Daija Paradis

Why do you teach?

I teach because I am a helper by nature. I want to have a positive influence on the next generation, give kids the foundations they need to succeed, and help them gain self confidence. The “a-ha” moment when students finally get a step or combination correct after working on it for a while is my favorite thing to see.

Your favorite dance moment?

I was so happy when I attended The Pulse On Tour convention in Boston for my second time and got a scholarship for money off the next year’s tuition. Knowing that someone noticed me out of a room with hundreds of dancers definitely motivated me to push myself harder!

Why you teach at DSOM?

Trish asked me if I wanted to be an instructor after dancing under her supervision for a full season with the Maine Red Claws, and it was an easy decision! The staff here is incredible and super knowledgeable about their craft, and the studio has a family-like environment which makes it very comfortable.

Personal Fun Fact

I was born in Alaska!

How long have you been teaching and dancing?

I’ve been dancing since I was 8 years old, starting at Jazz Tappin Dance Academy. I was an assistant teacher for 5 years through junior high and high school. In college, I participated in Dance USM, a theater production at my college, and have been dancing for the Maine Red Claws dance team for two seasons. This is my first year being an instructor!

Message to my students:

At the end of the day, it’s not all about getting everything perfect. What matters is how hard you tried and how dance makes you feel. Dance class is a place for growth, learning, and self expression.