Community mourns loss of dance teacher, choreographer

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TEMECULA — The theater and dance community has raised more than $12,000 so far for the family of choreographer and dance teacher, Brooke Morris, who died on Oct. 1 from complications from a “brain bleed,” according to friends.  

Morris had been involved in musical theater since she was a young child, according to friends, and more recently had been a dance teacher at many studios in town. She did choreography for the city of Temecula’s Youth Musical Theater program for 11 years and worked with Temecula Performing Arts Company, Temecula Valley Players, Fine Arts Network, CAST Academy of Dance in Fallbrook, as well as studios in Rancho Bernardo, Oceanside, and El Cajon.

“She began in musical theater as a child at Christian Youth Theater and followed her passion in dance,” said friend Meredith Noon. “Brooke had the best sense of humor, has touched thousands of children’s lives through dance and musical theater and would drop everything in an instant to help whoever needed it.”

Morris recently choreographed a dance interpretation of the song, “Peace Prayer,” for the Grayhawk Consort Dance Ensemble that was presented at The Roxy Theatre during www.thesoiree.la during Grammy Weekend. 

Morris was a single mother who is survived by her son, Jet, a freshman at Mt. Carmel High School, her parents, Kathi and Harvey Morris, and a younger brother, Andrew. 

During a recent rehearsal for an upcoming production of “Shrek,” the children in the cast were invited to mourn together and share stories about their teacher. Grief counselors were made available for the students. 

This theater family is strong and full of love and support of each other and has vowed to shine a little brighter to honor the spark plug that Brooke was,” Noon said. 

Plans are in the works for the city to present a celebration of Morris’ life at the theater with details still being worked out. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/f/remembering-brooke-morris?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.

The fundraiser is to help pay for Morris’ funeral services and to start a college scholarship for her son.