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Principal Dancer

Eliot Feld Ballet Company
 
Background

Education

  • San Jacinto College
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Swayze and his four siblings were ...
www.biography.com, 21 Aug 2012 [cached]
Swayze and his four siblings were raised by their parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze.
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While still in grade school, Swayze developed a love for ballet and was often teased by fellow classmates. Throughout high school, he set aside his dance career to concentrate on athletics - juggling gymnastics, swimming, and football. After graduation, he was offered both athletic and dance scholarships. He opted for athletics and enrolled at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he focused on gymnastics. Two years later, Swayze left school to tour with the Disney on Parade ice show, as Snow White's Prince Charming.
After touring, Swayze returned home, where he fell in love with Lisa Niemi, his mother's 16-year-old dance student. In 1972, he traveled to New York City to pursue a dance career. After Lisa's high school graduation, she joined Swayze in New York, where the couple trained with the Harkness and Joffrey Ballet companies. Swayze and Niemi were married in 1975.
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Having renewed his dedication to ballet, Swayze was soon hired as a principal dancer with the Eliot Feld Ballet Company. His success was cut short when an old football injury required that he undergo knee surgery. The operation, coupled with the infection that followed, caused Swayze to leave the prestigious Feld Company.
Turn to Acting
In 1976, he redirected his efforts toward stage acting, and made his Broadway debut in Goodtime Charley. He later appeared in West Side Story, and in 1978, he won the leading role in the musical Grease. Swayze's high-profile performance as Danny Zuko led to many television and movie offers.
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Swayze experienced a milestone in 1983, when director Francis Ford Coppola cast him in The Outsiders, alongside future stars Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Emilio Estevez.
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In 1981, Swayze added television to his repertoire with a notable portrayal of a leukemia patient on the series M*A*S*H. He is also credited for his work in the 1985 miniseries North and South along with the 1986 sequel. During the mid-80s, Swayze appeared in a few forgettable films, including Red Dawn and Grandview, U.S.A. (1984).
Biography of Patrick Swayze
www.biographyarchive.com, 24 Aug 2011 [cached]
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18th, 1952, in Houston, Texas to parents Patsy Swayze who was the director of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company and Jesse Swayze.
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Swayze attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Oak Forest Elementary School, Black Middle School, and Waltrip High School. He developed a love for ballet at an early age and in high school his athletic endeavors included gymnastics, ice skating, swimming, and football. After graduation, Swayze enrolled at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he studied gymnastics. Two years later, he left school to tour with the Disney on Parade ice show, as Snow White's Prince Charming.
In 1972, Swayze moved to New York City to pursue a formal dance career at the Harkness Ballet and Joffrey ballet schools. He was then hired as a principal dancer with the Eliot Feld Ballet Company. This was however short-lived as knee surgery for an old injury forced him to resign.
Broadway and Acting
In 1976 he made his Broadway debut in Goodtime Charley and later appeared in West Side Story. In 1978, Swayze performed the lead in the musical Grease which led to several movie and television offers. In 1979 he made his Hollywood film debut in Skatetown, U.S.A. and later received critical praise for his appearance in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders.
In 1981, Swayze landed a role on the television series M*A*S*H. During the mid 1980s, Swayze appeared in films including Red Dawn and Grandview, U.S.A. (1984). In 1987 he was cast in his second hit movie Dirty Dancing which quickly established him as Hollywood's newest sensation and earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Swayze also tried his hand at singing and released the Billboard Hot 100 single "She's Like the Wind" for the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
Following Dirty Dancing, Swayze appeared in several films including Road House and his 1990 romantic hit Ghost, major action hit, Point Break (1991), HBO's Letters from a Killer (during which he suffered severe injuries from a fall), Waking Up in Reno (2000), Donnie Darko (2001), and King Solomon's Mines (2004).
In 2007, Swayze appeared in the film Christmas in Wonderland and starred alongside his younger brother Don Swayze in Powder Blue.
Patrick Swayze LifeStory
www.LifeChapters.com, 29 Sept 2009 [cached]
Swayze and his four siblings were raised by their parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze.
