2212 Lincoln Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401

Maxine Patterson School of Dance

Dance Like No One Is Watching

Maxine Patterson School of Dance offers classes for ages 3 through adult with all levels being taught. Our instructors are of the highest caliber with professional experience, college courses, and teaching certification. We provide quality instruction in the dance arts with attention to each child's achievement.


                                                                                      Our Goal:  


We care greatly about the whole child in the studio. We want them to learn to dance and be graceful, but that's not all. We want them to learn to love themselves and share with others. We want to teach them that success is doing their best. We will instill in them positive traits of high self-esteem, high morals, a high level of happiness and self pride. Our students will also learn responsibility, self discipline and self control.

We like our students to:
"Dance Like Nobody's Watching"

                                                                 Maxine Patterson          



After dancing her first eight counts at the age of 6, Maxine Patterson knew what she wanted to do in life was dance.  At the age of 8, she became a demonstrator for her teacher, Rosalie Cotler. As a teenager, Maxine began teaching classes and performed and studied dance as a charter member of the Savannah Ballet Guild. Both as a young dancer and as an adult, Maxine has attended many dance workshops, affording her the opportunity to further her dance education with excellent classes in all disciplines.

Maxine began teaching at the May Street YMCA in 1969 and presented her first student recital at Savannah State University in 1970. Recitals have been held annually every year since. Maxine Patterson School of Dance accepts all students in classes at schools throughout the city, and especially at her studio. Maxine has been based at her studio at Lincoln and 39th Street since 1985.

In addition to dance classes, students of the Maxine Patterson School of Dance have had the opportunity to perform with Ballet South,  The Columbia City Ballet and the Off Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz, perform within the community at events such as Christmas on River Street and Black Heritage Festival, attend master classes of Savion Glover, Anthony LoCascio, The Russian Ballet Company, and travel to New York to attend classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Her award winning dance company, Rhythm In Motion, performs and competes all year at competitions such as DMI, Shake the Ground, and Platinum.

All Maxine Patterson ever wanted to do was teach children the art of dance. Over the last 47 years, she has both accomplished that goal and succeeded in helping her students reach their highest potential as dancers and human beings.

A native Savannahian, Maxine Patterson has been married to "Mr. Don" Patterson for 48 years. They are the parents of 2 children, Brian and Laura, both married, and two grandchildren, Micah and Tamar.





Stephanie Cummings
Ballet - Tap - Jazz 
Lyrical Instructor

Competition Team

Stephanie Cummings is an alumni of Maxine Patterson School of Dance where she trained  in ballet, tap, and jazz. She started at the age of 4 and has been dancing ever since. Stephanie had the opportunity to attend Master Classes and workshops, dance camps, and conventions taught by a variety of teachers including Debbie Dee, Tommy Alexander,  and Jo Rowan as well as many others. 
Stephanie was a member of Position One Dance Company at The University of West Georgia where she served as co-captain and choreographer.  She graduated with a BBA in Marketing.  Stephanie later trained  in tap at Dance Stop in Atlanta under Lynette Strickland for 4 years.  Stephanie has choreographed award winning routines for the competition team for 7 years and has been teaching at Maxine Patterson School of Dance for over 10 years.

Robbin DeLoach- Dozier

        Preschool - Tap - Jazz                                  Instructor

          Competition Team

Robbin DeLoach-Dozier started dancing with Maxine Patterson at the age of three. She became a student helper as she entered middle school and has now been teaching with her for over 20 years. Robbin specializes in jazz but loves teaching tap and ballet as well. She enjoys teaching children ages 3 and up, as well, She also enjoys choreographing for our performing group, Rhythm In Motion. Robbin has appointed herself as the "chauffeur" when the studio travels to dance conventions.

 She has recently graduated with an Associates degree in Medical Office Administration and is also a  Certified Medical Administration Assistant. 
 Robbin is a hard worker and a proud member of the MPSOD family.


Jessica Shaw

Ballet -  Tap - Jazz Instructor

Competition Team

Jessica Shaw graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2007 with a BA in Dance.  After graduation Shaw moved to Dayton, OH to dance with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company's Second Company (DCDC2). While in Ohio she also danced with Mam-Luft & Co Dance out of Cincinnati.  During this time she was a guest dancer and teacher for her former children's dance company, Allegro Regional Dance Theater located in Wausau, WI.  Her guest appearances included their 10th anniversary show which American Ballet Theater's Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes were also as guest artists. 
Shaw joined Rhythm in Shoes, a tap and clogging company out of Dayton, OH in 2008 and was with them until they disbanded in 2010.  She has also taught for many other various dance studios during her time in college and her professional career.  Shaw spent the last three years in Germany and during that time started her own dance program through the SKIESUnlimited Program in Hohenfels, Germany.  She was teaching tap, jazz and ballet with that program until moving to Savannah this March.  She is looking forward to working with the Maxine Patterson School of Dance this season and for many seasons to come!


             Darrell Davis

                 Hip Hop 

              Adult Jazz Fusion


                Competition Team

Darrell Davis is a native Savannahian and began studying dance at a very early age and still continues to study today. He has worked and studied with various choreographers from the east to the west coast of the US such as Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Rob Hoffman, Dave Scott, Arthur Mitchell Frank Hatchett, and Debbie Allen.
He teaches ballet, jazz, Meyer, Street jazz and all forms of hip hop, and many other forms of dance. Darrell is inspired by all genres of dance.

                Shaun DeLoach

                  Tap - Jazz - Lyrical

                       Contemporary                                      Instructor

                   Competition Team


                     bio coming soon


        Sara Simmons

   Ballet - Pointe - Lyrical

Contemporary - Conditioning

      Adult Ballet Fitness


      Competition Team

Sara Simmons a native of  South Florida has trained at many prestigious schools including Orlando Ballet, BalletMet, Atlanta Ballet and more, getting a vast education in all forms of dance including modern, jazz, contemporary and classical ballet. She has danced professionally since the age of 18, dancing in Port Saint Lucie and in Lakeland Florida and most recently here in Savannah at SBT. 
She hopes to continue on to have a full career all while sharing her expanding wealth of experiences with her students.

  Pam Tucker

  Ballet - Pointe

  Private Ballet/Pointe sessions

Pamela Tucker began her early dance training in Macon under Gladys Lasky (Royal Ballet & Royal Danish Ballet). She continued her dance studies at the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee where she performed with the UTK Dance Ensemble under Richard Crosky. As a teacher for the deaf for over 25 years she has continued dancing while working in the field of education. While working in Chattanooga, TN she studied and performed with Chattanooga Ballet under Alexander Bennett (Royal Ballet) and Barry and Anna VanCura (Ruth Page’s Chicago Ballet & American Ballet Theater). 
Upon moving to Savannah she performed with Ballet South under the direction of Karina Brock and John Carlyle (American Ballet Theater) while working in Chatham County Schools. Ms. Tucker holds a BA degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology and an MS degree in Deaf Education. 
In addition to her work in the field of education, she has had a career in aviation working for Delta Airlines and Flight Safety International. She continues to teach ballet with Maxine Patterson, works as a teacher for the deaf with Chatham Co. Schools, and works part time for Flight Safety International.