NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA)’s Center for Dance (CFD), in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD) and St. Bernard Parish Public Schools, will hold online registrations beginning Jan. 19 for the spring 2021 semester of tuition-free, after-school dance classes for ages 3-18. The NOBA Center for Dance’s nationally award-winning, tuition-free Early Childhood Program (ages 3-5) and Preparatory Program (ages 6-18) provide sequentially based technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, movement and conditioning. Classes will be held in-person at six NORD Rec Centers — Cut Off, Gernon Brown, Joe W. Brown, Rosenwald, Stallings St. Claude, and Tremé — and virtually through NOBA’s robust Zoom platform. (See details below.) Registration for any child with a demonstrated interest will be filled on a first come, first served basis and can be accessed at nobadance.com/youth-classes. Classes begin on Feb. 8 or March 1, depending on the program, and will culminate in May with a costumed performance. 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 enters 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 60,000 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.
- Cut Off Rec Center (6600 Belgrade St. – Algiers)
Ballet classes (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18) taught Mondays/Wednesdays, March 1 – May 24
- Gernon Brown Rec Center (1001 Harrison Ave. – City Park)
Early Childhood Ballet/Creative Movement (ages 3-5) taught Tuesdays/Thursdays, March 1 – May 27
- Joe W. Brown Rec Center (5601 Read Blvd. – New Orleans East)
Ballet (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18) and Jazz/Conditioning (ages 9-18) classes taught on Mondays/Wednesdays, Feb. 8 – May 26
- Rosenwald Rec Center (1120 S. Broad St. – Central City)
Ballet classes (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18) taught Mondays & Modern classes taught Wednesdays,
March 1 – May 27
- Stallings St. Claude Rec Center (4300 St. Claude Ave. – Bywater/St. Claude)
Early Childhood Ballet/Creative Movement (ages 3-5) taught Mondays/Wednesdays, March 1 – May 26
- Tremé Recreation Community Center (900 N. Villere St. – Tremé)
Ballet classes (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18) taught Tuesdays/Thursdays & Hip-Hop classes taught Wednesdays, March 1 – May 25
VIRTUAL CLASSES THROUGH NOBA’S ZOOM PLATFORM:
- Ballet classes* (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18) taught Mondays/Wednesdays, March 1 – May 26
- Modern classes (ages 6-8 & ages 9-18) taught Tuesdays, March 1 – May 26
*Ballet classes made possible through NOBA’s St. Bernard Parish After-School Ballet Program in partnership with the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools.
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. Tuition-free Open Community Classes in ballet and modern for ages 14 and up will return in-person and live-streamed at the Lyons Rec Center on Jan. 26.
For more information about NOBA programming and class schedules, visit www.nobadance.com or call 504.522.0996. Find NOBA on Facebook and follow @nobadance on Instagram.