Lake Charles Civic Ballet

Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough – Artistic Director

Lady Holly Hathaway Kaough - Artistic DirectorLady Holly is the artistic director of LCCB and an accomplished choreographer, as well as a New York Guild-Certified Pilates instructor. Lady Holly attended Emory University as a music major and studied dance with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, City Ballet of Houston, Joffrey Ballet in San Antonio, and with many Dance Masters of National and International fame. She also received her Bachelor’s degree from McNeese State University. She received a Regional Dance America scholarship to the Choreographers Conference and several of her works have been selected for showing on Southwest Regional Ballet Association Gala performances. Among them are: Once Told to Me, Louisiana Saturday Night, and Paper Suite.  She choreographed The Fable, a piece set to a score composed by the late Keith Gates. She also choreographed Petrouchka, Scheherazade and Cinderella for performances with the Lake Charles Symphony.  In 2012, along with the LCCB Board of Directors, she created Assemblé, a ground-breaking annual event showcasing area artists in collaboration with LCCB.  Lady Holly is wife to Andy Kaough and mother to daughters Cagle and Caroline.

Lady Leah Lafargue Hathaway – Artistic Director Emerita

Lady Leah Lafargue Hathaway - Artistic Director Emeritus of Lake Charles Civic BalletLady Leah followed her dream and established Lady Leah Lafargue School of the Dance in 1957 and chartered the Lake Charles Civic Ballet company in 1968. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from McNeese State University. She studied dance a the School of American Ballet in New York, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School and with noted tap dancers Tommy McCool and Jack Stanley. She was also a student at Lelia Haller of New Orleans as well as a theatre student of Rosa Hart and Marjorie Wilson. She has maintained the mission of LCCB by providing the total theatre experience with an emphasis on classical dance training and performance. LCCB has been used as a creative outlet for Louisiana choreographers, composers, and artists, and as a means of building the audience for dance in our region. Lady Leah has created many original ballets for LCCB, most notable including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Lady Leah is a brilliant choreographer and writer who knows how to please an audience through her commitment to total theatre, her attention to detail, and her understanding of humor.

Debi Buras White – Associate Director

Debi Buras White - Associate Director of Lake Charles Civic BalletDorothy ‘Debi’ Buras White was known fondly to all of us as Mrs. Debi. She was always interested in and involved with the arts, which led her to be the co-founder of Lake Charles Civic Ballet Company in 1968 with Lady Leah Lafargue Hathaway. Debi was instrumental in the early development and growth of the organization, which laid the foundation for its strength today. She remained the Associate Director of Lake Charles Civic Ballet since its inception where her focus and expertise was costume and set design integration to showcase choreography and dancers. Debi helped shape LCCB with her artistic vision that lives on with us today. Her costume and set designs grace our stage even now proving the timeless beauty of her creativity and insight. She received her education from Newcomb, Tulane, LSU, and McNeese in which she obtained a M.S. in Biology and Chemistry with 60 hours in theatre and art. Also included in her dance and design repertoire are the following: Three years training at the New Orleans Academy of Art; Regional Dance America Choreographers; Conference in Costume Design; and Fine Art Academy at Banff Canada. She has received recognition from renowned dance critic Doris Herring in Dance magazine for the setting and costume design in Dauguerrotype. Her settings and costume design in L’Academi Dubriovsky inspired National Regional Dance America Adjudicator David Lindgren to place it in the Regional Dance America’s gala performance.

Fred Stark – Technical Director

Fred is the owner of Stark Design & Illustration, a professional creative service providing a variety of commercial art services to local and regional clients.  His work in this field has earned him a number of the American Advertising Federation’s ‘ADDY’ Awards in the categories of outdoor illustration, site design and trade show design.  In 1996 one of his entries won not only an ADDY, but also the Judges Award.  Fred earned Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from McNeese State University in 1975 and continued studies in Communicative Design at the University of Texas at Arlington.  He is most known to the residents of Southwest Louisiana for his murals and public art projects, plus his scenics produced for the Lake Charles Civic Ballet as their resident set designer.  His work in theater is not limited only to this organization.  Among the many services provided by Stark Design & Illustration is the production of scenics for other dance companies and organizations.  Fred has also contributed to local education by holding workshops for the theater department at McNeese University.  He has also helped in the production of several high school and independent theater projects.  His efforts to promote the arts in our community contributed to Fred being named “Artist of the Year” during the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award ceremony sponsored by the City of Lake Charles and Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA.