2020/2021 SEASON


The official audition application deadline has passed for the 2020/2021 season.  HOWEVER, if you are still wanting to audition you have one more chance by attending out Summer Dance Intensive.  If you are interested in auditioning; please register for our annual SDI and let us know that you would like to audition for the following season on your SDI Registration.


Applications are due no later than: February 19, 2020


March 29 - 31, 2020 • In Person Auditions

We are so excited that you are interested in auditioning for Paradosi! We know that God has a place for everyone to serve and we hope that He is calling you here!  We are now accepting applications for our trainee program and apprentices for our touring company for the 2020/2021 Season! 

Please do not delay in submitting your application.  The sooner that we receive your packet the sooner we can let you know if you will be invited to our upcoming Auditions.   If you have any questions about the audition process please do not hesitate to contact us! We look forward to hearing from you!!

Ready to apply? Click the appropriate red text below.  


FEBRUARY 19, 2020



The Audition Process

Please read the information below to learn about our audition process

Steps 1


Complete and submit an Audition Application with the required photos, video, and $25 application fee. Applications are due on or before the date listed above.  

  • You will be notified via email if you will be invited for a personal audition at our studio in Tacoma, Washington.
  • Auditions are by invitation only.
  • If you are invited for a personal audition you will be with us in the studio participating in technique class, pointe class, learning Paradosi choreography, sharing your testimony, sharing your worship solo, and meeting with the ministries Directors to talk about any questions that you may have. 

Step 2

Personal Audition

Step 3


You will be notified within two weeks of your audition if you will be invited to join the ministry during the upcoming season. 


  • Your Audition Video must be completed in the following order and will only be accepted with all four sections being present in the video.  Partial videos will not be accepted.
  • Please wear only a leotard and tights for the class portion of this video.
  • Audition videos may be submitted online with your application via a link from YouTube or Vimeo.  Please do not submit your video via other social media platforms.  If you wish to submit your video by mail, please send your DVD or flash drive to:

Paradosi Ballet - Auditions

4020 S 56th Street, Suite 105

Tacoma, WA 98409

Part 1: Introduction

Introduce yourself

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Where you are from

Part 2: Ballet Class

Section A: Barre Work

Please film barre work from the side, rotating combinations on the right and left side.  This portion of the video should be no longer than ten-minutes.

  1. Plié combination
  2. Tendus and dégagés from fifth position
  3. Ronde de jambe
  4. Développé en croix
  5. Grand battements

Section B: Center

Please film Center from the front.  Combinations should be demonstrated both right and left. This portion of the video should be no longer than 10-minutes.

  1. An adagio including a balance, arabesque line and developpe
  2. Petite allegro
  3. Grand allegro

Section C. Pointe

  1. Échappés with en-dehors pirouettes
  2. Diagonal turning combination ending in relevé arabesque balance

Part 3: Classical Variation on Pointe

Part 4: Worship Solo

  • Some of you may never have had an opportunity to use dance in worship.  To help you to explore this avenue of praise, we ask that you create a worship solo to share your heart in whatever style is meaningful to you as an act of praise.  Your worship solo should be set to a work of worship music that is personally meaningful to you.  If invited to come for an in person audition, you will be sharing your solo during the audition.

Audition Video Requirements

Photo Requirements

All applications must be submitted with the following two photos: 

Photo 1:  Headshot

Photo 2: Full body dance photo in 1st arabesque en pointe

Your photos must be submitted with your application.

Duration of the Trainee Program

  • The Trainee Program is a two-year non-credit vocational program focused on ballet, ministry training, and training students to become dance teachers in a Christ centered organization.  
  • Students may petition to return for a third year of training after their completion of the two year trainee program if both the Directors and the Trainee feel that a third year would be of benefit.


