Katie Brooks, Owner/Artistic Director
Katie started dancing at a young age. She attended high school locally at Massabesic and graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, with degrees in Psychology and Dance. In 2006, she moved back to Maine to start her family. Her dance resume includes; the Roger Williams Dance Theater Company and she currently dances in the Southern Maine-based modern/contemporary company “Sonardance.” Katie has taken classes with some of the most well known choreographers in the industry including Tabitha and Napolean Dumo (SYTYCD, Monsters of Hip Hop), Brian Friedman (Monsters of Hip Hop), David Scott (Pulse Tour), Brooke Lipton (Pulse Tour) and Shane Sparks (Monsters of Hip Hop Conference). She has studied under the direction of Kelly Wicke Davis, Sean Curran, Gary Shore, and Kathy Bennett at Roger Williams University. She has performed in countless shows to include Live and Dance Strong 2009, 2010 and 2012, The Fab Show 2010 and 2011, Thornton Academy’s Annual Dance Performances, Pickerton’s Annual Dance Performances and Sonardance showcases from 2009-current. She has performed in the fundraiser Let’s Dance with the Stars for several years. Dancing is an amazing and integral part of Katie’s life. She looks forward to choreographing for several years to come.
Sasha graduated magna cum laude from Long Island University’s Honors program earning her B.F.A. in Dance Studies with a concentration in Psychology. She continued her post-graduate studies at Mills College in Oakland, CA where she trained extensively in modern dance composition and performance. Upon her return to NY, she worked as a freelance dancer and teaching artist with Circle of Dance Repertory Company, performing in notable venues such as the Duke Theater on Broadway, P.S. 122, and Clark Theater in Lincoln Center. Ms. Malone is the director of the dance program at Berwick Academy and is artistic director of SONARdance and co-artistic director of New England Dance Project. In New England she has presented pieces with the Portland Ballet, the Cassandra Project, Dance Complex, Portland Youth Dance, the City Theater and many more. Her work has been described as “athletic and thought provoking, bringing classic modern dance to the next level” (Boston Globe). Sasha is excited to be joining Brooks Dance Center!
Alivia Cram graduated from Dean College magna cum laude in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Dance. There, she studied under renowned dancers such as Jill Silverman, Former Director of the Classical Ballet in Cambridge, and Nailah Randall-Bellinger, master class instructor for the American Dance Awards. In the summer following, she attended the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Summer Intensive program in New York City. After traveling and teaching around Namibia in southern Africa, she settled in Boston, and now Portland. Alivia has choreographed for dancers on the competitive level, as well as theater companies, special education classes, and educational performances. As well as photography and writing, Alivia considers teaching to be one of her greatest joys and is so thankful to be able to do what she loves every day.
Jessi began dancing at the age of three and has taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop. She attended school locally in the Massabesic School System and continued her education at Rivier College. It was there that she was a co-founder of the school dance team, The Raiders’ Rhythm. She then went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of
Maine at Farmington with a degree in elementary education, followed by a summa cum laude Masters Degree in Literacy from the University of New England. Since the age of 10, Jessi has been attending various annual dance workshops, including Dance Olympus, Maine Dance Teachers’ Club, and Monsters of Hip-Hop. Jessi has taken classes under many well-known
choreographers including Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, Nick DeMoura, Anthony LoCascio, Brian Santora, and Mario Velez among many others. For the past fifteen years she has been teaching dance to students of all ages, and is also a classroom teacher for the Sanford School Department. Jessi is excited to combine her passions for both teaching and dance at BDC.
Sarah has been a part of the Maine dance community since she was three years old as a student, performer, teacher, and choreographer. She has a B.A in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College where she worked with choreographers such as Marta Renzi, Bill Evans, and Angelica Vessella. Sarah has also performed with local Maine dance company SONARdance since 2012. In addition to performing, Sarah has choreographed pieces for the Rhode Island College Dance Company, Thornton Academy Dance Company, Community Dance Project, and Studio 48 Dance. She also augments her dance education by attending a range of conventions and intensives such as the Bates Dance Festival, the David Dorfman Dance Intensive, NUVO, the American College Dance Association, and is a member of the National Dance Educators Organization. In her teaching, she uses safe strategies to promote healthy technique. Sarah loves teaching all dance styles, and strives to bring a well rounded dance education to young dancers in Maine.
Kerry grew up in Biddeford and attended local dance centers. She took classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Street Funk. After graduating from Biddeford High School she earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Husson University. While in college she discovered her love for clogging. She became the co-director for Jacqueline's School of Dance. She was also on the award winning clogging team, Saco Sensation Cloggers. She moved on to be the director of Pink Diamonds Dance Center. PDDC dancers and Kerry joined the BDC family in 2014 allowing her time to focus on her son. She looks forward to making more memories with her dancers.
Bethany originally sought out yoga in 2000 when she started practicing Iyengar yoga to enrich her mind and body wellness. Little did she know it would turn into her favorite hobby that she would become zealous about. Over time, yoga has evolved into many things for her: a form or exercise, a stress reliever, a means of finding a general sense of well being and balance in life. After 13 years of practice, she decided the next step forward was to teach and inspire others. She graduated from Sacred Seeds Yoga School in 2014 under the study of Yoga Life Coach, Reiki Master and ERYT Jacqui Bonwell and is certified with the Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour RYT. A couple of Bethany's favorite influences are Kathryn Budig and Tiffany Cruikshank. Outside of yoga, Bethany works full-time as an accountant and part-time as a bookkeeper for the restaurant she co-owns with her husband. Yoga is her extracurricular passion, the means by which she stays sane in all other aspects of her life. Bethany's desire is to subtly guide people towards discovering for themselves how truly rewarding yoga can be in their life too.
is currently studying to receive a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of New Hampshire. She has had eighteen years of dance experience, starting at Sole City Dance (formerly known as Arts Rochester) studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, choreographic process as well as being in SCD’s Ensemble performing throughout the Seacoast. In 2013, she began dancing with New England Dance Project and has continued to work with the company creating group and solo choreography. She has performed with other companies on the seacoast such as Annex Contemporary Dance Company and Sonar. Kelsey danced on both Jazz, Tap, Aerial Company and Ballet Company at UNH for all four years of her college experience. In 2019, she has also become a certified personal trainer and a certified beginner aerial instructor. Currently, Kelsey is teaching at two studios focusing on styles such as Aerial, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap. She is looking forward to bringing her passion for performing and choreographing pieces for others to all the beautiful dancers at Brooks Dance Center.