Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis
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Patricia Davis was born in Los Angeles, California. At an early age, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet. At age 17, Ms. Davis joined Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, learning the Cranko repertory. Later, she returned to New York where she danced with Harkness Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Ballet Repertory. Marrying Paris Opera Choreographic & Premier Danseur Patrick Frantz, she joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in 1978 as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal Ballerina in 1980.

Ms. Davis has danced many of the lead roles in the classical repertory including Giselle, Odette/Odile, and Swanhilda in Coppelia. Rave reviews followed her moving rendition of Michael Smuin’s Harp Concerto Pas de Deux. Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times stated, “Davis…has a special purity of classical dancing. She is so extremely well placed and schooled, with a beautiful floating jump and an effortless technique.” These qualities inspired many of the leads in Patrick Frantz’s contemporary ballets, among them Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, and The Triumph of Dance.

Since moving back to Los Angeles, Patti and Patrick acquired the 36-year-old Rozann Zimmerman Ballet Center where they taught for nearly 20 years. After enjoying a fulfilling career as a ballerina, Ms. Davis launched rzbcPilates in October 2004, a Pilates Reformer studio which offers certified Pilates instructors, all trained in the classical New York style.