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About Us

About Us

At Dance Unlimited every young dancer is special to us. Since 1987 we have nurtured each child’s love of dance by creating classes filled with positive learning experiences. Dancing provides a creative outlet for both the physical and emotional spirit of children, and your child will be challenged in areas their growing body and mind will benefit most.

On the physical side, our classes will improve your child’s strength, flexibility, and endurance. Our classes will develop your child’s poise, confidence, and self-discipline. Dance classes also offer a chance for children to make new friends and learn teamwork and social skills.

Dance Unlimited offers many different and exciting classes for all ages and levels and works closely with parents’ schedules and children’s desires. Our staff’s years of professional experience and love of dance ensure a quality education for a new generation of students.

The bottom line is we offer a dance education that allows students to find joy learning the art of dance, and experience the reward of personal growth in both mind and body.
Come Celebrate our 31st Season!

meet our team
Patti Contartesi-Butler

Patti Contartesi-Butler

Artistic Director / Tap / Jazz / Acro Instructor

Patti Contartesi-Butler

Patti Contartesi-Butler

Artistic Director / Tap / Jazz / Acro Instructor

Before dedicating herself completely to teaching she had an extensive career in dance and acting in New York City.  Patti brings this experience of stage and screen to her performing studio Dance Unlimited.  With her love of dance and children, Patti sets the professional tone of pure dance with a true sense of dedication, imagination, understanding, and intensity that make teaching children dance a rewarding and satisfying career. 

Sheila Wood

Sheila Wood

Contemporary / Jazz Instructor

Sheila Wood

Sheila Wood

Contemporary / Jazz Instructor

Alexa Tiller

Alexa Tiller

Acro / Jazz Instructor

Alexa Tiller

Alexa Tiller

Acro / Jazz Instructor

Alexa Tiller was trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical and Modern under the tutelage of German Dager and other professional instructors in South Florida. After eight years of instruction and local performances, she moved to Virginia in 2009. There, she expanded her skill set by coaching gymnastics classes as well as instructing dance classes. The county parks and recreation department hired her to start their own dance programs, which led to opportunities to teach in the local school system. In 2011, she returned to South Florida to continue her dance career. Since returning, she has danced in and choreographed recitals for local studios, from Coral Springs to Jupiter. Alexa is also a guest teacher in Palm Beach County schools, and teaches dance to K-12 students there. As a professional herself, Alexa actively performs with local dance companies such as SOR Entertainment, LOUD Live and Agua Dance Company. These shows have been well received by the local community, and in 2014, Alexa was hired to perform in Macau, China. She continues to perform locally with many of these groups. If she’s not dancing, Alexa enjoys photography and music. If you follow her on Instagram (@lexxtilr) though, you’ll see most of the photos are related to dance anyway!

Brooke Moody

Brooke Moody

Lyrical Instructor

Brooke Moody

Brooke Moody

Lyrical Instructor

Brooke Moody is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education. Following graduation, she performed with two modern dance companies and became Dance Director of a magnet school for the arts in Tampa, Fl. In 2009, after relocating back to South Florida, Brooke took the full time position as Director of After School Dance at Pine Crest School, Boca Raton and teacher/choreographer for Dance Unlimited. As a choreographer, teacher, performer, and stage manager her career spans more than 20 years. She is also an active member of Florida Dance Masters and Dance Educators of America. Aside from her accomplishments in dance, she is also very proud to be a mother to Natalia & Landon.

Barbara Leneski

Barbara Leneski

Lyrical Instructor

Barbara Leneski

Barbara Leneski

Lyrical Instructor

Barbara Leneski is a Boston native, who began dancing at age 3.Her studies includ tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical,acrobatics, baton and ballroom. In 1989, she graduated from the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston, and became an active memeber for many years. Barbara is a former chairperson for the Suffolk County Junior Miss Program. She has completed, with high honors, many levels of the National Medal Testing Program in tap, jazz and ballet. Barbara is a former national and regional champion, competing both as a soloist and a company member. In 1997, she joined the staff at Dance Unlimited and has loved every minute of it.

