NOBA Center for Dance Holds Open Virtual Auditions for 2020-21 Pre-Professional Program
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) will hold virtual auditions for its nationally award-winning NOBA Center for Dance Pre-Professional Program on Friday, Sept. 18. This tuition-free program provides motivated students ages 8 to 18 with intensive instruction in ballet, pointe, modern, repertoire and other dance forms, and unprecedented opportunities to study with world-renowned artists through the Master Artist Series. Fall in-person classes will be held weekly between September and November 2020 at NORD partner locations, and virtual class options will also be available. Winter/spring 2021 schedules will be confirmed at a later date.
At least two years prior dance training is recommended prior to auditioning, and a parent/guardian must complete an online audition registration form. Auditions for the 2020-21 academic year Pre-Professional Program will be held virtually on Zoom, on Friday, Sept. 18 at the following times:
Friday, Sept. 18, 2020
Ages 8-11 5:30-6:30 p.m. Audition
Ages 12-18 6:45-7:45 p.m. Audition
Through the 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 prestigious summer dance programs (i.e. American Ballet Theatre and The Ailey School), and tickets to NOBA Main Stage performances.
As Complexions Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director Dwight Rhoden comments, “NOBA exposes youth to some of the industry’s most notable teachers, choreographers, directors and dancers. It is unparalleled in its reach, and sets a standard for excellence through diversity on all levels.”
Cori Lewis, NOBA alum and recent dance program graduate of SUNY Purchase remarks, “Seven years at NOBA gave me countless opportunities and amazing adventures that most professionals have not experienced. NOBA provides you with everything you need to be the best dancer, artist and human that you can be. Dancing intensively each week, working with extremely relevant master artists, the discipline that is instilled and being part of a supportive community are all aspects of NOBA that I think have prepared me for college and life afterwards.”