Brooke Naylor grew up in Jupiter, Florida where she received versatile ballet and contemporary training at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She was fortunate to train under teachers such as Jan Hanniford, Maria Konrad, Michele Zehner, Danielle Armstrong, and Jerry Opdenaker. In Florida, Brooke had many opportunities to work with prestigious choreographers like Margo Sappington, Troy Powell, Christopher Huggins, Jennifer Archibald, and Rick McCullough.
After graduating high school in 2011, she moved to New York City to attend the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in May, 2015. At the Ailey School, she had the honor to work with legendary teachers including Milton Myers, Nancy Turano, and Jacqulyn Buglisi. She also performed works by Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Norbert de la Cruz III, Robyn Mineko Williams, Ray Mercer and many more. Brooke has attended many distinguished summer programs, including Jacob’s Pillow contemporary program (2013) and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (2010,2011, 2012, 2014.)
In 2014, Brooke apprenticed with Parsons Dance. She then joined Steps Repertory Ensemble as a company member for their 2015-2016 season. With Steps, Brooke performed works by Artistic Director, Bradley Shelver, along with, Lar Lubovitch, Sidra Bell, and Julia Ehrstrand. Brooke is currently a second company member with Nimbus Dance Works, a modern-based company out of Jersey City, directed by Samuel Pott. She is also dancing with Winnie Berger’s, Mook Dance Company, with whom she has performed all over New York state, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
Brooke has known Jeffery since they both attended the Orlando Ballet Summer Program in 2008. It is such a joy to be dancing with him again in their professional careers. Brooke joined Cirio Collective in 2016 for their second season. She was a part of the creation process for “Efil Ym Fo Flah (Half of My Life)” and performed it at Vineyard Arts Project. Brooke is so grateful to be a member of Cirio Collective.
Photo: Roberto Matteo Photography