Pattie Wells shares a rare distinction among San Diego dance instructors of having worked full-time in the dance business for over three decades from 1977 through 2014. She rose from teacher to supervisor and finally to manager of the Sunshine Ballroom and Dance Studio in the late 1970s. Pattie started her own business May of 1980. She has trained many San Diego dance instructors, as well as, students in both group and individual dance instruction and was the first to create many concepts widely used today in the dance business. In 1982 she brought back the term Jitterbug locally as a name for single time East Coast Swing. Pattie founded the San Diego Jitterbug Club, which has been a huge success (120-220 dancers attending weekly) since it started in March 1984 to present day.
Pattie opened Pattie Wells’ Dancetime Center in San Diego on January 5, 1998 and started a mentoring program for San Diego dance instructors … read Pattie’s complete bio here!
Pattie Wells’ DanceTime Center was the premier dance studio in the United States with a renowned, world class team of San Diego dance instructors and state of the art concepts for training dancers world wide. The DanceTime Center supported the San Diego dance community with mentoring programs, full-time student discounts and the largest student enrollment in the greater San Diego area. It was home for dozens of San Diego dance instructors hired as both employees and independent contractors. The conceptual concept for dance instruction created by Pattie Wells has been adopted by many San Diego dance instructions, teachers and educators as a 21st century system of learning dance versus the out dated method of teaching dance sequences or amalgamations. Many of the students that participated in the training and mentoring dance programs at the Dance Time Center went on to become successful San Diego dance instructors and some have traveled to many other parts of the country!