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Saige Henry

Trainee Intern

Lancaster, Ohio

Saige first developed a passion for dance at age 4 when she began taking ballet

classes at the YMCA. She continued taking classes at her local ballet studio as well as dancing at her church. At age 9 she had the opportunity to take classes at Ballet Met, and then had to stop dancing for a few years when her family went into full-time ministry. Later Saige danced at Eatonville Dance Center and continued dancing at her church. During her senior year of high school she studied dance through Paradosi’s Surrendered School of the Arts and loved the environment. Last year, Saige completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with Youth With a Mission and had the opportunity to travel to South Asia. It was during this time that she realized her calling was to dance. Upon returning from her DTS, Saige planned on attending a dance school with YWAM, but the school was cancelled. Thankfully, God had other plans for her and less than two weeks later she was offered an internship with Paradosi. Saige is very excited to serve Paradosi this year as an intern while furthering her dance training and honing the gifts God has given her.

Naomi Cedarleaf

Trainee

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Naomi began her dance training at the age of 13 in her hometown of Klamath Falls, Oregon. She knew from the very beginning that the art of dance was something that she wanted to use for God's glory. Over a 10 year period of training at Carla's... The Dancer's Studio and attending Ballet Magnificat's Summer Dance Intensive Naomi learned to whole-heatedly pursue worship through excellence in dance.

In December of 2014, God confirmed the call that He had placed on her life to become a missionary dancer when she was blessed with the opportunity to use dance to minister in Thailand. In March of 2015 Naomi found Paradosi Ballet Company online, and over the next three weeks watched in amazement as God opened doors for her to pursue her dream of dancing in ministry.

Naomi is excited to grow in her teaching abilities by serving as an apprentice teacher at SSA and is looking forward to the lessons God has planned for her during her time in Paradosi's Trainee Program.

Cassie Roddy

Trainee

Olalla, Washington

Cassie started dancing at “Just for kicks” at the age of three and was a part of “Dance Ally” for nine years. She also trained for a short season at Tacoma City Ballet. Cassie always loved to dance but after she married the love of her life:Noah Roddy in 2013, she felt that she would never be able to dance consistently again. After three years of off and on ballet training, Cassie took a leap of faith and auditioned for Paradosi’s Trainee program and was welcomed in whole-heatedly. Cassie feels that the Lord extended His grace in allowing her to become a part of Paradosi’s Trainee Program and to fulfill her heart's desire to continue to dance. (Matthew 7:11)

Cassie is thankful that this door for her to continue dancing has been reopened to her and hopes that this coming year she will bring glory to God through ballet and make the love of Jesus known to those who do not know Him.

Bonnie Calvert

Trainee

Phoenix, Arizona

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. She is excited to be joining Paradosi Ballet’s trainee program for their 2015/2016 season and is looking forward to seeing how the Lord will grow and shape her further during this season.

Abbey Morehead

Trainee

Jackson, Mississippi

Abbey began her dance training at the age of 3 in a small youth center dance program. In 2008, she furthered her training at RPM Dance under the instruction of Renee Mitchell and Carol Hinman. In 2010 Abbey moved to Stuttgart, Germany with her family where she continued to train under Rita Luzenburger of Ballet Schule Luzenburger, as well as with the late Hitomi Asakawa Haas, and former Stuttgart Ballet dancer SoniaSantiago. In 2013, Abbey moved to Jackson, MS to join the Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Program. She spent the next two years developing a passion for ministry and advancing her ballet training. Abbey is delighted to be continuing her training with Paradosi Ballet, and is honored to be serving the Lord through dance.

Aleeah Johnson

Trainee

Silverton, Oregon

At the age of four, Aleeah began her dance training at Stillpointe dance studio in Grants Pass, Oregon, where she studied under Penny King. She danced at Stillpoint for five years before her family moved to Vancouver Washington, where she joined the Academy of Washington State Ballet under the direction of Maricar Drilon And Russel Capps and was a part of their Junior Company for two years. In 2008 Aleeah joined Columbia Dance as a junior company member and then went on to join the company. She also danced with Northwest Classical Ballet. Aleeah has performed in the Nutcracker annually since the age of five and has danced in many other classical ballets including Giselle, Swan Lake,and Sleeping Beauty. She has had opportunity to dance in the Philippines and Hong Kong on a dance exchange program and competed at Youth American Grand Prix for the past two years. The realization that she could use her talent and love for dance to worship the Lord opened a whole new world to Aleeah that she never expected to experience. As a member of the Trainee Company of Paradosi Ballet Aleeah is looking forward to growing in her walk with Christ and in fellowship with other believers as she pursues excellence in her dance.

Roshelle Howard

Trainee

Eureka, California

Roshelle first started dancing at the age of four at Trillium Dance Studios in Arcata, California, where she studied under Erin Mckeever and Islay Dillon-Ogden. While at Trillium she was a member of the Trillium Dance Jr. Ensemble and then later was asked to join the studio's company, Trillium Dance Ensemble. Roshelle attended Ballet Magnificat's summer intensive in 2015, and loved the demonstration of how dance could be used to worship, minister, and serve the Lord. In the fall of 2015 she felt the Lord calling her to audition for Paradosi Ballet Company, where she was accepted into the Trainee Program’s 2016/2017 season. Roshelle is excited to see how the Lord will grow her further through this season.

Hannah Methven

Trainee

Wasilla, Alaska

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.

Maggie Rowland

Trainee

Sedalia, Colorado

Maggie has been dancing since she was five years old, when she thought dancing was a normal part of life and that everyone participated. She did not realize how much she truly loved to dance until she moved and had to stop for two years. Returning to dance in 2011, Maggie decided this was something she wanted to pursue, not because it was normal, but because she was passionate about it. She had a dream to become a professional ballerina one day and dance forever. In 2014, however, Maggie felt like the Lord was asking her to give up her dream to dance professionally. Angry and confused, Maggie struggled for a year with surrendering her dearest desire before finally giving it to God, and He did not leave her empty handed. God asked Maggie to use her gift to glorify and worship Him alone. In the years since, Maggie has been gradually learning to worship and minister through this beautiful art form, where her joy and passion for Jesus and dance have grown immensely. Maggie is very excited to further her worship of the Lord and share the gift of dance through training with Paradosi!

Kirsten Marshall

Trainee

Torrance, California

Kirsten feels that dance is a beautiful expression of the inner heart. She knows of no better way to express His goodness than by dancing! She feels tremendously blessed to be able to use the gift of dance that God has given her to be able to worship Him fully with every fiber of her being. Kirsten believes that dance is an incredible catalyst not only for worship, but also for connecting with an audience to communicate God's love and the gospel.

Kirsten thinks that Paradosi has a beautiful heart for the kingdom and she's honored to be a part of this ministry. She loves being surrounded by like-minded believers with one goal: to dance excellently for Jesus because He is so worthy. Kirsten is excited to see how God will continue to transform her life by being a part of this ministry as well as how He uses her for His glory!

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

~1 Timothy 4:8

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