Patti Morris aka “Patti Dooks”

Patti Morris aka “Patti Dooks” is a Hip Hop dancer since the 1980’s, writer, photographer, graphic artist, home chef and vintage clothing reseller. In 1990, Patti moved from Poughkeepsie to the Lower East Side where she continued to pursue her love of Hip Hop dance and luckily was in the right place at the right time for breaking’s resurgence in the early 1990s. She trained with b-boy pioneers while working at PAPER Magazine, where she worked in the art department and was also given the opportunity to write and photograph underground arts like breaking, graffiti, tunrtablism and skateboarding. Her article on The X-Men (later the X-ecutioners) was the first published piece for the now legendary turntablism crew. Now in her 5th decade, she is one of the few people to serve as both interviewer and interviewee for the Street Dance Oral History Project at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She moved to 167 and Jerome in 1996 and was intoxicated by the flavors and pride that went into the plates being served in her new community. Currently residing on Walton Ave. since 2003, she is the founder of Hip Hop Team Building and most recently started a food based business, Tip Top Fudge Topping, with her youngest daughter. Her greatest accomplishment is being a mom to her two daughters, Tiger Lily and Apache.