Owner, Artistic Director
Director: The Dance Collective
Brooke Loftis began dancing at the age of four while being raised in her mother, Debbie McCreight's dance studio, The Dance Factory (est. 1985-2015). She has received extensive training in ballet/pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She is a qualified member by examination with Dance Educators of America, Inc. She also holds a current membership with National Dance Education Organization. She received her Associate of Arts Degree in Dance from Santa Fe College while she was a member/student choreographer with the Dance Theater Santa Fe.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a concentration in childhood development from The University of Florida. Upon graduation, she spent time in Atlanta, GA as a professional dancer where she was represented by Bloc South Dance Agency. She then came back to Ocala to take the position as the Director of Dance for the Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High School, a magnet school for the arts. During this time, she completed her Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling and became a School Counselor with West Port High School and Florida Virtual School.
She has worked as an award-winning choreographer for many years with numerous dance teams, studios and dance companies throughout the state of Florida. She was also a faculty member of the Dancer’s Spotlight Dance Convention (based in Charlotte, NC). Brooke has a love for the art of dance and finds true joy watching her dancers grow as artists.
Her favorite dance quote is: "Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts. For it is no mere translation or abstraction of life. It is life itself.” –Henry Havelock Ellis.
Brooke is married to her best friend, Phil, and together they have three beautiful children.