Registration is Closed for our 2024 SDI

Check back soon for information about our 2025 Summer Dance Intensive


June 23 through June 29, 2024

Open to dancers ages 11 - 21


Each year our summer dance intensive draws dancers from across the country and internationally to our studio in Tacoma, Washington.  Paradosi's intensives are an excellent opportunity for first-time intensive attendees and seasoned dancers to be challenged to grow artistically, technically, and in their faith.

We limit the number of enrollments to our intensive to no more than 48-students to ensure that each student will receive as much personal attention as possible from our instructors throughout the week.  Make sure to register early to reserve your spot!  

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!  We would love to hear from you!




Register (Ages 11 to 21)


  • Please have a headshot photograph and a 1st arabesque photo ready to upload with your application.
  • Open to participants ages 11 to 21 with 3 or more years of ballet training. 
  • Please fill out this application with your parent or legal guardian's assistance.
  • After registering, you will receive a link to the Student Information Sheet to be completed by each student.
  • Registration fees are non-refundable.

Click on the following link to download a copy of our Activity Release Form.  Your registration will not be complete until we have an updated release form on file.

Activity Release Form

Summer Dance Intensive 


Tuition Only: $525

(Includes lunch, dinner, & materials • All Ages)

Tuition + Housing: $1,050

(Housing* + Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner & materials • Female Dancers Ages 11 to 21 only)


Registration • $45 • If paid before May 20, 2024

Please use the online registration form.  You may pay in full now or set up a payment plan with a $200 deposit + registration fee.  If you set up a payment plan, the final payment is due by May 20, 2024 **

Late Registration • $100 • May 21 through May 31, 2024

All fees must be paid in full at time of registration.

*Housing will be in college dorms or, if the universities minimum number of students for housing is not met, in hotels or rented houses with chaperones. Dorms are open to female dancers ages 11 to 21.  Students ages 18 to 21 will not be allowed to share a room with students under the age of 18, no exceptions; this is a requirement for our use of the dorms and insurance.  

** The late registration fee will be added to accounts not paid in full by May 20, 2024. If you are unable to pay the requested tuition or registration amount and are in need of financial assistance to attend, please fill out a financial aid application.


A typical day at a Paradosi SDI

9:00 - 10:00am • Chapel

10:20 - 12:30pm • Ballet Technique Class

12:30 - 1:00pm • Lunch

1:00 - 1:35pm • Choreography

1:35 - 2:15pm • Class 1

2:30 - 3:45pm • Class 2

4:00 - 5:15pm • Class 3

5:30 - 6:30pm • Dinner

6:30 - 7:30 to 8:00pm • Small Group & or Creative Worship

*Please note that the schedule and times may vary slightly from day to day.  The afternoon classes will vary depending on level placement and may include: pointe, pre-pointe, contemporary, jazz, kinesiology, nutrition, Progressing Ballet Technique, etc. 

Our Focus is on Jesus

Paradosi is first and foremost a Christian ministry.  As a ministry, one of our core values is to focus on ministry first, dance second. We carry this value forward into our Summer Dance Intensives in our interactions with each student.  While we challenge each student to grow in their dancing and as artists, we also want their hearts to be opened to Jesus.  It is our hope that each student will come away with a deeper understanding of God's love for them and a renewed and strengthened relationship with Jesus.  

Christ is at the center of all that we do! Each morning starts out with chapel where students share in a time of worship, prayer, and hear a message or testimony from a member of Paradosi or one of our amazing guest speakers.  

Every evening students also participate in a small group Bible study with 5 to 10 students. During this time students are free to ask questions and learn with students their own age. Often very deep and sweet friendships develop from these groups and carry on long after the intensive ends. 

As an inter-denominational Christian ministry, our dancers set aside their theological differences and come together to share the love of Jesus.  Our dancers have all been trained in prayer ministry, evangelism, and each has an immense heart for others and making Christ known.  Each member of the ministry is prepared and ready to offer prayer and support to the participants at any time.   For more about what we believe and what we focus on sharing, please visit the following link: 

Statements of Faith / Inter-denominational / Gospel Focus

Additional Information

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  • Please make sure to send us a copy of your activity waiver for this years intensive for each student in your household.  

    Click to Download • ACTIVITY RELEASE FORM.pdf

    Waivers may be attached to your registration, emailed to us at: or mailed to our studio at: 

    Paradosi Ballet - SDI

    4020 S 56th Street, Suite 105

    Tacoma, WA 98409

  • May I watch my students classes?

