Patsy Swayze

Every Day, A Chance to Dance

Be entertained! Be inspired!

This 280-page book is the only place that offers a detailed account of the life and achievements of Patsy Swayze through multiple fascinating interviews and sixty-four beautiful photos, most in color and rarely-seen. Of course, there is some focus on the relationship between Patsy and her most famous student, her beloved son, Patrick, and on Patrick’s life.


From Sue Tabashnik’s Dedication in The Fans’ Love Story ENCORE

To Mr. Patrick Swayze,
who is still inspiring – helping me through challenging times and motivating me to follow my dreams. I am so grateful to have met you, to have your wonderful legacy of work to enjoy, and to have your amazing spirit – whose light shines so bright – as such an inspiration.

About Sue Tabashnik

Sue Tabashnik is a critically acclaimed author of four books about Patrick Swayze, Patsy Swayze, and the movie Dirty Dancing. She became an avid fan of Patrick Swayze in 1988. She was a very active member of the Official Patrick Swayze International Fan Club from 2000-2010, which included writing numerous articles for the club magazine. She had the good fortune to meet Patrick Swayze and some of his family at movie screenings and benefit events, which changed her life forever.

Sue says: In memory of my grandmother, Leah Tabashnik, and Patrick Swayze: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of my first three books is donated to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at the Stanford Cancer Institute.


PATRICK SWAYZE! Patsy Swayze: Every Day, A Chance to Dance
Publisher: Passion Spirit Dreams Press

July 17, 2022—Walled Lake, MI—Local author Sue Tabashnik has written four books, the latest being, Patsy Swayze: Every Day, A Chance to Dance. The book is available on Amazon, the author’s website, and other sites. Twenty-nine interviews of some of her students, colleagues, friends, and a family member are presented.

Swayze was an icon and trailblazer in the dance and performing arts world for decades as a dancer, teacher, mentor, and choreographer. Swayze initially had strong roots in Houston, Texas and then in her later years in Simi Valley, CA. Her work includes founding the Houston Jazz Ballet, teaching at the University of Houston, running her own dance studios, and choreographing for Theatre, Incorporated, Playhouse Theatre, and Hollywood movies. She inspired thousands of dance students, many of whom went on to become professionals in the performing arts, and instilled in all students a strong work ethic and set of values. She was most proud of her family, especially being the mother of five children. Swayze was a pioneer in opening her dance classes and her heart to all students, regardless of race, economic, or cultural background.

Of course, Swayze had one very famous student, her beloved son Patrick. The book touches on their relationship and on Patrick’s life. Another renowned student is Jaclyn Smith, who granted an interview for the book.

Tabashnik has been an avid fan of Buddy Swayze since 1988. She met him at several benefits and movie screenings; including meeting up with Patsy and Buddy at fan events at the premiere of One Last Dance in Houston, Texas in 2003.

Jaclyn Smith, Former Student of Patsy, Actress, Designer, and Philanthropist stated, “I can’t tell you how much fun I had reading your book. What great memories I had with Patsy. I know Patsy and Patrick, or “Buddy” as we know him, would be so happy and proud of your book.”

Joshua Sinclair, Friend and Colleague of Buddy Swayze, Director, and Writer stated, “Your book traces the experiences of the talented artists who were milestones in Patsy’s life and therefore in Patrick’s life. Above all, you trace the rise of Patrick’s career and his love for dance and acting and how it was impacted by his mother and mentor, Patsy.”

Diane Donovan, Editor, Donovan’s Literary Services stated, “. . . her many achievements have never been fully assembled in one place and celebrated before. . . . Patsy Swayze: Every Day, A Chance to Dance represents a key piece of literature. It should become a mainstay in any performing arts or memoir collection.”

Dwight Baxter, Former Student of Patsy, Choreographer, Director, Broadway Performer stated, “Patsy was the first one to integrate the world of dance for African Americans in the city of Houston, Texas . . . . This is an important book for students to have to learn the history of African Americans in the world of dance.”


The Dreamer

Patrick Swayze, the beloved dancer, actor, singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, family man, athlete, horseman, and more, had a diversified career in the arts world for over thirty-five years.

The Fans' Love Story Encore

Get behind-the-scenes information that you won’t find anywhere else. 
Rub elbows with Dirty Dancing producers, stars, singers, songwriters, and filmmakers as you enjoy stories and photos related to the movie

The Fans' Love Story

How The Movie ‘DIRTY DANCING‘ Captured The Hearts Of Millions! is a celebration of this hit movie from the fans’ point of view. Fans from all over the world give their heartfelt take on how the movie deeply resonated with them and had a positive impact on their lives.


Jackie Horner

Story consultant, Dirty Dancing

“Wow! What a job you did. Just fabulous. Love you – love the book. Super great New Year gift! I now will cherish it and all of our memories.”

D. Donovan

Senior eBook Reviewer, MBR

“…A celebratory text packed with behind-the-scenes information on the producers, stars, and film team…

Film history as well as general-interest collections will find this a fascinating, specific overview of not just how the movie was made, but the process whereby it was marketed to eventually reach millions of enthusiasts.”

Patt Rocks

Dance extra with her husband Tom Rocks,
on the Dirty Dancing Lake Lure set

“Congratulations, kudos, and BRAVO… We thank you for your generous pages of sharing what was a lifetime adventure for us. We love reading it and consider it to be part of our history to pass along to the generations that follow in our family. DD is still a topic of interest and fascination with folks… You have certainly given voice and insight for those who can’t get enough!”

Patsy Swayze: Every Day, A Chance to Dance
Winner: Performing Arts
Book Excellence Awards 2024

Book Excellence Awards

PATRICK SWAYZE The Dreamer Finalist - Book Excellence Awards 2018

PATRICK SWAYZE The Dreamer - Finalist Best Book
Awards 2018


The Fans' Love Story

Winner of Gold Medal Global Ebook Awards 2014


The Fans' Love Story ENCORE - Finalist National Indie Excellence Awards 2014


PATRICK SWAYZE The Dreamer - Finalist National Indie Excellence Awards 2018

My latest post

Sue has won Finalist in the Performing Arts category

Sue has won Finalist in the Performing Arts category in the 2024 18th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards for her book Patsy Swayze: Every, Day, A Chance to Dance. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of my first three books will be donated to the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford Cancer Institute.


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