32. Guest: Nancy Paradis of LA Dance Moves

Season #1

Being a parent and building a dance career, let alone a business is not an easy thing. And it's not something talked about often enough in the dance world. Unintentionally this is the exact topic Nancy and I dove into first. And the conversation just flowed from there to also discuss how Nancy took advantage of the virtual platform during Covid, instead of shied away, and how that has helped her to get to where she is today. 

Nancy Paradis began her professional ballet career on the east coast performing with
the Washington Ballet with Mary Day. She then joined the Richmond Ballet as an
original member in its first year as a professional company, and was thrilled to perform
for four years. She also performed one season with The Louisville Ballet. As a principal
and soloist, she loved dancing a diversity of roles ranging from classical, neo-classical,
Balanchine and modern ballets.

In a pivotal career change, Nancy moved to Los Angeles where she performed in the
television and film industry, commercial and fitness market. After honing her craft as a
choreographer and instructor in ballet and jazz styles, she become adjunct dance faculty
at University of California Irvine, Loyola Marymount University and currently Moorpark

She is artistic director of her company LA Dance Moves, a very unique dance, music, art
and media company. Combining her passion for music by collaborating with composers,
she creates a new genre of performance art by weaving the composer and dancers into
each other’s lives. She shares inspiring works of the human spirit in her most recent
work, a feature documentary titled "Back to the Heart".

Nancy resides in Los Angeles with her husband Andre, a relationship coach and their two children who are attending college. Through her works of the human spirit, she is
determined to warm your heart and move your soul!


Episode Highlights:

  • The challenges & rewards of running a business and being a mother
  • Taking advantage of the virtual scene during Covid
  • Building a dance company and making it profitable
  • The different ways we can serve the dance community






Nancy Paradis - @ladance_moves
Audra Allen-Queen- @thedanceceocoach


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