Touring Company Dancers

  • Samantha Harikian

    Artistic Director & Company artist

    Fresno, California

    At the age of ten Samantha began her dance training with Christopher and Francoise Doyle at Severance Conservatory. At thirteen she continued her training under the direction of Jasmin Kloos, Margaret Hord, Jimmy Hao, and Carla Stallings-Lippert. She also studied modern with Cristal Tiscareno, and flamenco with Eva Gosselin. After High School, Samantha moved to Jackson, MS to join Ballet Magnificat's! Trainee Program where she spent two years under the instruction of Jiri and Cassandra Voborsky, Nissa Kilman, and Jennifer Collado. During her time there, the Lord grew and matured her to use dance as worship. Samantha joined Paradosi as an Apprentice in 2012 and was promoted to Company Member for the 2013/2014 Season. Samantha is excited to see how the Lord is going to use her as she continues to follow the calling that He has place on her life.

  • Tabi Spurlin

    Company ARTIST & School Principal

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Tabi sharing her testimony and worship solo Click to provide one time or ongoing Ministry Support for Tabi. Tabitha began dancing at the age of 4 at Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet in Roswell, New Mexico. She continued her training there and at En Pointe Dance Academy until moving to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico. In addition to her studies at UNM, she trained and taught at the Hayden School of ballet and performed with Ballet Repertory Theatre. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Dance in 2010. Tabitha grew up in a Christian family and accepted the Lord as her Savior at an early age. When she was 5 she realized that she wanted to use her love of dance as a ministry after seeing Toymaker’s Dream. This calling was reaffirmed after participating in a YWAM dance workshop. Her studies at UNM, while focused on dance, also provided many opportunities to gain further understanding of the Bible as a whole and her desire to follow Jesus in obeying the concepts of the Law and the Prophets as summarized by Micah 6:8. Tabitha is so thankful and excited to have the opportunity to act in obedience to God’s calling with Paradosi where she hopes to act justly, love mercy and dance humbly.

  • Larissa Bischoff

    COMPANY ARTIST, Discipleship DIrector  & Trainee Director

    Eugene, Oregon

    At the age of 5 Larissa began dancing at Hosanna Dance Studio and studied ballet under Tiese Morgan, Nicole Elliot, and Jennifer Knight Dills. There she learned the art of dance with a heart of worship and began to understand the joy in using her gift of dance for Gods glory. It is her passion today to serve God as an instrument of praise. In Junior High she joined the Hosanna Dance performing group and shared the love of Jesus through dance in the community for 5 years. During that time she had the opportunity to perform in churches, schools, retirement homes, local events and on Hollywood Boulevard with Project Dance. After graduating, Larissa continued training with Eugene Ballet Academy and also attended Ballet Magnificat's! Summer Dance Intensive for two years. It was during this time that she realized that joining a ballet company focused on ministry was where she felt called. Larissa graduated Paradosi's Trainee Program in the Spring of 2013 before becoming a Company Apprentice for the 2013/2014 Season. Larissa was promoted to a full company member in the fall of 2014 and she is very excited to continue growing as a servant of God living by faith and dancing with a heart of praise!

  • Elena ZELLNER


    Cincinatti, Ohio

    Elena began taking ballet classes at her local YMCA when she was just five years old. She furthered her dance training at the Anneliese Von Oettingen School of Ballet under instructor Laura Hughes. At the age of nine, Elena began attending the School for Creative and Performing Arts where she studied under Daryl Bjoza, Patricia Rozow, Meredith Benson and Cynthia Riesterer. Upon graduating from SCPA, Elena became a trainee with Ballet Magnificat! where she spent the next three years advancing in ballet and growing in the Lord. While with Ballet Magnificat!, Elena had the privilege of sharing the gospel of Jesus in Honduras, Central America, and was a part of the first group of trainees to tour internationally. In her third year as a trainee, Elena was asked to pioneer a new branch of their ministry called Ballet Magnificat! International Outreach in which she spent a year teaching ballet and sharing the Good News in Honduras. Elena joined Paradosi in 2012 as an apprentice and in the Spring of 2013 was promoted to a full company member. Elena is thrilled to be a part of this ministry where she can continue to use the gift of dance in worship and as a way of sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ.

  • Katie Capilla

    Company ARTIST

    Corvallis, Oregon

    Katie began dancing for the Lord at her church when she was 8. At age 13 she began taking classical ballet lessons under the direction of Jutta Hardison; it was during this time of dedicated study that Katie realized she wanted to pursue dance. In 2008 she became a part of Willamette Apprentice Ballet, a pre-professional student company. She danced with WAB over the next several years under the tutelage of Matthew Averill, Irina Vassileni, and director, Megan Skinner. She knew she loved God and loved to dance but it wasn’t until she spent a summer with Ballet Magnificat! that she saw how she could use this calling for Him. Katie continued her education of dance in 2011 by attending the School of Dance Studies through the University of the Nations as well as joining Ad Deum Dance Company for their summer intensive in 2012. During this season she was able to cultivate her love of God and the arts and learn how to better serve Him through the ministry of dance. In 2014 Katie graduated from the Paradosi Ballet Company Trainee Program, served as an apprentice for the 2014/2015 season and is now a Company Member in Paradosi. She is so excited to not only grow as a dancer but to use her passion for the glory of God.

  • Anna Hirko

    Company ArtIst

    Doylestown, Pennsylvania

    Anna began dancing when she was just 3 years old. She trained under the Vaganova syllabus with Maxim Ponomarenko and Nadia Pavlenka. She then went on to perform with Spirit in Motion Ballet Theater and Work of Art Dance Theater. In addition, Anna spent her summers attending Ballet Magnificat! summer dance intensives and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. After graduating high school, she traveled and performed with In His Steps Ministries to India, China and Russia. Anna later joined Collective Productions Modern Company in British Colombia directed by Heather Clark. Recently Anna completed a year as a trainee at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and is looking forward to the upcoming season with Paradosi. In the spring of 2014, Anna graduated from the Paradosi Ballet Company Trainee Program and is now a Company Member in Paradosi.

  • Catherine macpherson


    Tyler, Texas

  • Skylar Moore

    Senior Apprentice

    Burke, Virginia

  • Aleeah Johnson


    Silverton, Oregon

  • Bonnie Calvert


    Phoenix, Arizona

About the Dancers

All of the members of Paradosi's Touring Company moved to Tacoma, Washington to volunteer their time and talents to be a part of this unique full-time ministry.  Each of the dancers has a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and they long to reach the lost for Him.  

The dancers are all in the studio Monday through Friday for six hours per day taking part in devotions, ministry training, ballet class, and rehearsing in addition to going out for programs throughout the week during the day, evenings, and weekends.  The dancers all support themselves by working part-time jobs to support their service through Paradosi with a few receiving direct financial support from their families, friends, and churches.  

Please pray for the safety and provision for our Artists as they step out in faith boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus to the world!