For dancers ages 8 to 11 years
Paradigm is S1D2's non-competitive mini performance company for ages 8-11. This is Paradigm's first year under the artistic direction of Jessica Gallew and Ashley Lowman. S1D2 students volunteer and devote their time to rehearse and perform within the community, New York City, and at various dance conventions. Students audition in late spring to become a member within the company.
We strive for these young dancers to understand, master, and be challenged through the art of dance in a nurturing and positive atmosphere. We believe in finding one's inner fire and power through positive enforcement.
You can follow them on Instagram at @paradigmperfco.
2019/2020 Paradigm Company Auditions
When: Thursday, May 16th
- Ages 8-11 years old
- Must enroll in 3 or more classes next year (one of which must be BALLET)
Dancers must arrive 15-30 minutes early in order to sign their contract and receive their audition number.
Dancers must wear all black with their hair in a bun. Please bring all dance shoes.
A parent MUST be present to sign the contract prior to the start of the audition.
The 2019/2020 Calendar of Events will be available beforehand in order to see what commitments there will be in the upcoming year.
PLEASE NOTE: Anyone accepted into either company MUST enroll in at least one Summer Intensive.
Artists Simply Human 2019 (Philadelphia)
CONGRATULATIONS to our Parallel and Paradigm Performance Companies on their Special Awards and Scholarships awarded at Artist Simply Human (ASH) on January 23, 2019 in Philadelphia. Read more...
2018-2019 Paradigm Performance Company
Hi! My name is Sydnie, and I am a member of the Paradigm Performance Company and a dancer with S1D2. I am 10 years old and I am in 5th grade. I have an awesome family. I have a little sister named Scarlett, and she is 4 years old, plus 2 wonderful parents, Sallie and Dave. Scarlett is in intermediate pre-dance at the studio, and I remember when I was in that class. I have been dancing since I was 2 years old and have been at S1D2 going on 6 years.
I love to dance because when I am dancing, I can be me and no one will judge me. The studio has taught me to express my feelings through movement.
I do many types of dances, but my favorites are probably contemporary, tap and acro. I am very excited about the challenges that being a part of Paradigm will bring me. I’m excited to grow as a dancer and learn more about the creativity involved with this part of my life. It is also a necessity to me. Dance is in my blood and is my whole spirit.
Hi! I’m Shelby and I’m in 6th grade. I’m 12 years old and have been enrolled at S1D2 since I was 5 years old. I began in Beginner Pre-Dance and I now enjoy taking Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Acro classes. In addition to being in Paradigm, I help my awesome instructors by being a Studio Protege.
Dance is my passion and my happy place because I can dance how I feel and I can be me. No one will make you feel uncomfortable because here at S1D2 you are loved. When I grow up, I wanna be a dance teacher and get a College degree. I want to Thank my family and teachers for supporting me!!! S1D2 will bring you happiness, and I can’t wait to see what challenges come before me in Paradigm!!
My name Sydnee and I am eleven years old. This my second year at Step 1 Dance 2. I am enrolled in Jazz, Ballet & Contemporary dance classes as well as the Paradigm dance company.
My favorite form of dance is Contemporary. When I am not dancing or in school, I play field hockey for Shore Sticks, Team Chesapeake, and I swim for Sho’men Aquatics.
Hi! My name is Ava. I am 9 years old and in 4th grade. I started dance when I was 3 years old and have been dancing at S1D2 ever since. I love all forms of dance, but contemporary, ballet and hip hop are my favorites. I am thankful to be part of Paradigm and am excited to take dance to the next level.
I have 5 very important people in my family…a baby brother named Colin who is 3 and a big brother Ryan who is 12. Also, I have two wonderful parents, my mom and dad.
When I grow up…I want to be a dancer and an architect and maybe a nurse. I want to thank S1D2 for encouraging me to be a dancer and making it so fun!!!
Hi, my name is Gavin. I am 8 years old and in 3rd grade. I have been dancing ever since I was born. Dancing brings me happiness and it gives me a chance to make me feel ME.
I have been a part of S1D2 when it started in Kansas and when my mom re-opened it in Maryland. The studio has brought me great feelings and every year I get to make more friends at S1D2 that get to share in what we all love…DANCE.