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While still in grade school, Swayze developed a love for ballet and was often teased by fellow classmates. Throughout high school, he set aside his dance career to concentrate on athletics â€" juggling gymnastics, swimming, and football. After graduation, he was offered both athletic and dance scholarships. He opted for athletics and enrolled at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he focused on gymnastics. Two years later, Swayze left school to tour with the Disney on Parade ice show, as Snow White's Prince Charming.
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Swayze and Niemi were married in 1975.
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Having renewed his dedication to ballet, Swayze was soon hired as a principal dancer with the Eliot Feld Ballet Company. His success was cut short when an old football injury required that he undergo knee surgery. The operation, coupled with the infection that followed, caused Swayze to leave the prestigious Feld Company. In 1976, he redirected his efforts toward stage acting, and made his Broadway debut in Goodtime Charley. He later appeared in West Side Story, and in 1978, he won the leading role in the musical Grease. Swayze's high-profile performance as Danny Zuko led to many television and movie offers.
...
Swayze experienced a milestone in 1983, when director Francis Ford Coppola cast him in The Outsiders, alongside future stars Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Emilio Estevez.
...
In 1981, Swayze added television to his repertoire with a notable portrayal of a leukemia patient on the series M*A*S*H.
...
Dirty Dancing also allowed Swayze to pursue a singing career. Inspired by his relationship with his wife, Lisa, Swayze penned the song "She's Like the Wind" for the film's soundtrack.
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And for a long time I didn't feel like I deserved her," Swayze told People magazine.
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In 1989, Swayze starred in two action features, Road House and Next of Kin, which both enjoyed modest success at the box office.
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Ghost grossed over $200 million and earned Swayze a second Golden Globe nomination.
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"We're a team," Swayze said of he and his wife.
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In 1995, Swayze teamed up with fellow actors Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo to play a trio of drag queens in the comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!
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Swayze's performance as Vida Boheme won him a third Golden Globe nomination in 1996.
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In 1997, Swayze broke his right leg in a horse-riding accident while filming Letters From a Killer (1998).
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Filming on the movie was halted for two months due to serious injuries suffered by Swayze when he fell off his horse and hit a tree. Has difficulties resuming his career after these injuries.
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People Magazine reports that Swayze had checked into the hospital for treatment of pneumonia. One week later, on January 16, Swayze's representative reports that he had been released from hospital and was resting at his home after receiving treatment for pneumonia.
80sxchange.com: 80's Biographies: Patrick Swayze
www.80sxchange.com, 15 Feb 2006 [cached]
Swayze and his four siblings were raised by their parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze.
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While still in grade school, Swayze developed a love for ballet and was often teased by fellow classmates. Throughout high school, he set aside his dance career to concentrate on athletics -- juggling gymnastics, swimming, and football. After graduation, he was offered both athletic and dance scholarships. He opted for athletics and enrolled at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he focused on gymnastics. Two years later, Swayze left school to tour with the Disney on Parade ice show, as Snow White's Prince Charming.
After touring, Swayze returned home, where he fell in love with Lisa Niemi, his mother's 16-year-old dance student. In 1972, he traveled to New York City to pursue a dance career. After Lisa's high school graduation, she joined Swayze in New York, where the couple trained with the Harkness and Joffrey Ballet companies. Swayze and Niemi were married in 1975.
...
Having renewed his dedication to ballet, Swayze was soon hired as a principal dancer with the Eliot Feld Ballet Company. His success was cut short when an old football injury required that he undergo knee surgery. The operation, coupled with the infection that followed, caused Swayze to leave the prestigious Feld Company.
In 1976, he redirected his efforts toward stage acting, and made his Broadway debut in Goodtime Charley. He later appeared in West Side Story, and in 1978, he won the leading role in the musical Grease. Swayze's high-profile performance as Danny Zuko led to many television and movie offers.
...
Swayze experienced a milestone in 1983, when director Francis Ford Coppola cast him in The Outsiders, alongside future stars Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Emilio Estevez.
...
In 1981, Swayze added television to his repertoire with a notable portrayal of a leukemia patient on the series M*A*S*H. He is also credited for his work in the 1985 miniseries North and South along with the 1986 sequel. During the mid-80s, Swayze appeared in a few forgettable films, including Red Dawn and Grandview, U.S.A. (1984).
