Patricia Strauss has cast an impressively wide net in the world of dance and performing arts. As a dancer, teacher, performer, and choreographer, she has lent her talent and grace in the realms of classical, modern, jazz ballet and Broadway musicals. Having successfully produced and directed nationally for companies, shows and events, Ms. Strauss has also been charged with leading and directing a variety of programs for dance schools.
As either a soloist or principal dancer, Partricia performed with several prominent companies: Les Ballet-Jazz of Montreal, Minnesota Dance Company, Rondo Dance Theater, Joyce Trislers’ Dance Company, and Het-National Ballet of Holland’s Opera Ballet. Ms. Strauss danced with the Alvin Ailey Apprentice Company and was invited by late great Paul Taylor to understudy repertoire.
Patricia is well known for her precision teaching skills. Many young dancers have received her fine training in major schools of dance including Ballet Orlando, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Chicago Studio Company, Sarasota Ballet Pre-Professional Division and trainees, Diane Partington School of Classical Ballet and International Ballet of Florida.
Ms. Strauss acted as either a resident or guest teacher for the Lafayette Ballet, School of Richmond Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Walt Disney World, Audre Mendel & Jurgen Schneider’s Vaganova Seminar, Lake Michigan College, Urdang Academy of London, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet Eddy Toussaint, Ballet Florida, Harvard University and Harvard Ballet Company. She has taught professional company ballet classes for Maximum Dance Company in Miami, The Alvin Ailey Company in Boston and Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.), Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Luna Negra in Chicago, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, Les Ballet Jazz of Montreal and Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, Ballet Hispanico and Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami.
Patricia’s extensive choreography resume reaches beyond dance companies to include television, film, music video and musical theater. Using classical ballet as a style, she choreographed a music video for Switzerland’s well known rocker, Tim Frietag.
While residing in Boston Ms. Strauss served on the faculties of Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, and Boston College, teaching dance courses on their campuses. Notably, as the creator and co-producer of the wildly successful choreographic showcase, “Dance on The Top Floor”, which ran for seven years, she received acclaimed reviews and was featured in numerous articles. Spanning nine years as resident choreographer for Turtle Lane Playhouse she choreographed numerous musicals.
She has taught summer dance intensives in Virginia for former ABT (American Ballet Theater) soloist, Keith Lee, Ballet East (West Palm Beach, Fl.) Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance Attack Miami, Chicago Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Diane Partington School of Classical Ballet and International Ballet of Florida. While teaching full time for the Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts in Miami she headed up their pre-professional ballet division and was Artistic Director of the CEC Youth Ballet Company. As Artistic Coordinator for the Miami Master Class Series Patricia hosted eminent teachers from around the globe bringing in Jose Carreno and other prominent teachers. Patricia was the Artistic Director of her own company and school, Patricia Strauss Dance Company and Conservatory in Miami, Florida.
World Dance Magazine Florida chose Patricia to be featured in “ Spotlight on a Teacher” and also published several of her articles. She choreographed “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” by well-known children’s author David Ira Rothenberg from Boston. This production toured Sarasota/Manatee counties performing in 35 elementary schools.
Ms. Strauss is thrilled to be joining Azara Ballet as the Company's primary Ballet Teacher and looks forward to watching the company grow and flourish.