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Mr. Joseph, Maria & Tony,

I am SO SORRY to hear of Ms. Gwen's passing. The ABSOLUTE best years of my young life were spent dancing and practicing at Giacobbe Academy of Dance. Trying my absolute best on Monday, Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. Elizabeth Posey (Turner) had become my dearest friend along with the entire Giacobbe Family. I started when I was about 7 years old and unfortunately with the passing of my father, my mother and I left Metairie

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Posted by: Laurie Cole - columbus, GA - A Giacobbe Dancer   Oct 19, 2014

Dear Joseph,
I have fond memories of Gwen Delle. She was a kind and wonderful teacher. The ballet studio was my home away from home when I was young for so many years. Gwen Delle was so sweet. She always made me feel like a part of the group.

Thank you for the memories, Gwen Delle!


Posted by: Cathy Clark Schroeder - Covington - student/friend   Mar 20, 2013

Our family was very sorry to hear that Ms. Gwen Delle had passed. Ms. Gwen Delle was sweet and passionate.. and just joy to have known. She will be truly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers extend to all of her family.


Posted by: Jason Lacayo - Baltimore , MD - Friend:Past Student   Mar 18, 2013

Mrs. Giabobbe was such a nice lady and I have many memories that I can share any day with the people that I love.


Posted by: Amanda Rouquette - River Ridge, LA - student   Mar 08, 2013

Dear Joseph,
So very sorry to learn of Gwen Delle's passing. I can remember meeting her once several years ago when I came to your home to interview you. Gwen Delle's light will continue to shine in the hearts of many as she left an indelible mark on our dance community. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Diane Mack
WWNO 89.9 FM


Posted by: Diane Mack - New Orleans, LA   Mar 02, 2013

What fond memories I have of Gwen Delle and Joseph as they were the parent figures of my childhood. Being away from my own parents, at 14 to dance with their company, was an adventure of its own. I can see now, how God used each of them as key instruments to nurture, develop and oversee me into the person I am today. Gwen Delle could always see when I needed that motherly time, touch or even a smile. Thank

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Posted by: Susan "Susie" Hartstein - Fuxan - Dallas, TX - Former dancer   Mar 02, 2013

My heart is broken. This world has lost a bright light with the passing of GwenDelle. All of my memories of her are flooding back - at Skidmore in the summer program, hanging with Felix and Elizabeth, gossiping on the phone, dancing together in Sleeping Beauty, and working closely together with you all during my time in New Orleans. I pray that she is at peace and with God, and that all who she left here in Earth can share

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Posted by: Caroline Frankil Warren - Fairfax, VA - Delta Festival Ballet 1979 - 88   Mar 01, 2013

February 12, 2013
I can't even fathom her not being here with Mr. Joseph! When I moved to Slidell from Metairie 21 years ago, I couldn't believe that Slidell had a Giacobbe Academy of Dance studio. I was thrilled since after 4 sons I finally had a daughter,who wanted to dance! And where else would I send her, but to the studio who taught me and my 2 sisters from 1969-1988.
I love Ms. Gwen Delle, Mr. Joseph, Ms. Maria and

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Posted by: Eve Berner Spires - Slidell, LA - Student/Parent of a student   Feb 25, 2013

Mr. Joseph,

It's been a while, and I want to let you know that you and your family and friends and everyone at the academy have been in my thoughts and prayers with the recent passing of Mrs. Gwen Delle. Dancing with you a few years back is still what I consider some of my favorite years of ballet, and she influenced those years hugely. I will always appreciate everything she did for us students. I hope you find comfort in

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Posted by: Kristin Kergosien Kren - Pensacola, FL - former student   Feb 24, 2013

Dear Joseph, many years have passed since we have been in touch, but I was still so saddened to hear of Gwen Delle's passing. You and Gwen Delle were such a huge part of my life for so long. All of my formative years. You were both a wonderful influence and I treasure my memories of Giacobbe's and the Delta Festival Ballet. Gwen Delle was a beautiful dancer and always such a support for all that went on. When I

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Posted by: Charlene Royer Makofsky - Hayden, AL - Friend   Feb 23, 2013