NOBA’s Education Program Since 1992, NOBA has offered accessible dance education to youth throughout the New Orleans community through anchor partnerships with the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD), as well as partnerships with school systems and community organizations.

NOBA continues to provide tuition-free, year-round comprehensive dance programs in Orleans, St. Bernard, and Jefferson Parishes for youth ages 6-18 and their families through sequential training and ancillary activities as well as provide employment, professional development, and artistic experiences to local artists. Community partners work with the NOBA staff to train artists, plan, sustain, grow and implement programs.

NOBA is dedicated to high artistic standards and sequential, rigorous instruction while skilled in adapting curriculum & instruction to age, ability, interest levels, and the shifting composition of classes. Its programs encourage and regard students’ artistic development and the strengthening of their life skills–taking responsibility, persistence, self-discipline, and mutual respect. NOBA’s programs are attentive to students’ personal and physiological needs in an effort to increase student recruitment and retention.

Do you have a child who wants to dance? NOBA offers the following programs for Orleans and St. Bernard Parish residents:

Annunciation NORD Center – (Lower Garden District)
Behrman NORD Center – (Algiers)
Cut-Off NORD Center – (Lower Algiers)
St. Bernard NORD Center – (Gentilly)
Treme NORD Center – (Treme)
St. Benilde School – (Metairie)
After-School Classes are offered at Andrew Jackson Elementary, Chalmette as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Program.

NORD/NOBA Center For Dance Celebrating 15 years of excellence!
The Center For Dance, a partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Department and NOBA, offers tuition-free after-school and Saturday dance classes for youth in Orleans Parish! Tuition-Free Dance Classes!
Pre-Professional Program The Pre-Professional Program takes place at Tulane University on Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM beginning on September 5 (schedule depends on students’ placement). If accepted, students must attend a minimum of two additional technique classes during the week at NORD/NOBA Center For Dance sites, performing arts schools, and/or private dance studios in order to enhance the technical training of the students.

St. Bernard After School Program

NOBA and Chalmette Refining, LLC partnered in 1995 to offer tuition-free ballet classes for St. Bernard Parish youth, ages 7-11. Ballet classes are open to boys and girls who have expressed an interest in dance. This thirty week program offers two culminating Open House performances by the students, family field trip opportunities, and other community performance opportunities.

For more information on youth dance classes contact Chara Mock at 504-522-0996 ext. 203.