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Daily Inspiration: Meet Abby & Erick Paul

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abby & Erick Paul. Them and their team share their story with us below:

“In the fall of 2008, we found each other.”

Abby of Lake Orion, Michigan, and Erick, of Seattle, Washington were performance partners with a professional touring company that was traveling across Europe. “I knew the first person that would ask me to slow dance someday was going to be my husband,” Abby told her friend Erin in high school. Years later on a night out with the company cast and crew in Malaga, Spain, Erick held out his hand and asked her to dance. The tone of the night was written from a storybook. A live band serenaded the cast while these two danced under the stars in an outdoor venue. A perfect night ignited a romantic fire in an unlikely couple. These two opposite personalities pursued their love for dance and ventured to Hollywood to continue their training and careers. With big dreams, grit, and passion they have traveled all over the world performing, teaching, and directing. Their main focus has always been to meet and connect with communities and people from around the world.

“For the past 15+ years, we’ve been immersed in the world of performing arts. Our experiences have taken us around the world and we bring that world-class knowledge to every creative project we are involved in. Our goal as instructors and leaders is to encourage and motivate people into truly believing they are capable of more than they could ever dream.” – A+E

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge to date was when the world deemed our entire industry/profession unessential. We knew we were in trouble when concerts, live events, & broadway all went dark. How could we continue to help reach out to people using our gifts & talents? From this thought, we created the AE Training Center. An online platform that connects industry professionals to aspiring artists on a personal level. These are 1 on 1 live virtual sessions that connect the industry leader to anyone in the world. We offer classes in 4 genres: Dance, Music, Acting, & Health/Wellness. Although our industry went dark in 2020, we truly believe there has been birthed a creative renaissance, a spark of hope.

Balance is the key ingredient in maintaining a healthy life! Running a company with your spouse can be very challenging and we’ve noticed on many occasions that we need to intentionally create space to do non-work activities to keep our relationship healthy. We’ve both learned the hard lesson that over-productivity does not equate to success. As creatives, we find that over-productivity tends to diminish the quality of our work. Saving space for play awakens the child-like imagination in all of us.

Adding a child into the mix is hard as shit. We have made the decision to welcome our daughter along with us into this adventurous lifestyle. Of course, we fight and have ups and downs like everyone else but we find that immersing her in new places and meeting new communities is well worth our small struggles.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
We are choreographers that wear multiple hats. When it comes to the world of dance & performance art, there is so much to explore through movement. Together, we share a wide range of knowledge in various genres of choreography. We have worked on music videos, television shows, live industrial events, stage plays, and musical theatre. We are most proud of our work with young people. We love to mentor young students and encourage their passions into realities.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Erick was a wild child with energy for days. He was the type of student that could never keep still in a classroom. He loved Michael Jackson, Superheroes, and larger-than-life personalities. After trying his hand in multiple sports during school, dance was the only one that really ignited that spark that was waiting to come out.

Abby was shy and reserved during her school years but had a passion to create. With a love of choreography, Abby would often gather friends and neighbors to perform on porch fronts and living rooms in her self-made shows and routines.

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Spencer Lee, Cheyenne Boivin.

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