Patrice Delay studied dance at Ecole de Danse de Genève, directed by Beatriz Consuelo and joins Ballet Junior de Genève from its very start in 1980. He won a silver medal at the Concours International Méditerranéen and then joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders, directed by Robert Denvers in 1987. He dances as a solosit for many choreographers and noteably in works by Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Hans Van Manen, Nils Christe, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Auguste Bournonville, Flemming Flindt, Rudolf Nureyev, Violette Verdy and Rudi Van Dantzig. He was invited by Victor Ullate to dance with the ballet de la Communidad de Madrid during the season 1990-1991, returning afterwards to the Royal Ballet of Flanders. In 1994 Thierry Malandain takes him into Compagnie Tempy présent which will become Ballet Biarritz – Centre Chorégraphique National in 1998. He tours extensively with these companies to the USA, China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapour, Hong-Kong, Russia, Egypt, Morocco, Guyane, la Réunion and many european countries.
In 1999, he becomes co-director of the Ecole de Danse de Genève and Ballet Junior de Genève. The following year he re-stages choreography for the Grand Théâtre de Genève production "Die entführung aus dem serail".
In 2005 he is invited by DanseSuisse and the Office Fédéral de la Formation Professionnelle to take part in a work group on the subject of the future maturité and higher education dance courses being set up by the Dance project Bern, including later on the CFC Danse/maturité professionnelle.
Patrice Delay has regularly restaged ballets by Thierry Malandain for Ballet Junior de Genève as well as other compnies. For the Prix de Lausanne competition is a member of the selection jury in 2010, 2011, 2012 and was comissioned to organise the 40th anniversary gala in February 2012. That same year, he was appointed member of the federal jury for dance..