performing arts


artistic staff

Dance Masters of America 
(National organization of certified dance teachers)
St. Louis Dance Teachers CH21

Andrea Patzius:  Co-owner of Patzius Performing Arts since 1972. Andrea founded Midwest Ballet Theatre, the studio's pre-profefssional student ballet company which provides extra performance opportunities for our most talented and dedicated students. Andrea is a member of Dance St. Louis, Dance Masters of America, and St. Louis Dance Teachers Association Ch. 21 where she is certified in ballet and tap. Andrea has over 45 years of teaching experience and her excellent teaching skills have produced many professional dancers

Donna Patzius-Hill:  As a native of St. Louis, Missouri, Donna studied dance at her mother’s studio, Patzius Performing Arts. After graduation, Donna went on to a professional ballet career where she danced principal roles with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, UT; Atlanta Ballet; and Ballet Met in Columbus, OH. Her signature role was Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Since returning home to St. Louis, Donna has been the Artistic Director of Midwest Ballet Theatre, the official student ballet company of Patzius Performing Arts, where she privately coaches the advanced students, is resident choreographer, and also teaches regularly in the school. Donna is also an adjunct professor at Webster University and enjoys teaching company class for The Big Muddy Dance Company. Donna is certified in ballet and jazz from the Dance Masters of America, and St. Louis Dancing Teachers Association Ch. 21. 

Doris Patzius:  A former student of Patzius Performing Arts, Doris is a Safety Certified Member of USA Gymnastics, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of gymnastics in the U.S. and has over 15 years of teaching experience. 

Isabel Kenney: Isabel began her dance training at Patzius Performing Arts at the age of 4 and is a former soloist with Midwest Ballet Theater. After graduating she trained with The Radio City Rockettes in NYC and St. Louis' The Big Muddy Dance Company. She has appeared in the St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival, Missouri Ballet Theatre's Cinderella, and Garden Glow at the Botanical Gardens. Now a wife and mother, Isabel runs her own event planning business and teaches dance to children throughout the Greater St. Louis area.

Carly Niehaus: Originally from Evansville, IN, Carly trained at Evansville Dance Theatre before attending Webster University, where she received her BFA in dance and a certificate of Entrepreneurship. She trained with artists such as Kirk Peterson, Alicia Graf-Mack, Michael Uthoff, Jimena Paz, and Maurya Kerr. Carly has also studied summers with companies such as Hedwig Dances, Giordano Jazz Dance, Nashville Ballet, and attended the World Jazz Dance Congress. Locally, Carly has performed at the inaugural Community Arts Festival, Dancing in the Streets, and Grand Dance Fest, as well as having performed with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company. She is an avid teacher and works with CommUnity Arts Festival as their director of marketing.

Abigail Hinrichs is a dancer and choreographer from St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.  Abigail has had the privilege of performing works by DeeAnna Hiett, Gary Abbott, and Mary Pat Henry while at the Conservatory.  She has spent summers with Kansas City Ballet, Ballet West, Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, Big Muddy Dance Company, and Company E in Washington D.C. Her time in Kansas City has inspired her to not only perform professionally, but to collaborate and create art with a variety of other artists in the community.  Abbie is excited to be back home at Patzius Performing Arts sharing all she has learned!

Rafael Tillery, a native of Chicago, graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors in Theatre and Dance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He attended the 2012 American Dance Festival, Trisha Brown Dance Workshop, and the Garth Fagan Dance Intensive. He performed as a guest artist alongside the Garth Fagan Dance Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Rafael danced with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. In 2014 Rafael relocated to St. Louis, to join the Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) where he performed for two years. He teaches, choreographs, and works with a number of other performance studios and dance companies in the St. Louis area.

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dance affiliations

Raymond Patzius:  Co-owner of Patzius Performing Arts since 1972.  Raymond is the master guitar teacher who has many musical faces. He is fluent in classical, jazz, blue grass, country, rock, and contemporary. With his love of music, Raymond has composed several music albums for dance class that have been sold around the world. He is also the Artistic Director of the jam session classes where our most advanced music and voice students can get together and share their ideas.

Allison Kelly:  A musician since the age of five, Allison received her Bachelors of Music Education from Webster University and is certified in instrumental and vocal education. At Webster, she performed with the Webster University Chamber Orchestra and the Concert Choir. During summer breaks she played in pit orchestras for local musical theatre productions. She participated in Webster’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education and held multiple office titles including president. Currently, Allison is working on her Masters of Music Therapy at Maryville University and has been finding joy in this new chapter of her musical journey. 

Madison Sportsman: Maddie is a graduate of Missouri State University where she majored in vocal music education with a certification in instrumental music. She performed all four years in the Missouri State University Concert Chorale. and in the university symphony. Maddie also plays violin, piano, and guitar. She completed her vocal training at MSU and performed her senior recital in the spring of 2015.