On Thursday night, a galaxy of stars joined choreographer Debbie Allen to raise funds for her non-profit, Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA). HipHollywood was on the red carpet for the Annual All Star Gala Concert, where we caught up with the stars to talk about the importance of the night’s event.
“Arts education, dance, uplifting lives, connecting young people with their creativity, connecting young people with their voice, it’s a real mission in life for me,” Debbie Allen shared.
Grey’s Anatomy star, Chandra Wilson revealed she’s been a supporter of DADA for years. “I’ve been watching kids that were little kids, they are teenagers now, and they have become the most beautiful, well trained dancers, and I love it. I love watching that progression,” the actress said.
Corbin Blu, who started his dance training with Debbie, talked with HipHollywood about being a top three contestant on last season’s, Dancing with the Stars. The former Disney actor revealed what his experience was like dancing on the hit ABC show.
“It’s all about the discipline,” he said. “That show takes so much out of you and to be able to go through that process, a lot people you break down and I never really broke down because I just know that you just gotta get the work done. I credit a lot of that to Mrs. Allen.”
Also in attendance, Boardwalk Empire star, Louis Gossett Jr. Earlier this week, Boardwalk was nominated for several SAG Awards, including Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. So while on the carpet, Gossett shared with HH his reaction to the big news.
“It’s whip cream. The things that make me happy are so simple these days. It’s simple, so when it happens, I’m very grateful. I’m glad that God is in my life,” he explained.