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NOBA's Education Programs
Since 1992, NOBA has offered accessible dance education to youth throughout the New Orleans community through anchor partnerships with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), as well as partnerships with school systems and community organizations.

NOBA continues to provide tuition-free, year-round comprehensive dance programs in Orleans, St. Bernard, and Jefferson Parishes for youth ages
6-18 and their families through sequential training and ancillary activities as well as provide employment, professional development, and artistic experiences to local artists. Community partners work with the NOBA staff to train artists, plan, sustain, grow and implement programs.

NOBA is dedicated to high artistic standards and sequential, rigorous instruction while skilled in adapting curriculum & instruction to age, ability, interest levels, and the shifting composition of classes. Its programs encourage and regard students' artistic development and the strengthening of their life skills--taking responsibility, persistence, self-discipline, and mutual respect. NOBA's programs are attentive to students' personal and physiological needs in an effort to increase student recruitment and retention.
NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance
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The NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance offers nationally award-winning tuition-free dance classes throughout the year for youth in the Greater New Orleans Area! Tuition-Free Dance Classes!

Founded in 1992 as a groundbreaking cultural and community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA), the Center for Dance was born out of a need to make dance accessible to all school-age children. A program that began with just 30 students has an annual gross enrollment of more than 1,750 children at NORDC and NOBA partner sites throughout the Greater New Orleans Area.

The NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance offers a multi-tiered program for youth that includes weekly Academic Year Open-Track and Pre-Professional classes, as well as summer camps and intensives. With a core curriculum of ballet and a variety of other class offerings including tap, hip hop, modern, and other dance forms, the Open Track program is open by registration on a first come, first served basis to youth ages 6-18 with a demonstrated interest in dance.

The Pre-Professional Program (by audition or invitation) provides motivated students ages 9 to 18 intensive instruction in ballet, pointe, modern, repertoire, and other dance forms held weekly at The Chevron Studio at the Lyons NORDC Center, Tulane University’s McWilliams Hall, and the Tremé NORDC Center. Through the Chevron Master Artist Series, students train year-round with local and visiting artists and are offered unique opportunities such as classes with NOBA Main Stage artists, performances on local and national stages, talent-based scholarships to attend summer dance programs (i.e. Houston Ballet and The Ailey School), and deeply discounted tickets to NOBA Main Stage performances.

For a packed house of family and friends, students ages 6-80+ take part in fully produced performances with costumes, professional stage management, and lights at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall, as well as presentations at each site. In addition, the Center for Dance offers free Senior Dance Fitness classes for ages 55+ as well as variety of teen/adult movement workshops including Ballet, Tai Chi, Yoga Groove, Horton Technique, Haitian Folkloric dance, and more.
Pre-Professional Program
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Pre-Professional Program sessions (exact schedule depends on placement upon acceptance) take place throughout the week in the state-of the art, 3000 square foot dance studio at the NORDC Lyons Center, made possible by Chevron for the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance, as well as selected classes at the Tremé NORDC Center and weekend sessions at Tulane University. These sessions feature intensive instruction for talented students in ballet, pointe, modern, repertoire, and workshops in other forms, led by local faculty and visiting master artists. In addition, students participate in master classes taught by internationally renowned NOBA Main Stage artists, perform, and are given unique opportunities to receive scholarships to attend prestigious summer dance programs around the country. Sessions begin September 8, 2014, and continue through the end of May, 2015.
After-School Dance Program
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The After-School Dance Program provides nationally award-winning, tuition-free technique classes in ballet, tap, modern, and hip hop, as well as other styles of dance, for youth between the ages of 6-18 (note: classes offered vary by location). No audition is required to participate in classes within the After-School Dance Program. Participants benefit from various performance opportunities throughout the year, including fully produced and costumed performances of The Nutcracker Suite at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall on December 7, winter concerts at each community site, and spring productions. Students are also offered $5 tickets to attend select performances during NOBA’s Main Stage Season. Following the initial registration dates in August, student enrollment will be accepted on an ongoing, first come, first served basis through September 20 or until classes are filled. Classes are approximately one hour in length, and students are placed in the appropriate class based on both age and experience level.
St. Bernard After-School Program
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NOBA, Chalmette Refining, LLC, and the St. Bernard Parish School Board partnered in 1995 to offer tuition-free ballet classes for St. Bernard Parish youth, ages 6-18. Ballet classes are open to boys and girls who have expressed an interest in dance. This program offers two culminating Open House performances by the students, plus family field trip opportunities, and other community performance opportunities.
Senior Dance Fitness Programs
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“This program has enhanced my quality of life…it’s a total fitness makeover from head to toe!”
—NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Senior Dance Fitness Program participant

Through extraordinary support provided by Chevron, Peoples Health, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation through the NORD Foundation, the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance is proud to continue the recent expansion of its award-winning Senior Dance Fitness Program. Men and women ages 55+ are invited to join in for sessions that include stretching, cardio and dance, fun music, and healthy eating and lifestyle education. Other program features include performance opportunities, access to special master workshops, social events, and $5 tickets to select NOBA Main Stage presentations.
Adult Movement and Community Classes
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In addition to the award-winning youth and senior programs, the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance offers a variety of classes and workshops for the entire community. Teens and adults ages 13-80+ are invited to attend sessions in Tai Chi, Yoga Groove, Horton Technique, Contemporary Ballet, Haitian Folkloric and other forms of dance and movement. In addition, community members of all ages are encouraged to participate in frequent special movement workshops throughout the year led by local faculty and visiting master artists. Click here for class schedules and information about upcoming workshops.
In-School Programs
For more than 20 years, NOBA has collaborated with K-12 teachers and artists to develop innovative teaching and learning methods designed to infuse dance into the school environment while enhancing guiding principles of the schools’ missions. This arts-integration program has used dance and a specialized curriculum to teach academic subjects, such as social studies, language arts, math, and science.
For more information about our education programs, please contact Diane Stengle at or
504-522-0996, ext. 203.
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