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St. Bernard Parish Announces Fall Registration After-School Ballet Program

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) in partnership with the St. Bernard Parish School Board and the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s ExxonMobil Fund, is excited to offer tuition-free after-school ballet classes once again in St. Bernard Parish for youth ages 6-18. The fall session includes high-quality instruction in ballet technique, along with choreography sessions in preparation for a special costumed performance on Dec. 13 at the Chalmette High Cultural Arts Center theater.

The St. Bernard After-School Ballet Program is designed to cultivate a child’s appreciation for the arts while building self-esteem. Striving to serve children and their families, NOBA, Chalmette Refining, L.L.C. and the St. Bernard Parish School Board partnered in 1995 to offer this program for the youth of St. Bernard Parish.


Registration begins August 19, 2023 online* by following this linkAll classes are tuition-free. A $20 registration fee applies per student. *Families without internet access may request an in-person registration appointment at the NOBA office by calling 504-522-0996 ext. 207.

Class location: Chalmette High Cultural Arts Center, 2600 Palmisano Blvd. (Chalmette). NOBA’s St. Bernard Parish After-School Ballet Program classes take place in the large dance studio with Instructor Corey Melancon

Fall ballet classes begin on Monday, Sept. 25, and are held on Mondays and Wednesdays as follows:


Monday & Wednesday (Students must commit to attending both days of classes): 5:30-6:30 p.m. Preparatory Ballet (6-7 y/o)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Preparatory Ballet (8-11 y/o)
7:30-8:30 p.m. Teen Combo Ballet & Jazz (12-18 y/o)

  • No prior dance experience is necessary.
  • The child must have turned the minimum age for each class by September 1, 2023
  • Spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis
FALL 2023 SEMESTER CLASSES/ACTIVITIES Sept. 25 – Dec. 13 (No classes on October 9; November 20 & 22) Monday, Dec. 11, (during regular class times) – Fall Neighborhood Concert Series Dress Rehearsal onstage
Wednesday, Dec. 13, (7 p.m.) – Fall Neighborhood Concert Series Performance

Through the sequential structure of NOBA’s dance training programs, a clear pathway of support is established for a child to begin and continue with the high-quality training that prepares them for a career in dance or any chosen field — all tuition-free. Preparatory and Teen Program students may 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.

For more information about NOBA programming and class schedules, please visit or call 504-522-0996. Find NOBA on Facebook and follow @nobadance on Instagram.

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