School Principal & Ballet Instructor
Paradosi Ballet Company Artist
Tabitha moved to Seattle from Albuquerque, New Mexico to join Paradosi and SSA this past summer. She began dancing at the age of 4 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 and has experience teaching at many different schools and volunteer programs. Tabi is also a company member with Paradosi Ballet Company.
Paradosi Ballet Company Artist
Katie began dancing for the Lord at her church when she was 8. At age 13 she began taking classical ballet lessons under the direction of Jutta Hardison; it was during this time of dedicated study that Katie realized she wanted to pursue dance. In 2008 she became a part of Willamette Apprentice Ballet, a pre-professional student company.
She danced with WAB over the next several years under the tutelage of Matthew
Averill, Irina Vassileni, and director, Megan Skinner. She knew she loved God and loved to dance but it wasn’t until she spent a summer with Ballet Magnificat! that she saw
how she could use this calling for Him. Katie continued her education of dance in 2011
by attending the School of Dance Studies through the University of the Nations as well
as joining Ad Deum Dance Company for their summer intensive in 2012. During this season she was able to cultivate her love of God and the arts and learn how to better serve Him through the ministry of dance. This year Katie will be dancing with Paradosi as a company artist. She is so excited to not only grow as a dancer but to use her passion for the glory of God. She will be serving as SSA’s School Administrator.
Advanced Ballet Instructor
Paradosi Ballet Company Artistic Director
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 is excited to see what the Lord is going to do
as she continues to follow the calling that the Lord has place on her life.
Paradosi Ballet Company Artist
At the age of 5 Larissa began dancing at Hosanna Dance Studio and studied ballet under Tiese Morgan, Nicole Elliot, and Jennifer Knight Dills. There she learned the art of dance with a heart of worship and began to understand the joy in using her gift of
dance for Gods glory. It is her passion today to serve God as an instrument of praise.
In Junior High she joined the Hosanna Dance Performing group and shared the love of Jesus through dance in the community for almost 5 years. During that time she had the opportunity to perform at churches, schools, retirement homes, local events and on Hollywood Blvd with Project Dance. After graduating Larissa continued training with Eugene Ballet Academy and also attended Ballet Magnificats Summer Dance Intensive for two years. It was there she realized that joining a ballet company focused on
ministry was where she felt called to be. Larissa is currently an apprentice with Paradosi Ballet Company and she is very excited to learn and grow as a servant of God, live by faith and continue dancing with a heart of praise.
Ballet & Contemporary Instructor
Satellite Campus Administrator
Paradosi Ballet Company Senior Apprentice
Anna began her dance training at the age of 10 at Dance Studio Workshop, later known as New Horizons Dance Alliance, under the direction of George C. Thomson. She continued her training there for four years, then went on to dance with Budzynski’s Studios of Ballet under the direction of Marilyn Budzynski along with other teachers such as Christine Jones, Heidi Cruz, Tara Keating and Alexei Charov. During the summers Anna attended dance intensives with various ballet companies including Ballet Magnificat!, American Ballet Theatre Detroit, and Joffrey Ballet School. Throughout high school, Anna was blessed to be given many teaching opportunities with Budzynski’s Studios of Ballet and also with The Conservatory of Music and Dance.
After graduating from high school, Anna went to Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida to study Dance Performance and Choreography. After attending school for a year, Anna realized that God had other plans for her life and she auditioned for Paradosi where she was accepted into the Paradosi Ballet Company Trainee Program that she graduated from in the Spring of 2015. Anna has now been accepted as an Apprentice with the touring company of Paradosi.