    • In order to make the studio a safe environment for everyone and to avoid distractions for the students, the studio is CLOSED to all guests, including family members, during the intensive. 
    • The only exception is during the Student Showcase on the last day of the intensive.
    • If during the day you need to see your student, please contact a staff member and they will bring your student to you.  Please do not wander the studio looking for your student. 

    How much ballet training should I have before attending Paradosi's Summer Dance Intensive?
    • Paradosi's summer dance intensives are not intended for beginning dancers.  Our intensives are geared towards dancers at an intermediate to pre-professional level of ballet training.
    • All dancers should have several years of ballet training before attending our intensive.  Dancers ages 11 to 16 should have a minimum of 3-years of ballet training beyond pre-ballet.  Dancers ages 16 to 21 should have a minimum of four years of training.  
    How much pointe work will I be doing during the intensive? 
    • The amount of pointe work will depend on which level you are placed in for the intensive
    • All ballet technique classes will be danced in flat shoes

    Who teaches the classes during SDI?
    • All classes are taught by Paradosi's Artistic Director, teaching faculty, and current and former dancers of Paradosi. 

    Why do you only allow 2 guests per student to attend the in-person student showcase?

    • The student showcase at the end of SDI is limited to two (2) guests per student.  Our seating capacity in our large studio is 98 guests.  With our intensive being capped at 48 students, that works out to 2 guests per student.  
    • We understand that some families have more people that would like to attend but we just do not have the room.  Some years we are bursting at the limits for seating and other years there are a few extra seats but in order to be fair to everyone, we had to place a limit of 2 guests for everyone. 
    • We will provide a live stream link over Zoom the week of the intensive for families who cannot attend in person.
    • We will also record the event and share it with the students after the intensive for future viewing for free. Please note that the video may be delayed in being published until August if Paradosi will be touring in July. 

    I have special dietary needs / allergies.  Will you be able to provide meals for me?

    • Our meals are all prepared in commercial kitchens with a Food Safety Manager present and certified food workers. 
    • Our staff has experience in preparing meals for all sorts of dietary needs and do our best to avoid cross contamination for food allergens.  While we take immense steps to minimize the risk of cross-contamination, and as the kitchens we use are used by other businesses, we cannot guarantee that our meals will be 100% safe for all allergies.   
    • If you have dietary concerns that you would like to discuss before registering, please contact us to discuss your situation. 
    • Please keep in mind that we are not a restaurant and everyone will be eating the same meal.  We are not able to cater each meal to individual preferences. We typically make a standard version of each meal and an allergy friendly version of each meal to accommodate a wide variety of needs. Meals are balanced with protein, carbs, and vegetables to provide for dancers needs. 
    • Students staying in the dorms will have their breakfast prepared and served by the universities food service department. The university provides a wide variety of items to meet most allergy and dietary requirements. 
    May I bring my own food?
    • For commuting students bringing any of their own food to the studio, please keep in mind that we do not have extra refrigeration space available for students use.  Please only bring shelf stable meals and snacks or provide adequate ice to keep your own food cold during the day.  
    • For students staying in the dorms, refrigeration is not provided or allowed to be brought into the dorms.  
    • We ask that students who bring any of their own food do not share their food with anyone else. 

    If I use your airport ground transportation, how does that work, what times will I be picked up and dropped off, and at what airport?

    • Due to our schedule on the first and last day of SDI, we only have one pick up and one drop off time at SeaTac Airport.  Airport code SEA 
    • On Sunday, we pick up students at SeaTac and depart for the studio at 1:30pm.  Students are to wait at Carousel 11 in Baggage Claim for Paradosi staff members to meet them.  Staff members will be in baggage claim starting at 1:00pm
    • On Saturday, we will drop students off at the airport no later than 3:30pm.  Security lines can vary so please allow up to 2-hours for your student to get checked in and to their gate. 
    • If these times do not work with your flights, please look into alternative transportation options to and from the studio. 
    • Please keep in mind that we will not be able to take students past security.  If your student is a minor, please check with your airline for any age restrictions or requirements for unaccompanied minors. 
    • If you are using Paradosi's ground transportation to and from SeaTac, please provide us with your flight information no later than June 5. 

    May we get our own housing for SDI or do we have to use your housing?

