Philanthropic Fun: An Arts Education for All

The 10th annual “Dancing for the Arts Gala” featured a cocktail reception, dinner and dance competition at Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre. Funds raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, voting and the silent auction benefit YALA’s after school, summer and early childhood arts in education programs.

The centerpieces were mini reproductions of four original artwork pieces created by student artists paired with professional artists at a previous event called “YALA Art Live,” held at Urban South Brewery on October 5, 2019.  

The dance competitors were comprised of one “Star” dancer and one professional dancer. The six couples were: Vance Vaucresson and Ashley Stevenson dancing New Orleans-style Buck Jump; Jamelyn Austin Trucks and Chance Bushman dancing a Jive; Doug Marshall and Nanette Ledet dancing a modern Cha Cha Cha; Madelaine Feldman and Javier Juarez dancing a Tango; Christine Guillory and Jay Hendrix dancing a Ballroom Medley; and Kim DeLarge Jr. and Katarina Boudreaux dancing a Swing Dance. Judges were Kenny Lopez, Beverly Matheney and Liz Reyes. Two Star Dancers, Doug Marshall and Jamelyn Austin Trucks, danced in honor of Young Audiences’ late President of the Board Macon Moore, who was also a founding member of the Krewe of Rolling Elvi. The krewe was a sponsor this year and backed the People’s Choice-winning dancer, Doug Marshall.

Gala guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet-style dinner. Every place setting had a cookie with the event’s logo that was donated by Appleberry Delights. Soul Heirs provided musical entertainment so gala guests also had the opportunity to dance.

Stella Del Bianco, Gail Barnes McKenna and Tyree Worthy served as Event Chairs. Camille Whitworth served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Event at a Glance

What: 10th annual “Dancing for the Arts Gala,” benefiting Young Audiences of Louisiana Inc.

When: Friday, November 1

Where: The Theater at Harrah’s New Orleans

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Jocelyn Reynolds, Joyce Pulitzer, Edna Moore and Jamelyn Austin Trucks 

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Rickie Nutik, Dr. Juan Gershanik and Nadine Brown Hampton


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