Maxine Patterson School of Dance

   2212 Lincoln Street 
  Savannah, GA 31401

Maxine Patterson School of Dance offers classes for ages 3 to adult in recreational and competitive levels. Our instructors provide quality instruction in dance arts with attention to each child's achievement.


We care greatly about all children here at our studio. We want them to learn to dance but also to learn to love themselves. We want to teach them that success is doing their best and instill in them positive traits of high esteem, high morals, high level of happiness, and self pride. Our students will learn responsibility, self discipline, and self control.

We like our students to:


                                                                       Maxine Patterson          

                             Studio Owner/Director/Instructor  


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 ,  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 ASH, Radix, Velocity, and OnstageNY.

All Maxine Patterson ever wanted to do was teach children the art of dance. Over the last 49 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.


Christian Cooper
         Hip Hop
Christian Cooper is a self-taught hip hop dancer from Norfolk, Virginia who was raised in Savannah, GA for most of his teenage years. Church being the foundation of where Christian’s passion for dance began to flourish as a dancer and choreographer it was only the beginning where he  made the decision to turn his passion for dance into a career in 2014.  He became a visual and performing arts major with a concentration in dance at Savannah State University.  Since then Christian has choreographed for collegiate and professional dance teams,  awarded many scholarships and awards, teaches at  several studios in Savannah and travels the low country teaching . Christian titles his choreography as "FEEL'ography" encouraging his students                                                to release their inhibitions and perform from the heart, allowing themselves 
                                          to be one with the music.
Stephanie Cummings
Ballet - Pre-Pointe -  Tap - Jazz - Lyrical - 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. 
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 many years and has been teaching at Maxine Patterson School of Dance for 14 years.

Darrell Davis

Hip Hop - 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.

Robbin DeLoach-Dozier
 Preschool - Tap - Jazz  - 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,  choreographing for our Jr Competitive                                                         group  of Rhythm IN Motion Dance Company.

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.

Shaundria DeLoach

Tap - Jazz - Lyrical - Contemporary - Conditioning - Competition Team


Amanda Grant-Lewis

Ballet - Tap - Jazz - Lyrical - Conditioning - Competition Team


Asia Grant

Ballet - Pre-Pointe /Pointe - Tap - Jazz - Lyrical - Hip Hop - Competition Team


  Pam Tucker

Ballet - Pre-Pointe/Pointe

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.

Nakia Young
Guest Teacher - Competition Team Adviser /Consultant 
Elements of Dance 1 -on- 1  Ballet Program

Nakia Young is a native of Savannah, GA. She began her early dance training under the direction of Madame Coy. By the age of 10, Ms. Young started dancing at Maxine Patterson School of Dance where she studied and trained in jazz, pointe, ballet, and tap. Two years later, Ms. Young was accepted as a member of Ballet South. For six years, she enhanced her dance training at Ballet South under the tutelage of Gayla Davis-Lehotay, Gaye Baxley, Karen Brock-Carlye and John Carlye. 

Ms. Young's performance repertoire includes Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and Snow White. She has appeared as a guest dancer with Sankofa Dance Theatre's, "Collage" and Savannah Danse Theatre's "Nutcracker". As a performer, Ms Young has competed in dance competitions in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. In 1998, Ms Young discovered that she has a special talent for teaching and has choreographed at Maxine Patterson School of Dance, Armstrong Atlantic, and St. Benedict the Moor. With more than 30 years of dance education and experience, Ms Young serves as Rhythm IN Motion Dance Company consultant.