"It is my view however that simplicity is
purity, purity is beauty and beauty
may one day save the world.

Patricia Heyes Dokoudovsky


Born in Liverpool, England, Patricia Heyes Dokoudovky first studied ballet at the YWCA when her family immigrated to New York City after World War II. Following an introductory 10-week course, Pat was invited to study at Carnegie Hall where she studied with Vladimir Dokoudovsky at Ballet Arts. She joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in 1960 and became a principal and soloist dancing in such famed operas as La Traviata, Aida, Faust, and the ballets Les Sylphides, restaged by Alicia Markova, and the American premiere of the Bournonville ballet La Ventana, restaged by Hans Brenner. Over the years, Pat traveled worldwide with the MET before retiring in 1982. In 1977, she and her husband opened the New York Conservatory of Dance. She currently is director of the school, where she continues to carry on Vladimir Dokoudovsky's vision of conserving the Preobrajenska method and tradition.

Professional Engagements and Roles Danced
  • 1958 - Brussels World Fair; ''Carousel''- Agnes de Mille
    Brussels World Fair; ''Wonderful Town'' - Herb Ross
  • 1959 - Broadway; "Juno"- Agnes de Mille
  • 1960 - 1982 Metropolitan Opera Ballet - Principal and Soloist
  • 1963 AGMA Showcase
    "Carnival' - 'Chiarina" - restaged by Vladimir Dokoudovsky
  • 1965 Empire State Ballet
    "Giselle' - "Myrtha" restaged by Vladimir Dokoudovsky
  • 1970 Doylestown Ballet
    "Nutcracker Suite"- "Pas de Deux"
    "Giselle"

Studio Information

Vladimir Dokoudovsky, Founder
Patricia Dokoudovsky, Director

Tel: 212-725-2855
Email: nycofdance@gmail.com

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