Patricia Strauss’ performing, teaching and choreographic experiences range from classical ballet and Broadway musicals, to modern and jazz-ballet. Ms. Strauss has successfully produced and directed nationally for companies/shows and events. In addition she has headed up and directed numerous programs for dance schools.
Ms. Strauss has performed with several prominent companies in which she was soloist and/or principal dancer. Those companies include Les Ballet-Jazz of Montreal, Minnesota Dance Company, Rondo Dance Theater, Joyce Trislers’ Dance Company, and Het-National Ballet of Holland’s Opera Ballet. She has also danced with the Alvin Ailey Apprentice Company, and was invited by Paul Taylor to understudy repertoire.
In addition to performing, Ms. Strauss has taught ballet with many of the major dance schools which include Ballet Orlando, 11 years full time with the Boston Ballet teaching all levels including advanced, Miami City Ballet ,Ballet Chicago Studio Company and Sarasota Ballet Pre-Professional Division.
In addition she has been resident or guest teacher for the Lafayette Ballet, School of Richmond Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Walt Disney World, Audre Mendel & Jurgen Schneider’s Vaganova Seminar, Lake Michigan College, Urdang Academy of London, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet Eddy Toussaint, Ballet Florida, Harvard University and Harvard Ballet Company.
Ms. Strauss has taught professional company ballet classes for Maximum Dance Company in Miami, The Alvin Ailey Company in Boston and Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.), Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Luna Negra in Chicago, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, Les Ballet Jazz of Montreal and Cirque de Soliel in Las Vegas, Ballet Hispanico and Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami.
Ms. Strauss has similarly and extensively choreographed for not only dance companies but for television, film, music video and musical theater. Moreover, she was the artistic director of her own company and school, L’Image, in Miami, Florida.
While residing in Boston Ms. Strauss was on faculty of Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, and Boston College; teaching dance courses on their campuses. She is currently teaching a dance course at New College in Sarasota Florida.
Ms. Strauss was the creator and co- producer of the highly successful choreographic showcase in Boston, “Dance on The Top Floor”, which ran for 7 years receiving numerous articles and acclaimed reviews.
As resident choreographer for, Turtle Lane Playhouse in Massachusetts, she choreographed numerous musicals for them in the span of 9 years.
She has taught summer dance intensives in Virginia for former ABT (American Ballet Theatre) soloist, Keith Lee, Ballet East (West Palm Beach, Fl.) Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance Attack Miami, Chicago Ballet and Sarasota Ballet.
In February 2013 Ms. Strauss choreographed a music video for the rock group Tim Frietag from Switzerland using classical ballet as a style for the video.
From 2010-2015, Ms. Strauss was a full-time teacher for the Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts in Miami heading up their pre-professional ballet division and Artistic Director of the CEC Youth Ballet Company. She was the Artistic Coordinator for the Miami Master Class Series hosting eminent teachers from around the globe bringing in Jose Carreno in 2013 and other prominent teachers in 2014/2015. Ms. Strauss was featured in World Dance Magazine Florida as “SPOTLIGHT ON A TEACHER in 2013 and wrote featured articles published in World Dance Magazine, Florida May 2014, March 2015 and November 2015.
In 2019 Miss Strauss choreographed “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” by author David Ira Rothenberg using the professional level dancers from Sarasota Ballet’s Trainee program and Studio Company.
Ms. Strauss is currently working on an original screenplay for a feature film titled “Knocking Doors”.