Maxine Patronik is a dancer, teacher, & choreographer currently based in Chicago, IL.
She graduated in May of 2017 summa cum laude with honors from Alonzo King's LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of CA. Since relocating back to Chicago, she has danced with Cocodaco Dance Project as an apprentice and mezzo company member, and Trifecta Dance Collective as a company member, and freelanced throughout the city. Her work has been presented locally at Jello Performance Series, DanceChance, and Breaking Ground Performance Series II: Makers/Wreckers. She also is a GYROTONIC® instructor at Chicago Center for Body Movement.
Originally from the Chicagoland area, she started dancing at the age of three, and began her formal training at Barrington Dance Academy and Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble under the direction of Mary Brennan, as well as Faubourg School of Ballet under the direction of Watmora Casey and Tatyana Mazur. She continued training at Visceral Dance Center under their summer scholarship program, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and also attended summer programs at Milwaukee Ballet and LINES Ballet.
During her time at LINES/Dominican, Maxine has worked with various teachers and choreographers such as Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, Christian Burns, Gregory Dawson, Amy Seiwert, James Graham, Charles Moulton, and Kara Davis, among others.
Maxine has also had the wonderful opportunity to teach and perform internationally with JUNTOS Collective, organization committed to intercultural exchange and uniting communities through dance, traveling to both Mexico and Guatemala, in addition to organizing local outreach in the Bay Area. Through this work, she has discovered a love for teaching.