/Dance/

Lucas Parada


Lucas

Lucas was born in Chicago Illinois, and raised on the beaches of Cape Cod, MA. At 10 years old, his mother lovingly forced him into his first hip-hop class at a local studio, and it was love at first class. He began training seriously in classical as well as street dance styles, pursuing any and every bit of wisdom he could soak in. His training in dance led him to both vocal and theatrical endeavors. Lucas performed as “Randolph” for a local production of “Bye Bye Birdie” by the time he was in 7th grade. In high school, Lucas was lucky enough to perform at Carnegie Hall with his chorus under the direction of Alison Beavan. At 18 Lucas moved to Tucson Arizona, to study ballet, modern, and jazz under the direction of the University of Arizona’s prestigious faculty. At the age of 19 he received an offer to join Jaci Royals LA based contemporary dance company: Royal Flux Dance, and shortly there after he took a leap of faith, moved to LA, and started his career.

Whilst training and performing under Jaci, Lucas poured his heart into the city of LA and studied with many LA teachers at Debbie Reynolds, Movement Lifestyle, and Edge PAC. It was not long before he began to work for renown choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Megan Lawson, Matt Cady, Tessandra Chavez, Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Ezralow, and many others. With a healthy mix of styles under his belt, he has been able to dance for A-List artists such as Katy Perry, and also continue to pursue concert-dance projects, such as the Internationally recognized dance show: Pearl, which has toured the US, Canada, and China. Most recently, Lucas danced on Disney’s national tour of Disney Junior Holiday party under the direction of both Scotty Nguyen and Amy Tinkham. Now living in NYC, Lucas is passionately pursuing his dream of being on Broadway, and hopes to continue to allow his art to guide him on his path.

Outside of performing, Lucas is a 800hr certified yoga teacher and practices regularly. He is working toward a BS in political science. He also spends time producing music, loves to be outdoors, and aspires to always be creating random moments of magic with friends and family. Whenever the seas get a little rough, Lucas likes to live by the following phrase: “Life is not meant to be climbed like a ladder, but rather played like a symphony. So if you always spend your time climbing and looking up, you’ll miss the opportunity to stop and look at the beautiful view around you… don’t forget to take it all in.”

Read more