Mr. Brooksher grew up in Mesa, AZ where he received his early training at Ballet Etudes and Jeanne’s School of Dance. At the age of 13 he left Mesa for Washington D.C. to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet (KAB). Mr. Brooksher graduated from KAB with High Honors, and from Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School with a Certificate of Merit, in 1993. During his years at KAB, he learned the craft of classical dance from some of the world’s true masters, the most influential in the shaping of Joshua’s training and career was, and still is, Rudolf Kharatian, a graduate of the famed professor Alexander Pushkin. Additionally, Mr. Brooksher received in-depth pedagogical training for classical ballet, character dance and historical dance under Oleg Vinogradov (the former Artistic Director of The Kirov Balleet), and Vladimir Kolesnikov, as well as the fundamentals of choreography under the tutelage of Oleg Vinogradov.
Among the leading male roles he performed he is most fond of the role of Albrecht in Giselle. After dancing professionally in The Mariinsky Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Internationale, Boston Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater, Mr. Brooksher returned home for a single season with Ballet Arizona before embarking on his teaching career.
He has always been a teacher at heart; even at a young age, his attention to detail distinguished him to his peers and teachers. Throughout his performing career Mr. Brooksher regularly took the time to return to his home in Mesa, AZ to serve as temporary faculty for Ballet Etudes Youth Ballet Company and The Phoenix School of Ballet before focusing on his students full time after his retirement from the stage as a performer. Under his tutelage his students have been recognized at national and international levels of competition, gone on to attend conservatories and universities, as well as securing work as professional dance artists in companies around the world. He is a member of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization – International Dance Council. Mr. Brooksher also serves as the United States international representative and director of pedagogy for the Classical Dance Alliance, an organization created to promote the highest standards for classical ballet in the United States through teacher training programs and educational awareness of the importance of pedagogical training. He is also the former Associate Artistic Director for his alma mater, The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC.