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Young Audiences of Louisiana presents “Dancing for the Arts”

Co-chairs Rachel Parker and Beverly Matheney with Rose Hudson and Macon Moore

Photographed by Beverly Matheney

Young Audiences of Louisiana’s “Dancing for the Arts” took the city by storm in March with the annual benefit at Harrah’s Casino Theatre. Modeled after the hit reality television show, the event is “Dancing with the Stars” – New Orleans-style – and brings together local community leaders with Young Audiences performing artists and instructors for an unforgettable night of food, music and an epic dance-off.

Co-chairs Beverly Matheney and Rachel Parker helped create an unforgettable night, which raised $40,000 for Young Audiences’ free after-school and summer programs for underserved communities. WDSU News Anchor Camille Whitworth served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The winning dance couple was philanthropist Kim Glazer and instructor Keith Gussoni, whose “Big Spender” routine earned them top marks from the judges. Other notable routines included Yulia Houghtaling and her partner Eddy Villalta’s hip dance mix, which featured Beyonce and “Gangnam Style,” for which the crowd went wild. During breaks, Master Guitarist Carl Le Blanc of Preservation Hall Jazz Band kept the audience on its toes. Le Blanc is a passionate supporter of music education and friend of Young Audiences.

In addition to great entertainment, guests dined on a lavish menu, featuring pan-seared salmon in a lemon butter sauce with pasta primavera and steamed asparagus, with assorted mini French pastries for dessert. Goldring Family Foundation provided an open bar throughout the evening.
Young Audiences provides New Orleans youth with fine and performing arts instruction, as well as life skills, professional development and new friendships.

Event at a Glance

What: “Dancing for the Arts,” benefiting Young Audiences of Louisiana
When: Saturday, March 23
Where: Harrah’s Casino Theatre

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