Patrick was born in Biloela, Queensland and grew up in Mackay – his parents come from Iama and Erub in the Torres Strait Islands. He believes that his in-built desire to dance is derived from his parents’ ancestors who originated from Lifu, South Sea Islands and Jamaica. With a strong cultural background, he learnt traditional dances from an early age.

During his years at North Mackay High State School, he choreographed for and performed in school musicals, variety concerts and dance competitions.

While working for Queensland Health, Patrick’s family and friends encouraged him to pursue a career in dance. In 1999 he moved to Sydney to study at NAISDA, performing both traditional and contemporary dance. He completed his three years at NAISDA and did six weeks ADAPT in Adelaide with Leigh Warren and Dancers. He also performed with Bangarra and Christine Anu at the Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Patrick joined Bangarra Dance Theatre in 2002, where his solo in Walkabout earned him recognition for his talents. Since then this critically acclaimed dancer has received prestigious awards for his performances in Clan (2004), Boomerang (2005) and Gathering (2006) and True Stories (2007). In 2008 Patrick performed in Stephen Page’s Mathinna.

In 2009 Patrick travelled to Europe with Bangarra to perform True Stories and later helped Bangarra celebrate its 20th Anniversary with Fire – A Retrospective. In 2010 he performed in Bangarra’s double bill of earth & sky to outstanding acclaim. Patrick’s recent highlights include performing at the 2011 Indigenous All Stars NRL game and the Spirit tour of Europe at the start of the year. He also performed to much acclaim in the Belong national tour and Bangarra’s regional tour of Mathinna. Patrick retired from dancing in 2012, performing for the last time in Warumuk – in the dark night as part of The Australian Ballet’s Infinity program. He is inspired by Stephen Page’s ongoing ability to create unique works and his rapport with the dancers.

In 2013 Patrick joins Bangarra as Youth Program Leader for Rekindling.

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