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NOBAThe Central Gulf region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to dance.

Incorporated in 1969, NOBA has been serving and helping to advance the dance field for more than 40 years with a mission to cultivate understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of dance through performance, education, and community service. The structure of the organization divides into two programming elements:

1. Main Stage, a dynamic season of dance featuring a variety of world-class companies;
2. Education Programs, nationally recognized comprehensive dance programs that educate, train, and nurture.
As one of the very few organizations of its kind in the country dedicated solely to dance, NOBA has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Altria, Whitney Houston Foundation, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and many more, for its innovative programming that reaches deeply into the community. Because of its leadership abilities, NOBA has served as the fiscal agent and anchor member of the Louisiana Presenter’s Network and has been involved in the commissioning of world premiere pieces by internationally recognized companies such as Donald Byrd/The Group and Elisa Monte Dance Company.

NOBA has received a multitude of awards from around the community and state, including the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s coveted Managing For Excellence - Sustained Excellence Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Management.

NOBA is nationally recognized as a model for "Best Practices" for programming, curriculum, and innovative partnerships and has been honored in 2005 as a Kennedy Center Partners in Education.

In 2004, out of 800+ applicants, NOBA was selected as 1 of 8 pilot programs for the highly competitve National Endowment for Arts Summer Schools in the Arts award. Due to the success of the program, the NEA presented NOBA/NORD as the model program for Summer School in the Arts on the US Senate floor in 2005.

In 2002, NOBA received the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

NOBA programs have been honored by the 2001 Selection as ONE OF TWENTY pilot sites for the National Endownment for the Arts (NEA) and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Creative Communities Program.
Originally founded in 1969 as the New Orleans Ballet, the organization was a civic ballet company. In 1983, the organization received national exposure when it became the New Orleans City Ballet and entered an innovative partnership with Cincinnati Ballet. The two organizations maintained separate boards and staff, but shared artists and repertoire. This allowed both cities to afford a higher artistic product in the 50 professional AGMA Union dancers and an internationally renowned artistic director in Ivan Nagy. However, over time, the shared-city concept resulted in an accumulated debt and in 1991, the partnership was officially terminated.

Being an organization known for creative approaches and solutions, a new name, the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA), was adopted to reflect the new image and mission as a presenter of dance from around the world and as a service organization to the community. By 1993, new records were set in earned revenues and programming excellence, and in 1995, the accumulated debt was fully retired.
NOBA is the Central Gulf region’s premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA’s dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists. Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 25,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages. In addition, NOBA’s nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with 2,500 free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area.
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