Dance Program Director and Associate Professor of Dance at Oakland University and a certified McEntire Method Pilates instructor. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Co (PRP). Born in Toledo, Ohio, he received his B.S. from Bowling Green State University (1985) and his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan (1987). He has been dancing and teaching professionally across the nation and abroad for over twenty-five years. Mr. Patterson has been a member of Harbinger Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (EDE), Ann Arbor Dance Works, and Rigmarole Dance Company. He has also performed as a guest artist with both the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Doug Elkins Dance Company from New York. Mr. Patterson has travelled extensively teaching at college dance festivals and various workshops, and has choreographed for universities, high schools, studios and dance companies. His work has been performed by EDE, Orchesis Dance Co. at Western Michigan University, University Performing Dancers (BGSU), Alma College, and Bal-Chi Dance Company based in Chicago. Mr. Patterson has received the Maggie Allesse Choreography Award, and his work has been chosen for the Leo Choreography competition at the Jazz Dance World Congress. His signature piece Who’s the Boss, was performed in Russia as part of an EDE appearance with the Pushkin Ballet. In 2003 Mr. Patterson choreographed Die Fledermaus for the Michigan Opera Theatre. Mr. Patterson regularly travels to Greece to teach, choreograph and perform as part of the University of Detroit Mercy/Oakland University Classical Greek Theatre Summer Study Program. In 2008, Mr. Patterson received a Travis Professorship, an award that will enable him to develop his dance company through annual stipends for the next three years. Last June, his company made their debut in New York at the Ailey Citibank Theatre.