, Massachusetts where she trained primarily in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. In 2010 she completed the Dance Education Training Course and became a certified dance instructor by the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston and the American Society. She studied Exercise Science and Dance at Jacksonville University then transferred to Santa Barbara City College which is where she found her passion for Modern and Contemporary dance. She has since performed with Weslie Ching Dance, Nebula Dance Lab, and has earned significant performance roles in SBCC’s Collective shows.
Kaycee is currently dancing with Sean Greene’s Shield Wall Dance Company in Los Angeles as well as the Santa Barbara City College Dance Company.
In her teaching endeavors, Kaycee hopes to give to student dancers inspiration, encouragement in exploring individual creativity, technique advancement, and a strong motivation to keep them dancing.
Ballet Tech, Jazz, Tap, Company Classes
Savanna has trained in ballet, tap, jazz , hip hop, contemporary and modern dance since the age of 3 in Glendora California. Her dance career has always had emphasis on technical ability. She has performed lead roles as well as ensemble performances in productions including The Nutcracker Ballet, showcases, and music videos. She is currently a member of the Santa Barbara City College dance program as a student choreographer and cast member for their performance company. Prior to her residency in Santa Barbara, Savanna has trained in studios throughout Los Angeles under the instruction of LA"s top dance instructors. Having taught and assisted dance classes since she was 16 years old,
Savanna focuses on giving her students what she knows best: solid technique and placement. Savanna believes in order to achieve true flexibility, power and fluidity throughout dance, it is important to have a solid platform and core to build from. She hopes that her love for dance will inspire her students to reach new heights in their dance journey.
Classical Ballet I-III, Pre-pointe Tech
Alex grew up in Temecula, California and began her ballet training at 6 years old. She studied at The Ballet Studio with Mark Erickson and continued her ballet studies at the Academy of Ballet Arts (ABA) in Murrieta, CA with Dana Nelson and Jose Chavez, Artistic Directors. She studied every summer starting at age 15 at numerous prestigious summer ballet programs, starting with the Joffrey Ballet School NYC, American Ballet Theater (ABT) Austin, Texas, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Ballet San Jose, and State Street Ballet. She was also accepted to other summer programs including Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Kirov Academy Washington D.C., Ballet Tucson, Lines Ballet, and Ballet West. While she continues her focus and training in classical ballet, Alex also has tremendous experience in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop dance forms.
At the age of 18, Alex was accepted into the Pre-Professional program with Ballet San Jose under the ABT Curriculum with ballet instructors, Mads Eriksen, Le Mai Linh, and Dalia Rawson. During that year, she completed and passed the ABT level 5B exam. Ballet San Jose selected and promoted her as a Trainee the following season and she had the opportunity to train with Jose Manuel Carreño, Karen Gabay, and Raymond Rodriguez. Her success studies continued and in 2015, Alex joined State Street Ballet's Professional Track Program and is now currently in her 2nd year as a Trainee with State Street Ballet.
Alex wishes to share and pass on her experiences, knowledge, and
passion for the art of classical ballet to her students.