Paradosi Ballet Company is a touring Christian ballet company that was founded in 2007 with the goal of sharing the love of Jesus through dance, drama, and personal witness. Our mission is that: "Through the arts we will worship God, love people, share the Gospel, and make disciples of Jesus everywhere we go!"
Through our worship and proclamation of the Gospel message it is our hope that people will see a small glimmer of the beauty, hope, and love of Jesus and desire to know more about Him!
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"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in sprit and truth."
Paradosi's Key Areas of Operation
1) Paradosi Ballet Company • Worship & Christian Evangelism through Dance
Paradosi Christian Ballet Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit touring Christian dance company that utilizes ballet for leading worship and for Christian evangelism. Paradosi was founded in 2007 as one of the first professional Christian ballet companies in the US and the first to be located in the Pacific Northwest. As with other Christian Dance Companies, our goal is to share the love of Jesus through dance, drama, and personal witness. Paradosi tours throughout the United States and internationally sharing the hope of Jesus through the art of dance at churches, schools, universities, conferences, fairs, festivals, retirement communities, shelters, during street ministry, and at other venues.
In addition to sharing at outreach and worship events, Paradosi also teaches dance workshops and master classes at Christian dance studios and universities throughout the United States.
Each year the ministry hosts an annual Christian Summer Dance Intensive in Tacoma, Washington that draws dancers from around the world who want to continue growing as ballet dancers and in their faith. Classes are taught in our Christian summer ballet intensive by Paradosi Christian Ballet Company's Artistic Director, current and former company dancers, and dancers from other Christian dance company's during this fun intense week of ballet training and discipleship!
2) Ballet Ministry Training • Christian Ballet Apprentice Program
Since 2011 Paradosi has operated a fully immersive ballet ministry discipleship program. The 2-year vocational Christian ballet trainee program is for dancers who want to continue growing as artists while being equipped to use dance in ministry.
Paradosi's Christian ballet trainee programs are designed to equip Apprentice dancers with advanced ballet and ministry training taught by the ministries Directors, faculty, and through our partnership with Western Seminary. The knowledge and skills that dancers learn are put into practice as they participate in outreach events and performances throughout their time with the ministry along side the company.
Dancers in the apprentice program are also equipped to teach dance classes in a Christ-centered environment through our assistant dance teacher trainee program with our dance school, Surrendered School of Dance.
Dancers who complete the ballet apprenticeship program are equipped to serve in full-time ministry with Paradosi as a Senior Apprentice, Company Artist, teach ballet, serve with other Christian ballet companies and Christian dance companies, and to serve in other areas of Christian ministry.
Paradosi Christian ballet auditions are held each spring at our studio in Tacoma, Washington for the our unique Christian dance trainee program.
3) Christian Ballet School • Surrendered School of Dance
Since 2009 Paradosi has operated a Christian dance studio, Surrendered School of Dance, with campuses in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Orting in Washington. As a Christian dance school, our primary focus is on teaching Ballet but it does offer Christian contemporary ballet classes, pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique PBT, and other dance classes throughout the year. Our Christian ballet studio offers classes for students from the age of 3 through adult. While Paradosi is a faith-based organization, SSD is open to all in the community regardless of their beliefs.
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