Rebecca Brooks is an independent dance artist and Alexander Technique teacher based in New York City. Fundamental to her performance work is a commitment to developing sustainable practices that enhance conscious awareness for the performers and the public alike. Her teaching and art practices are integrally linked.
Rebecca is currently pursuing an MFA as a Teaching Fellow at Bennington College in Vermont.
Rebecca’s recent performance works include an actual dance at SOAK festival at CAVE, Still Left On This Rock at Danspace Project, YALA at Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, presented by Danspace Project, Left On This Rock at Arts @ Renaissance through TIMESHARE, S.S. at NADA Art Fair through Cafe Dancer's Contemporary Dancing Program, A Tour Thru the L.E.S., a collaboration with artist Sam Gordon also at NADA Art Fair, Re-Veil at the Not Festival at Greenspan Center, Miracle Tear commissioned and produced by Dance Films Association at Solar One, HOLY FACE presented by Catch.45 at Abrons Arts Center, and Veil of Veronica, self-produced at Veronica Peoples Club. Earlier works were presented throughout NYC at Danspace Project, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, LaMaMa, Dixon Place, and AUNTS. Works presented under the auspices of tri-coastal dance-positive action band JERK, created with fellow members Katy Pyle, Jillian Peña, and Eleanor Hullihan, were seen and heard throughout 2008 at Danspace Project, Movement Research Festival at the Judson Church, Catch at Starr Street Projects, and Monkeytown.
Rebecca is committed to working as a performer for independent artists and choreographers. Recent projects have included work with Marina Abramovic, luciana achugar, Walter Dundervill, Susan Rethorst, Maria Hassabi, robbinschilds, Heather Kravas, Kathy Westwater and Amanda Loulaki. She has also performed with MGM, Sara Smith, Anneke Hansen, Rebecca Davis, Michael Helland, Jillian Peña, Katy Pyle, and Sarah White-Ayón.
Rebecca’s dedication to the field extends to include curation, production, and administration. For 3 years she acted as co-Artistic Director for the Rockbridge Artist Exchange in Lexington, Virginia. She has worked deeply and in various capacities with Movement Research for several years. She co-founded the shape-shifting entity AUNTS.
In 2012 Time Out New York featured her as one of the Most Stylish New Yorkers. Rebecca has also done work as a model for print and video, most recently for Creatures of Comfort and Chance.
Finally, and at the base of it all, Rebecca is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher, having graduated in 2009 from Balance Arts Center. She has taught private lessons at Balance Arts Center in Manhattan (Chelsea), and at her studio in Brooklyn (Williamsburg). She has been on faculty at Bennington College, Movement Research, Balance Arts Center (Teacher Training Course) .She has also taught at CAVE, Playwrights Horizons Theater School (NYU Tisch), St. Margaret's House, CLASSCLASSCLASS, the Fieldston School and General Theological Seminary in NYC, On the Boards in Seattle WA, and at the American Dance Festival in Durham NC.
Rebecca grew up in Lexington, Virginia and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently lives between Brooklyn, NY, and Bennington, VT, with her wife and their daughter.