Truckee’s Patty Brooke wins "Dancing Mom" contest |

Truckee’s Patty Brooke wins "Dancing Mom" contest

Truckee’s Patty Brooke is morning television’s reigning dance queen, crowned the winner this morning of ABC Good Morning America’s Dancing With the Moms challenge.

Shedding happy tears with a wide smile on her face on live television, the 54-year-old mother of three proved she can salsa with the best, dancing her way to the top of ABC’s morning version of “Dancing With the Stars,” where viewers cast votes for their favorite competitors.

“I’m all hoarse because I’ve been screaming,” said one of Brooke’s Truckee friends, Patty Florian. “I am just so excited for her.”

On this morning’s show, the panel of judges were enthusiastic in praising Brooke, referring to her joyful manner and quick mastery of the Latin dance steps.

“You have the glow of a champion,” said Joey McIntyre, a past member of the boy-band New Kids On The Block and a contestant on the first season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Several of Brooke’s friends and relatives gathered to watch the Dancing Moms finale early this morning at Kathy Bratt’s Truckee home.

Bratt said she received a phone call at 6 a.m. and then everybody started calling.

“I think we will have a party for her,” Bratt said. “We’re partying right now.”

Brooke flies home tonight and we’re lining up a limo to pick her up, Bratt said.

Out of thousands of applicants who entered the contest, Brooke’s enthusiasm and positive energy shined through, added Ron Florian, who is planning a big celebration when Brooke returns.

She’s put Truckee on the map, said Patty Florian.

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