Gregory Patterson

Gregory Patterson

patterson photo

Gregory Patterson is associate professor and director of Oakland University's dance program. A faculty member since 1989, he teaches courses in jazz and modern dance technique, dance conditioning, dance for musical theater, dance history and dance production. In addition to being a certified Pilates instructor, Patterson is also founder and artistic director of Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company. The group performed its debut concert in 2010 at Ailey City Bank Theater in New York.

With a Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Michigan, Patterson has developed a noteworthy career performing, teaching and choreographing. He has more than 25 years of professional dance experience and has been a member of Harbinger Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, 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 of New York.

Throughout his career, Patterson has taught at numerous college dance festivals and workshops, and has choreographed for universities, high schools, studios and dance companies. His work has been performed by dance companies from Western Michigan University, Bowling Green State University and Alma College, as well as the Michigan Opera Theatre, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and Bal-Chi Dance Company.

He also regularly travels to Greece to teach, choreograph and perform in the Detroit Mercy/Oakland University Classical Greek Theatre Summer Study Program, which is the only American university-sponsored program of its kind.

In 2008, Patterson received a Travis Professorship. The award, named in honor of OU supporters Doris and Paul Travis, recognizes faculty members from the departments of Art and Art History and Music Theatre and Dance for outstanding achievements in teaching, research and professional services.

Patterson was recognized in 2002 with the Maggie Allesee Choreography Award and his work has been chosen for the Leo Choreography competition at the Jazz Dance World Congress. He has also received three faculty fellowships through Oakland University's Office of Research Administration, and was most recently honored with a Faculty Recognition Award.


Read more about the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
Read more featured faculty profiles