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.
Technique, Pre-Pointe, Rhythm
Kalena grew up in the East Bay Area and trained for thirteen years under Nina Koch and Stephanie Knudson at East County Performing Arts Center. She competed for ten years at East County Performing Arts, receiving several scholarships, awards and landing a gig in the Disneyland Parade in Anaheim, California. Kalena possesses skills in a variety of styles such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Modern. Kalena founded her high school's first ever Dance Team and served as the Team Captain her senior year in high school. Now Kalena is currently a senior and a double major at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in both Biological Anthropology and Dance. Kalena is expanding her dance education under the guidance of Christopher Pilafian (The Julliard School, Jennifer Muller/The Works) and Nancy Colahan (Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company).
Throughout her time at UCSB she has performed as both the female lead and ensemble in several shows and independent projects. Kalena strived to inspire others to expand their creativity and build a diverse technical foundation. She hopes to push her students to be both better dancers and better individuals. Kalena encourages them to be forever strong on stage so that they will be forever strong off of it.
Delaney is heading into her third year at UCSB studying Philosophy with an emphasis on Ethics and Public Policy. She has been dancing since she was three years old- training in jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet. In high school, she was the Captain of Torrey Pines Dance Team for three years. Now, Delaney is currently on Urban Dance Company at UCSB and is the Financial Director of the team. She also teaches yoga at Corepower Yoga in Goleta. Her other hobbies include playing guitar, mixing music, taking walks, and reading biographies.