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New Orleans Ballet Association Presents Annual Spring Dance Concert

Performance will feature participants of its award-winning programs for youth and senior citizens

 New Orleans, LA (April 18, 2019) — The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) culminates the academic year with its annual Spring Dance Concert featuring participants of its award-winning Center for Dance programs for youth. The performance will be held Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. General admission tickets for the Spring Concert are $10 and can be purchased beginning April 8 online at www.NOBAdance.com, by phone at 504-522-0996 or in person at 935 Gravier St., Suite 800, New Orleans, LA 70112.

This evening of dance will feature new works created by local faculty members, as well as by internationally renowned choreographers Michelle Manzanales of Ballet Hispánico, Dwight Rhoden of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Jae Man Joo and others. The NOBA Center for Dance (CFD), currently celebrating its 27th anniversary, was born out of a need to ensure children, regardless of economic means, had access to high-quality dance instruction. A program that began with just 30 students now has an annual gross enrollment of more than 1,750 participants at twelve sites citywide through partnerships with the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, Tulane University and the St. Bernard Parish School Board.

With a core curriculum of ballet, students also study modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, yoga, tai chi, Pilates and more. Students of the Pre-Professional, Bride and Relevé Programs (ages 8 and up) receive additional intensive training, classes by world-renowned dancers, choreographers and artistic directors through the year-round Pan-American Life Master Artist Series, along with incredible performance opportunities. Most recently on February 21, ten students received the rare opportunity to perform alongside some of the world's top dance artists at one of the most prestigious stages for dance, The Joyce Theater in New York. These talented youth ages 14-17 were hand-selected by Complexions Contemporary Ballet co-artistic director Dwight Rhoden to be part of the company’s 25th Anniversary Gala, which also featured performances by Complexions dancers, academy students and superstar Desmond Richardson. The Center for Dance works with each child to cultivate dreams and strengthen futures.

Through these programs, NOBA annually offers over 5,000 tuition-free classes, performances and workshops to participants of all ages. To date the NOBA Center for Dance has provided over $6 million of tuition-free classes to over 22,000 participants, many of whom would not otherwise have the opportunity to study this art form.  

For more information about NOBA’s community dance programs, visit www.NOBAdance.com or call 504-522-0996.

About the New Orleans Ballet Association: NOBA is the Central Gulf region’s premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA’s dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists. Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 33,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages. In addition, NOBA’s nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with over 5,000 tuition-free dance classes and workshops annually at twelve sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area. 

NOBA is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the NEA, a Federal agency; a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans; and a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.

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Rosalind Hall