Patricia Dickinson is Director/Owner of Dance Theatre Southwest and Artistic Director/Founder of Festival Ballet Albuquerque. She began training with Nancy Robison Stone and the Southern Ballet of Atlanta under Karen Conrad, formerly with American Ballet and Pittman Corry. She was a scholarship recipient at the North Carolina School for the Arts, studied at the Graham Conservatory in New York, and received a BFA degree with honors from Southern Methodist University. During these years, she studied with Madame Valentina Belova, and Nikita Talin of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Ms. Dickinson danced with Dallas Opera and the Dallas Ballet where she worked with such choreographers and teachers as George Skibine, Marjorie Tallchief, and James Clouser. She was a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Dancers Unlimited in Dallas for ten years where she performed the works of Judith Jamison, Moses Pendleton, Bill Evans, Bill T. Jones, Matthew Diamond, Peter Pucci and others. Her diverse training has allowed her to move comfortably in roles from the Sugarplum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” to more contemporary ballets. She performed in film and commercials and has produced fifteen record albums for the ballet classroom and three instructional videos. She served as Artist-in-Residence for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and as Artist in the Schools for the Texas Commission for the Arts. She continues the “History of Dance” program with workshops she created for the Texas and New Mexico school systems. She teaches master ballet classes throughout the country, and has served as a guest instructor at the University of New Mexico.
Ms. Dickinson’s continuing teaching and choreographic career spans the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe. She currently makes her home in New Mexico with her husband, Larry Wells, and son, Nicholas. Most recently, Patricia has choreographed for New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in productions of “Star Wars and The Firebird Ballet”, Opera Southwest with “The Merry Widow”, The Figueroa Music and Arts Project with “The Soldier’s Tale”, “Creation of the World”, “The Firebird Ballet”, and the New Mexico Philharmonic “Peter and the Wolf.”
In 2011, Patricia was awarded the Creative Albuquerque’s Bravos Award and the national Dance Teacher magazine award for Excellence in Private Dance Education.