We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Paradis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
My name is Nancy Paradis, Artistic Director of LA Dance Moves. and I introduce to the world a new genre of performance art. This is for the visionaries; dancers and musical artists alike, who can intimately share their stories of love, life, pain, and triumph through both sight and sound. The mission is to Inspire by touching the heart and illuminating the soul.
The work I do through my company LA Dance Moves is to touch people and inspire them through dance, music, art and excellence. We can all use this, especially now in these difficult times.
We invite you to watch our latest works so you can enjoy this unique and visceral experience.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been teaching dance privately and as an adjunct professor for 30 years, and have been choreographing works for the last 20 years.
I started producing my own works 7 years ago with the vision of collaborating composers, dancers and art in a whole new way. It took many years but I created my “Dream Concert” just this past August where all these components were present, in addition to a live filming with a sold out audience.
There were many obstacles and uncertainties, but in order to share your story with the world, you have to tell it! I’m proud of creating this new art that touches my audiences both in live performance and through film production.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of the most fun places to visit in LA are places of history. You could bring them to the original Batman Mansion in Pasadena and also to the “Bat Cave” which is a bit hidden from public but searchable. Day 2 you could visit downtown Los Angeles and LA River where the Grease street race was filmed, as well as visit Venice High School where most of Grease was filmed.
Another day you could visit Marylyn Monroe’s gravesite in the heart of Hollywood, and then visit the Beverly Hills Hotel for a glass of wine.
There are so many great restaurants, but one in particular is Miceli’s Italian Restaurant in LA where singing waiters serve your dinner! So fun!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people who deserve credit in my story. First is to my husband Andre Paradis and both our kids, who know how passionate I am about creating and providing work to dancers, musicians and artists and support my dream.
I started truly embracing my community and I’d like to give recognition to all who “have my back” and believe in me:
@Ballerinas of Los Angeles, @BalletProject.tv, @socalballetscene, @SBCC Santa Barbara Civic College @MoorparkcollegePAC @Dance Resource Center and @Kyle Wilson with my first publication: Bringing Value, Solving Problems and Leaving a Legacy
Black and White Photography Credit: Scott Edwards Photography @sedwardsphoto
Color Headshots: Deborah Hanock Photography @deborahhanock