Patti Wilkins is an Austin dancing institution! She began her training as a child with various local teachers and continued throughout her early teen and high school years. She began teaching at age 16 with Barbara Peevey, then continued with Shirley McPhail for a number of years. At the University of Texas, she studied classical ballet with Stanley Hall and was a member of Austin Ballet Theater, performing monthly at the Armadillo World Headquarters. Later, she taught ballet for the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, then moved back to Austin and continued to teach at her own studio in Westlake Hills.
Patti and her husband, Eric, sat on the Board of Directors for Tapestry Dance Company for 5 years and studied tap there as well. Patti currently teaches adult tap at SMSD. Tap continues to be her passion and she enjoys helping students learn while having fun in class.