The staff and mentors of ROOTS welcomes Brooke Mihalek, our new dance mentor!
Brooke Mihalek (dance) has studied, taught and performed dance across the southeast. In addition to teaching at ROOTS, she’s highly involved in the local dance community, studying at the Nashville Ballet and performing at the Boiler Room Theatre in Franklin.
Brooke fell in love with dancing as a young girl. She began her formal dance training in tap, ballet, jazz, modern and musical theater more than 20 years ago at Franklin School of Performing Arts.
After receiving a degree in performing arts degree from Western Kentucky University, Brooke continued her dance education at the University of South Carolina and at the Georgia Ballet. She then joined the entertainment cast of Stone Mountain Park, a theme park outside of Atlanta, Ga., where she performed a variety of musical revues. She has also choreographed musicals, taught at several dance studios and studied under tap legends such as Acia Gray, Brenda Buffalino, Bakaari Wilder, Lady “Di” Walker and Jay Fagan.
A mother to three sons, Brooke hopes her love for all dance forms will inspire all students no matter what age.
Q&A with Brooke
What is your favorite downtime activity?
My favorite down time activity is going for bike rides with my family.
Of all the places you have traveled, which is your favorite?
I went to the UK my senior year in high school with my family. Starting at Inverness, Scotland, we travelled by train for 10 days to finish our trip in London, England. Amazing history, rich in art and culture and breathtaking landscapes.
What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to ALL kinds of music. Anything from Blues to pop music, and all that’s in between. For me, music is the catalyst for dance. The music must resonate in my soul in order to move me to dance.
What is your favorite Bible verse and how does it speak to you?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NIV).
My father shared this verse with me shortly after I became a Christian. At that time, worry had crept into my life and made me question things about my faith and life. To this day this verse brings so much hope and solace to my life. Just trusting The Lord in every area of my life, knowing He has a plan, even if I might not understand my circumstances at that moment.