Young Audiences of Louisiana brought “Dancing with the Stars” to Harrah’s Casino Theater for a night of fundraising for arts education programs and initiatives. Community leaders paired with professional dance teachers, including celebrity dancers Dr. Adil Fatakia (2015 People’s Choice winner), Miranda Restovic, Marguerite Moisio, Tracee Dundas and Michelle Craig. Participants danced the night away to music by Desmian Barnes and the Soul Heirs Band, with intermission entertainment provided by Les Rebelles.

Co-chairs were Elizabeth Williams and Andrew Freeman. Camille Whitworth was the mistress of ceremonies for the fifth year in a row. Young Audiences of Louisiana students created the dining table centerpieces under the direction of YA teaching artist Todd Shaffer. Harrah’s catered the event.

Auction items included a Cava gift certificate for dinner for two; a Romney Pilates gift certificate for free group fitness class for 25; Harrah’s and Caesar’s Entertainment provided dinner for two at Besh Steak House and a one-night stay with a spa certificate to Bellisimo Spa and Salon at Harrah’s Biloxi; financial advising services worth upwards of $5,000 from Morgan Stanley; dinner for two with New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps at PIZZA Domenica, a basketball autographed by the team and a signed Anthony Davis jersey.
Approximately 250 attendees raised over $30,000.


What: 6th annual “Dancing for the Arts Gala,” benefiting Young Audiences of Louisiana
When: Friday, April 17
Where: 8 Canal St.