Tuition-free dance classes available for New Orleans area youth ages 4-18


The Center for Dance of the New Orleans Ballet Association, in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD), will organize registrations from August 23 for the fall semester 2021 of free extracurricular dance classes for ages 4 to 18. year.

The NOBA Center for Dance’s nationally award-winning, tuition-free Early Years Program (4-5 years) and Preparatory Program (6-18 years) offer sequential technique lessons in ballet, modern, jazz , hip hop, movement and conditioning. Classes will be held at nine NORD recreation centers – Behrman, Cut Off, Gernon Brown, Joe W. Brown, Lyons, Rosenwald, St. Bernard, Stallings St. Claude and Tremé.

The registration of any child with a demonstrated interest will be completed on a first come, first served basis. Classes begin the week of September 13 and will end in December with a costumed performance as part of NOBA’s Neighborhood Concert Series. A registration fee of $ 15 (payable in cash only) is payable at the time of registration by type of class and center. NOBA continues to follow local, state and federal COVID health and safety guidelines; masks are compulsory for NOBA courses and activities for all ages.

Through the sequential structure of the CFD, a clear path of training and support is established for a child to begin at the age of four and pursue a high-quality education that prepares them for a career in dance or in n ‘whichever field you choose – all tuition-free. Students in the Early Years Program and Preparatory Program enroll through the internationally recognized pre-professional program training levels with unprecedented access to training with master artists, performance opportunities with major international companies , and more.

NOBA is entering its 30th year of high-quality dance education, promoting health, fitness and the arts, while encouraging students to develop valuable life skills. Through the collective vision of the New Orleans City Council, the Mayor’s Office, NORD and NOBA, the unique public-private partnership between NORD and NOBA carried the CFD, launched in September 1992 at the Behrman Center with only 30 children and, to date, has made possible nearly 70,000 tuition-free courses and activities for more than 27,000 people – ages 4 to 80 and over – worth nearly $ 8 million. The program has won national recognition and awards along the way, including the Coming Up Taller Prize awarded by the Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

In addition, NOBA currently offers tuition-free health / wellness and arts healing class programs for adults, including senior dance classes for 55+, dance for disease. Parkinson’s and freedom of movement courses for veterans. The open, tuition-free community classes in ballet and modern for ages 14 and over will return to the Lyon Leisure Center in September.

For more information on NOBA programming and class times, visit or call 504.522.0996.


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