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Patty (Hip-Hop/Club Dance) was born and raised in New York City and began dancing at the age of 9 years old. Her initial training began with ballroom, by the age of 10, she'd won a NYC dance competition in swing. Although ballroom was her first introduction to dance, she started watching pop lockers, break-dancers, her brother who did hip hop, as well as her idol Michael Jackson and realize hip-hop and popping was her passion. Both styles really opened her eyes, making her eager to learn. While a student at FIT, Patricia worked with Lincoln Center’s Performing Arts Dept giving her an opportunity to learn and grow as a dancer. In 2009, she was given the opportunity to choreograph and perform in Lincoln Center’s “Black Box.”

By 2011, she’d joined Innovations, a dance team at New England College in which she choreographed. As an instructor, Patricia not only helps her students learn to move, but she offers a space for each person to build confidence and understand that each step can be done in a fun and effortless way.

Patty's Hip-Hop Classes.

More info on Hip-Hop/Club Dance.

*Private Lessons Available*

"Patty A. was an awesome teacher at the Beginner Hip Hop Class! She was very patient with those of us who have no clue when it comes to dancing, and she was actually able to teach someone like me some moves. :) Besides getting great exercise and learning some dance moves, the class was a lot of fun and filled with laughter -- a great experience!"

"Beginning Hip Hop with Shockra's young new phenom, Patricia, was awesome! I really should have natural rhythm and great moves given my um blackground...but I never danced much growing up. Patty was so patient and took us through all the basics and reviewed them weekly before teaching new moves. My confidence grew each week as a result of her methods. She gives positive feedback when you nail a move, and if you're struggling with it, she seems to naturally and easily find another way to break it down EVERY TIME, until it's simple. I'm looking forward to more classes at Shockra."

"I took a six week beginner's hip hop series with Patty. She is a really sweet instructor with all the patience in the world. I really enjoyed the classes, because Patty went at a slow pace so that even uncoordinated, spastic individuals such as myself could follow along and retain the moves she taught. I highly recommend her as your instructor if you're feeling apprehensive about looking like a dork.

I like how the other students were absolute beginners like myself, so I didn't feel embarrassed or out of place. This class is perfect for the most awkward, introverted, easily embarrassed individual. Patty will teach you the moves to make you quite the confident dancer. "

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