At the end of each school year, students in the trainee program will be evaluated and notified of one of the following:

  1. Remain in the Trainee Program for an additional year
  2. Be given an offer to join the Touring Company as an Apprentice
  3. Be released from the Trainee Program and encouraged to pursue other opportunities

Trainee Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Apprentice or Trainee
  • Paradosi has positions open for both Touring Company Apprentices and Trainees; however, placement as an Apprentice or Trainee is at the sole discretion of the Directors of Paradosi Ballet Company.  
  • The audition is the same for the Trainee Program and for the Touring Company
Acceptance Into The Program
  • Not everyone who applies or auditions will be accepted into the Trainee Program or Touring Company.  Applicants will be assessed on their technical dance abilities, artistry, and spiritual maturity by the staff of Paradosi.  Your application, references, testimony, personal audition, and prayerful consideration will be utilized in our decision making process. 

What are the minimum age requirements to audition?

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the trainee program during the second week of September.   If you will be turning 18 after the start date but before the end of December please feel free to contact us to discuss your situation.

What is the commitment length for Apprentices?

  • Apprentices are full-time volunteers in the ministry and commit to serving in the ministry on a year-by-year basis.  The apprenticeship starts in August when the Touring Company season begins for the year and runs through the end of our summer dance intensive or international outreach tour in early to mid July.

Do trainees pay tuition?

  • Yes, tuition is $2,500 US per year, which equates to $250 per month September through June.  Tuition is due by the 5th day of every month.  Late fees may apply if tuition is not received on time.  There is also an annual ministry training and costuming fee that is paid at the beginning each season. 

How are trainees and apprentices financially supported?

  • Ministry members are responsible for their own living expenses.  Some members receive support from family and friends while other work part-time jobs to cover their living expenses.  Many to the ministry members work at retail stores and restaurants in their off hours to support themselves in their calling.  Accepted applicants are encouraged to start seeking financial support and saving funds prior to joining the ministry in order to reduce the amount of hours that they may need to work to cover their expenses during the year.

Where do Trainees and Apprentices live?

  • Ministry members are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing. Most of the ministry members live in apartments or houses with other members of the ministry.   Some members also choose to find a host home from their local church to live. If accepted into the program we will provide contact information for all of the members of the ministry so you can connect to find roommates.  Trainees and Apprentices are not allowed to live alone and must live with at least one other ministry member for safety and accountability.  

May I take college classes while serving and learning with Paradosi?

  • Of course! Members are free to attend college in their free time or take classes online as their schedule permits. However, due to performance schedules, we strongly encourage ministry members to not take a full-load of courses while serving in the ministry.  

Will trainees perform?

  • Yes! Trainees minister at local retirement homes, assisted living centers, schools, and for kids church throughout the season.  Trainees may also have the opportunity to dance with the Touring Company during the Christmas season or when touring company members are injured or ill. 

What does the schedule look like for a trainee?

  • Trainees will have dance and discipleship classes Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:00pm.  They will also be involved in outreach programs and special events on some evenings and weekends as well as learning to teach dance one night per week in the Paradosi's dance school.  The day starts with devotions, followed by technique class, lunch, then either alternate dance and fitness classes,  pointe, rehearsal, Bible study, or ministry training.  


  • All applicants should be self-professing Christians with a desire to share the love of Jesus through the arts
  • All Trainees and Touring Company members will need to agree with the ministries Statements of Faith
  • All ministry members are required to regularly attend a local Christian church of their own choosing

Male Applicants

  • While the ministry is currently comprised of all female dancers, the program is open to male applicants as well.  However, for housing and accountability requirements, we must have a minimum of two male dancers accepted into the program at the same time.  Applications from male dancers will be kept on file for six months and if additional qualified male dancers apply you will be contacted to begin the audition process.

International Students & Applicants

  • As Paradosi is not a registered trade school and does not have the proper credentials from the government for accepting International students, we cannot assist you in obtaining a Visa to be in the United States.  
  • Exceptions may be made for Canadian citizens.  If you are a Canadian citizen; please contact us for more details.  
  • If an applicant is already in the United States with an appropriate Visa already having been secured for another purpose, Example: school or work, they may apply for the Trainee Program with the understanding that they will be participating in the program strictly as a hobby. Again we cannot assist you in obtaining a Visa to be in the United States.
  • Our friends in ministry at Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi are already set up to take International students directly and we encourage you to apply for their program.
  • International students may attend our annual summer dance intensive while visiting the US on vacation.