Patti Drewry: Our Trainee and Group Class Practice Partner
Patti, a Portland native, began her partner dancing in 1999, taking several years of East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing and balboa. She also has an extensive background in jazz, modern dance, and ballet, and as well as several years of African dance and some experience with argentine tango and the international dances of waltz, foxtrot, tango and quickstep.
Patti joined the DanceWell Teacher Training program in 2010 and has been steadily training in all American style dances. She has completed Cha Cha, Rumba, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Night Club Two Step, Salsa, Bolero and East Coast Swing at the bronze level and is currently enrolled in Waltz and Foxtrot.
Patti has competed in ballroom, Charleston and Lindy Hop. She has often danced showcases in Jazz and modern dance as well as Swing, Nightclub and Ballroom dances, and even danced in a chorus line. She has had coaching and workshops from visiting celebrities like Frankie Manning and Buddy Schwimmer.
This eclectic experience all combines to add a rich and varied style, extensive knowledge, and expressive elegance and joy to Patti’s dancing.
Patti is available for a lower rate as a practice partner/helper to review what students have learned in their DanceWell group classes, or in private lessons with Linda or Rick. She is very honest and will refer students to the other instructors whenever there are details she may not be best able to share.
Patti also edits and administrates the DanceWellPDX Youtube videos of our Performance groups.