Patricia Merrin

Associate Choreographer

Patricia has spent most of her career in classical ballet. She started at the age of four, and has her first job in pantomime at 15. At 17, she played the Fairy Godmother opposite Cliff Richard at the London Palladium. At 18, she spend two years with The Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, then returned to London to join The London Festival ballet (English National Ballet). Within a year she was promoted to leading soloist, dancing many soloist and principal roles including; Swanilda in Coppelia, Good Girl in Gradulation Ball, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Zobeide in Scheherazade and many more. She joined The Scottish Ballet as a leading Principle Dancer, dancing most of the leading roles in the classical repertoire including: Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Patricia has also guested with many leading ballet companies.

Her love of Musical Theatre led her to taking singing lessions and she then made the transition into Musical Theatre as the Ballet Leader in the musical On Your Toes, where she also understudied Natalia Makarova in the leading role. Patricia was an original member of the London cast of The Phantom of The Opera as a dancer, dance- captian and understudy to Madame Giry, going on to become assistant choreographer and assistant resident director. She was also the resident director on the UK tour. She is now a freelance choreographer and has been the associate choreographer on many productions of The Phantom of The Opera worldwide, in Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australia and New Zealand.

She also teaches Musical Theatre classes and is an assessor for Trinity Colelge London and also for the Council for Dance education and Training.