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NORD/NOBA Center for Dance to Host Tuition-Free Summer Preparatory Dance Program for Youth Ages 4-18

NEW ORLEANS – The nationally award-winning NORD/NOBA Center for Dance — a cultural community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) — is holding onsite registrations for new students May 10-14 for its tuition-free June Twilight Preparatory Dance Program held at six locations in Orleans Parish (see list below). No audition or prior dance experience is required.

As an extension of NOBA’s programs during the academic year, the June Twilight Preparatory Dance Program features evening classes for every level of experience in in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, movement and conditioning for ages 4-18. (Note: classes offered vary by location) Classes will be held in-person at six NORD Rec Centers — Cut Off, Gernon Brown, Joe W. Brown, Rosenwald, Stallings St. Claude, and Tremé (see details below.) Registration for any child with a demonstrated interest will be filled on a first come, first served basis during the onsite registrations. Classes begin the week of June 1 or June 7, depending on the program. All classes are approximately one hour, and students are placed in the appropriate class based on both age and experience level. NOBA continues to follow local, state and federal health and safety guidelines regarding in-person activities.

Through the CFD’s sequential structure, a clear pathway of training and support is established for a child to begin at age three and continue with the high-quality training that prepares them for a career in dance or any chosen field — all tuition-free. Early Childhood and Preparatory 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 currently celebrates the 29th year of providing high-quality dance instruction, promoting health, fitness and the arts, while encouraging students to develop valuable life skills. Since its founding in 1992, NOBA’s Center for Dance has provided more than $7 million of free classes to over 25,000 people through over 20,000 tuition-free dance classes and activities. 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.

Class schedules, along with registration dates and locations, are included below. For more information, please visit, e-mail or call 504-522-0996 ext. 201.

Interested students are required to submit the following items in person at the time of registration:

1)   Completed NOBA enrollment application (available at registration)
2)   Completed NORD waiver (available at registration)
3)   $15.00 Processing Fee (cash only)

2021 June Twilight Preparatory Dance Program class schedules, registration dates and locations are as follows:


Cut Off Rec Center (6600 Belgrade St. – Algiers) – Registration: May 10, 5-7 p.m.
Ballet classes (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18) taught Mondays/Wednesdays, June 7-30

Gernon Brown Rec Center (1001 Harrison Ave. – City Park) – Registration: May 13, 5-7 p.m.
Early Childhood Ballet (ages 4-5) & Ballet (ages 6-9) taught Tuesdays/Thursdays, June 1-24

Joe W. Brown Rec Center (5601 Read Blvd. – New Orleans East) – Registration: May 10, 5-7 p.m.
Ballet (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18) and Jazz/Conditioning (ages 9-18) classes taught on Mondays/Wednesdays, June 7-30

Rosenwald Rec Center (1120 S Broad St. – Central City) – Registration: May 12, 5-7 p.m.
Ballet classes taught Mondays & Modern classes taught Wednesdays (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18), June 7-30

Stallings St. Claude Rec Center (4300 St. Claude Ave. – Bywater/St. Claude) – Registration: May 12, 5-7 p.m.
Early Childhood Ballet/Creative Movement (ages 4-5) taught Tuesdays/Thursdays, June 8 – July 1

Tremé Recreation Community Center (900 N Villere St. – Tremé) – Registration: May 11, 5-7 p.m.
Ballet classes taught Tuesdays/Thursdays & Hip Hop classes taught Mondays/Wednesdays (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18), June 8 – July 1

In addition, NOBA currently offers ongoing tuition-free health/wellness and arts healing classes programming for adults offered online via Zoom, including the Senior Dance Fitness for ages 55+, Dance for Parkinson’s, and Freedom of Movement classes for Veterans.

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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