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More About Paisley

Paisley Vaughn is an Alabama native, born November 16, 1986. She attended performing arts camps at the age of four and attended Saint John Resurrection Catholic School from pre-k through fourth grade. She auditioned for the school's Christmas play at age six, where Mrs. Judy Crump, the choreographer, also a dance instructor of Alabama Dance Theater, noticed her natural talent. She recommended Paisley take a ballet class at the dance school. Paisley loved it and began building her foundation in the arts.


At age nine, she was casted as a munchkin in Alabama State University Theatre Production, "The Wiz." The following year, the university did an encore of the production by popular demand; and she wanted to be casted as a primary dancer. She asked permission to audition for the age specific role and was casted for that production and then asked to perform for three other future productions. Amongst college drama students, Paisley developed a respect for the arts, a passion for dance and a love for acting. She continued her primary education her 5th grade year at Chisolm Elementary, and then began her magnet school experience at Forest Avenue Magnet Elementary the following year. Paisley attended Baldwin Magnet Junior High her seventh grade year as a drama student and graduated as a Baldwin Magnet Show Choir Showstopper. During her eighth grade year, she was also casted as a secondary on the hit Lifetime Show, "Any Day Now."


Shortly after, Paisley auditioned and was accepted into the BTW Dance Department under Gary Moore. Ms. Vaughn received an advance diploma with a concentration in Dance from Booker T. Washington Magnet High in May 2005. During high school she taught dance at two summer performing arts camps annually, TAPS and Camp 3T. She continued to study at nationally acclaimed dance and theatre intensives, including the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.


While attending Alabama State University, she served two years as head choreographer and one year as a Student/Faculty liaison of the Eclectic Dance Company as the youngest co-founder. She became a Stingette dancer with the Alabama State Marching Hornets 2007-2008 as well.


Paisley received four awards for her work at the university ranging for Most Outstanding Freshman to the Bertha Martin award, the university's highest award given for overall performance and academia in the College of Arts and Sciences. Paisley received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in May 2009.


Paisley has trained at varies intuitions including; Chicago Ballet, Deeply Rooted, Alvin Ailey, Atlanta Ballet, Dance 411, Millennium Dance Duplex Los Angeles, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, and Edge Performing Arts Center. She journeyed to Italy in June 2009 for a five- city European tour. The following November, Paisley received a four-city tour in Japan. In February 2010, she received a 17-country, six- month contract with Princess Cruise lines. On that tour, Ms. Vaughn received agency offers, which encouraged the move to Los Angeles, California.


Three months after her move, Paisley signed with a dance agency and commercial agency. Paisley's movie credits include TNT’s Honeydripper with Danny Glover and Sean Patrick Thomas, Disney’s Rosa Parks Story with Angela Bassett and Cicely Tyson, and Burt Wonderstone with Jim Carey and Steven Carell. Her stage credits as an actress include Jitney as Rena, Smokey Joes Café as Delee, Jesus Christ Superstar as a Soul Girl, and Othello as Bianca. Her stage credits as a dancer include Black Nativity,  MTV VMAS Brooklyn 13 (televised), and the NAACP Theatre Awards. Paisley's music videos credits include Beyoncé’s "Run the World," Robin Thicke's "Give it 2U," and Tony Braxton's" Long as I Live."


Her television credits include Harry’s Law, Franklin and Bash, 90210, Last Man Standing, and Glee.  She is also a 2015 BTW/CPAC Alumni Award recipient.


Paisley serves as  a guest choreographer and an education engagement specialist in varies school districts, universities, and studios. Her dance company, Dance With Paisley offers dance theatre workshops, dance intensives, specialty classes and professional advisory.


Paisley became a mom in January 2015, to a little guy name Luke. Summer 2015, Paisley launched her dance intensive program, Dance With Paisley. The programs offers a variety of dance classes, dance theatre workshops, dance intensives, sensory and movement classes, and industry workshops,


Her specialty classes can be brought to a studio near you with a 10 person minimum registration per request. Paisley educates, enrich, and encourages everyone to reach their peek potential.  


She graduates with M.ED studies in June 2022 and will continue with her doctoral studies in 2023. 

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