Danica Paulos

(Huntington Beach, CA) began her dance training at Orange County Dance Center in southern California and also studied in Los Angeles with Yuri Grigoriev. She graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York and trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student. Ms. Paulos attended summer intensives at Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Juilliard School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin, Erika Pujic, Christian von Howard, and Kate Skarpetowska. Ms. Paulos received a Level 1 award as a YoungArts finalist by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In 2015, she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch.” Ms. Paulos was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2014.

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The Orange County Register - Alvin Ailey Dancer Returns Home To O.C.

All those years being driven by her grandmother back and forth on I-405 from her Huntington Beach home to dance practice in Santa Monica were worth it for Danica Paulos. She'll be among the principal dancers when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Costa Mesa for six performances this month, plus a free Arts Plaza performance, "Revelations Celebration," aimed at introducing audiences to some of the most iconic choreography from the company's famed founder.