Patricia "Miss Patty" LaCosta (Liz Torres) is the larger than life dance instructor in Stars Hallow who was once on Broadway. She knows everyone in town and always knows the local town gossip. She is great friends with Babette Dell. She has been around for quite some time, so she has a lot of influence on the town. He dance studio is very popular. Lots of children take dance there. At one point, Rory took dance there, but eventually quit. Her dance studio is large and is used as the location for all town meetings and other special occasions.