Guest Master Teacher
Michael Patterson has become a sought-after master teacher following his successful career with the Pennsylvania Ballet. He has served as faculty at many dance schools and Universities including the University of Pennsylvania, Mercyhurst University, Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance, Mercyhurst North East Dance Institute, Eglevsky Ballet, Barbara Sandonato School of Ballet, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Michael Patterson studied under the direction of Sharon Filone and continued his training with Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet before joining Pennsylvania Ballet. During his professional career with the Pennsylvania Ballet Mr. Patterson danced many Principal roles in works including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Agon. He also danced Principal roles in Trey McIntyre’s Blue Until June, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, and Lew Christensen’s Con Amore. Other highlights include the creation of the work Cellophane for Mr. Patterson by Brian Sanders, which was featured in the benefit performance, Shut Up & Dance. While a member of Pennsylvania Ballet Mr. Patterson had the opportunity to work with and perform Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in collaboration with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio where the Lord Provost honored the Pennsylvania Ballet. Mr. Patterson has been a guest artist with the Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance, Barbara Sandonato School of Ballet, Barnard College, Mercyhurst University, and Ballet Austin.