NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA)’s Center for Dance (CFD), in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD), opens registration beginning Aug. 19 for the fall 2023 semester of tuition-free, after-school dance classes for youth ages 4-18.
The NOBA Center for Dance’s nationally award-winning, tuition-free Early Childhood Program (ages 4-5), Preparatory Program (ages 6-11), and Teen Program (ages 12-18) provide sequentially based technique classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap. Classes are held at eight NORD rec centers during the fall starting the week of September 11 and will culminate in December with a costumed performance as part of NOBA’s Neighborhood Concert Series. In addition, select classes will perform in NOBA’s annual intergenerational production of The Nutcracker Suite at Tulane’s Dixon Hall on Dec. 3. Registration for any child with a demonstrated interest will be filled on a first-come, first served basis beginning Aug. 19 online on NOBA’s website at www.nobadance.com/youth-classes. Families without internet access may request an in-person registration appointment at the NOBA office by calling 504- 522-0996 ext. 207. A $20 registration fee* is due at the time of registration per type of class and center.
Through the CFD’s sequential structure, a clear pathway of training and support is established for a child to begin at age four and continue with high-quality training that prepares them for a career in dance or any chosen field — all tuition-free. Early Childhood, Preparatory, and Teen Program students matriculate through the levels of training to the internationally recognized Pre-Professional Program with unprecedented access to training with master artists, performance opportunities with major international companies, and more.
NOBA celebrates over 30 years of providing high-quality dance instruction, promoting health, fitness and the arts, while encouraging students to develop valuable life skills. Through the collective vision of the New Orleans City Council, Office of the Mayor, NORD and NOBA, the unique, public-private partnership between NORD and NOBA bore the CFD, launched in September 1992 at the Behrman Center with just 30 children and, to date, has made possible over 80,000 tuition-free classes and activities for over 30,000 people—age 4–80+—valued at more than $8.5 million. The program has garnered national recognition and awards along the way, including the Coming Up Taller Award by the President’s Commission on the Arts and the Humanities.
In addition, NOBA currently offers ongoing tuition-free health/wellness and arts healing classes programming for adults, including the Senior Dance Fitness Program for ages 55+ at three NORD locations and the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Dance for Parkinson’s Program at the New Orleans JCC (Uptown) and Pontiff Gym (Metairie). Tuition-free Open Community Classes in ballet for ages 13 and up will return to the Lyons Rec Center the week of Sept. 11.
For more information about NOBA programming and class schedules, please visit www.nobadance.com or call 504.522.0996. Find NOBA on Facebook and follow @nobadance on Instagram.
*Financial need-based scholarships for youth registration fees are available by request and via an application process.