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Home > Dance History

Remembering Patrick Swayze

September 14th, 2009 we lost Patrick Swayze to Pancreatic Cancer. Patrick first began his career as a dancer. His mother Patsy Swayze runs a dance studio, out in Simi Valley, Ca. Patrick attended classes there for years and became notably good in namely ballet. He loved dancing; it meant the world to him. Along with dancing, acting brought him into every living room in America. We all watched each chosen movie role, and how it displayed his passion, determination and talent.

Patrick married fellow dancer Lisa Neimi, who he met at the school of performing arts. Lisa was actually his mother’s star dancer at the school. Not long after meeting Lisa, he decided to move to New York to become a ballet dancer. She later came to New York as well and they got a place together. Swayze proposed marriage to Lisa not too long after. He often said she was a much better dancer than he was…

Lisa was actually the one who convinced him to take the role in “Dirty Dancing” which catapulted him to stardom overnight. He brought dance to the public through Dirty Dancing, and it was widely received unlike producers originally thought. They were going to release the movie to the theatres for only a week before it went straight to video… Boy did they change their tune! It remained in theatres and turned into a box office hit.

in 1990 Patrick hit box office gold again when he starred in the leading role of the movie “Ghost” opposite Demi Moore. He also wrote the movie’s title song “She’s like the Wind” which hit the top of the charts as well. Then in 1994 Patrick and his wife Lisa, performed their original choreography at the World Music Awards. This dance is one of the most beautiful and touching pieces of choreography out there. Patrick and Lisa dance so graceful, sincere and technically perfect – they become one in their dances.

All of this time Patrick and his wife Lisa had been dreaming up a dance movie. They decided to put it into production in 2003 and named the film “One Last Dance”. This movie made dance the star. Patrick and Lisa’s choreography and dancing is outstanding in this movie.

Swayze even appeared on SNL in a skit with late Chris Farley where they played Chippendale dancers. It was one of the most memorable skits to date.

We will all miss fellow dancer, artist and person Patrick Swayze. His work changed the world and will continue to shape the world of acting and dance. All of our hearts go out to the elegant, talented dancer, and widow of Patrick Lisa Neimi. We can only hope that his heart will live on in her future dance projects. Rest in peace Patrick Swayze!





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