• Larissa  Bischoff

    Director & COMPANY ARTISt

    Eugene, Oregon

    Larissa started dancing at the age of three at Hosanna Dance Studio in Eugene, Oregon.  At an early age Larissa knew that she would one day dance for Jesus but life took her down a different path away from the God she loved.  In December of 2010 Paradosi danced in Eugene while on tour and Larissa fell in love with the ministry.  During the program she felt the Holy Spirit stir within her telling her that she was to leave her past behind and go dance with Paradosi.  Larissa auditioned for the ministry and moved to Washington in September of 2011. During her first year with the ministry the Lord completely healed her from her past and transformed her heart and mind to allow her to move in complete freedom for Him!  Larissa can confidently say that she is a new creation in Christ transformed by His healing love! He has given her new life and she desires to praise Him and declare His loving kindness through her testimony and dancing! She feels privileged to be able to do her favorite thing, dance, for the glory and honor of our King! Paradosi is her home and she loves serving and dancing in this ministry for the glory of God!

  • Tabi  Spurlin

    Ballet Mistress & Company ARTIST

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Tabitha began dancing at the age of four 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.  Tabi 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 in ministry after seeing the Toymaker's Dream.  This calling to use dance in ministry 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.  Tabi is so thankful and excited to act in obedience to God's calling with Paradosi where she hopes to act justly, love mercy, and dance humbly for our God!

  • Annie  Dick

    Company Artist

    San Antonio, Texas

    Annie was raised in San Antonio, Texas where she studied under the direction of Joseph and Laura Villalobos at Ballet San Antonio Academy and later as a trainee with the Montgomery Ballet.  Dancing had been a lifelong passion for Annie but after attending a Ballet Magnificat summer dance intensive she felt a call to use dance in ministry.  Annie auditioned for Paradosi in the Spring of 2017 and was thrilled to be accepted into the trainee program for the Fall of 2017.  After a year in the trainee program Annie was offered a position as an Apprentice with the touring company which she graciously accepted.  Annie is so thankful to be able to use her dancing to serve her King and to partner with Him in His work.  Annie feels privileged to be able to praise His name with dancing and to declare His truth boldly to the world! 

  • Hope  Livingston

    Company Artist

    Portland, oregon

    Hope was oblivious to anything ballet until the age of nine when her parents hosted a Japanese exchange student who happened to be a ballet dancer. Watching her dance every day Hope was captivated by the beauty of dance.  On Hope's 10th birthday, her grandfather, blessed her with the best present ever, ballet classes at Portland Metro Arts.  She trained with PMA for the next four years before transferring to a Christian ballet school called the Joy of Dance.  While a student at the Joy of Dance, Hope was first exposed to the idea that ballet could also be used in worship and ministry.  Towards the end of her four-years of study at the Joy of Dance, a seed for her future in dance ministry was planted.  Hope's desire to use dance in ministry came from a serious accident that occurred when she was only a few years old when she took a serious fall onto concrete; an accident that may have changed the course of her life if not for the grace of God.  Through this accident she came to understand how precious this life is and it made her so thankful to God that she is able to move, dance, and use her whole body freely.  In knowing that God gave her this precious gift of life, Hope could only respond with an overwhelming urge to dedicate her life to glorifying Jesus through dance.  It is her desire that people will see the eternal hope that she has in God as she dances for her divine audience of one and want to have this hope for themselves. 

  • Ava  Carver

    Apprentice

    Seattle, Washington

    Ava began her dance training at the age of ten in Seattle, Washington at Evergreen City Ballet. In 2014 Ava was accepted into the School of Ballet Arizona, where she spent two years in Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company. Ava was then hired by Ballet Arizona’s professional company in 2016 where she had the opportunity to perform in many critically acclaimed ballets such as George Balanchine’s Square Dance and Western Symphony, and the U.S premier of the classic August Bournonville ballet, Napoli. Additionally, she performed in world premieres by choreographers such as Ib Andersen and Nayon Iovino. In 2018 Ava joined NWA Ballet Theatre as a principal dancer. During her time with NWA she excelled in her talents and performed in many classical ballets and developed a deep love for neoclassical ballets.


    This is Ava's first season with Paradosi and she is so excited to grow and learn within the ministry. Dance has been a form of praise, worship, and expression for Ava since she first started ballet as a child. She is looking forward to using art, not only in worship but as a way to share the forgiving love and redemption that comes through Jesus Christ!

  • EmmaLeah  Resleff

    Trainee

    Puyallup, Washinton

    EmmaLeah began taking ballet classes at the YMCA before continued her training at Surrendered School of Dance. Over the course of several years the Lord placed a passion in her heart for dance. Eventually a desire grew to use dance as a way to show Christ to others and glorify Him. EmmaLeah is excited to be a part of this ministry and see where this next season leads.

  • Hayden  Fong

    Trainee

    Roseburg, Oregon

    Hayden grew up in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, where she began dancing at age seven at Chitwood studio of dance. At a young age, God put a calling on her heart to use dance as a vessel for His love. Hayden loved to use use her gifts to choreograph dances for her church and community events throughout the years. After graduating and attending college for a year, God called her to be active in her pursuit of the passion He had laid on her heart. She moved to Washington to further her training at Paradosi's Christian studio, Surrendered school of dance, where she continued to grow during the next 2 years. She is so excited to be with Paradosi this season and to let God use her dancing for His glory!

  • Mikayla  Holmes

    Trainee

    Brush Prairie, Washington

    Mikayla began dancing at the age of three, but did not learn how dance can be worshipful and honoring to God until ten years later. Once she became a Christian, dance played a large role in her development as a young disciple. It taught her how disciplining her body and mind can be for the glory of Christ. While she found personal fulfillment in dance, she realized that it was also meant to be shared with others and serves as a unique ministry approach that goes beyond words, cutting straight to eye catching beauty and emotion. Mikayla dances, because it is her heart's desire to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

  • Jennifer  Anzilotti

    Trainee

    Wasilla, Alaska

    Jennifer started dancing at the age of twelve in a secular dance studio. As she trained in this environment, it has not occurred to her that dancing could be used as an act of worship. As Jennifer grew in her relationship with the Lord, her eyes were opened to the realization that she could worship God in every area of her life, not just through signing. Worshiping through dance for Jennifer is like a prayer when her lips cannot find the words to speak. Her hearts desire for her time with Paradosi is for the Lord to use her to lead people in worship and to open peoples hearts to the truth of the Gospel.

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTORS

While no longer active dancers in the touring company,

the following individuals continue to offer their creative talents to the ministry on a part-time basis.

  • SKYLAR KERWOOD

    Burke, Virginia

    Contributing Choreographer

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  • Bonnie Calvert

    Buckeye, Arizona

    Contributing Choreographer

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  • ROSHELLE HOWARD

    EUREKA, CALIFORNIA

    Contributing Choreographer

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