Head of Contextual Studies
Dublin born Patricia started Irish dancing class at the age of seven and went on to win many competitions including the All England Championships from 1984 to 1987. Extending her skills Patricia gained a Performing Arts Diploma at the College of Dance in 1992 and then went on to further training at Performers Dance College in the UK. Patricia has had varied contracts both at home and abroad and in 1996 she joined the original cast of Spirit of the Dance. She became Principal Dancer with the show in 1997 and remained with it until 1999 touring the UK, Europe and the US.
Patricia has been a guest artiste for the Michael Jackson and Friends concerts at Olympic Stadiums in Seoul, Korea and Munich Germany. Patricia has toured with the shows Magic of the Dance and Gaelforce as understudy lead female dancer throughout Europe and the rest of the World. Next came Fire of Dance where Patricia was principal Irish Dancer from 2002 to 2005 touring Europe and Asia. While touring the world for twenty years Patricia has had the privilege to teach master classes in various dance styles in countries such as America, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan and the UK. While working, she also studied and qualified as a Hatha Yoga, Laughter Yoga and Zumba Instructor.
In 2007 Patricia pulled out of full time performing due to a bad ankle injury and enrolled in University where she gained a 2:1 BAHons in Event Management & Music and Media Management, graduating in 2010. For the Spirit of the Dance, ten-year anniversary Patricia choreographed four new numbers for the newly revamped show. Patricia also created the Irish Celtic Fusion part of the Benidorm Palace Show Crescendo in Spain. Patricia then decided to study with the Royal Academy of Dance graduating with RAD Teaching Status from the Professional Dancers Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in December 2018.
Bitten by the academic bug and alongside teaching dance Patricia will go on to study at Trinity Laban on their Dance Science Master’s Degree course 2018/19. Inspired by her own longevity as a dancer at a professional level for many years, she has a keen interest in examining the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics and psychology as applied to dance, and the intersection of these disciplines with embodied and somatic practices. Patricia looks to educate training & professional dancers, with skills in how to prevent injuries and create a safe, holistic and long-lasting career. Patricia will be involved in researching and teaching ways of enhancing dance practice, optimizing dance performance, reducing injury occurrence, and examining the impact of dance on other populations. Currently Patricia is teaching Classical Ballet Grades, Tap and Performing Arts Musical Theatre Classes at The London Stage School.
Qualifications: BA (Hons), Professional Dancers' Postgraduate Teaching Certificate (RAD), Certified in Progressing Ballet Technique.
Currently working on a Masters Degree in Dance Science.