Ken Fowler

Ken Fowler

Hip-Hop Instructor

Ken Fowler

Ken Fowler

Hip-Hop Instructor

Kristy Tiberio

Kristy Tiberio

Ballet / Lyrical / Mommy&Me Instructor

Kristy Tiberio

Kristy Tiberio

Ballet / Lyrical / Mommy&Me Instructor

Kristy Pepper Tiberio was born and raised in Florida. She started to twirl batons at the age of six all the way through high school as the captain of the Royal Palm Beach majorette squad. The other styles of dance include ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. Kristy has competed all around Florida wining many top awards. She found the love of dance but also the love to teach children. She continued her education in Child Care and Elementary Education. Kristy continues to teach dance to the younger dancers, including her daughter

Jeannette Thompson

Jeannette Thompson

Musical Theatre Instructor

Jeannette Thompson

Jeannette Thompson

Musical Theatre Instructor

Jeannette Thompson is a graduate from the University of Miami where she received a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Music Education. She was a Miami Dade and Palm Beach County music teacher for 10 years where she taught music K-12. She directed choirs and theatrical productions of sometimes up to 100 students. She has music directed a number of children's shows at the Miami Children's Theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse, and Dance Unlimited. Not only is she a music educator, but also an active performer. Classically trained, she began performing in Opera's and then Musicals. Most recently she played Babe in The Pajama Game and Maria in the Sound of Music at the Delray Beach Playhouse, Miss Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and Laurey in Oklahoma at the Lake Worth Playhouse, Julie in Carousel, and the Bakers Wife in Into The Woods with the Boca Raton Theatre Guild. She is passionate about bringing the love of music and theatre to children and exited to help them develop their talent while collectively creating "art" on the stage.

Risselle Portuondo

Risselle Portuondo

Ballet / Lyrical / Contemporary Instructor

Risselle Portuondo

Risselle Portuondo

Ballet / Lyrical / Contemporary Instructor

Risselle Alexandra Portuondo began her dance training in West Palm Beach, Florida at The Academy of Ballet Florida and boasts a history of 21 years of dancing. She graduated from The Boston Conservatory in 2014 and received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance. She has performed along with the professional company of Ballet Florida in works to include The Nutcracker by Marie Hale. She has also performed as Violeta's consciousness in Palm Beach Opera's rendition of La Traviata. Throughout the years she has intensively studied Ballet (Vaganova, Cecchetti), Modern (Graham, Horton, Paul Taylor, Cunningham, Limon), Laban technique, Release Technique, Improvisation, Jazz, and Tap. While in Boston, Risselle performed in Jose Limon’s Psalm, Tommy Neblett’s La Giornatta Homicida (Deadly Day), Cathy Young’s Zero Cool, Twyla Tharp’s Eight Jelly Rolls, Francesca Harper’s A Root in Liberty, Karole Armitage’s Rave, Doug Elkins The Night Before Luxemburg, and currently in Florida performing Billy Rogan's & Tracy Mozingo’s Reflections. Risselle is also a Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Zumba teacher. Before Risselle left for Spain to dance she taught at Paris Ballet, Palm Beach Dance, Rhythm Gymnastics, and Ballet Atlantica. This year she will be teaching dance at The Kings Academy, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Paris Ballet, Dance Universe, and Dance Unlimited beginning in the fall of 2016.

Ben Slayen

Ben Slayen

Ballet Instructor

Ben Slayen

Ben Slayen

Ballet Instructor

Selected Performing Experience • Nutcracker Prince and Lead Russian in Nutcracker with Ballet Memphis • Stomper In Twyla Tharp's In The Upper Room with Alberta Ballet • The Writer in Mark Godden’s A Midsummers Night Dream with Ballet Memphis • 2nd Movement in Balanchines The Four Temperaments with Alberta Ballet • Nikolai and Chinese in Nutcracker With Alberta Ballet • Jester in Cinderella with Alberta Ballet • Devil Child in Matthew Neenan’s The Darting Eyes with Ballet Memphis • Black Swan Grand Pas with Ballet Florida • Lead Role Of Eclipse in Alonzo King and Gregory Dawson’s Eclipsing Venus • Roles Of Fritz, Chinese, and Russian in The Nutcracker with Ballet Florida • Dancer in Trey Mcintyre's Second Before the Ground with Ballet Florida • Soloist Role in Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante with Ballet Florida • Roles of Autumn Fairy and Member of the Court in Cinderella with Ballet Florida • Role of Chinese in Miami City Ballets The Nutcracker • Corps Role in Miami City Ballets Allegro Brilliante Previous Companies • Ballet Memphis • Alberta Ballet • Ballet Florida • Miami City Ballet - Apprentice Training • Miami City Ballet School under the direction of Carter Alexander 2006 - 2008 • School of American Ballet 2005 - 2006

