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Name  Patsy Swayze
Role  Choreographer
Grandchildren  Danielle Swayze

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Full Name  Yvonne Helen Karnes
Born  February 7, 1927 (1927-02-07) Houston, Texas, United States
Occupation  Film choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor
Former groups  Houston Jazz Ballet Company Swayze School of Dance
Died  September 16, 2013, Simi Valley, California, United States
Spouse  Jesse Wayne Swayze (m. 1944–1982)
Children  Patrick Swayze, Don Swayze, Sean Kyle Swayze, Bambi Swayze, Vickie Lynn Swayze
Similar People  Patrick Swayze, Don Swayze, Jesse Wayne Swayze, Bambi Swayze, Vickie Lynn Swayze


Yvonne Helen "Patsy" Swayze (nee Karnes; February 7, 1927 – September 16, 2013) was an American film choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor. Her credits included the choreography for Urban Cowboy, Liar's Moon and Hope Floats. Her five children included the actors Patrick Swayze and Don Swayze. She has been credited with having trained Patrick in dance, leading to his starring role in Dirty Dancing in 1987.


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Life and career

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Swayze was the daughter of Gladys Mae (Snell) and Victor Elliott Karnes. She married Jesse Wayne Swayze , an engineering draftsman. The couple had five children. The family lived on Wakefield Street in the Garden Oaks neighborhood of Houston. They later moved to another home on Del Norte Street.

Patsy Swayze's interest and career in dance began in the aftermath of a car accident as a child. Her mother had her take dance classes as part of her recovery.

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Swayze founded the Houston Jazz Ballet Company and served as the ballet's director. She also opened a Houston dance studio, the Swayze School of Dance. Her son, Patrick, met his future wife, film director and actress Lisa Niemi, while they were enrolled as her students at the Swayze School of Dance. (The couple married in 1975). In addition to her own dance studio, Swayze taught dance and choreography at the University of Houston for eighteen years. Patsy Swayze's former students included future Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen, Randy Quaid, Jaclyn Smith and future ten-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune.

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Patsy Swayze transitioned to film by choreographing her first movie, Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. The success of Urban Cowboy essentially launched her career as a film choreographer. In 1980, Patsy Swayze moved from Houston to southern California. She choreographed numerous films over the next three decades including Liar's Moon in 1982 and Hope Floats, directed by Forest Whitaker, in 1998. She teamed with her daughter-in-law, director Lisa Niemi, to choreograph the 2003 film, One Last Dance, which starred Niemi, Patrick Swayze and George de la Peña.

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In addition to her film work, Swayze also directed a dance studio in Simi Valley, California, for more than twenty years.

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Patsy Swayze suffered a stroke in September 2013. She died of stroke complications at her home in Simi Valley, California, on September 16, 2013, at the age of 86. She outlived her son, Patrick, who died in 2009 after a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer.


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