I am excited about Paradigm and dancing on the stage with other Paradigm and Parallel members. That’s why I love dance so much!
Hi. My name is Ellie and I am 11 years old. This will be my 7th year dancing at Step 1 Dance 2. I love to dance! My mom always tells me that I have been dancing since I could walk and ever since then, it has been a huge part of my life.
My family is also a huge part of my life. My brother Ryan, who is 15, my sister Olivia, who is 18, and of course my two amazing parents, Julie and Brad. Ever since I started dancing, my whole family has been very supportive and I am so lucky to have them!
I am very excited to be a part of Paradigm and hopefully become part of Parallel in the near future. I love being a part of the dance studio because it feels just like home. Dance has taught me one very important lesson: be myself no matter what. To me, that is the most important lesson to learn.
Hi, my name is Ava. I am 11 years old, and have been dancing at S1D2 for 4 years now. I am taking Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, and Tap. I love S1D2 because the Instructors and Protoges are amazing, and always have a positive attitude. I also enjoy playing soccer, basketball, and swimming. My goal is to make the Parallel dance team next year.
Hi! I’m Isabel, and I’m a 5th grader. I’m 10 years old and have been in dance at S1D2 since I was five. Dance is my passion because I can dance how I feel. I can be me. No one judges or laughs at you at S1D2. I can’t wait to see what Paradigm brings me!
My name is Parker and I am in 4th grade. I love to dance, bake, and play tennis with my family. S1D2 has awesome instructors and is a lot of fun.
My name is Isabella, but my friends call me “Bella”. I have been dancing all of my life (though I have been attending actual dance classes since 2012). From the moment I started moving I started dancing. Making it into Paradigm has been and I’m sure will continue to be an amazing experience. I can’t wait to travel and experience different aspects of dance in different venues. When I’m not dancing, I love to play with friends, study hard, and spend time with my family.
My name is Emily. My dancing career began as a Little Mover at age 3 at Step 1 Dance 2. Now, five years later, I am still loving dancing at Step 1 Dance 2. This year I am taking Contemporary 3, Hip Hop 4, and Ballet 2. Contemporary is my favorite style of dance, but I love them all. I love learning the choreography for my dance classes and the different techniques needed to perform the dance. I am now 8 years old and in the third grade, and I am so excited to be a part of Paradigm!!! Dancing is one of my favorite things to do! When I am not dancing, I enjoy playing softball, going to the beach, playing with my friends, shopping, and spending time with my family.
Hi, my name is Brooke. I am 10 years old and in the 5th grade. I have been dancing since I was 3. I started dance at another area studio and then came to S1D2 in 2012 and have been here ever since. S1D2 is like a second family to me. It is a place I can come to and forget about everything else and just be me. The friendships I have made and continue to make have been wonderful. I look up to all the instructors. I have always wanted to be on the Parallel team, but I was too young. When I heard S1D2 made a new company, Paradigm, for my age, I knew I wanted to audition and I’m so happy that I made it! I love dance because it is so beautiful and a great way for me to show my feelings. I perform many types of dance including Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary, which is my favorite. I am so excited to continue at S1D2 and to be a part of Paradigm this year. I’m looking forward to all the adventures it will bring!
Hi. My name is Mckenzie, but everyone calls me Kenzie. I am 10 years old and in 5th grade. I started dancing at Step 1 Dance 2 Academy at the age of 3. I love everything about dance. My favorite style is contemporary, but I enjoy performing them all.
I am super grateful to be a part of Paradigm and share my passion with my team members. When I grow up, I plan to go to college and study dance. I want to teach others to dance just like Ms. Jess.
Dance is like breathing to me…it’s a necessity.
Hi! My name is Dylan. I am 10 years old and in the 5th grade. My 13 year old brother, Caden takes boys break dancing and my mom and dad (Kristin and Shawn) are very supportive. I started dancing at 1.5 years old with Sydnie. When I was 3, I had to have heart surgery and after, the doctors said that dancing was good for my heart. I started taking more classes, and I love them all. I don’t play favorites with my dance styles as they all make my heart happy. I love Step 1 Dance 2 because they make dance fun and are always full of positive vibes. The instructors and protégés always help, and they make it a place where boys want to dance too! My heart soars when I’m on stage, and my feet can’t stop moving when I’m off stage.