‘A gift to the public’: The Nutcracker coming to Seaside Amphitheater Dec. 8

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM.

Howard took Brubaker to lunch to thank her for considering the idea, and by the end of lunch, the ladies had a plan.

“We said we’re doing this with no money,” said Howard, who said the two then sought private donations to fund the five-day-a-week dance program.

Support soon came from a source close to Seaside to fund the program as an alternative to physical education at the middle school. “Daryl Davis was our patron. She believed in us,” said Howard.

Davis was also helpful in bringing in Alpharetta Dance Theatre from Atlanta, and Director Rose Barile was happy to visit and share her girls’ talents and inspire the SNS students, who are led by Howard, one of Barile’s former students.

“Rose was my trainer in college,” said Howard, adding that their mentor-student relationship has been ongoing throughout both women’s careers.

With such a successful reception after the Dance Theatre’s October presentation and workshop, the two ballet mistresses, along with Davis, decided the two groups should collaborate for a Christmastime performance of The Nutcracker.

Barile said her 7- through 19-year-old dancers “love sharing what they do,” and are pleased to imbue SNS ballerinas with the same kind of passion for the art. “They can live every little girl’s dream to be a part of the Nutcracker.”

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