Brooke Gessay McNamara

Brooke Gessay McNamara is a Dance Artist, student and teacher of Yoga, and ordained Zen monk. Brooke holds an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance with a secondary emphasis in Somatic Studies (Yoga) from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a BA in Dance and English from Connecticut College, having graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. McNamara currently teaches for Naropa University and the University of Colorado, and is a lover of adventure, especially in the territories of creative process, collaborative performance, and contemplative practice.

Brooke has danced professionally with LEVYdance (San Francisco), Kim Olson/ Sweet Edge (Denver), and Malashock and Dancers (San Diego), and has performed, taught, and shared work in the U.S., Mexico, Lithuania, Italy, China, and Vietnam. Brooke’s creative collaborations with Lauren Beale have been performed in NeXus, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, the ATLAS Black Box, at New York University, and most recently at the American College Dance Festival. She has been most impacted by the dance teaching of Dan Wagoner, David Dorfman, Benjamin Levy, Erika Randall, Eddie Taketa, and Jeremy Nelson. She has worked extensively with youth in arts and yoga education through Performing Arts Workshop (San Francisco), The Wellness Initiative (Boulder), and her own business, FreeBird Dance and Yoga, LLC.


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Photography by Lois Greenfield Photography, Heather Gray Photography, Elizabeth Grivas, Brian Davis.
Photography by Lois Greenfield Photography, Heather Gray Photography, Elizabeth Grivas, Brian Davis.