A native of St. Louis, Ms. Brooks discovered that dance was her greatest passion while training as a young girl at the Berkley Evans School of Dance in Florissant, MO. Trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop, Ms. Brooks always had her sights set on becoming a professional dancer. From Chicago, NYC, and LA, to cruise ships and European tours, Angie’s professional credits include roles in such shows as GREASE, Singin' In The Rain, Guys & Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and South Pacific to name a few.
In 2007, Angie’s life was significantly impacted while watching the documentary film, Mad Hot Ballroom. Inspired by the work of Pierre Dulaine as documented in the film, Angie grew curious about ballroom dance and it’s unique potential for strengthening bonds and building confidence in young people. Not knowing the difference between salsa and samba and having never taken a ballroom lesson, Ms. Brooks began her journey into the world of ballroom and Latin dance -- and it is inside this world that she has stayed!
Today, Ms. Brooks is the Executive Director of St. Louis Dancing Classrooms (SLDC), a non-profit social development program that uses ballroom dance to teach elegance, dignity, respect, and teamwork among elementary-aged students. In addition to her work with SLDC, Angie is a professional ballroom dancer, instructor, and choreographer who works with students of all ages and levels both privately and in a group setting. Whether inside the ballroom studio or inside an elementary school gym, Angie works to inspire, motivate, and encourage all of her students to explore and expand their talents while connecting to the joy that comes from dancing.
Ms. Brooks, along with her partner, Mark Bulanda are the 2018 Dancing With the St. Louis Stars Champions!