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:
DANCE LIKE NOBODY'S WATCHING
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 50 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 50 years. They are the parents of 2 children, Brian and Laura, both married, and two grandchildren, Micah and Tamar.
Hip Hop - Competition Team
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 also enjoys teaching pre-school to kindergarten children .
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.
Tap - Jazz - Lyrical - Contemporary - Conditioning/Technique - Competition Team
Ballet - Tap - Jazz - Lyrical - Conditioning - Competition Team
Ballet - Pre-Pointe /Pointe - Tap - Jazz - Lyrical - Hip Hop - Competition Team
Ballet - Contemporary - Conditioning/Technique
Madison is from Huntsville Alabama where she began dancing at a young age under Olga Jacobs. She moved to Community Ballet Association in 2006, home of Huntsville Ballet where she danced until 2019. As of 2008 she began dancing under the direction of Phillip Otto and Rachel Butler within the Huntsville Ballet School. In 2010 she began attending summer intensives around the country to further her training.
She has spent time training with professional companies such as
Ballet Austin, Carolina Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, and Oklahoma City
Ballet. She joined Huntsville Ballet as a professional company member for her first season in 2016, and went on to spend three seasons in the company.
She was a teacher within Huntsville Ballet’s school for for 4 years where she taught Creative Movement, ballet, and modern on a regular basis.
During this time she worked closely with Cathy Curry and Rachel Butler
to develop a strong creative movement curriculum that sets the foundation for a strong technique. She also spent time doing education and outreach within public schools which was designed to use arts integrations to empower
classroom teachers to use creative movement and dance to enhance their lessons plans.