Brooks holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Temple University. She is also a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, N.Y. Her doctoral research was supported by a Fulbright/Hayes Grant for study in Spain, and she has also held several grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Brooks has participated as both National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellow and faculty member in the Aston Magna Academies, and was an invited participant at the International Council for Traditional Music's symposium on Musical Iconography in Burgos, Spain. In 2002-03, she held an NEH Full-Time Research Fellowship, and she has served as an applicant reviewer for NEH. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship at F&M.
For three years, Brooks wrote performance reviews for Dance Magazine. She served as editor of Dance Research Journal from 1994 through 1999, and now serves as co-editor of Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts. She has served on the boards of the World Dance Alliance, the Society for Dance History Scholars, and the Congress on Research in Dance as well as Lancaster-area arts organizations. She has written three books and many scholarly articles, primarily on dance history subjects in the areas of early dance in Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States (colonies and early nation). Most recently, she has performed and choreographed with the Grant St. Dance Company in Lancaster.
Dance history, movement analysis, dance education
1998: La Danza de Oro: Spanish Dance in the Golden Age, with Rebecca Rolnick and Veronica Ventura
2004: John Durang: Man of the American Stage, with Christine Geiselman
2005: Reconstruction of Anna Sokolow/Lori May "Rooms Etude", with Sarah Primak
2009: John Durang website and music-dance collaboration on Migrations: Resistance and Endurance, with Tori Lawrence
2011: Reconstruction of Pearl Primus's "Bushasche Etude" and creation of modern ballet inspired by Oskar Schlemmer's "Triadic Ballet"
TDF 116. Beginning Modern Dance: Technique and Theory.
TDF 117. Beginning Ballet.
TDF 200 – 201 and 300 – 301. Dance Production Ensemble I and II.
TDF 220. Introduction to Movement Analysis.
TDF 238. Dance on the American Musical Stage.
TDF 308. Writing Dance.
TDF 331. History of Western Theatre Dance. (A) Spring 2012
Foundations: Movement and Meaning.