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Debbie Allen's Just Dance (2010)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-05-21

Duration: 00:06:33

Subjects: Dance | Arts | Allen, Debbie, 1950- | Choreographers | Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge | Gordon, Derek E., 1954-2012


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Yancey, Allegra Nevils Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Allen, Debbie Interviewee
  • Gordon, Derek Interviewee
  • Brady, Brooke Interviewee
  • Langster, Jarvis Interviewee


This segment from the May 21, 2010, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Allegra Nevils Yancey’s preview of “Just Dance” at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge, a collaboration between choreographer Debbie Allen and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Yancey interviews Debbie Allen, who discusses the universal language of dance, spending her childhood summers in Port Allen, working with Derek Gordon, highlighting the best of her choreography in “Just Dance,” and the joy of teaching. Yancey also talks to Derek Gordon of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, who discusses his collaboration with Debbie Allen and the young dancers participating in the show. She also speaks to dancers Brooke Brady and Jarvis Langster about their roles in “Just Dance.” This story also includes footage of the show’s rehearsals. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford