Delta Festival Ballet
Delta Festival Ballet (DFB) is Louisiana’s largest resident, professional dance company with a school and a junior company, the New Orleans Youth Ballet (NOYB), which affords an opportunity for intensive study and performing experience to local, talented dancers who wish to pursue professional dance careers. Since its inception in 1969, Joseph Giacobbe and Maria Giacobbe have been the artistic directors and founders. More than 50 ballets and divertissements, ranging from 19th Century classics to popular rock ballets, are in its repertoire. Through DFB and NOYB and their school, Giacobbe Academy of Dance, they have trained many dancers who now fill the ranks of major ballet companies including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, London Festival Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre of England, and many more.
As the official ballet company to the New Orleans Opera Association, Delta Festival Ballet performs in the operas containing dance sequences. In addition to collaborating the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to present the Nutcracker every December, DFB also produces a full-length ballet each year for the LPO’s “Family Discovery Series.”
Doctor Estrada has been the company orthopaedic surgeon for the Delta Festival Ballet since 2004. He is currently a member to their board of directors.