...
In 1989, Swayze starred in two action features, Road House and Next of Kin, which both enjoyed modest success at the box office.
...
Ghost grossed over $200 million and earned Swayze a second Golden Globe nomination.
In 1991, Swayze's popularity was confirmed when he adorned the cover of People magazine as "The Sexiest Man Alive. He later partnered with Keanu Reeves in the action-adventure Point Break (1991), followed by 1992's City of Joy. Both films met with moderate success, and Swayze's rise to superstardom seemed to taper off for the next few years.
In 1995, Swayze teamed up with fellow actors Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo to play a trio of drag queens in the comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!
...
Swayze's performance as Vida Boheme won him a third Golden Globe nomination in 1996.
...
In 1997, Swayze broke his right leg in a horse-riding accident while filming Letters From a Killer (1998). In the late 1990s, his poor film choices, combined with a serious drinking problem, severely hampered his career.
Swayze and his four siblings were ...
gvaonline.co.uk [cached]
Swayze and his four siblings were raised by their parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze.
...
While still in grade school, Swayze developed a love for ballet and was often teased by fellow classmates. Throughout high school, he set aside his dance career to concentrate on athletics - juggling gymnastics, swimming, and football. After graduation, he was offered both athletic and dance scholarships. He opted for athletics and enrolled at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he focused on gymnastics. Two years later, Swayze left school to tour with the Disney on Parade ice show, as Snow White's Prince Charming.
After touring, Swayze returned home, where he fell in love with Lisa Niemi, his mother's 16-year-old dance student. In 1972, he traveled to New York City to pursue a dance career. After Lisa's high school graduation, she joined Swayze in New York, where the couple trained with the Harkness and Joffrey Ballet companies. Swayze and Niemi were married in 1975.
...
Having renewed his dedication to ballet, Swayze was soon hired as a principal dancer with the Eliot Feld Ballet Company. His success was cut short when an old football injury required that he undergo knee surgery. The operation, coupled with the infection that followed, caused Swayze to leave the prestigious Feld Company.
In 1976, he redirected his efforts toward stage acting, and made his Broadway debut in Goodtime Charley. He later appeared in West Side Story, and in 1978, he won the leading role in the musical Grease. Swayze's high-profile performance as Danny Zuko led to many television and movie offers.
...
Swayze experienced a milestone in 1983, when director Francis Ford Coppola cast him in The Outsiders, alongside future stars Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Emilio Estevez.
...
In 1981, Swayze added television to his repertoire with a notable portrayal of a leukemia patient on the series M*A*S*H. He is also credited for his work in the 1985 miniseries North and South along with the 1986 sequel. During the mid-80s, Swayze appeared in a few forgettable films, including Red Dawn and Grandview, U.S.A. (1984).
...
In 1989, Swayze starred in two action features, Road House and Next of Kin, which both enjoyed modest success at the box office.
...
Ghost grossed over $200 million and earned Swayze a second Golden Globe nomination.
In 1991, Swayze's popularity was confirmed when he adorned the cover of People magazine as "The Sexiest Man Alive. He later partnered with Keanu Reeves in the action-adventure Point Break (1991), followed by 1992's City of Joy. Both films met with moderate success, and Swayze's rise to superstardom seemed to taper off for the next few years.
In 1995, Swayze teamed up with fellow actors Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo to play a trio of drag queens in the comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!
...
Swayze's performance as Vida Boheme won him a third Golden Globe nomination in 1996.
...
In 1997, Swayze broke his right leg in a horse-riding accident while filming Letters From a Killer (1998). In the late
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Swayze also showed audiences his range as an actor with a series of successful independent films. In Donnie Darko (2001), Swayze played a television personality with a dark secret.
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Swayze played Frank, the father of a girl who is in a mysterious accident.
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New challenges came for Swayze in March of 2008, when he discovered he had stage IV pancreatic cancer. The diagnosis didn't seem to phase the actor, who remained optimistic as he continued to take on new film and acting roles. Swayze's most recent project was the A&E series, The Beast, in which the actor starred as FBI veteran and loose cannon, Charles Barker.
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