On the 22nd of March, Young Audiences of Louisiana held its fifth annual “Dancing for the Arts” event to benefit its art education programs and initiatives. Young Audiences of Louisiana, or YALA, has aimed to inspire, empower and unite children and communities through education, arts and culture since its inception in 1962.
The organization’s largest and longest-running fundraising event, “Dancing for the Arts” features five notable men and women from the community paired with professional dance instructors to compete against one another for titles such as Best Choreography, Best Overall, Best Technique, Best Costume and Most Original, as well as the audience-awarded People’s Choice.
Honored notables included Cathy Bart, Dave Davis, Marla Donovan, Crystal Valteau-Morgan and David Silvers. E. John Bullard, Kim Glazer Goldberg, Blaine Kern Jr. and Chet Pourciau served as celebrity judges.
Attendees enjoyed edibles and beverages from host Harrah’s Casino, as well as entertainment from the Soul Heirs featuring Erika Flowers. WDSU’s Camille Whitworth served as mistress of ceremonies for the fifth year in a row, joined by event co-chairs Tracy Stewart and 2012 People’s Choice winner Joan Zaslow.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Dancing for the Arts,” benefiting Young Audiences of Louisiana
When: Saturday, March 22
Where: Harrah’s Casino Theater