Truckees Dancing Mom goes on to final four
Truckees own Dancing Mom Patty Brooke proved she can shake it, and boogied her way through the Dancing Moms competition to become one of four finalists on the national television show Good Morning America.A final vote next week will determine whether the 54-year-old mother of three will win the whirlwind Dancing with the Moms Challenge, an ABC morning show version of the networks hit primetime show Dancing With the Stars, where viewers cast votes for their favorite competitors.And after the last several weeks, Brooke is still going strong with the support of Truckee-area residents voting her to the top. Were all very supportive of her, said Kristi Green, Brookes co-worker at Fitch & Cook Communities. Weve all been watching her online.Brooke works full time as a sales manager for the real estate company. Brookes cheerful face in an office photograph has caught the attention of customers since the show aired, Green said.After writing a letter to the show, the Truckee resident received a knock on her door last Friday from one of the producers, who informed her that shed been selected a finalist out of thousands of applicants to compete in the dance-off challenge, said Brookes longtime friend Sandy Miller. The network then whisked Brooke away to New York Monday for a nationwide debut to show off her dancing ability. The single mother started taking ballroom dance lessons last year and has also participated in the Truckee Follies variety show.She is so thrilled, said Brookes friend Marc Fong. It is one of her dreams come true.After a television appearance Wednesday, Brooke faced a busy schedule of gown fittings at Bloomingdales and dance rehearsals with professional dancers in preparation for Mondays final challenge, Miller said after speaking with Brooke briefly on the phone. Mondays vote is critical, Fong said. Three judges from Dancing with the Stars and audience votes will eliminate two Dancing Moms the following day, he said.But shes also having the trip of a lifetime, Miller said, eating hot dogs and seeing the sights of the Big Apple while wearing her I New York T-shirt. Amid all the excitement, Brooke drove to Livermore, Calif., last weekend for her oldest daughters wedding, Miller said. Shes got a great relationship with her kids, said Kristi Green. Shes got the right attitude (to win) and all the right moves. With Brookes zest for life, she just deserves to win, Miller said. Shes a great representation of us older moms crowd. She really wants it.
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