Patience Clements




Ms. Clements studied piano and music theory at American University in the preparatory department. She attended Manhattan School of Music, studying composition and Dalcroze-Eurhytmics. Since 1978 she has been on the pianist staff of Georgetown University, George Washington University, Capitol Hill School of the Arts, The McLean School of Ballet, Glen Echo Dance Theatre, The Nashville City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Vanderbilt University, dance intensives, The International Ballet Competition and RDA festival events nationwide. And a member of the staff of the Nashville Ballet/Nashville City Ballet for over 25 years

Patience has played company class for touring companies of ABT, Alvin Ailey, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Eliot Feld Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Bournonville, as well as Tennessee Dance Theatre (Donna Rizzo) and many others. Pola Nirenska, Erika Thimey, Tatiana Tchernova, Robert Barnett, Kevin McKenzie, Lee Theodore (The American Dance Machine), Susan Jaffe, Gelsey Kirkland Jill Eathorne-Bahr. and Paul Vasterling are among the many highly respected teachers she has had the opportunity to play for.

The “New Piano Music for Ballet Class” series began in 1993 and now includes five CD's of music for all levels of study.  The original melodies provide clear intros and teacher-friendly phrasing with a variety of tempos, primarily in the classical style. “New Piano Music for Ballet Class” was released in 1993. Ms. Clements has since released 4 CD’s of original music for ballet class including “New Piano for the Young Dancer” for the beginning ballet class and “New Piano for the Dedicated Dancer with Susan Jaffe” for the more advanced student.