    • Yes, of course you may get your own housing.  We often have families securing their own housing at hotels, motels, VRBO or Airbnb's.  
    • Please keep in mind that we only provide transportation for students staying in our housing so you will need your own vehicle or hired vehicle, such as Uber, Lyft, or a Taxi,  to get to and from where you are staying and the studio.

    Where will students be housed? 

    • Students using our housing option will stay in the dorms at the University of Puget Sound.

    Why are the dorms only open to female dancers? 

    • We cannot provide housing for male dancers due to our needing a minimum of 12-male dancers attending SDI who are staying in the dorms with 3-male staff members available to serve as chaperones.  Even if enough male students were to request housing, our organizations does not have enough male staff members to serve as chaperones. 

    Why can't my 17 year old student share a dorm room with her 18 year old best friend?  They stay the night at each others houses all the time and have known each other since they were little. 

    • As students are by law considered adults at the age of 18, they are not permitted to share a room with a minor student during the intensive.  This is a requirement for use of university dorm rooms and our insurance policy for overnight students, no exceptions. 
    • Students will still be able to hang out in the common areas in the evenings for games and talking until lights out; they just are not allowed to be in each other's rooms.
    • Students ages 18 to 21 will be staying in the same dorm building, chaperoned, but on their own separate floor or wing from students under the age of 18 with their own designated restroom.  
    • If this requirement is an issue for your students, we encourage you to look into your own housing options for the intensive.

    May I request a roommate?

    • Yes, you may request one (1) roommate for SDI housing.  As dorm rooms typically accommodate one to three dancers, we may not be able to honor all requests but will do our best to put roommate requests in the same room.  
    • Please keep in mind that dancers ages 18 and older will not be allowed to share a room with a minor participant who is under the age of 18, no exceptions. 

    Who drives the students to and from the dorms?

    • Our Executive Director, Jeff, is our main driver for the ministry.  He has a Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsements and a clean driving record.  He has logged thousands of miles driving the ministries vehicles on tour throughout the US and has the passengers safety in mind at all times.  Students are driven in Paradosi's Mercedes Sprinter bus. 

    May I drive myself to and from the dorms? 

    • As students are in our care during the intensive, students are not permitted to drive themselves back and forth from the dorms.  There are no in and out privileges for students staying in the dorms in the mornings, evenings, and at night.  
    • If a student drives their car from their home to the intensive and will be staying in the dorms, they will need to leave their vehicle parked at the dorms during the week.
    • If this requirement is an issue for your students, we encourage you to look into your own housing options for the intensive.

    May I bring my own (microwave, espresso machine, hot pot, refrigerator, toaster, etc) to use in the dorms?

    • No, our contract with the university strictly prohibits the use of all outside appliances and cooking of any sort in the dorm building. 
    • Our contract with the university includes breakfast for all students and they offer a wide variety of items to meet all allergy and dietary requirements. 

    Who will be chaperoning my student in the dorms?

    • Students that are in our care are chaperoned by trusted members of the ministry.  
    • ALL chaperones, without exception, are members of Paradosi Christian Ballet Company.  
    • As the ministry frequently works with minors and vulnerable members of the population in schools, churches, homeless shelters, and care facilities throughout the year, every member of the ministry of Paradosi Christian Ballet Company undergoes criminal background checks, ministry reference checks, interviews, and sexual abuse training certification before they are allowed to interact with minors and other vulnerable members of the population.  



    • Please wear the Dress Code for Technique Class:
    • Optional ballet skirt or shorts and a water bottle
    • Clothes or warmups and shoes to put on over your dance clothing after the placement class
    *Students staying in the dorms: please have these items in a separate bag from the rest of your luggage.  We will be transporting your luggage to the dorms while you are taking your placement class



    • Black leotards (Enough for the week)

    • Short black wrap skirt 

    • Tights (Enough for the week)

    • Ballet Technique Shoes

    • Black jazz or dance pants

    • Warm-up clothes

    • Dance sneakers or tennis shoes

    • Pointe Shoes (If applicable)

    • Black athletic shorts (Optional)

    • Jazz Shoes (Optional)


    • Bible

    • Journal/notebook and pen for Bible study and class notes

    • Water bottle

    • Long – Wide – Medium Strength Theraband

    • Pilates/yoga mat 

    • Spending money for t-shirts, sweatpants, hoodies, posters, stickers, etc. 

    • Optional extra snacks for your dance bag (peanut free)

    • A sewing kit for pointe shoes (If applicable)


    Please clearly label all bedding, bags, and luggage with your name

    • Some casual clothes for the evenings in the dorms: i.e. t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, shorts, sweatpants, etc.

