Patsy Swayze Dies: Mom of Late Star Patrick Swayze Taught Dancers

Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 09:59 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Patsy Swayze, a longtime dance teacher and choreographer who helped mold her late son Patrick Swayze for his iconic role in "Dirty Dancing," died Monday. She was 86.

Swayze reportedly suffered a stroke Sept. 8, and died of complications at her home in Simi Valley, Calif., Monday night, according to the Houston Chronicle, her hometown paper.

A Texas native, she founded and directed the Houston Jazz Ballet Company and ran her own studio until 1980, when she relocated to California after gaining some fame working with John Travolta and choreographing "Urban Cowboy."

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Swayze started up a new dance studio in Simi Valley, which she ran for more than two decades.

Among her notable pupils were Broadway star Tommy Tune, "Fame" director Debbie Allen, actor Randy Quaid, and even Lisa Niemi, who was studying under the renowned instructor when she met Swayze's son Patrick. The two married in 1975.

Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer in Sept. 2009 at the age of 57.

"You know you're not supposed to out live your children," Patsy Swayze told the Daily Mail in a 2011 interview. "[Patrick] never wanted sympathy he just kept going. Even when he was so sick he could hardly walk, you wouldn't know it. He never wanted to be a burden to anyone."

All of Swayze's five children became actors and dancers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Wayne Swayze, who died in 1982; her daughter Vickie Lynn, who passed in 1994; and son Patrick.

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