In 2009, New Orleans was introduced to a group of dancing men colorfully dressed in tight blue shorts, sweatbands and shiny, red satin jackets.
They called themselves the 610 Stompers.
Back for a fifth year, the 610 Stompers have prepared another dynamic ??80s utopia, the retro-dancing Debutante Ball, on Friday, Jan. 23. With this year’s theme being the “Superball,” patrons are expected to come dressed as their favorite superhero characters from the 1980s.
Guests will pack into Mardi Gras World by the hundreds to enjoy an all-inclusive assortment of food, open bar and superhero party favors.
There are two ticket options for this event. The VIP-patron ticket includes a private Patron Party from 7-8 p.m. For one hour, guests will have early access to food, private bar, dance lessons and pictures with the Stompers.
General admission will include food, open draft bar and plenty of ‘80s dancing. The tickets range from $50-$100. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Youth Empowerment Project, a program that has been active in the Greater New Orleans area since 2004. This organization provides intensive case management, mentoring and educational services to the city’s at-risk youth.
The Superball is a party with a purpose.
“Our Debutante Ball and Ball Crawl are incredibly important to our mission of impacting the community through dance,” said the Stompers’ executive director, Mont Creamer. “It provides a time when the people of New Orleans can join us in our mission of giving back.”
While the Debutante Ball is always rooted in the ’80s, the themes change annually.
“The theme is decided by a committee made up of 15-20 of our Stompers and Splits.” Creamer explained, “We love the ’80s theme so it will always revolve around that era, although this year we are branching out a little and going with the Superball-superhero theme.” Last year’s theme was the “Headbangers Ball.”
The Stompers also put on several other popular events throughout the year, including an annual calendar release party and their Ball Crawl. They have also added a crew of women to their team known as the 610 Splits.
The Stompers have contributed to the balls and events of krewes such as the Pussyfooters, Nyx, Muses and Orpheus.
“While dancing at private parties and Mardi Gras is fun, our main goal is to give back and we are able to do that with the funds we raise at each of our balls,” Creamer said.
The 610 Stompers made their debut performing in the now-famous “Buddy D” parade and “Lombardi Gras” Super Bowl parade.
Since then they’ve danced their way through several parades, plus Pelicans and Saints games, local television shows and other special events.
They’ve raised money for many charities, having proved their ability of putting on a lively, exciting party. The Stompers made national headlines when they performed on the Tonight Show and Today, and caused a huge sensation when they danced along the route of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2011.
The men in the 610 Stompers are neighbors, friends and coworkers who love to give back, entertain and most of all, dance. They are truly, as they describe themselves, “ordinary men with extraordinary moves.”