    • Toiletries for the week. (soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.)

    • Twin bedding and or a sleeping bag*

    • Pillow (standard or travel pillow)

    • Bath towel and hand towel

    • Non-refrigerated snacks to bring to the studio. No mini fridges or food preparation appliances are allowed in the dorms. 

    *If you are flying to the intensive and are having difficulties with meeting airline luggage weight limits, please let us know. We have a limited number of bedding sets available for students to use. 

  • 2024 Summer Dance Intensive Drop Off and Pick Up Times: 

    • Sunday: Drop Off: 2:30pm • Pick Up: 7:30pm
    • Monday: Drop Off: 8:45am • Pick Up: 7:45pm
    • Tuesday:  Drop Off: 8:45am • Pick Up: 7:45pm
    • Wednesday: Drop Off: 8:45am • Pick Up: 8:00pm
    • Thursday:  Drop Off: 8:45am • Pick Up: 8:15pm
    • Friday: Drop Off: 8:45am • Pick Up: 8:00pm
    • Saturday: Drop Off: 8:35am • Pick Up: 1:00pm
  • A typical day at a Paradosi SDI

    8:45am - Arrive at studio

    9:00 - 10:00am • Chapel

    10:20 - 12:30pm • Ballet Technique Class

    12:30 - 1:00pm • Lunch

    1:00 - 1:35pm • Choreography

    1:35 - 2:15pm • Class 1

    2:30 - 3:45pm • Class 2

    4:00 - 5:15pm • Class 3

    5:30 - 6:30pm • Dinner

    6:30 - 7:30 to 8:00pm • Small Group & or Creative Worship

    *Please note that the schedule and times may vary slightly from day to day.  The afternoon classes will vary depending on level placement and may include: pointe, pre-pointe, contemporary, jazz, kinesiology, nutrition, Progressing Ballet Technique, etc. 

  • Typical Menu

    Lunch and Dinner are served to all students during SDI. Students staying in the dorms will also have breakfast provided by the university in their cafeteria.  The lunch and dinner menu typically contain one of the following meals: 

    Lunch A

    • Spring mix garden salad

    • Greek yogurt

    • Fruit

    • String Cheese

    Lunch B

    • Spring mix garden salad

    • Wrap such as: Turkey and cheese with veggies

    • Fruit

    • Chips

    Dinner A

    • Spring mix garden salad

    • Baked potato with chili and cheese

    • Cornbread

    Dinner B

    • Tacos or Taco Salad: spring mix garden greens, assorted vegetables, black beans, ground beef, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, tortilla chips

    Dinner C

    • Spring mix garden salad

    • Penne pasta with meatballs

    • Green beans

    • Garlic bread

    Dinner D

    • Spring mix garden salad

    • Hamburgers

    • Chips or potato salad 

    • Watermelon

    Dinner E

    • Spring mix garden salad

    • Teriyaki Chicken

    • Rice

    • Steamed or stir-fried vegetables

    Dinner F

    • Spring mix garden salad

    • Pizza

    • Chips and salsa

    • Watermelon

    We include a mixed garden salad at all of our meals Monday through Friday. Vegetarian and food restriction options available upon request when registering.  If your student requires additional food beyond the planned meals, we encourage you to send them with additional snacks to consumed between classes: i.e. protein bars, granola bars, fruit, etc. Please keep in mind that refrigeration is not available for students during the day. 

  • International Students are welcome to attend Paradosi's Summer Dance Intensive; however, there are additional requirements that must be met in order for you to attend.  

    Please note that there may be additional requirements from your country or the U.S. than what are listed below.  We encourage you to do your research before registering to attend one of Paradosi's Summer Dance Intensives:

    • PASSPORT & U.S. ENTRY VISA: Students from outside of the U.S.A. are welcome to attend our summer dance intensive but travel requirements for visiting the United States must be met including possessing a valid Passport from your country and a U.S. entry visa if required.  Most students from outside of the US attend while on vacation when they are visiting the U.S. as a Tourist on a Tourist Visa.  Please visit the U.S. Department of State website or embassy for more information on traveling to the U.S.:  
    • MINORS Additional travel requirements may be in place for minors, individuals under the age of 18, if they are traveling alone.
    • MEDICAL INSURANCE Students must provide proof of Medical Insurance that will be accepted in the United States.  If you do not have medical insurance that is accepted in the U.S., you may be eligible to purchase short-term travel medical insurance for your visit to the U.S.  Please do a search for travel medical insurance and make sure that the policy you select covers sport activities.
    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

