Brooker graduated in dance and biology at Swarthmore College, and moved back to the Triangle in 1999 to teach at the Carolina Friends School. Since then her "guerrilla dance troupe" has performed at Durham's Ninth Street Dance, the Durham Arts Council, and Carrboro's ArtsCenter. This fall, Triangle residents have two opportunities to help the fledgling troupe raise money to help establish a more permanent company, and to find a permanent performing space. On Sept. 15, bROOKERdANCE will perform at Carrboro's Sizl Gallery during the opening of Meeting of the Minds, an exhibition of new works by painter Anna Podris. Then on Sept. 21, at 8 p.m., the gallery will host a benefit for Brooker's emerging company, which will feature music and dance performances, visual and performance art, and audience participation. Funds for the benefit will go to support the company and October performances of Mirrorings Project, involving six dancers, and based on an essay by Lucy Grealy. Grealy's autobiographical essay discusses the trauma of growing up looking "different." After cancer of the jaw required the removal of part of her jawbone, Grealy's disfigured face forced her to confront an altered self-image. For details about the event, call Sizl Gallery at 960-0098, or Rachel Brooker at 530-1092.