Nineteen-year-old Brooke Sheperd hails from New York and started dancing as early as her toddler years. She was 11 when she decided she wanted to become a professional dancer. At 14, she went to Europe as part of a dance tour. Embracing all forms of dance, Brooke trained in modern, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical dance, musical theater and gymnastic. This well-rounded performer said that she has no favorite style of dance because she loves all of them. Her mother and stepfather showed their support all throughout the years and never missed a single performance of hers. As of this moment, the song that makes her want to get up and dance is “Don't Stop The Music” by Rihanna.
Brooke's stepfather, Eric Sheperd, is 44 and comes from Columbus, Ohio. He adopted Brooke when she was little and became the only father she ever knew and recognized.Brooke and Eric
Shepherd are one of the ten competing pairs on the Lifetime TV reality series Your Mama Don't Dance
. Dubbed as the dance competition with a twist, contestants on the show auditioned without knowing that their dancing partners would be their very own parents. Five male contestants and five female contestants would foxtrot and mambo with their mothers and fathers as they compete to win the title and the $100,000 cash prize.
Brooke said that she and Eric have a good relationship but it is not a “daddy's girl” kind of closeness. She hopes that being on the show will give them a chance to bond more. She considers joining this contest as the highlight of her career and believes she and Eric have an amazing chemistry on top of their phenomenal dancing. On the other hand, Eric branded the experience as one of the most amazing things that ever happened to him aside from getting married and having kids.
(Photo courtesy of Lifetime)