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NORDC/NOBA registration forfree after-school dance classesstarting August 21

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Starting August 21, NORDC/NOBA will hold on-site registration for New Orleans youth to participate in after-school dance classes. Not only is NOBA an award-winning, nationally recognized program, but these after-school classes are tuition-free. NOBA includes just about everything and everyone in its vision—ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and more are available for kids ages 3-18, no experience necessary.

Cori Lewis. age 19 (Photo from: '96 Productions)

For the past three years, Chloe Roberts has danced with NOBA’s Pre-Professional track. Meanwhile, Cori Lewis studies dance at SUNY Purchase, and she attributes much of her success to what she gained from dancing in the Pre-Professional program for eight years prior.

Cori reflects, “I was shy, reserved, and lacked confidence when I first joined this program. During my time here, I learned so much about accountability, perseverance, commitment, and passion. All of those are things that anyone can benefit from, in all aspects of life and work.” NORDC/NOBA’s training led Cori to perform “on a professional stage in New York City three times--twice with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and once with Parsons Dance.” She is also grateful to have “shared the stage with Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Limón Dance Company, and Ballet Hispánico.”

NOBA’s dancers don’t even have to leave the city or the classroom, though, to gain experience with professional companies—NOBA regularly brings in renowned companies and dancers who hold master classes for the students. Chloe’s favorite memory of her time so far with NORDC/NOBA was performing in the Chevron Master Artist Series this July, which included repertoire by Evidence and Philadanco Dance Companies. Chloe remember how “everyone's energy was high. We had all grown close over the summer and performing with them was one of the most fun things I have ever done.”

Chloe Roberts, age 15 (Photo from: Chloe Roberts)

As a result of learning from “amazing teachers who I would not have dreamed of working with otherwise, such as Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, and Jessica Lang,” Chloe’s dance vocabulary has expanded, and her confidence has soared.

Though Cori and Chloe both have danced with the Pre-Professional program, as Cori puts it, “NORDC/NOBA has something for everyone! From toddlers to senior citizens, this program provides an assortment of classes to people all over the New Orleans area. All you need to bring is an open mind and a love for movement.” Chloe suggests that, “for anyone who is interested in taking classes but doesn't have that much experience, I would recommend trying their free after-school dance programs or their open community classes for teens and adults.”

Great news: registration for that very same after-school program is just around the corner! Students will have various performance opportunities, including fully produced and costumed performances of The Nutcracker Suite at Tulane's Dixon Hall, winter concerts, and spring productions. Registration dates and times are listed below:

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Ages 3-4

  • Chevron Studio at Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue (Uptown)
    • Registration: Thursday, August 24 from 5-7PM, Lyons Rec Center
    • Two class times are offered:
      • Mondays, 11:45AM-12:45PM
      • Saturdays, 9:30-10:15AM

Ages 5-9

  • Rosenwald Rec Center, 1120 N. Broad St. (Central City)
    • Registration: Monday, August 21 from 5-7PM, Rosenwald Rec Center
    • Ballet classes are Mondays, 4:30-6:30PM
    • Jazz classes are Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM

Ages 6-11

  • Stallings St. Claude Rec Center, 4300 St. Claude Avenue (Bywater)
    • Registration: Wednesday, August 23 from 5-7PM, Stallings St. Claude Rec Center
    • Ballet classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15PM

Ages 8-13

  • Chevron Studio at Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue (Uptown)
    • Registration: Thursday, August 24 from 5-7PM, Lyons Rec Center
    • Modern classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5:25PM

Ages 6-14

  • Chevron Studio at Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue (Uptown)
    • Registration: Thursday, August 24 from 5-7PM, Lyons Rec Center
    • Ballet classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:40-5:30PM

Ages 6-18

  • Tremé Recreation Community Center, 900 N. Villere Street (Tremé)
    • Registration: Monday, August 21 from 5-7PM, Tremé Recreation Community Center
    • Hip hop classes are Mondays, 5-7PM
    • Ballet classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-7PM
    • Tap classes are Wednesdays, 4-6PM
  • Behrman Rec Center, 2529 General Meyer Avenue (Algiers)
    • Registration: Tuesday, August 22 from 5-7PM, Behrman Rec Center
    • Ballet classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30PM
  • Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade Street (Westbank)
    • Registration: Wednesday, August 23 from 5-7PM, Cut-Off Rec Center
    • Tap classes are Mondays, 5-7PM
    • Ballet classes are Wednesdays, 5-7PM
  • Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Boulevard (New Orleans East)
    • Registration: Thursday, August 24 from 5-7PM, Joe W. Brown Rec Center
    • Ballet classes are Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30PM
  • Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor Street (Broadmoor)
    • Registration: Thursday, August 31 from 5-7PM, Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center.
    • Ballet classes are Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-7:30PM

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At registration, students will submit an enrollment application (provided at site) and a $5 processing fee (cash only). Younger students must turn ages 3-6 by September 1, 2017 and are required to submit a copy of their birth certificates. Older students must be no older than 18 and a senior in high school. Placement is based on both experience level and age. Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-serve basis through September 22 or until classes are filled, and classes will be held the week of September 5 through April 2018. For more information, visit NOBAdance.com or call 504-522-0996 ext. 207.

Lydia Straka is a New Orleans native who has recently completed her freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis. Though still juggling possibilities for her future, she loves to write and cares deeply about social justice and women’s rights. Lydia can be contacted at lydia@nolavie.com.