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Debbie Durham

Trainee Director

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.

Tabi Spurlin

Assistant Trainee Director, SSA School Principal, & Paradosi Ballet Company • Touring Company Artist

Tabitha 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.

Tabitha 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 as a ministry after seeing Toymaker’s Dream. This calling 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. Tabitha is so thankful and excited to have the opportunity to act in obedience to God’s calling with Paradosi where she hopes to act justly, love mercy and dance humbly.

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