Memorial service for dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze

Dancer, choreographer and longtime Simi Valley resident Patsy Swayze, mother of actor Patrick Swayze, passed away on September 18 at age 86. A memorial service for friends and family was held at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, November 9. See the full story in the Simi Valley Acorn.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers STUDENT AND FRIEND - Dancer Zetta Alderman of Houston, Texas performs the Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language at a memorial service on Saturday, November 9 for the dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years. Alderman began studying dance with Swayze starting at age 8 in Houston, and has taught dance for over 30 years.

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STUDENT AND FRIEND – Dancer Zetta Alderman of Houston, Texas performs the Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language at a memorial service on Saturday, November 9 for the dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years. Alderman began studying dance with Swayze starting at age 8 in Houston, and has taught dance for over 30 years.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBRANCE AND FAREWELL - Singer Keith Borden sings the ballad “He Ain’t Heavy... He’s My Brother” at a memorial service on Saturday, November 9 for dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years.

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REMEMBRANCE AND FAREWELL – Singer Keith Borden sings the ballad “He Ain’t Heavy… He’s My Brother” at a memorial service on Saturday, November 9 for dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers COMMITTED TEACHER - Actor Don Swayze of Highland Park tells stories about his mother Patsy Swayze’s work teaching young dancers in Houston and Southern California at her memorial service on Saturday, November 9. She passed away on September 18 at age 86.

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COMMITTED TEACHER – Actor Don Swayze of Highland Park tells stories about his mother Patsy Swayze’s work teaching young dancers in Houston and Southern California at her memorial service on Saturday, November 9. She passed away on September 18 at age 86.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers TOUCHING TRIBUTE - Former students, and friends of Patsy Swayze present a dance performance of the Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language at a memorial service on Saturday, November 9 for the dancer and choreographer, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years. She passed away on September 18 at age 86.

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TOUCHING TRIBUTE – Former students, and friends of Patsy Swayze present a dance performance of the Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language at a memorial service on Saturday, November 9 for the dancer and choreographer, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years. She passed away on September 18 at age 86.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING A GREAT TEACHER - Florida resident Ralph Hamilton tells family, friends and students of Patsy Swayze about how he began studying ballet with her at age 17 in Houston, Texas during a memorial service for the dancer and choreographer, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years and passed away on September 18 at age 86.

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REMEMBERING A GREAT TEACHER – Florida resident Ralph Hamilton tells family, friends and students of Patsy Swayze about how he began studying ballet with her at age 17 in Houston, Texas during a memorial service for the dancer and choreographer, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years and passed away on September 18 at age 86.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers EXCELLENCE IN DANCE - Photographs, awards and honors given to dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze form a large display of her legacy in the lobby of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center at her memorial service on Saturday, November 9. Swayze passed away on September 18 at age 86.

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EXCELLENCE IN DANCE – Photographs, awards and honors given to dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze form a large display of her legacy in the lobby of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center at her memorial service on Saturday, November 9. Swayze passed away on September 18 at age 86.

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