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NOBA Center for Dance to Host Tuition-Free Classes for Local Youth

Registration for June Twilight Preparatory Dance Classes begins May 20

 New Orleans, LA — The nationally award-winning NOBA Center for Dance — a cultural community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) – is holding onsite registrations May 20 through May 23 for its tuition-free June Twilight Preparatory Dance Program held June 1 through June 29, 2019 at eight locations in Orleans Parish (see list below). No audition or prior dance experience is required, and registration will remain open on a first come, first served basis until classes are filled.

As an extension of NOBA’s programs during the academic year, the June Twilight Preparatory Dance Program features evening and Saturday classes for every level of experience in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and dance exploration for youth ages 3 through 18 (note: classes offered vary by location). All classes are approximately one hour, and students are placed in the appropriate class based on both age and experience level. Each class will culminate with an Open Studio for family and friends on the last day of class.

Since the founding of the partnership in 1992, the NORD/NOBA Center for Dance has provided more than 55,000 tuition-free dance classes and activities for more than 22,000 participants, garnering national recognition and awards along the way, including the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Class schedules, along with registration dates and locations, are included below. For more information, please visit nobadance.com or call 504-522-0996 ext. 207.

Interested students are required to submit the following items in person at the time of registration:

1)    Completed enrollment application (available at registration)

2)    A copy of the student’s birth certificate for ages 3-6

Note: Original documents will NOT be accepted at registration (copies only, please). 

3)    $10.00 Processing Fee (cash only). No bills larger than $20.00 are accepted.

NOBA’s 2019 June Twilight Preparatory Dance Program class schedules, registration dates and locations are as follows:

Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Boulevard (New Orleans East)

Register on Monday, May 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Joe W. Brown Rec Center.

Preparatory ballet and jazz classes for ages 6-18 are held on Mondays and Wednesdays between 4:30-6:30 p.m.

St. Bernard Rec Center, 1500 Lafreniere St. (St. Bernard/Gentilly)

Register on Monday, May 20 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Bernard Rec Center.

Preparatory ballet classes for ages 3-6 are held on Mondays between 4-6 p.m.

Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Avenue (City Park/Lakeview)

Register on Tuesday, May 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Gernon Brown Rec Center.

Preparatory ballet classes for ages 4-18 are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Tremé Recreation Community Center, 900 N. Villere Street (Tremé)

Register on Tuesday, May 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Tremé Recreation Community Center.

Preparatory hip hop classes for ages 6-18 are held on Mondays between 5-7 p.m.

Preparatory ballet classes for ages 6-18 are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5-7 p.m.

Preparatory tap classes for ages 6-18 are held on Wednesdays between 4-6 p.m.

Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade Street (Westbank)

Register on Wednesday, May 22 from 5-7 p.m. at Cut-Off Rec Center.

Preparatory ballet classes for ages 6-18 are held on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5-7 p.m. 

Rosenwald Rec Center, 1120 S. Broad St. (Central City)

Register on Wednesday, May 22 from 5-7 p.m. at Rosenwald Rec Center.

Preparatory ballet classes for ages 5-9 are held on Mondays between 4:30-6:30PM. 

Preparatory jazz dance classes for ages 5-9 are held on Wednesdays between 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Preparatory modern dance class for ages 9-18 are held Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Stallings St. Claude Rec Center, 4300 St. Claude Avenue (Bywater)

Register on Wednesday, May 22 from 5-7 p.m. at Stallings St. Claude Rec Center.

Preparatory ballet classes for ages 6-11 are held on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5-6 p.m.

Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue (Lower Garden District/Irish Channel)

Register on Thursday, May 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Lyons Rec Center.

Dance Exploration classes are held on Saturdays: ages 3-4 at 9:30-10:15 a.m. and ages 5-6 at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For more information about NOBA programming or its upcoming Main Stage Season, please visit nobadance.com or call 504/522-0996. Find NOBA on Facebook and follow @nobadance on Instagram and Twitter.     

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 programs include a Main Stage season that features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists and internationally recognized education programs that provide participants ages 3-80+ with tuition-free activities at thirteen 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