Patsy Swayze, Choreographer and Mother of Patrick, Dies at 86

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Choreographer and dance instructor Patsy Swayze, the mother of late actor Patrick Swayze, died Monday night at her home in Simi Valley, Calif., according to publicist Annett Wolf. She was 86. No cause of death was given.

Patsy Swayze’s dance students included Tommy Tune and Debbie Allen. She moved to Southern California in 1980 after choreographing the movie “Urban Cowboy.” Her other film choreography credits included Sandra Bullock starrer “Hope Floats.”

Her skills apparently rubbed off on her son. Patrick Swayze was well known for his leading roles in “Dirty Dancing” and other films such as “Ghost.”

He died in 2009 at 57 after battling pancreatic cancer.

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  1. Jessica says:

    RIP Patsy Swayze. You will truly be missed. Thank you for everything. Please feel free to
    leave your condolences and share your memories:

  2. Nancy says:

    Grew up in Patsy’s studio. She was like my second mom. She will be greatly missed. Great lady!

  3. Larry says:

    I used to watch patsy dance,and my Brother Patrick.Now they are both dancing and flying around in Heaven together.

  4. Kathy says:

    Patsy, Thank you for everything. I was one of your students and a member of your regional dance company. You were a second mom to us all. Your stern, loving hands guided many of us to successful careers in the entertainment industry. My condolences to the immediate family and the rest of our dance family that Patsy headed.

  5. Larry says:

    I was very sad to hear of my step mothers passing,But she is now in heaven with my Brother Patrick who I still miss like crazy ever sence his passing in 2009.

  6. Kay Woliver says:

    Thanks, Patsy, for teaching your children how to dance and act. We were neighbors in Candlelight Woods subdivision in Houston and I taught Donny at Waltrip High after Patrick graduated. It was a good time and a good neighborhood. You will be missed,

    Kay Woliver

  7. Melinda Wunsch Dilger says:

    Patsy was a powerful force, a beautiful woman, a dancer, and a mentor. She will be missed.

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