About the Event Buy Tickets/Vote Meet the Stars


Join Young Audiences of Louisiana for the 7th Annual Dancing for the Arts gala. The event will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Harrah's Casino Theatre. Our fabulous evening gala will feature celebrity dancers, notable judges, cocktails, a silent auction, and fine fare.

Mistress of Ceremonies
Camille Whitworth

Camille Whitworth will preside as the Mistress of
Ceremonies, welcoming our seven celebrity dancers who will take to the dance floor for an evening of rug-cutting competition in support of Young Audiences of Louisiana's afterschool and summer arts education program.

This year’s event is co-chaired by philanthropist Heidi Dugan, and WWL-TV (CBS) Eyewitness News Traffic Anchor Tamica Lee.

Attorney and Philanthropist Anita Demps serves as our Silent Auction Chair.

Support the Gala

Vote online for your favorite star dancer. All votes will be counted toward your chosen celebrity dancers to help them earn the coveted People's Choice award the night of the event. (Minimum 10 votes)*

$100 - Artist
1 ticket to the Gala

$125 - Entertainer
1 ticket to the Gala and 1 star on the "Walk of Fame"

$1250 - Headliner
Special seating for a table of 10 at the Gala, 4 stars on the "Walk of Fame", and recognition as a participating sponsor of the Gala

$2500 - Luminary
Preferred seating for a table of 10 at the Gala, 8 stars on the "Walk of Fame", recognition as an official sponsor of the Gala, and logo placement for all event media and materials

$5000 - Superstar
VIP seating with table for 10 at the Gala, 10 stars on the "Walk of Fame", sponsorship recognition at the Gala, lead recognition as a major sponsor of the Gala, and superior logo placement for all event media and materials


Last year over 200 teaching artists, educators, athletic and recreation specialists, and technology instructors were paid nearly $ 2 million to work directly with students from pre-school through high-school, accounting for 70% of YALA’s total budget.

For more information, pictures, and videos of our programs, visit our Website, YouTube Channel, Facebook Page, or Twitter Channel.

Young Audiences of Louisiana would like to extend a special thank you to this year’s event sponsors.


Russ & Sandra
Harrahs Dr. David


People's Health El-Amm & Associates, LLC
Whitney BTN


Entergy Louisiana Lottery Capital One
Dell & Anita
First NBC Lawrence & Joan


Uptown Messenger New Orleans Advocate Mid-City Messenger


Loupe Photography Cocktail and Sons

*Make a tax deductible donation to Young Audiences of Louisiana by voting for your favorite dancer. Each votes is equivalent to a $1 donation (minimum 10 votes). You will be sent a letter of acknowledgement for your tax deductible gift as allowable by law.

For more information on Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jen Gick, Development Director, at jeng@ya4la.org or by phone at (504) 523-3525.