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administrative staff

Meet the staff behind the scenes:

Jeff ßischøff

Director of Operations & Creative Director

jeff@paradosiballetcompany.com

Jeff has been a lifelong artist, entrepreneur, and devout follower of Christ. Throughout his life he has served in various roles within ministry as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Group Leader, and fill-in Pastoral Assistant. Jeff has lived a very diverse life in the arts and business worlds exploring different avenues as opportunities and ideas presented themselves. He joined Paradosi in January of 2012 to film a documentary and after seeing how the Lord was using Paradosi to reach the lost, open hearts, and to tear down walls he felt called to continue serving in the ministry full-time after the projects completion. Jeff is now joyfully giving back to the Lord through the gifts that were given to him through his service in this ministry.

Samantha Harikian

Artistic Director

samantha@paradosiballetcompany.com

At age 10, Samantha began her dance training with Christopher and Francoise Doyle at Severance Conservatory. At 13, she continued her training under the direction of Jasmin Kloos, Margaret Hord, Jimmy Hao, and Carla Stallings-Lippert. She also studied modern with Cristal Tiscareno, and flamenco with Eva Gosselin. After High School, Samantha moved to Jackson, MS to join Ballet Magnificat's! Trainee Program where she spent two years under the instruction of Jiri and Cassandra Voborsky, Nissa Kilman, and Jennifer Collado. During her time there, the Lord grew and matured her to use dance as worship.

Samantha joined Paradosi in 2012 and has taken on additional responsibilities over the years leading class, rehearsals, and choreographing pieces for the company. She is excited to continue to serve in the ministry and to be used by the Lord to further the artistic vision of this ministry.

Debbie Durham

Trainee Director

debbie@paradosiballetcompany.com

Debbie began her dance training with the Joan Shelton School of Ballet in Wenatchee, Wa. at the age of ten. She performed with Wenatchee Civic Ballet for 8 years. During this time she trained in the summers on scholarships with Richard England, Robert Joffrey of The Joffrey Ballet and the San Francisco School of Ballet. Upon graduating from high school Debbie received a full Ford Foundation scholarship to the San Francisco School of Ballet. She moved to San Francisco and trained under Anatol and Madame Vilzak, and the founders of the San Francisco Ballet Company, Harold and Lew Christiansen.

Debbie gave her life to the Lord her senior year in high school so after dancing with the S.F. Ballet Company in their production of “The Nutcracker” in 1972 she felt led of the Lord to return to Wenatchee. There she began using her talents to glorify the Lord by starting a dance ministry and toured with Bethesda Christian Center’s orchestra and choir to Europe and Israel as well as many places in the U.S. for the next 7 years. Debbie also began her own ballet school training all ages for 12 years before moving to the Seattle area. Debbie is privileged and excited to have the opportunity to be involved with Paradosi’s Trainees during this new season.

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