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

YOUTH Classes (4-18)

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Early Childhood Program

(Ages 4-5)

Tuition-free Early Childhood Ballet offered at partner locations in Orleans Parish.

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

Preparatory Youth & Teen Program

Ages 6-18 No prior dance experience necessary.

Tuition-Free classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and West African Dance offered in at partner sites in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.

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

Photo: Jeff Strout
Photo: Millette White Lin

Open Community Classes for Teens & Adults

Ages 12 and up Drop-In Classes

Ballet Technique (Intermediate/Advanced)  

Fridays • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

September 16 – December 9, 2022 (No class November 25)

With Master Artist-in-Residence Donald Williams

Location: Lyons Rec Center Dance Studio

624 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 MAP

Modern Dance Technique (All Levels)

Wednesdays • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

September 14 – December 7, 2022 (no class November 23)

With Corey Melancon

Location: Lyons Rec Center Dance Studio

624 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 MAP

Combo – Ballet, Jazz & Modern (All Levels)

Tuesdays & Thursdays • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

September 13 – December 8, 2022 (no class November 22 or 24)

With Bethani Pete

Location: Morris F.X. Jeff, Sr. Rec Center

2529 General Meyer Ave., New Orleans, LA 70114 MAP

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

Pre-Professional Program

Ages 7-18 By Audition/Invitation Only

Open auditions have passed for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

This tuition-free program provides motivated students ages 7 to 18 with intensive instruction in ballet, pointe, modern and repertoire, plus workshops in other dance forms such as hip hop, jazz and West African dance, and unprecedented opportunities to study with world-renowned artists through the Master Artist Series. Classes are held weekly between September 10, 2022 – May 21, 2023 at NORD partner locations throughout the New Orleans area as well as Tulane University’s McWilliams Hall. 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).

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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