Ballet Apprentice Program

As a ministry, our heart is for worship and making Christ known!  It is our desire that through the arts, each of us will Worship God, Love People, Share the Gospel, and Make Disciples of Jesus Everywhere We Go!  


When it comes to training the next generation of dancers, Paradosi utilizes an immersive apprenticeship approach of instruction verses a stand alone trainee program.  Paradosi's Apprentice dancers train and perform with the company while receiving additional focused attention from our Director and faculty.  It is our desire that when dancers emerge from our Apprentice Program they will be equipped to meet the challenges and joys of serving in a full-time dance ministry. 


If you feel that God is calling you to use your gifts in dance to glorify Jesus and to make Him known to the world, we would love to hear from you!   Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 

About the Program

Paradosi's Ballet Apprentice Program is a progressive two-year training program that will challenge dancers artistically, technically, and in their spiritual growth!  Paradosi's program is designed to ease the transition for dancers from academic student to becoming a dancer who is equipped to serve in Paradosi as a Senior Apprentice, Company Artist, or with another dance ministry. 


Paradosi program is different from other ballet ministry trainee programs as it offers dancers a fully immersive and nurturing environment focused on a dancers growth.  Under the direction of Director, Larissa Bischoff, Apprentices will train and minister with Paradosi while receiving more focused instruction and feedback as they continue to grow.


In addition to ballet technique instruction, rehearsing, ministry training, and performance opportunities the program also features mentoring in dance teacher training.

Dancer Positions in the Ministry

There are two paths to joining Paradosi as a dancer.  The preferred route is as a student through Paradosi's Apprentice Program.  With the apprenticeship program, dancers are fully immersed into Paradosi's culture and dance style while they are being mentored to take on greater dance and ministry responsibilities. 

 

The second route into the ministry as a dancer is for professionally experienced dancers to join as a Senior Apprentice.  All dancers must either start as an Apprentice or Senior Apprentice to be considered for a position as a Company Artist.  

  • Apprentices are students in Paradosi Ballet's Apprenticship Program.  


    Paradosi's apprentice program offers an immersive professional training and rehearsal program for ballet dancers.  Serving as the official training program of Paradosi Ballet Company, dancers dedicate their time as an Apprentice to intensive ballet and ministry training combined with worship and outreach opportunities. 


    Touring and performance opportunities with Paradosi Ballet will be by invitation only and at the discretion of the Artistic Director. 


    As students, Apprentices pay monthly tuition.  Apprentices commit to a 10-month formal training seasons each year from September through June or the end of Paradosi's Summer Dance Intensive; whichever is later. 

  • Senior Apprentice positions are open to dancers who have either completed Paradosi's Apprenticeship Program, have come from another Christian dance ministry, or have had a professional dance career with a secular company.*  


    All dancers regardless of their training and dance background must train and serve a minimum of one year as a Senior Apprentice to be considered for Company Artist positions.  Senior Apprentices are expected to show continuous growth in artistry and as ministers of the Gospel.


    Senior Apprentices may perform, tour, and minister in both the US and internationally by invitation of the Artistic Director.


    Senior Apprentices are full-time volunteers with the ministry but will have some allowed ministry related expenses paid for while serving. 


    Preference for Senior Apprentice positions are given to dancers who have completed Paradosi's Apprenticship Program.  While we prefer to promote dancers from within our organization, please do not let this discourage you from applying if you have already had professional ballet experience or training.   We prayerfully consider each application and seek God's heart in whom should be welcomed into the ministry each season. 


    *In some circumstances, even with previous experience or qualifications, a dancer may be asked to train in Paradosi's Apprenticship Program.

  • A Company Artist in Paradosi has served as a Senior Apprentice for a minimum of 1-year demonstrating a consistency in artistry and their embodiment of the ministries mission, vision, and values. 


    Company Artists receive a minimal monthly allowance as they serve with the ministry but will still need to raise personal ministry support to cover their living expenses.    Company Artists will have some allowed ministry released expenses paid for while serving.  


    Additional compensated teaching opportunities may exist for Company Artists.  


    Company Artists perform, tour, and minister in both the US and internationally.

  • At the end of each season the Directors prayerfully evaluate each dancer and present them with one of the following opportunities: 

    1. Invitation to continue at the level that they are currently in within the ministry
    2. Promotion within the ministry
    3. Release from the ministry and encouraged to pursue other professional dance and ministry opportunities

Dancer Life In Washington

The dancers in Paradosi come from across the United States from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between.  It is a big step of faith to make the move to Washington to be a part of Paradosi and we hope that you will prayerfully consider joining us in the work that God is doing through this ministry!   


To help you in your decision making process we have compiled a little information on what life looks like here in Tacoma.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us!  We are one big family here and want you to feel welcome as you make this major life decision to pursue dance as a means to reach more for Jesus!



  • Washington is a beautiful state surrounded by water, forests, mountains, ocean beaches, islands, small coastal towns, and large cities all within a 20-minute to 2-hour drive from our studio.   Even the majestic Mt. Rainier is only a 2-hour drive away and on clear days it stands high above the tree line with an unobstructed view from our studio doors.  


