NORDC/NOBA CENTER FOR DANCE
Celebrating 20 years of excellence!
At the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance, children with the shared purpose of self-expression enjoy a climate where their commonalities are celebrated and their differences are affirmed through an art that enhances the human body and spirit.
Founded in 1992 as a cultural community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA), the Center 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 600 children at NORD centers citywide. With a core curriculum of ballet, classes are open to any child in Orleans Parish with a demonstrated interest in dance.
The Center operates year-round, with a multi-tiered dance program that includes after-school and Saturday classes, a summer dance intensive and summer evening classes held at all participating NORDC Centers. The Center offers both an open track program and what is called “Step Up,” a program designed to identify children with exceptional talent. Here, pre-professional students learn everything from classical and modern dance to mime, choreography, costume design, art and poetry. Through a professional faculty, master classes by NOBA Main Stage and other visiting artists, a university mentor program and field trips, the Center works with each child to cultivate dreams and strengthen futures. Each year, selected students from the “Step Up” program are awarded scholarships funded by BRAVO, NOBA, NORDC and Friends of NORD to study “beyond” the Center at such programs as The Ailey School Summer Intensive Program, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
For more information on the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance, contact 504-522-0996 x 203.