A graduate of Princeton University and Roosevelt University, Mr. Pattillo holds a Master’s degree in philosophy.
More recently, he graduated from a five year program at the Schuler School of Fine Arts, where he now teaches Artistic Anatomy. His paintings, drawings and sculpture are in many private collections.
John and his wife, Barbara, own and operate Towson Dance Studio, the Baltimore area’s most well-known and respected ballroom dance studio. Their studio teaches all aspects of social and ballroom dancing. John and Barbara are former dance champions, the Baltimore-Washington Open Competition and the Virginia State Championships, being among their titles, and were Finalists in most of the major U. S. ballroom dance championships.
John holds the Fellowship degree in Ballroom and the Licentiate degree in Latin American in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, and has been a judge at many ballroom competitions. He has served on the executive committee of the U. S. branch of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, as Publications Director, Examination Director, and Treasurer. He is the author of the U.S.I.S.T.D. Examination Handbook, and trains other professional dancers for their examinations.
Mr. Pattillo has written many articles for the national dance newspaper, Dance Beat, and has frequently lectured on the history of ballroom dancing for many organizations in the Baltimore area, including the dance department of Goucher College.
A sample of some of Mr. Pattillo's art works:
Pen and inks:
Dancer (sold) "At Bat"
"Benevolent Reverie" (sold)
"Galileo - 'Eppur si muove' "
"How Can You Blame Him"
"David" - Sanguine drawing (Sold)
(after Hans Schuler's sculpture
Drawing of R. Hip Bone (Os Coxae), from eight aspects)
Chalk on India Office Paper
Terra cotta (in progress). Commission.