I’m Pattie Obey a master dance teacher and choreographer living in Delray Beach, Florida
I am a committed professional bringing over 40 years of experience, creativity, passion, and humor to the teaching profession.
A Chicago native and the daughter of a dancer, my professional career began at 16 years of age touring internationally with Gus Giordano’s Jazz Dance Chicago. Performance credits both in the USA and abroad includes Broadway musicals, films and television. My personal style is greatly influenced by my mentor Gus Giordano, former Hubbard Street artistic director Lou Conte, jazz master Matt Mattox and my own elegant and powerful femininity. I credit my extensive classical background to the fabulous training I received with ex-Royal ballet soloists Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay.
I have had the pleasure to be on guest faculty at The Harid Conservatory, Boca Raton, Florida and on faculty at Boca Ballet Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. I have also mentored for “1st Step” an outreach program serving the Boca Raton, Florida community.
I love coaching young talented dancers to ensure their success for middle school, high school, university fine arts programs and professional ballet competitions.
I have shared my expertise as a lecturer at Chapman University, Orange, California and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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I have always loved to travel and have had the opportunity to teach at numerous dance festivals in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Finland and Mexico. I am a master teacher for Dance Educators of America’s Teacher Training Program, Dance Masters of America and Regional Dance America. I have been an Artist in Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah and the University of Performing Arts in Tilburg, The Netherlands where I resided for 28 years.
I have taught master classes for countless, universities, colleges, dance companies and eminent dance studios in 37 states and 16 countries.
My choreography has been set on LaJazDanz Company, Ormao Dance Company, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Houston Met Dance, Jazz Dance Theatre, Boca Ballet Theatre, Illusionists’ Ted and Marion Outerbridge, The Playhouse Dance Company at Point Park University and Pori Dance Company in Pori, Finland to name a few.
Dance Magazine proclaims me as being “Dance Teacher Extraordinaire”. And Dance Studio Life Magazine as “The Leading Lady in Jazz”.
In 1992, I was the first woman to teach at the Jazz Dance World Congress and have been on the roster of master teachers ever since.
I am honored to be the recipient of the “2000 Jazz Dance World Congress Award”, in recognition of my considerable contribution to the world of jazz dance.