Patricia Zhou

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Born in Canada, but raised in the U.S., Patricia has been said to be one of the most versatile dancers in the world today.
Though Patricia only started studying ballet professionally at the age of 13, she quickly progressed in her four years at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, going on to win multiple international ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne, which led to her job at the Royal Ballet at the age of 17.


After receiving a contract at the Staatsballett-Berlin, then under the leadership of Vladimir Malakhov — and later under Nacho Duato, Patricia moved to Berlin where she danced for five years, performing lead and soloist roles in many classical and contemporary works including Jewels, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker as well as works by Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian and Nacho Duato to name a few. 


In 2017, Patricia moved to Los Angeles after she was offered a contract with Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project. Since then, Patricia has danced many of Benjamin’s duets and works as well as pieces by Justin Peck, Kyle Abraham and Martha Graham.


In 2019, Patricia left L.A. Dance project to pursue freelance work as well as her passion for teaching and has continued to reside in L.A..


Patricia has been teaching since the age of 15 and has taught all around the world in Singapore, Taipei, Beijing, Wuhan, Los Angeles, Arles, Honolulu, Hong Kong, and Detroit.

About the workshop

Though her class is Vaganova-based, it is woven with elements of French and Balanchine techniques from Patricia’s unique experience working in world-renowned classical ballet and contemporary companies in Europe and the U.S.. Class is geared towards getting dancers to move their bodies in a more contemporary way while improving technique to help facilitate strength and speed through the use of breath and focus. In these workshops, Patricia hopes to provide dancers with tools that they can use to keep progressing on their own.

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