It is Louisiana Delta Ballet’s goal to bring quality ballet to North Louisiana in order to educate our young people in arts enjoyment and appreciation as well as to enthuse the community at large in the passion of ballet. We strive to create an atmosphere of acceptance and appreciation for dance performance and to further the growth of the arts through the development of an audience sensitive to the importance of all artistic undertakings.
The Company consists of pre-professional dancers from a sixteen parish area of North Louisiana. LDB has become a vessel for dancers to pursue a professional dance career and has also contributed to an increase in the appreciation for the arts in the community. Each year, LDB hosts a summer intensive workshop in conjunction with the City of Monroe, featuring Dance Masters such as Will Thomas, David Webb, Emily Webb, Christian Vincent, Thom Clower, Jason Flower, DJ Guthrie, Chris Jarosz, and Jock Soto. The workshop is the official audition site for LDB, and a popular summer program for dancers across the South. Courtney Crain was awarded 2018 Emerging Choreographer Monticello award for outstanding female choreographer at 2018 Regional Dance America Ballet Festival.
Louisiana Delta Ballet is also proud to be an Honor Company of Regional Dance America where the Company has been chosen to perform original choreographic works each year and was recently awarded one of only five “National Choreographic Recognition Awards” for its ballet piece “Waltzes” by John Magnus at the national festival, “Festival de Dance” in Montreal, Canada.
LDB invites you to “Share the Passion” and help improve the arts in North Louisiana by purchasing a ticket to one of our upcoming events, joining us as a season ticket holder, or becoming a Corporate Sponsor. Your support is greatly appreciated!
About Missy Crain
Missy Crain’s passion for dance began at the age of nine. She knew from her very first dance class that this would be her way of life. Mrs. Crain’s early training began with the Twin City Ballet under the direction of Madame Cecelia Kelly and Linda Ford. Her years with Twin City Ballet, an honor company with Regional Dance America Southwest, enabled her to study under some of the world’s finest ballet instructors. As a principal dancer, she danced roles such as “Cinderella”, ‘Titania’ in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ in “The Nutcracker”, and ‘Odette’ in “Swan Lake”.
Mrs. Crain began teaching while still performing and found her teacher’s heart. Sharing her love for dance would become a life-long commitment. Missy Crain Dance Studios was founded in 1984 in Monroe, LA. The school began to grow and soon expanded throughout Northeast Louisiana with 4 current locations in Monroe, Ruston, Sterlington, & Calhoun. She founded Louisiana Delta Ballet in 2004. The company continues to be in residence at her studios today.
Since its inception, the pre-professional company has grown to approximately 85 dancers and is well known for its full scale productions in Northeast Louisiana, all choreographed and produced by Missy Crain. Some of the area favorites are “Power & Grace”, “Cinderella”, “Twas the Night Before a Cajun Christmas”, “Christmas in Neverland”, “The Polar Express”, “Coppelia” and “Dancing With the Louisiana Stars”. In 2015, Louisiana Delta Ballet hosted the Regional Dance America Southwest annual festival, “Dance Fleur de Lis”.
Missy Crain received the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council “Outstanding Artists” award as well as the “Mary Milam Lifetime Achievement” Award in 2014. She also received the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce “Small Business of the Year” Award for 2018. Missy Crain currently serves as the Southwest Representative for the National Regional Dance America association where she serves as Secretary.
Louisiana Delta Ballet welcomes volunteers who want to help further the performing arts in our area. There is a wide range of skills needed behind the scenes for our full scale productions.
List of skills needed:
- Set/prop design and carpentry
- set/prop painting
- set/prop/marley/barre transporting
- assistant stage management
- event decore design
- craft services
If you would like to volunteer contact us at:
Louisiana Delta Ballet
710 Highway 139, Monroe, LA 71203
Board of Directors
President – Mike Downhour
Vice President/Secretary – Jeanine Patton
Vice President/Public Relations – Cruse Flowers
Treasurer – Connie Walden
Josh Barham – Teacher and Coach, Downsville Charter School
Gene Crain – East Ouachita Recreation District, Executive Director
Joan Edinger – Head of Admissions, Louisiana Tech University
Evelyn Johnson – Domestic Engineer
Tommy Usrey – Former CEO, Northeast Louisiana Arts Council
Lacy Miletello – Vice President, Marion State Bank
Zeke Wetzell – Anesthesiologist, St. Francis Medical Center
Rochelle Williams – Monroe City Schools, Director of Student Support Services
Artistic Director – Missy Crain
Assistant Artistic Director – Colette Boutwell
Assistant Artistic Director – Elmarie Wessels
LDB Instructor – Mallory Kolb
LDB Rehearsal Assistant – Courtney Crain
Business Manager – Robin Crockett
Guild President – Michele Kolb
Past President-Elect – Mike George
Northeast Louisiana Arts Council CEO – Barry Stevens