I’m sure you’ve wondered where I’ve been hiding. My schedule has been packed and I’m finally catching my breath! I’d like to share a big highlight from the last two weeks…
Our Seaside Neighborhood School Dance Academy had very special guests visit. My former dance teacher, Rose Barile, along with her 11 Senior Dance company members from Alpharetta Dance Theatre traveled down for a guest performance at our school. Here they are…
Rose (next to me in the middle) is a former Prima Ballerina with the Atlanta Ballet and an honor graduate of the New York School of Performing Arts and Julliard. She studied at the Harkness Ballet, Joffrey and American Ballet Theatre. She just celebrated her 30th year as owner and Director of Alpharetta Dance Theatre. They have a FB page over here.
Rose’s dancers gave our school an unforgettable performance. Their first of eight flawless dances began with a classical ballet piece with all the dancers gracefully moving in a sea of black tutus. The choreography was gripping. Every single detail, down to the tiniest hand movement, was perfectly in sync. I had almost forgotten how compelling Rose’s choreography was. At one point I looked around at our students’ faces among the audience and noticed they were completely engaged. All eyes on the performance. It’s not exactly easy to capture the interest of middle schoolers, so to me this was very pretty impressive.
We also had very special guests attend this early morning performance; Seaside founders, Robert and Daryl Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are two of our biggest Seaside School Dance Academy supporters. Here we all are after the performance with the Davises happily squished in the middle : ) : )
After the show, Rose went straight to class to instruct our students.
Rose had the brilliant idea to have her own students help her teach a section from one of their Lyrical Ballet dances we saw in the performance. Our students loved this! Getting to dance alongside the ADT girls was inspiring to our girls…and made the whole experience that much more enjoyable.
Of course we had to style a “Ballerina Pink” table of refreshments for our guests. Complete with pink lemonade and stripy straws. Next post I’ll share with you a super easy DIY goody I made for them…a fun party favor idea!
Aside from the generosity Rose shared in coming down to see us, on a personal note I was incredibly moved to have her here. She was a big part of my life growing up. I had a great respect not only for her accomplishments and success, but for her character as well. She was always incredibly kind, well-spoken and captivating. Her charisma could light up a room. And still does! I can remember as early as ten years old making mental notes of little things Rose did that I admired. I was a little shy, so I didn’t vocalize her impact on me at the time…I just absorbed all that I could. She was much more than a dance teacher…she was a mentor and example of what kind of person I hoped to become: generous, exciting, accomplished, and full of life. I think it’s critical for a young person to have an adult in their life who not only believes in them, but pushes them to succeed and sets an example of excellence and good character. Rose was that person for me.
Seeing one of my childhood heros work with my own Ballet students last week filled my heart so full that I felt it could burst. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. I really wanted my students to have the experience of working with her because she makes dancing feel like magic. And she is so positive and encouraging to students of all levels. My students had an amazing time and learned so much. What a gift this day was!
My oldest daughter fit right in during our visit. It’s hard to believe I started dancing with Rose at the age she is now. Time flies.
And now look.
Playful. Do you spy a hitch-hiker ballerina in this group? She told me she wanted to go home with Ms. Rose ; )
We all had a blast.
If we still lived in Georgia, my girls would absolutely dance with Rose in her studio. If you’re lucky enough to live anywhere near Alpharetta, I would strongly encourage you to check out Alpharetta Dance Theatre. I can assure you that it will be a life-changing experience for your child.
Speaking of fun, Alpharetta Dance Theatre will perform their 15th annual Nutcracker again this year at Milton High School, my alma mater. Show dates: December 15th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and December 16th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm. For ticket information, you may call Alpharetta Dance Theatre at 770-664-4797. It’s a show you won’t want to miss : )