Youth Classes

Early Childhood Program, Preparatory Program, Pre-Professional Program, Open Community

All Classes are Tuition-Free!

Early Childhood Program

Ages 3-5

Photo by Millette White Lin

In-Person Classes
Tuition-free Early Childhood Ballet and Creative Movement offered in person at two NORD partner locations.
Registration is closed for Spring 2021.

Classes are March 1 – May 27.

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 is closed for Spring 2021.

Classes are March 1 – May 19.

Photo by Joan Long

In-Person Classes
Tuition-Free classes in ballet, modern, jazz & conditioning, and hip hop, offered at NORD partner locations.
Registration is closed for Spring 2021.

Classes are February 8 – May 27, depending on location.

Open Community Classes

 Photo by Millette White-Lin

 Photo by Millette White-Lin

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

With Master Artist-in-Residence Donald Williams

Tuesdays & Fridays • 10:30am-12:00pm (CST)
January 26 – May 21, 2021

*No classes February 15-17 and April 2-9, 2021.

In-Person/Virtual Graham Modern Technique (Intermediate/Advanced) for ages 14 and up 

With Corey Melancon

Wednesdays • 10:30am-12:00pm (CST)
January 27 – May 19, 2021

*No classes February 15-17 and April 2-9, 2021.

In-Person Location**: Lyons Rec Center Dance Studio
624 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115

**Classes are also available virtually, and will be live-streamed via Zoom from in-person classes at the Lyons Center. See below for instructions on how to register for in-person and or virtual classes.

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


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

“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!” – Participant

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

These classes are by donation (suggested donation amount: $5.00 per class). Donations may be made online HERE. All donation proceeds support NOBA's tuition-free dance, fitness and wellness programs.

Have questions or need assistance with registration and accessing Live Zoom classes?

E-mail April at, or call 504.522.0996 x207

Pre-Professional Programs

Ages 8-18

Audition required & two years prior training recommended.

AUDITIONS ON AUGUST 6 • Pre-Registration Required

CLICK HERE for more information and to pre-register for the audition.

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

These tuition-free programs provide 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 will be held weekly between September 2021 - May 2022 at NORD partner locations throughout the New Orleans area. To see a list of program descriptions and schedules, CLICK HERE. Virtual classes are not being offered at this time.

“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.” - Participant


E-mail, or call 504.522.0996.

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