Arts, Culture, and Humanities

PARADOSI CHRISTIAN BALLET

Sharing the love of Jesus through dance, drama, and personal witness.

aka Paradosi Ballet Company & Surrendered School of Dance   |   Tacoma, WA   |  http://www.paradosiballet.org

Mission

Worship God, Love People, Share the Gospel, and Make Disciples of Jesus Everywhere We Go!

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Jeff Bischoff

Main address

4020 S 56th Street Suite 105

Tacoma, WA 98409 USA

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Formerly known as

Surrendered School of the Arts

EIN

26-0868264

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Ballet (A63)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We want everyone to have a life giving and life changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Christian Evangelism Through Dance

Paradosi shares the love of Jesus Christ through dance, drama, and personal witness around the U.S. and internationally. The ministry uses dance as a draw to create opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus and the dancers personal testimonies from the stage. Paradosi also presents original story ballets and worship services that share Biblical truths to both uplift followers of Jesus and to open the eyes of non-believers to the immense love of God.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Christians

Paradosi runs a school of dance, Surrendered School of Dance, offering classes to students from the age of 3 through adult.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

Paradosi runs a trainee program for individuals ages 18+ who wish to utilize ballet in Christian ministry. Students undergo vigorous ballet training, Bible study, specialized ministry training, and participate in volunteer and outreach opportunities within the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Christians

Each summer Paradosi hosts a one to two-week summer dance intensive for students ages 11 to 24 in Tacoma, Washington. The goal of the summer dance intensive is to provide training opportunities for young dancers in a Christian environment where they can continue to grow as artists and learn how to use their gifts to glorify the Lord. The SDI is open to Christians and non-Christians with an understanding that there will be chapels, Christian speakers, and Bibles studies that all will be participating in during the intensive. The intensive draws students from across the United States and Internationally.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Students

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

To glorify Jesus, of the Christian Bible, and make Him known to the world.

We are ministers of the Gospel first and dancers second. Our goal is to share God's love and message of salvation through Jesus wherever a door is opened. Additionally we are called to educate the next generation of dancers in how to use their gifts to glorify the Lord and to make Him known. We accomplish our goals through a full-time touring ballet company that uses dance as an evangelism tool and to lead worship around the world. Our next area of operation is through a vocational trainee program for dancers out of high school who want to continue growing as artists while learning how to use their gifts in ministry settings. We also have a dance school as a local outreach taught by the dancers from the touring and trainee company that offers classes for students ages three through adult with campuses in Tacoma, Orting, and Gig Harbor in Washington State.

Paradosi Christian Ballet was founded in 2007 in a small one room studio in Edgewood, Washington. Over the years the ministry has continued to grow and now occupies a 6,200 square foot facility in Tacoma with satellite campuses in Orting and Gig Harbor. As we continue to be faithful to the calling that the Lord has placed upon us, He continues to open doors for the ministry to flourish both locally and around the globe.

As a ministry, we may never know the full impact that we will have on our Heavenly Father's kingdom. We only know how we have helped those to come to a relationship with God through testimonies received from individuals, churches, and other ministries. We can only judge our success based upon the longevity of the ministry and God's continued blessing on the work that we do through doors being continuously opened for Paradosi to minister, the ministry drawing an increased number of qualified dancers with a heart for ministry, and the growth of the student population in our school.

Since 2007 Paradosi has danced and shared the Gospel of Jesus in 17 states across the US and embarked on international outreach tours in Europe in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2020. In 2011 Paradosi started a trainee program that graduates an average of five dancers per season to either serve in Paradosi's touring company or with other ministries. In 2009 Paradosi started its dance school, Surrendered School of Dance in a small studio in Edgewood. The school now has a main studio in Tacoma offering over 6,000 sure feet of instructional space with four additional satellite campuses spread across the south Puget Sound in Tacoma, Orting, and Gig Harbor in Washington. The school teaches an average of 170 students per year. In 2013 Paradosi started hosting summer dance intensives that draws students each summer from across the US and Internationally to Tacoma, Washington to participate in intensive dance training and discipleship.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys, suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PARADOSI CHRISTIAN BALLET

Board of directors
as of 8/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Rabb

Michael Rabb

Whitewater Church and A&M Studios

Trista Wolcott

Olive Crest

Jeff Bischoff

President - Non-Voting

Sam Wolcott

Liberty Mutual Insurance and Nations Foundation

Kim Archambeau

Keller Williams Realty

Amanda Pigott

Alpine Dance Academy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/20/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

Christian Evangelism, Christian ministry, ballet, art, dance, worship