Black and white décor, votive candles, tulips from Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts, and multi-colored roses donated by Hostess Danielle Kavanagh decorated her home to welcome guests to “Dancing with Degas: Une Soirée Magnifique.”

French vocalist and pianist Giselle Bonfaire played at the Étoile Patron Party followed by The Ed Barrett Trio, who performed for the main event. Guests were also treated to a short dance vignette of "Le Conservatoire" with pro-track dancers from Schramel Conservatory of Dance and NOBT dancer Blane Mader, and "Gaité Parisienne" featuring NOBT dancers Diogo DeLima, Lisa Keller and Shayna Skal.

A host of local restaurants provided cuisine, along with donations from families and a host of wines from Martin Wine Cellar.

The fundraising committee included Marianna Clayton, Sara Ruffin Costello, Blair Davis, Jane Davis, Marli Davis, Sweet Dupuy, Andre Feigler, Vesta DeYampert Fort, Linda Kennedy, Donna Maselli, Suzanne Dupuy Phelps, Monica Robinson and Kathleen Zuniga. Marie Louise Schramel was honored at the event.

More than 125 guests attended the soirée, which benefitted New Orleans Ballet Theatre programs, including the Education and Outreach program, School to Stage and annual performances of The Nutcracker and “Summer Solstice.”


What: “Dancing with Degas: Une Soirée Magnifique,” benefiting New Orleans Ballet Theatre
When: Friday, February 26
Where: Home of Danielle Kavanagh