It could be the warm family atmosphere and sense of camaraderie, or perhaps the strict discipline and rigorous training. Or maybe it’s the dedication of teachers who have been with the school for decades—whatever the reason, the 70-year-old Giacobbe Academy of Dance in Louisiana is an enduring success story. The school has built a reputation for quality training and has become a veritable dynasty of dance education in the Bayou State.
Gwen Delle Giacobbe, a versatile dancer who taught generations of New Orleanians to dance, died February 7 of cancer at Ochsner Medical Center, according to The Times-Picayune. She was 73.