Patsy Swayze, mother of Patrick Swayze, died of stroke complications at her home in Simi Valley, California, on September 16, 2013, at the age of 86.
Patsy Swayze directed a dance studio in Simi Valley, California, for more than twenty years.
Patricia Yvonne Helen “Patsy” Swayze (February 7, 1927 – September 16, 2013) was an American film choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor. Her credits included the choreography for Urban Cowboy, Liar’s Moon and Hope Floats. Her five children included the actors Patrick Swayze. She has been credited with training Patrick Swayze in dance, leading to his starring role in Dirty Dancing in 1987.
Swayze taught dance and choreography at the University of Houston for eighteen years. Patsy Swayze’s former students included Debbie Allen, Randy Quaid, Jaclyn Smith and Tommy Tune.
Patsy Swayze transitioned to film by choreographing her first movie, Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. The success of Urban Cowboy essential launched her career as a film choreographer. In 1980, Patsy Swayze moved from Houston to southern California. She choreographed numerous films over the next three decades including Liar’s Moon in 1982 and Hope Floats, directed by Forest Whitaker, in 1998. She teamed with her daughter-in-law, director Lisa Niemi, to choreograph the 2003 film, One Last Dance, which starred Niemi, Patrick Swayze and George de la Peña.
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