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Debbie Allen Dance Residency (2013)

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: 2013-05-17

Duration: 00:07:27

Subjects: Allen, Debbie, 1950- | Gordon, Derek E., 1954-2012 | Dance | Arts


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Yancey, Allegra Nevils Producer
  • LaFleur, Donna Photographer
  • Allen, Debbie Interviewee
  • Gordon, Derek Interviewee


This segment from the May 17, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Allegra Nevils Yancey’s visit to the rehearsals for “Derek’s Song: Here’s to Life” at the 6th Annual Debbie Allen Dance Residency in Baton Rouge, a tribute to the late Derek Gordon, who served as the CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Yancey interviews dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen, who discusses her friendship with Derek Gordon, the plans for Derek’s Song, and her commitment to returning to Baton Rouge each year to support the dancers and continue Gordon’s work. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford