CS: So, hi Brooke.
CS: So, this is going to be the end of the Shepetin dynasty. How are you feeling?
Brooke: It’s sad to know that it’s over, but I’m going to dance in college.
CS: Tell us a little about your Center Stage journey.
Brooke: Well, I started doing only tap competition with Jan when I was 5 or 7.
CS: And your sister was already in the school?
CS: What is the age difference?
Brooke: Three years. And then I started doing jazz as well, with Christy. And then I’ve been in JazzCATS for the past five years. There were a bunch of us that went through the whole JazzCATS years together, and we’re really close, like a family.
CS: And that has always been under Jason?
CS: Do you see Jason as a mentor?
Brooke: Yes, he’s definitely somebody that I can go to if I have questions, or I’m trying to make a decision about something. He’s somebody I know I can trust.
CS: How many days a week do you dance?
Brooke: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
CS: Has it been hard balancing dance and school?
Brooke: Sometimes. Last year was harder. I seemed to always be up really late doing homework after dance. And when I was younger I was here more days, like I’d have to come in for some classes on Friday as well. This year I seem to be able to get my homework done before I come to dance, so then after dance, I go home and get to bed at a reasonable time.
CS: Did you have to give up things for dance?
Brooke: Well, when I was younger, I played soccer, and I really liked that. But then as you get older, you get into travel soccer and stuff like that, so I really needed to make a choice, so I chose dance. I wish that I had been able to keep up with soccer, even as a sideline, but dance has been important to me.
CS: So on balance you don’t regret your choice.
Brooke: No, I did the right thing.
CS: How are you doing with college applications?
Brooke: They’re all in.
CS: How many schools are you applying to?
Brooke: 13. I don’t really know where I want to go.
CS: Wow! What are your top choices?
Brooke: I really like Ohio State, and Penn State, and the University of Massachusetts and Syracuse.
CS: Why? What is it you like about them?
Brooke: Well, they’re big schools, so there’s room for everybody to find their own way. I like that they offer a lot of choices.
CS: What are you going to major in?
Brooke: Well, I’m going in as undeclared. I think I’d like to go into something like medical assisting, or engineering, even though they’re very different.
CS: But science. Are you a science person?
Brooke: I really like science. But I also want to keep up with dance, be on a dance team, like my sister.
CS: As you look into the future, say 10 years, what’s important to you? Is making a lot of money important to you? Is that something that you’re looking for in a career choice?
Brooke: Well, I want to be happy, and successful?
CS: But what is that for you? What would make you happy, and what do you see as successful?
Brooke: Well, having someone to share my life with, and being able to take care of my family, and then being able to give my family the things my mom gave me.
CS: So if you project yourself 15 years into the future, do you see yourself sort of becoming your mom?
Brooke: I already see myself becoming her. We’re a lot alike, and I think I want a lot of the things that she’s done.
CS: So are you going to come back and visit us?
Brooke: Of course. You’ll never get rid of me.