‘Dancing with the Stars’ for La. students

Photo provided by Faith Peperone -- At Dancing with the Stars, from left, are Leslie Marsh, Jeff  Branson, Kathleen Mix Diamond, Eric Paulsen,  Louisiana Center for Women and Government Director Laura Badeaux, Christian Leblanc, Diane Hollis, Sandy Rosenthal, Russ Herman, Dianne Breaux, Faith Peperone, Jessica Collins and Elizabeth Dent. Show caption
Photo provided by Faith Peperone -- At Dancing with the Stars, from left, are Leslie Marsh, Jeff Branson, Kathleen Mix Diamond, Eric Paulsen, Louisiana Center for Women and Government Director Laura Badeaux, Christian Leblanc, Diane Hollis, Sandy Rosenthal, Russ Herman, Dianne Breaux, Faith Peperone, Jessica Collins and Elizabeth Dent.

Thibodaux was alive with excitement at the “Dancing with the Stars on the Bayou” event April 13 in the Cotillion Ballroom at Nicholls State University.

Master of ceremonies was Chrisitan Leblanc of the CBS serial drama “The Young and the Restless.”

Celebrity judges were Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV; Amanda Shaw, singer, songwriter and actress; Russ Herman, lawyer and jazz jester; and Jessica Collins and Jeff Branson, also of “The Young and the Restless.”

Kathleen Mix Diamond, Faith Peperone and Elizabeth Dent were the fascinator and cocktail hat judges. First prize went to Donnell Zeringue for her ensemble titled “The Real Deal in Teal.”

Couples included state Rep. Lenar Whitney and Stephen Howard; Sandy Rosenthal and Darryl Drucker; Claudio Guillermo and Tara Guillermo Bern; Carole and C.J. Knoblock; and Jennifer Kazusky and Robert Smith V. The event was organized by the Bayou Junior Woman’s Club and the Louisiana Center for Women and Government. Proceeds will be used for Louisiana scholarships.