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LaToya Brooks `10

LaToya Brooks `10LaToya Brooks, Class of 2010

What being an alumna means to me...

I am truly so happy I chose to attend Manhattanville.  The diversity among the students and professors is one that you will not find anywhere else.  To have been able to embrace and learn from so many different cultures is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Through my experiences as a student at Manhattanville, I have grown into a person who likes to take risks, try new things and step out of my comfort zone.  As a Dance and Theatre minor, plus a captain of the college dance team, Dance Troupe, I was able to gain the experience of leadership, choreographing, being a part of a team and performing with well known guest artists.  With that experience under my belt, so many doors were opened for me and have influenced my journey through today. 

Currently I am in my fourth season with the Knicks City Dancers; I auditioned for the team my senior year at Manhattanville.  While finishing my senior year, getting through my first year with the Knicks was a challenge.  It made me more responsible, strengthened my work ethic and was an eye opener as to what the realm of the dance world entails.  I was able to take what I was learning in the classroom and use it in the present.

Since then I have been fortunate to dance back up for many popular music artists.  I have even begun to choreograph for the KCD, which I would have not been qualified to do had I not choreographed in college.  Also, as a dancer for the NBA Fan Patrol I have been able to travel around the world to do what I love and am passionate about. I've danced in France, Italy, and England for the Pre-Olympic tour and recently got back from performing in Germany and Spain for the 2012 NBA Europe Live games.  I am a dance instructor at a studio in Westchester and I also coach two dance teams on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. 

I do what I love as a career. Manhattanville gave me the confidence and courage to go after my dreams.  The preparation I received from the classes, extracurricular activities and my fellow peers have truly shaped the woman I am today.