For dancers ages 8 to 12 years
Paradigm is S1D2's non-competitive mini performance company for ages 8-11. This is Paradigm's second 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.
(l. Ashley Lowman and r. Jessica Gallew)
Artists Simply Human (ASH) Nationals 2019
Congratulations to our Parallel, Paradigm, and S1D2 Dancers on an incredible, unforgettable, FUN, and invigorating week at Artists Simply Human NATIONALS in Orlando, Florida.
Our dancers danced Monday thru Saturday vigorously and came home Winners of 1st Place Group Awards, 2nd Place Awards for Solo’s and Duo’s, and our graduated Senior and now Alumni Cameryn Kelly, was awarded to be a Member of The ASH Company to tour with them in their 2019/2020 Season!
Our dancers were on FIRE, they worked extremely hard several long hours of the day, and are coming home more professional, more experienced and award winners on every level. We are ready to grow more on our performance and confidence abilities to take on this art form! These S1D2 Dancers are TRUE ARTISTS THRU AND THRU!
Thank you to everyone who supported, fundraised, donated and helped with every effort to help these truly fantastic kids have a chance to help their dance abilities grow and flourish. We are utterly grateful beyond belief to have such a great community to help us get there and make these dreams a reality!
We are already in the works gearing up already for our Next Dance Season and are eager and excited to completely BRING IT!!!
Thank you families for your continued support, love and believing in these dancers. The support means more to them than you know!
Shine your light,
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...
2019-2020 Paradigm Performance Company
Hi. My name is Sydnie and I am 11 years old soon to be 12. I started dancing at S1D2 in 2013 and have been inspired over the years to try many different styles of dance. This is my second year performing with Paradigm and I am so excited to continue to grow with my Paradigm family!! There’s a lot to love about being a company member but the experience to dance and learn from guest choreographers as well as the challenge of stepping out of your comfort zone has to be a high point for me. The passion I have for dance is too deep for me to try and describe, but i can’t imagine life without it. I play field hockey as well and it helps keep my body strong.
My lifelong dream is to grow in my dance to a point where I can be a teacher as well as an inspiration to young kids the way I’ve been inspired by all of my teachers.
Dance is the joy of movement and the heart of life.
Hi! My name is Ava. I am 11 years old and in 5th 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 4 and a big brother Ryan who is 13. 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 9 years old and in 4th 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!
Everyone that joins the companies always bring their own positive energy too make other people feel good. It’s a family environment.
Hi, my name is Isabel, I am in 6th grade and I am 11 years old. This is my 2nd year in Paradigm. My passion is to be a great dancer, and I dance a lot of different styles. They are hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, and contemporary. I have been dancing at S1D2 Academy for 8 years now. Over the past year, I have been so inspired by Paradigm. It has allowed me to travel, meet and learn from different artists. I am so grateful to have amazing friends and be able to dance. When I grow up I want to be a dancer. Why walk when you can dance?
I have been a member of Paradigm for 2 years and I love to dance. Being able to express my feelings thru movement is the best part. My favorite part of Paradigm is that we have a lot of fun doing it, the dances are unique, and I just love them. I am 11 years old, and I am proud to be a company member.
My name is Emily. My dancing career began as a Little Mover at age 3 at Step 1 Dance 2. Now, six years later, I am still loving dancing at Step 1 Dance 2. This year I am taking Contemporary 3, Hip Hop 4, Ballet 3, and Jazz 3. 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 9 years old and in the fourth-grade. Dancing is my favorite thing to do! Dancing allows me to express myself through movements and styles. I would love one day to go to a dance college and become a professional dancer or a studio owner or choreographer and dance teacher.
I am so excited to be a returning member on Paradigm! I am looking forward to all the new experiences, friendships, and dancing that this new season will bring!!
Hi, my name is Brooke (a.k.a. Brookie) and I am in the 6th grade. This is my 2nd year of being a member of the Paradigm Performance Company, but I have been dancing at S1D2 since 2012. S1D2 is like a second home to me and everyone there is like family. S1D2 is a place I can come to and forget about everything else and just be me and not be judged. The friendships I have made and continue to make have been wonderful and I look up to and admire all the instructors. I love dance because it is a beautiful way for me to express my feelings. I perform many types of dance including Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary, which is my favorite. Being on Paradigm has given me the opportunity to experience great dance conventions in places like NYC, Philly, and Florida because of the many fundraising events that our team has held. Thank you if you are that someone that has helped support our team. I am very grateful. I am so excited to continue at S1D2 and to be a part of Paradigm again this year. I look forward to more amazing learning experiences, fun filled memories, and all the adventures it will bring!
Hi. My name is Mckenzie, but everyone calls me Kenzie. I am 11 years old and I am in the 6th grade. I started dancing at Step 1 Step 2 Academy at the age of 3. I love everything about dance. My favorite style is hip hop 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 dance and study to be a doctor. I would love to teach dance just like Miss Jess and Miss Ashley.
Everybody can dance but it’s the passion and desire that makes a dancer.
Hi! My name is Dylan. I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade. My 14 year old brother, Caden takes boys break 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 undergo heart surgery and shortly afterwards, the doctors said that dancing was good for my heart. I started taking more classes, and I love them all. I don’t choose favorites with my dance styles as they all make me and my heart happy. This year I became a protege so now I get to help teach classes and I love it! I can encourage others and share my love for dance. This year is my second year as a Paradigm member. I love being a performance company member because I get to learn dances and meet new choreographers. My heart soars when I’m on stage, and my feet can’t stop moving when I step off the stage.
Hi, my name is Kayla. My friends call me K-K. I was born here in Maryland. I am 9 years old. I have been dancing since I was 2 years old. This is my first year in Paradigm and I am beyond excited to be part of this amazing group. When I first started dancing I fell in love with it. I also like arts, math, soccer, spending time with my family and making new friends. One of my goals this year is to never stop believing in myself and to do my best in every single way.
Hi! I’m Madeline. I am 10 years old and have been dancing with S1D2 since I was 2 1⁄2 years old. I love to dance, because I can create art through movement. I love how S1D2 staff always encourage us to create our own emotions through dancing. This is my first year with Paradigm and I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful group. I’m always excited to learn new routines, so I’m very excited about working with Paradigm this year. I love to dance, read, theatre/sing, imagine, and anything to do with art. Cats are amazing!!
My name is Isabella. I am in sixth grade and this is my ninth year dancing. This is my first year as part of the Paradigm Dance Company and I am so excited! I just love my studio and team beyond words. Outside of dance, my hobbies are soccer, singing, acting, cooking, baking, and reading. I also enjoy spending time with my sisters, parents, and au pair Sophie.
Hi, my name is Delaney and I am 8 years old. My first dance class was at S1D2, Mommy and Me, when I was 18 months old and I have been dancing here ever since! In May 2019, I was excited to finally be old enough to audition for Paradigm and even more excited when I became a company member. I love to dance, but I also love hanging out with my sister, Aubrey, playing lacrosse and taking lessons with Fiddle, my favorite horse! I love the different styles of dance I get to learn as a company member. My favorite thing about being a company member is making new friends and getting to dance with them!
Hello, my name is Christopher, and I am 10 years old. I like to play sports including football, basketball, baseball, and dance. I have been dancing for 5 years not including this year which is my 6th. The dances I do are Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. My favorite dance is Hip Hop because I can show my passion and I love having fun with my friends and having a good time. I love Paradigm because I like everyone in there and I love to have the opportunity that all the teachers gave me to be on a competing team going to ASH, AIM, and Nationals.