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PATRICIA ZOLORZANO

PATY LORENA SOLÓRZANO is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator whose work seeks to imagine other worlds and create new ways of being. Originally from Michoacán, México, she began her dance training in classical Spanish dance and ballet with Beatriz Amelio in Morelia, MX and continued her training in Vaganova ballet at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (RAFA) in Webster, TX under Milena Leben and Misha Bart where she was also a dancer with the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre. Paty went on to earn her BFA in Dance from Texas Christian University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors.While at TCU, she had the opportunity to work with and learn from renowned dance professionals including Susan Douglas Roberts, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Li-Chou Cheng, Nina Martin, Suki John, Doug Varone, Alexandra Beller, Robert Battle, Susan Jaffe, Ben Stevenson and Jane Weiner among others.  In 2008, Paty studied physical theater at Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom with Sarie Mars Slee, Andrei Biziorek, and Liam Steel a former member of DV8 Physical Theatre. She also trained at the Houston Ballet, Bates Dance Festival, and both the Joffrey Ballet School and the American Dance Festival on scholarship.

As a professional dancer, she has performed with various dance companies and artists including Psophonia Dance Company (Houston, TX), Earthen Vessels: The Sandra Organ Dance Company (Houston, TX), DDCdances (Detroit), Ann Arbor Dance Works and Kristi Faulkner Dance (Detroit). Most recently, she trained with Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem, Israel and performed works by Noa Wertheim, Mats Ek, Sasha Waltz and Nacho Duato. As choreographer and teacher, she has been in residence at E|MERGE, Earthdance; Performática (Puebla, México); the Florida Dance Festival and the Detroit Dance City Festival.  In 2013 and 2015 she was a finalist for the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award, and has also performed at the Light Box (Detroit) and Detroit Contemporary gallery. In addition, her dance film What Will Remain has been exhibited at Detroit Contemporary/Spread Art, RAD FEST, and DanceShorts: Film Festival at the University of South Florida (2015 1st place prize).  

Since 2009, she has taught Ballet, Contemporary/Modern Dance, Jazz, Salsa, Choreography, Improvisation, and Creative Movement to children, teens and adults throughout Michigan, Texas, México, and Israel.  Now residing in New York City, she is happy to join the Sol Dance Center team to teach pre-ballet, ballet, and adult ballet.