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"My dad would drive all day, we’d do the show, and then he would drive back that night, so I would be ready to go to school the next day"

Jimmy Byrnes and Patti

Patti Vickerman began her training in Florida with Steve Condos and joined her father's vaudeville at age five. They toured and performed both nationally and internationally as Jimmy Byrnes and Patti. Though she left the act at age 20, Vickerman’s career in tap dance persisted. She owned and operated a dance school in the Chicago suburbs and performed in the early years of Especially Tap Chicago while maintaining a career as an emergency room nurse.

August 15, 2017: In her apartment


The Patti Vickerman Collection contains materials such as news clippings, photographs, and promotional material that primarily relates to her time as part of the duo, Jimmy Byrnes and Patti. Other miscellaneous items relate to her performances with Especially Tap Chicago. 

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