The Year In Review 2011 ~ 2012 ~ 2013 ~ 2014 ~ 2015 - 2016

A magnificent celebration of seventy years of
excellence in dance education by the
Giacobbe Academy of Dance

Often it is hard to know where to start, but two people have made it easy have made that easy.  Jessica Bourgeois and Katie Brandner made the evening a knock-out, wonderful and highly successful party and fundraiser through their hard work, creativity and attention to detail. “Thank you” does not seem sufficient but, for now, it will have to do.

A special thanks goes to Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni for the great job he did as Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer.

Metairie Country Club gave us a gorgeous setting on the Grand Ballroom and the lovely patio. (The only thing Katie and Jessica cannot be credited with was the beautiful weather, but then again – who knows what strings they may have pulled.) The staff at MCC was very helpful and cooperative - and the food delicious.

A special part of the program was a new work by Ballet Master Richard Rholdon featuring Jessica Touchet and twenty plus GAD dancers to Broadway melodies.

La Fête gives us an opportunity each year to recognize those volunteers who have given so generously of their time and talent to Delta Festival Ballet and to honor our graduating senior dancers and wish them well as the move on to college. This year was o exceptions as Joseph Giacobbe presented awards for their invaluable service to Scott and Cara Dessens, Laurin Hart, Ann Heath and Pam Touchet. Accepting for graduating senior Macy Dunne who was dancing that night (at her graduation prom) were proud parent Randy and Jeanne Dunne.

La Fête was blessed this year by a record number of corporate and individual donor/sponsors at a range of levels led by Broadway Level supporter Capital One Bank. [hot link to web site]. A complete list of the year’s supporters is below. 

This year also saw the most extravagant display of silent and live auction items ever. Over 90 items ranging from spa sessions to tickets and limousine ride to the Broadway in New Orleans performance of Wicked were on display for some very intense bidding. Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who gave so generously to the auction this year.

Our Generous Sponsors


Capital One

Times Square

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Brandner, Jr.
Brandner Law Firm

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kavanaugh
Community Oxygen Service

Ash and Kelly Abbott
MPRESS Printing

Sofia Rodriguez in Honor of
Triumph over Kid Cancer Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Schlosser
 Functional Rehabilitation Center, LLC

42nd Street

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bossetta
Azalea Title, LLC

Ms. Nan Alessandra and Ms. Maria Giacobbe
Mr. and Mrs. Deryle Bourgeois
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Giacobbe
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Redmann

La Fête du Ballet 2013

Ashley and Kelly Abbott
Nan Alessandra
Craig and Lisa Borges
Kenneth and Tesa Bossetta
Deryle and Jessica Bourgeois
Michael and Katie Brandner, Jr.
Joyce Brinkman
Julia Burka
Angelina Christina
Charles and Valerie Corcoran
Carl and Karen Danna
Larry and Lori Demarcay
Scott and Cara Dessens
Ronnie and Jeanne Dunne
Lance Estrada, MD
Lee Facenda
Jeffery and Amy Fernandez
Roy and Mandi Frischhertz
Randy and Melanie Geier
Joseph Giacobbe
Maria Giacobbe
Terri Giacobbe
George and Gail Giacobbe
George Greenberg
Randy and Ann Heath
Tom and Arlene Holley
Paul and Jennifer Kavanaugh
Louisiana Association of Dance Masters
Frederick and Joanne Knecht,
Charles and Mary Kelly
Kevin and Denise Plessala
Thomas and Aimee Redmann
Marlene Rodriguez
Dr. Charles and Traci Schlosser
Victor and Robin Schmitt
Bridget Shepherd
Drs. Peter and Robin Stedman
Amy Truitt
Jessica Van Vrancken
Kent and Michelle Wise
Lisa Wyatt

Delta Festival Ballet
Board of Directors

Joan Patrick, President
Thomas Holley, Vice President 
Scott Dessens, Treasurer
Jessica Van Vrancken, Secretary
Lynn Fry, Linda Fried, Laura Hornaday
Pamela Martin, Cara Dessens, JoAnn Neumann
Steve Olson, Jeanne Bruno, Peter Stedman, MD
Lance Estrada, MD, Kayne Stewart

