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Louisiana NGO Buzz: Dancing with the stars, Touro Gala, NOBA, NOCCA

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NGOWhat are the non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) doing in your Louisiana community?  Starting today, Bayoubuzz will be featuring Louisiana’s NGO’s in a special article called Louisiana’s NGO’s.

To do this, however, we prefer to simply publish the press-releases we receive so the information is not diluted and since virtually all of the releases are well-written.

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Dancing with the Stars of the South


Saturday, September 22, 2012
Dancing with the Stars of the South
to benefit
The Louisiana Center for Women, Government & Business


New Orleans Hilton Riverside
6:30pm cocktails ~ 8pm dinner
$80 per person
For more information or credit card reservations
 985-209-4221 or  504-888-8537
dinner with wine service ~ dancing ~ live auction ~ silent auction ~ celebrity judges ~ celebrity dancers 
Join WWL-TV’s Angela Hill, WVUE- TV’s Nancy Parker, Chef Greg Reggio of Zea’s, Jefferson Parish President John Young, WGNO-TV’S Glynn Boyd, Entertainer Amanda Shaw, New Orleans Attorney Stephen Rue, Demolition Diva Simone Bruni, Levees.Org’s Sandy Rosenthal, New Orleans Attorney/The Jazz Jester Russ Herman, State Representative Lenar Whitney, New Orleans City Council President Stacy Head, Select Properties President Lee Giorgio, Planet Guide CEO Brett Bauman, Zumba Dancer Ivy Kushner, New Orleans Philanthropist Sammy Steele, New Orleans Entertainer Suzaune McKamey, 2012 Cover Firefighters Look Hot Calendar Captain Mike Gowland, Harrah’s Masquerade Dancer, 
and MORE celebs!
Friends of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government
501(c)(3) Corporation



New Orleans Ballet Association

Single tickets are now on sale for the New Orleans Ballet Association 2012-2013 Season of Dance American Moves, celebrating American dance pioneers, visionaries, and legends. Ticket prices range from $20 - $125, and season ticket packages are also available at up to 20 percent off the single ticket price.


This season, five powerhouse companies showcase the unique history, diversity, and innovation of dance in America: the breathtaking physicality of Pilobolus; the sexy dancers of Ballet Hispanico, teaming up with the 19-member, Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra;the beautiful works of Jessica Lang Dance; the sleek and sharp dancers of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; andthe legendary Martha Graham Dance Company.


The season kicks off with the gravity-defying, shape-shifting dancers of Pilobolus on October 20, 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. For over 40 years, Pilobolus has tickled the imagination and entertained the world by blending humor, mind-boggling movement and jaw-dropping athleticism that defies what is humanly possible.  With a rich history of sold out performances and in-depth education residencies in New Orleans, this troupe returns for the first time in almost a decade with a fun evening for the entire family.


Continuing our initiative of pairing dance and music, Ballet Hispanico and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra bring a hot, Latin dance party to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on December 8, 7:30 pm. The stage will ignite with the infectious rhythms of Cuban, jazz and big-band music and the stylish Latin social dances of Rumba, Salsa, Cha-cha, and Mambo. The result is a fiery evening that “makes you want to get up and dance” (The New York Times).




NOBA and The NOCCA Institute are pleased to present the New Orleans debut of Jessica Lang Dance at Fred Lupin Memorial Hall on January 18 and 19 at 8 pm and on January 20 at 2 pm. One of the most sought-after American choreographers, Lang has created breathtaking ballets for such major companies as American Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet. Returning to Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 23 at 8pm, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, one of America’s great success stories that The New York Times calls “a breath of fresh air,” brings an exciting program that features some of the most dynamic choreographic voices in dance today.


Closing the season on March 23 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater at 8 pm, the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform in New Orleans for the very first time in the company’s 87-year history. Hailed as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” (Washington Post), the Martha Graham Dance Company revolutionized American dance. A trailblazing genius, Graham captured the contemporary spirit of her time and created groundbreaking works that continue to inspire and captivate audiences. The New Orleans program is highlighted by Graham’s masterpiece Appalachian Spring (1944), set to the famous Aaron Copeland score, and Panorama (1935), danced by New Orleans youth in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance.


NOBA is proud to welcome back two companies who, in the aftermath of Katrina, donated their services to help NOBA bring world renowned dance back to this great city. We honor and pay tribute to the generosity of spirit of Ballet Hispanico and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, which not only constructed special programs to perform at Tulane’s Dixon Hall but also conducted workshops in schools throughout the city. In addition to their performances on the Main Stage this season, both companies will again partner with NOBA to provide a week of classes for our youth and families.


Single ticket prices for Pilobolus, Ballet Hispanico with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company are $20-$125.  The single ticket price for Jessica Lang Dance is $50.  Three NOBA season ticket packages are also available at up to 20 percent off the single ticket price. The Grand Plus Series package of all five events ranges from $109 to $445. The Grand Series package, which includes all four performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, ranges from $68 to $425.  The flexible Build-a-Series package allows season ticket holders to design their own season package and starts at $51.  Season Ticket discounts are also available for students with a valid ID. 


For more information and to purchase single tickets or season ticket packages, call NOBA at 504-522-0996, Ext. 201 or visit  Single tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at



  • Pilobolus – Saturday, October 20, at 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater
  • Ballet Hispanico and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater 
  • Jessica Lang Dance – January 18 & 19 at 8 pm and January 20 at 2 pm at NOCCA’s Freda Lupin Memorial Hall (Co-presented with The NOCCA Institute)
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Saturday, February 23, at 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater
  • Martha Graham Dance Company – Saturday, March 23, at 8pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Touro Infirmary Gala

Touro Infirmary is pleased to celebrate 160 years of caring for New Orleans. Founded in 1852, Touro has long been a leader in healthcare, not only in New Orleans but across the country. Touro remains New Orleans’ only community based, not-for-profit, faith-based hospital. In celebration of this milestone, Touro will host its “2012 Here for Life Gala” on October 13, 2012.

Philanthropist Judah Touro established Touro as a 28-bed hospital after recognizing the overwhelming need for medical care for immigrants, slaves and port travelers in the city. Since its founding, Touro has treated more than one million patients and delivered tens of thousands of babies. Touro’s core mission of providing exceptional healthcare for those who need it most has continued over the last 16 decades.

While its original mission has not changed, Touro has always been a leader in the medical field and continues to be progressive in terms of technology and innovation. In 1923, Touro was one of only 15 hospitals in the country approved to use insulin as treatment for diabetes. Shortly thereafter, Touro became the first hospital in New Orleans to open a rehabilitation center. Today, Touro serves thousands of patients annually with comprehensive medical services including award-winning cancer care, advanced robotic surgery, extensive women’s health services and much more. 

Throughout its history, Touro has endured times of epidemic, war, plague, and natural disaster.. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced Touro to close its doors for the first time since the Civil War; however Touro was the last to close and first to open, providing needed care to the city during the worst natural disaster in our country’s history. Recent state and federal budget cuts have placed added pressure on medical facilities throughout the country, but Touro continues to adapt and emphasizes patient needs and care above all else.

In celebration of its rich history and bright future, Touro will host its “2012 Here for Life Gala” on October 13, 2012 at the New Orleans Marriott. For additional information about this event including how to purchase tickets and sponsorship information, please visit or call (504) 897-8435. For more information about Touro Infirmary’s 160th Anniversary, please visit

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