    Tacoma, where we are located, is in a major revitalization stage with an updated downtown, lots of new shops and restaurants, beautiful parks, and a lively waterfront.  Washington has lots to offer and many of our former dancers have made Washington their home after retiring from dance.  We encourage you to come in person and to check out the community for yourself!


    Local Travel Guide: TRAVELTACOMA.COM

  • Most of the dancers in the ministry live with one to five dancers in apartments or houses.  Living with other dancers provides for a lower cost of living, accountability, and room for lifelong friendships to grow.  


    For many of our dancers this will be their first time living away from home.  This is a wonderful season of life where dancers develop deep and lasting friendships while learning how to live with other people outside of their family.   


    After auditions if you are accepted into the ministry for the following season, we will connect you with other dancers in the ministry who are moving to the state or who are already here but looking for new housing.  We suggest that dancers move to Washington in late July to no later than mid-August to allow time to get settled, find employment if needed, and to explore their new home! 

  • Dancers train with the ministry Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:00pm.  


    A typical day is as follows:

    • Devotions
    • Warm up
    • Technique Class
    • Lunch
    • Rehearsals


    Additional classes taught during a typical week may include:

    • Pointe
    • Contemporary
    • Gospel Focused Ministry Training from the Director's of Paradosi and through our cohort with Western Seminary.  (Sample Areas of Study: Evangelism, Prayer Ministry, Intercultural Ministry, The Gospel, Foundations in Theology, etc.)
  • During a normal season Paradosi will share 40 to 60 programs at churches, schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, homeless shelter, fairs, festivals, and other events. 


    Local Outreach

    Most of our local outreach programs, but not always, occur during the day during normal studio time. If there will be an evening or weekend opportunity, dancers are given notice to request time off of any outside jobs where they may work.    


    US Tours

    When Paradosi tours in the U.S., the schedule changes every day.  Dancers may be sharing at a school in the morning and teaching master classes at night or start the morning sharing during AM worship services in one city then travel to another city to share a stand alone outreach event that night. 


    Joining God in His work on tour is fun, exhilarating, and challenging!!  Expect long travel days followed by lots of interaction with hosts, late nights, early mornings, long and short drive days, technique class and rehearsals at odd times and in unconventional locations.  Touring and sharing God's love and hope on the road is one of our favorite things to do!


    Inertnational Tours

    Since 2010 Paradosi has embarked on International Tours in Europe.  While on tour we partner with local churches, missionaries, and other missional organizations to share the love and hope of Jesus!   


  • Dancers will have breaks throughout the season but dates are often subject to change based upon program and tour schedules.  


    Typically Dancers will have the following breaks:

    • Christmas Break: 2 to 3 Weeks
    • Spring Break: 1 Week
    • Summer Break: 14 to 60 days. Summer Breaks are determined by Paradosi's Summer Dance Intensive Schedule and International Outreach Tours.  Dancers will know their summer break by the middle of May each year. 

    Additional Breaks: 

    • Thanksgiving: This changes every year based upon our December Christmas Outreach Program Schedule.  Thanksgiving break may be only one day on up to having a full week off. 
    • 3 & 4 Day Weekends: Will be scheduled throughout the year. 
    • Additional breaks may be added.

Mission, Vision, & 

Statements of Faith

Everything that we do as a ministry seeks to glorify Jesus and to make Him known.  


We encourage you to read through our core statements and pray if they are in line with your heart and what God is calling you to do in the season ahead!



  • Through the arts we will

    Worship God, Love People, Share the Gospel, and Make Disciples of Jesus Everywhere We Go!

    • We will use dance as a ministry tool to reach those who do not know Jesus
    • We will use dance as a ministry tool to uplift believers and to remind them of the beauty of God and His love for them
    • We will use dance as a ministry tool to teach and reach the young helping them to grow in their relationship with God and to use their gifts to glorify the Lord
  • As a Christian ministry we agree with the historic Apostles' Creed of the Christian Church.  We believe that this statement is in accordance with the teachings of the Bible and is accepted interdenominationally.


    Apostles Creed

    "I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended to the dead.  On the third day He rose again.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen"


    The Christian Bible

    We believe the Christian Bible to be the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God revealing the love of God to the world.  It is our handbook for Christian living and our final authority on all spiritual matters.  (John 17:172 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)


    Evangelism and Discipleship

    We believe that Jesus sends His redeemed people into the world as the Father sent Him. We believe that the ministry of evangelism, the sharing and proclaiming of the message of salvation only possible by belief in Jesus Christ, and discipleship, helping followers of Jesus to grow in maturity with their faith, is the responsibility of all followers of Jesus.  We believe that our mission as ambassadors of Jesus Christ is to share His message of salvation, love, and forgiveness in order to fulfill the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:9-15, 1 Peter 3:15)


    These statements do not exhaust the extent of Paradosi Christian Ballet's beliefs. the Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, what we believe, and the proper conduct of mankind.


    *catholic, little "c", refers to the wholeness of the entire church in all times and not a specific denomination of Christianity. 


Audition Information

Please visit our Audition page to learn more about current openings and audition information! 


Audition Information