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Young Audiences of Louisiana presents the 8th Annual Dancing For the Arts

Local luminaires dance-off to benefit arts education
Published: October 18, 2017


Young Audiences of Louisiana presents the 8th Annual Dancing For the Arts
Local luminaires dance-off to benefit arts education

The 8th Annual Young Audiences Dancing for the Arts gala will be held at The Civic Theatre on Friday, December 1 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm starting with a red carpet reception and cocktail hour. Inspired by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the gala will feature local community leaders competing on the dance floor with professional dancers for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Festivities include a silent auction, an open bar with a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and dinner.

All proceeds from the gala will support Young Audiences’ afterschool and summer arts education programs. All ticket levels include food, drinks, and live entertainment. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to vote for their favorite dancer online. To purchase tickets and/or vote or please visit www.ya4la.org/dfta.php.

This year’s event is co-chaired by community activists Stella Del Bianco and Florence Smith with Anita Demps and Allison Kupperman as Silent Auction Co-Chairs. Star dancers include: Boyfriend, rapper, songwriter, and performance artist; Punkin Habet, real estate agent; Sandra Herman, philanthropist and community organizer; Carl Mack, owner of entertainment company Carl Mack Presents; Dr. Jane Cagan Miller, retired obstetrician/gynecologist; Ben Sherman, co owner of Midway Pizza and Kingpin bar; and Tai Teamer and Rodrick Teamer Jr.

TV personality Camille Whitworth returns as Mistress of Ceremony along with a panel of celebrity judges that includes: Dennis Lomonaco, CEO of Story Block Media, Executive Director of What You Give Will; Kenny Lopez, WGNO-TV Reporter; Tamika Jett, dancer, choreographer, and cast member of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce; Beverly Matheney, event founder.

Event sponsors include Delta Airlines, Whitney Bank, Sizeler Thompson and Brown Architects, Louisiana Lottery, Capital One, Schiro-Del Bianco Enterprises, Kim Glazer Goldberg/Jerome S. Glazer Foundation, Kingpin Bar, and Entergy.

For more information or for corporate sponsorship opportunities please contact Amanda Morlas, Special Events & Communications Coordinator, at amanda@ya4la.org or (504) 304-5197.


About Young Audiences
Young Audiences of Louisiana was founded in 1962 with the mission to inspire, empower, and unite children and communities through education, arts, and culture. Over the last 55 years the organization has grown from presenting school performances of chamber music to our current position as the state’s largest provider of arts-integrated and afterschool programs. To learn more about our mission, please visit our website at www.ya4la.org.

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