Kim German

Kim German

Ballet / Tap / Jazz Instructor

Kim German

Kim German

Ballet / Tap / Jazz Instructor

Jessica Keller

Jessica Keller

Ballet Instructor

Jessica Keller

Jessica Keller

Ballet Instructor

Jessica Keller began dancing at the age of 3 in New Jersey. She began her pre-professional training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey under the instruction of Jennifer James Church, Sori Gottdenker, Victoria Hall, Charles Nicholl, and Daniel Catanach. Jessica’s training was primarily focused around ballet. She performed lead roles in many performances including Clara, Mouse Doll, Lead Marzipan and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. At the ages of 12‑16, Jessica went to the School of American Ballet for their summer programs. She also attended summer programs at San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Miami City Ballet.

Stacey Downs

Stacey Downs

Contemporary/Ballet/Modern/Jazz Instructor

Stacey Downs

Stacey Downs

Contemporary/Ballet/Modern/Jazz Instructor

Stacey Downs is a highly recognized teacher and choreographer originally from Binghamton, NY. Her love and appreciation for the art of dance was instilled in her, by her family, childhood teachers, Miss Sherry Russo and Miss Helene Yelverton; who currently have sidewalk stars in their honor on the streets of Binghamton, NY. Miss Downs moved to south Florida in 1986 and had the honor to train with many teachers including Magda Aunon, Tony Catanzaro, Patricia Clair, Rebecca Canon of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fl. The amazing Miss Joan Miller, Mr. Dennis Wayne.  In other areas of the United States, Stacey also had the opportunity to expand more through her studies with Christopher Fleming of the Rock School, Philadelphia, PA, Mr. Robert Blankshine, NYC, Doug Caldwell, Joe Tremaine, Desmond Richardson, Debbi Roche as well as numerous company members of, A Chorus Line, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ben Vereen, Gus Giordano and of course, always inspired by the great Bob Fosse and Lester Horton.  Given the freedom to expand on her creative nature, she was able to take the time to master her craft and choreograph major works for Ballet Florida's Step Ahead in West Palm Beach, Fl. Jennifer Muller “The Works” in NYC, O Dance in West Palm Beach, Fl. Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center in Philadelphia, PA. Duncan Theatre Dances in Lake Worth, Fl. Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals, Space Coast Ballet Gala in Melbourne, Fl. Most recently, The Dancers Space at Duncan Theatre, Lake Worth, Fl. Along with her own performance at the famous Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth Fl. Her work and dedication to dance has led her to numerous awards in choreography and entertainment. She has created hundreds of works that have led her Dancers to pre professional and professional careers such as Local High School Dance programs (BAK, DSOA), Juilliard, Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet, NYU, Pace, Marymount, New World School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Billy Elliot Broadway/Chicago, YAGP, cruise ships, music videos, fashion shows and So You Think You Can Dance. In her own words, her philosophy is very simple. "Dance is not my hobby, it is who I am. The joy I feel physically, mentally and spiritually are immeasurable. I can give a class when asked, but I'd rather TEACH a class and pass on my love, passion and knowledge to other generations for the future. I always say at the end of the day... If I have effected at least one person in any form or fashion, I've done my job."

Kelly Carter

Kelly Carter

Tap Instructor

Kelly Carter

Kelly Carter

Tap Instructor

Kelly Carter began her dance career after she graduated from Howard W. Blake high school for the performing arts in Tampa, Florida with a "Masters in Dance." Kelly then went to study economics and marketing at Florida Atlantic University. While at FAU she became a professional dancer for the Florida Panthers NHL team. Kelly has been teaching tap dancing for 5 years at studios across Florida. She has continued to study dance at multiple schools including; The Boston Conservatory, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and the Human Rhythm Project. Kelly has won many awards for her choreography at regional and national competitions, and she hopes to continue to inspire young dancers and #BringTapBack!