Youth Classes (4-18) - New Orleans Ballet Association

YOUTH Classes (4-18)

Summer Programs

Adventures in Dance Camp

June 6 – 29, 2022

This daytime camp for youth ages 7-12 explores movement and creativity, and motivates, educates and inspires youth through daily classes in various dance styles, along with specially designed workshops and activities about nutrition, health, literacy and more. Campers also participate in special dance master classes with visiting guest artists, plus a fully costumed culminating performance! 

Camp is currently at capacity.

June Twilight Classes

June 6 – 30, 2022

Evening classes for children ages 4-18 of all experience levels in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and West African dance at neighborhood partner sites.

Online applications closed Friday, May 27.

Summer Intensive Programs*

June and July 2022

These star-studded Intensives offer talented and focused dancers ages 8-18 rigorous dance training and performance opportunities with a prestigious roster of local and guest instructors, including faculty from world-renowned American Ballet Theatre (ABT); plus 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography Tommie-Waheed Evans; Dance Heginbotham Artistic Director John Heginbotham; hip hop dance artist, choreographer and 2016 Bessie Award winner Ephrat Asherie, and more!

QUESTIONS? Have questions or need assistance with Summer Programs? E-mail, or call 504.522.0996 x207.

Photo by Millette White Lin
Photo by Jeff Strout
Photo by Kenny Martinez
Photo: Millette White Lin

Early Childhood Program

(Ages 4-5)

Tuition-free Early Childhood Ballet offered at NORD partner locations.

QUESTIONS? Have questions or need assistance with Early Childhood Program classes? E-mail, or call 504.522.0996 x207.

Preparatory Program

Ages 6-18 No prior dance experience necessary.

Tuition-Free classes in ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop offered at NORD partner locations.

QUESTIONS? Have questions or need assistance with Preparatory Program classes? E-mail, or call 504.522.0996 x207.

Photo: Millette White Lin
Photo: Millette White Lin

Open Community Classes

Ages 14 and up Drop-In Classes

Ballet Technique (Intermediate/Advanced)  

With Master Artist-in-Residence Donald Williams

Fridays • 10:30am-12:00pm | January 14 – May 20, 2022

Location: Lyons Rec Center Dance Studio

624 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 MAP

Graham Modern Technique (All Levels)

With Corey Melancon

Wednesdays • 10:30am-12:00pm | January 12 – May 18, 2022

Location: Lyons Rec Center Dance Studio

624 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 MAP

Challenge and strengthen your technique and artistry through these ballet and Graham classes, led by NOBA Master Artist and former Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancer Donald Williams and NOBA Instructor Corey Melancon.

QUESTIONS? Have questions or need assistance with Open Community classes? E-mail, or call 504.522.0996 x213.

Thank you for offering these classes…I don’t know what I would have done without the biweekly reminders that I am in fact a dancer!”


Pre-Professional Program

Ages 8-18 By Audition/Invitation Only.

This tuition-free program provides motivated students ages 8 to 18 with intensive instruction in ballet, pointe, modern, repertoire, and other dance forms, and unprecedented opportunities to study with world-renowned artists through the Master Artist Series. Academic Year in-person classes are held weekly between September 2021 – May 2022 at NORD partner locations throughout the New Orleans area. Teaching faculty includes highly qualified local instructors, and select students will receive training with NOBA Master Artist in Residence and former Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancer Donald Williams (bio below). 

Open auditions for the 2022-2023 Academic Year Pre-Professional Program will take place on August 4 & 5, 2022. Please check back for audition details and updates.

QUESTIONS? Have questions or need assistance with Pre-Professional Program classes? E-mail, or call 504.522.0996 x213.

Photo: Jeff Strout

“Access to NOBA’s programs is so important to me and my family because I can be active and do what I love for no cost, which is such a blessing.”


Donald Williams (Master Artist in Residence)

Donald Williams (Master Artist in Residence), a Chicago native, became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1977 and ended a 27-year career with the company as premier danseur in 2004. Known for his versatility, Williams’ repertoire encompasses ballet, jazz, African and contemporary idioms. As a principal guest artist, Williams has performed with London’s Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, International Ballet Festival in Cuba, and starred in many other international galas. He has worked with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dances Patrelle, and Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY, creating critically acclaimed, original roles with them. Williams made his film debut in The Cotton Club, starred in numerous award-winning films, and has made television appearances and commercials. In 1998, Williams made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning musical Ragtime. In 2000, he was guest artist in the New York City Ballet/Dance Theatre of Harlem collaboration for the Diamond Project, dancing the principal roles in Robert Garland and Robert LaFosse’s Tributary and Balanchine’s Agon. He was featured in the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera and most recently with Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian Resort and Casino. Williams’ teaching credits include company teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Celine Dion: A New Day, Nevada Ballet Theater, and Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, among others; school instructor for Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Ailey School, Ballet Academy East (NYC), and The Rock Center for Dance (Las Vegas); and guest teacher for Marymount College, Florida State University, Tulane University, among others. He was also personal trainer for Keanu Reeves for the film Devil’s Advocate. Williams began working as a Master Artist-in-Residence with the Center for Dance Pre-Professional Program in 2013.


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