Youth Classes

Family Dance Series, Preparatory Program, Pre-Professional Program, Open Community

All Classes are Tuition-Free!

Pre-Professional, Bridge and Relevé Programs

Ages 8-18

Audition required & two years prior training recommended.

NOBA pre-professional student Kennedy Simon in Quixote Jubilee by Rebeca Maso. Photo by Jeff Strout


Friday, December 4, 2020

5:30-6:15pm CST (ages 8-11)
6:30-7:30pm CST (ages 12-18)

These tuition-free programs 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. Spring in-person classes will be held weekly between January - May 2021 at NORD partner locations throughout the New Orleans area. To see a list of program descriptions and schedules, click here.

Photo by Millette White-Lin


Ages 3-5 + parents/guardians & family members of all ages!
Mondays – Thursdays • 3:00-3:40pm (CST) on Zoom

Instructor: Aline Neves de Souza-Myers

September 17 – December 10, 2020
-No classes on September 21; November 23 – 26

The Family Dance Series is NOBA’s newest program, focusing on early childhood ages 3-5. The program is also open to intergenerational family members of all ages! These virtual classes will focus on creating, discovering and having fun with rhythm and movement through an exploration of diverse dance styles and music.

Parents/guardians must complete the
NOBA Youth Virtual Classes Application & Release Form for their child. After completing the form, you will then receive a confirmation e-mail with further instructions from a NOBA representative.

Preparatory Program

Ages 6-18
No prior dance experience necessary.

Photo by Jeff Strout

Virtual Classes
Tuition-free classes in ballet and modern, live-streamed virtually through Zoom.
Registration NOW OPEN for Fall 2020! 

Classes are September 21 – November 19.

Photo by Kenny Martinez

In-Person Classes
Tuition-free classes in ballet, hip hop and modern, offered in person at four NORD partner locations.
Registration NOW OPEN for Fall 2020! 

Classes are October 12 – November 19.

Open Community Classes

Dance Theatre of Harlem community ballet master class at Lyons Rec Center. Photo by Millette White-Lin

In-Person Ballet (Intermediate/Advanced) for ages 14 and up 

With Master Artist-in-Residence Donald Williams

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays • 10:30am-12:00pm (CST)
October 6 - November 20, 2020

Lyons Rec Center Dance Studio, 624 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115

Challenge and strengthen your technique and artistry through these intermediate/advanced level ballet classes, led by NOBA Master Artist and former Dance Theatre of Harlem principal dancer Donald Williams. Limited spaces are available.

Following the completion of all required NOBA and NORD forms and waivers found in the links below, participants will receive class registration instructions. Pre-registration is required for each class session, which is filled on a first come, first served basis. No walk-up registration is permitted at this time.

All steps below must be completed by a parent/guardian if the applicant is under the age of 18.

The Open Community Classes are by donation (suggested donation amount: $5.00 per class). Donations may be made via the class registration. All donation proceeds support NOBA's tuition-free dance, fitness and wellness programs.


E-mail, or call 504.522.0996.