    • Payments may be made by Credit Card, Debit Card, ACH, Cash or Check
    •    If paying by Cash or Check, please contact us before registering at:
    • The registration fee is due at the time of registration. 
    • If you need  to set up a payment plan, you may do so yourself when submitting your registration.  There is a minimum $200 deposit at the time of registration with the full balance being due before May 20, 2024.  If payments have not been received in full by May 20, 2024, a $55 late fee will be added to your invoice. . 
  • We do not want financial resources to be a hinderance to a student being able to attend our intensive.  With this in mind, we offer financial aid geared towards low-income families in the United States and as such we base our financial assistance upon income levels as set forth in the USDA's Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced School Meals.  We do not require proof of eligibility, only a self-declaration that your household qualifies for free, or reduced school meals, or cannot afford the requested tuition.  To see if your household qualifies for free or reduced school meals, please to to the following link and select the current school year to review income levels:

    PLEASE NOTE:  Financial aid will only be applied to the applicants Summer Dance Intensive tuition and will not apply towards any housing expenses, airfare, train, or other travel related expenses, or any other expenses associated with attending the Summer Dance Intensive, or be awarded in the form of cash.  The "Tuition" portion covers classes, lunch, and dinner.  Out of town students receiving financial aid are welcome to secure their own housing during the intensive. 

    2024 SDI Financial Assistance Application

    Financial Aid Applications will close on May 20, 2024

    Step 1 • Apply

    If you are in need of financial assistance, please apply through the link above.  Your financial assistance application will become your registration.   Requests for financial assistance must be received no later than May 20, 2024 but we encourage you to apply early as space may fill up before this date.  Applications must be filled out with the assistance of the parent or legal guardian of the student named in the application.  Applications submitted without parental consent will not be processed. 

    Step 2 • Review

    Please allow us up to 6-weeks for us to review your application. 

    Step 3 • Financial Aid Award

    You will be notified via email of any financial aid that you are being awarded.  Petitioners for financial assistance will be given 7-days to accept or decline the offer. 

  • Refund Policy

    The following are the Terms and Conditions as outlined in the registration agreement: 

    • The Registration fee is non-refundable
    • Registration cancellation requests made on or before May 15, 2024 will receive a full refund less the registration amount.
    • Registration cancellation requests made between May 16, 2024 and May 31, 2024 will incur a $100 Cancellation Fee in addition to registration amount given. 
    • Registration cancellation requests made between June 1, 2024 and June 5, 2024  will incur a $300 Cancellation Fee in addition to the non-refundable registration amount paid.
    • Due to prepaid SDI expenses and cancellation policies, housing refunds will NOT be issued after June 5, 2024.
    • We will process all requests as quickly as possible but please allow up to 60 days for refunds to be issued on cancellations.

    • In the unlikely event that Paradosi needs to cancel the intensive, the financial liability of the organizer is limited to the return of paid fees for Tuition and Housing expenses paid to Paradosi Ballet Company.
    • The organizers may alter the times, dates and speakers of this event by written notice to you.
    • The housing venue is subject to change.  While Paradosi is making every effort to secure dorm rooms at a local university for this years summer dance intensive, we may need to change the housing from dorm rooms to hotel rooms or other rental properties such as an Airbnb if the universities minimum number of students for housing is not met. Chaperones will be provided by Paradosi in all housing situations.
    • While Paradosi would be immensely sorry if any of these incidents were to occur, the organizer will not be liable for any financial loss, damages, or sadness arising from such changes.
    How to Cancel Your Registration
    • Requests to cancel may be made by email or mailed request to our studio. 
    • Emailed requests should be made to:  
    • Paradosi Ballet - SDI • 4020 S 56th Street Ste 105, Tacoma, WA 98409
  • We send out the Welcome Packet by email 1-month before the start of SDI.  Sometimes packets get lost in spam.   Please add: and to your address book to ensure that our emails do not go to spam. 

    If you have not received your welcome packet by June 1, please email us at: and we will get that out to you as soon as possible! 

We are excited that you are considering joining us for this years summer dance intensive.  Paradosi's is considered one of the best Christian ballet companies in the U.S.  Our heart is that every dancer who joins us for our christian summer dance intensive will grow to have a better understanding of the love of Jesus.