Patrick Roddy

Patrick Roddy

Patrick Roddy

402.280.3047 | proddy@creighton.edu

 

Biography

PATRICK RODDY joined the faculty of Creighton University in 1993. Patrick's earliest training in ballet was with Valerie Roche, founder of the Creighton Dance Program. As instructor of tap and jazz, he has served as choreographer for many Creighton musicals, including the award-winning and sellout performances of Chicago and West Side Story.

At the age of 13, Patrick was a featured soloist at Radio City Music Hall in Everybody Tap! (with choreography by Peter Gennaro) and A Rockette Spectacular starring Ginger Rogers. From 1978 1992 he worked and studied professionally in New York and Los Angeles, dancing on national tour with Mitzi Gaynor and on television in the 1986 Academy Awards telecast. Patrick was an assistant to Ron Field for the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

In addition to his work on the faculty at Creighton, Patrick has a well-developed connection to the Omaha dance community. He has presented annual workshops for the Omaha Dance Teachers Association, taught in local studios, and has done choreography for local theater and dance companies for over 30 years.

Patrick has been a frequent guest instructor at The Fairbanks (Alaska) Summer Arts Festival. His other numerous teaching engagements have included Iowa State University, the Iowa Dance Theatre, the Donna Reed Festival in Dennison, Iowa; and the Plumb Performing Arts Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Patrick has been awarded four Theatre Arts Guild (Omaha) Awards, and two Omaha Entertainment Awards for Outstanding Choregraphy of a Musical.