Paradosi Ballet Company Apprentice
Catherine started her ballet training at the age of 6 in the Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance's continuing education program. Catherine knew early on that ballet was her true passion and continued her training under Veronica Locks, Jennifer Bailey, Kylie Williams, Ashlee Persing, Beth Bennet, Thereza Byrce-Cotes, and Justine Pojanowaski. In 2011, she decided to expand her dance training and started taking modern classes with Shurrell Weibe, Ashlee Persing, and Yayoi Jones. During the summers of 2010 through 2013 Catherine attended Summer Dance Intensives at Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi and Ad Deum in Houston, Texas. It was while attending Ballet Magnificat!'s Summer Dance Intensives that Catherine discovered that she could use her passion for dance to glorify God and spread the gospel through dance. After graduating high school, Catherine enrolled at Tyler Junior College where she majored in dance for one year. Catherine also had the opportunity to teach ballet at Tyler Junior College during the spring semester of 2014. Catherine is now looking forward to bringing her training to SSA to teach and disciple the next generation.
Paradosi Ballet Company • Apprentice
Skylar started her ballet training at the age of 12 at Arts Revealing the Son in Edmond, Oklahoma. While at ARTS, Skylar received training in ballet and jazz under the direction of Sarah Shackford, Jessie Winters, Liz Hubbard, and Natalie Lewis. Skylar was also blessed by the opportunity to briefly dance with ARTS’ Junior Company. After moving to the Virginia/DC area in 2011, Skylar continued her dance training through high school at Northern Virginia Dance Academy. While there, she trained in ballet under Robin Conrad Sturm, Laura Goodwin, Camille Sellers, and Stephen Baranovics, and in Jazz and Modern under Robert Sturm. Skylar was also blessed with the experience of teaching ballet for two years to the students of St. Michael’s Academy. Skylar was privileged to dance for three years as a member of the Asaph Dance Ensemble, based out of Northern Virginia Dance Academy, under the masterful direction of Robin and Robert Sturm. Additionally, Skylar was inspired and challenged by attending the summer dance intensives of Ballet Magnificat! (2013), and Paradosi Ballet Company (2014).
Throughout her training, Skylar has realized God’s calling on her life for dance ministry. Pursuing God's calling, Skylar auditioned and was accepted into the trainee program at Paradosi for the 2015-2016 season. After graduating from the Trainee Program in the Spring of 2016 she was accepted into the touring company of Paradosi Ballet for the 2016/2017 touring season.
Paradosi Ballet Company Senior Apprentice
At the age of 4 Olivia started dance and gymnastics training with her sister. When she was 5 she was enrolled in dance classes at The Joy of Dance, a Christian ballet studio in Battle Ground, Washington. Over the next 14 years Olivia continued most of her training at The Joy of Dance. During her freshman year of high school, Olivia came to realize that no matter what she did with her life she wanted to glorify God first and foremost. In 2011 Olivia attended Ballet Magnificat's Summer Dance Intensive to further her training and to see another perspective of how God uses His people's talents to further His kingdom. Olivia graduated from the Paradosi Ballet Company Trainee program in the Spring of 2015 and has now joined the touring company of Paradosi for the 2015/2016 season. She is looking forward to what the Lord is going to do in and through her in the upcoming year of ministry.
Paradosi Second Year Trainee
Bonnie began her ballet studies at the age of 8 in the English style under the direction of Kelly Moul at Arizona Youth Ballet and Caroline Atkinson at Ballet Academy of Phoenix. Bonnie completed 9 years of examinations through the Royal Academy of Dance and was awarded the mark of “distinction" every year. During her 10 years of performing in The Nutcracker she danced many roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in 2011 and 2012. Bonnie began studying the Vaganova style at Master Ballet Academy, in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2013, under Slawomir and Irena Wozniak. In 2014, she danced in Phoenix Ballet’s productions of Graduation Ball and The Nutcracker as a member of their corps de ballet. Bonnie also danced for Southwest Ballet Theatre in their inaugural season under the direction of Melissa Hahne and Daniel Baudendistel. Bonnie has enjoyed many opportunities to teach ballet over the years, including starting and leading a worship dance ministry at her home church.
Hip Hop Instructor
Hannah started dancing at nine years old and has been in love with the beautiful art ever since. Not only is it a way to work through the some of the hardness of life, but a way to worship Jesus Christ and shine the love he has for his people on the world. Hannah loves being free to dance, and free to live for Jesus. She feels that Paradosi is an amazing opportunity to grow not only in dance, but in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It's a way to reach out to the community with love and an amazing message.