Rick Odums

Rick Odums embodies modern jazz dance in all of its richness and diversity.

Graduate of the High School of Performing Arts of Houston, Texas, this dancer, choreographer; and professor recognizes two important influences of his training: Patsy Swayze (the mother of Patrick Swayze) and Frank Hatchett.

His experience as a dancer has been very eclectic; He danced notably with the Houston Ballet, at the Houston Grand Opera, with the Houston Jazz Ballet (for whom, he created his first choreographic works), and with TUTS (Theater Under The Stars) in a number of musicals such as Little Me, West Side Story, Carousel, GiGi, and others before being noticed by Louis Johnson and becoming a Broadway dancer in Scott Joplin’s opera, Treemonisha. More