La Fête du Ballet 2013

Rachelle Albright
Lisa Borges
Leighann Brouilette
Syndee Brown
Valerie Corcoran
Karen Danna
Lorie Demarcay
Jeanne Dunne
Amy Fernandez
Mandi Frischhertz
Tammy Hampton
Jennifer Kavanaugh
Melanie Lafleur Geier
Kelly Mary
Robin McGoey
Cheryl Surcouf Pelle
Ellen Pelle
Denise Plessala
Ninfa Rosinia
Traci Schlosser
Stephania Simoneaux
Nicole Surcouf
Melissa Toups
Heather Villarubia
Peggy Vuljoin
Cynthia Warren
Michelle Wise

Special Thanks To

Ashley and Kelly Abbott
Crystal Vase Florist
Karen Danna
Lee Facenda
Frederico’s Family Florist
Randy Geier
Joe Simon Band
Joseph Giacobbe
Maria Giacobbe
Laurin Hart
The Staff of Metairie Country Club
Denise Plessala
Richard Rholdon
The Honorable Michael Yenni


Grand Jete ($500 and Above)

Carmel's Dance Wear
Delta Festival Ballet
GK Photography
Joseph Giacobbe

Joe Impastato
Jazz and Heritage Foundation
Kehoe-France School & Camp
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Milestone Photography
Planet Beach Contempo Spa
Mark Spiers
Windsor Court Hotel

Pirouette ($250 to $499)

Academy of the Sacred Heart
Chateau Country Club
Clutter Cleaner, llc.
Deborah Roth, ASID
Elmwood Fitness Center
Frederico’s Family Florist

Milestone Photography
Mirror Mirror
Monteleone Hotel
New Orleans City Park/
Celebration in the Oaks

Proof Media Mix LLC
Skin Science
Sweet Light Studios
Victor's International Model & Talent Agency
Lisa Wyatt

Arabesque ($100 to $249)

AHB Hair and Makeup Services
Audubon Nature Institute
Besh Restaurant Group
Jessica Bourgeois
Katie Brandner
Bookoo Bounce
Chatta Box
Computer Network Consultants
Contemporary Arts Center
Crystal Vase

Dr. Lance and Leslie Estrada
Fore Kids/Zurich Classic
French Sole New Orleans
Hotel Provincial
Inge Hamidjaja
Frederick and Joanne Knecht
Le Foret
Libertos Cleaners- Willow St
Makeup Nola
Mandi and Roy Frischhertz
Mignon Fagets

New Orleans Opera
New Orleans Steamboat
Pat O’Briens
Pure Barre
Richard Rholdon
Romney Pilates
Silver Slipper Casino
Stephania Simoneaux
Stella and Dot Independent Stylist
Cherie Franz
The Theatres at Canal Place

Releve ($50 to $99)

Beyond Nails & Spa
Corks n Canvas
Creole Queen
Fisher Jewelers
Betty Foster
Impastato's Restaurant
Itsy Bitsy Me
John's Tuxedos
Lindsay Troha
Louisiana State Museum’s
Cabildo Museum
Martin Wine Cellar

Muriel's Jackson Square
Natural Dance
New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
NOLA Couture
Ogden Museum Of Southern Art Pascal's Manale
Petite Nola Bags
PJ's Coffee
Prytania Theatre
Ristorante Filippos

Roberta Corcoran with Royal
Clip Hair Salon in New Orleans
Rock 'n' Bowl
Gerald and Bridget Shepherd
Sue’s Jewelers
Vom Fass
Larry Welch
Welty's Deli
Ye Ole College Inn
Yeaux Yeaux Bows

1st Position ($49 and Under)

Abeille NOLA
Creole Creamery
Just Dipping by Jackie

La Thai
Octavia Books
Posh Paint Pub
Rocket Girl Treats

Michael and Lucia Schneider
Small Habitat
Two Sprouts
Rebecca Wilmore


The Year In Review 2011 ~ 2012 ~ 2013 ~ 2014 ~ 2015 - 2016

Delta Festival Ballet
Post Office Box 7425  Metairie, Louisiana 70010  Phone (504)888-0931  Fax (504)888-0941