Angie Brooks visits GCAA

[This article was written, and these photographs were taken, by 9th Grader JuJu Vieth, a member of the GCAA Website Reporting Club]. Get ready, get set, dance! On Monday, March 11, the 7th grade student body was graced with the presence of Ms. Angie Brooks, a professional dancer. How long has she been dancing? “A really long time!” Ms. Brooks says. “By age 10, I had made up my mind that I wanted to be a professional dancer and dance for a living.”

Angie Brooks teaches the GCAA 7th Grade

Ms. Brooks started her dancing career with the St. Louis Muny, in a touring production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” A few years later, she moved to Chicago where she was a member of a jazz/modern dance company, Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience. After that, “my love for Musical Theatre beckoned me to make the big scary move to NYC.” Ms. Brooks then moved back to St. Louis to teach ballroom dancing to students ages 4-90. She is currently the Program Manager of the St. Louis Dancing Classrooms. How does Ms. Brooks feel about dance? “Dance makes me feel alive, makes me feel centered, gives order to the chaos in my mind, heart, and being.” On Monday, she taught the 7th graders the “mambo,” a Latin dance that originated in Cuba during the 1930s.