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NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance Students in Holiday Performances

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance Students in Holiday Performances
More than 200 youth and 20 senior citizens of NOBA's nationally award-winning dance training programs featured in community production of The Nutcracker Suite

On Sunday, December 16 at 3pm and 6pm, the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance invites the community to two performances of The Nutcracker Suite at Dixon Hall, Tulane University. The production features participants of the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance's programs for youth and senior citizens along with students of NOBA's free, after school partnership programs with Wilson Charter School (Orleans Parish) and St. Jerome Church (Jefferson Parish).

The Center For Dance, a cultural community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA), offers year-round, free dance programming to ages 6-80+. The Nutcracker Suite brings together more than 200 students and 20 senior citizens throughout the greater metropolitan area for the holiday classic. Each center is assigned a part, such as angels, mice, and soldiers, and, during the fall, students learn choreography from their instructors at each of the centers where they study. All the parts come together for the first time only the day before the performance, when the students begin production rehearsals in the studios at Tulane University.

Through the extraordinary generosity of Chevron, the production will feature exciting new set pieces and costumes. "Arts inspire, celebrate diversity, stimulate economic growth, and fuel the social vitality of our communities. Chevron is committed to supporting local arts programs where we operate because a community with a thriving arts and culture is a great place to call home. Chevron is proud to partner with NOBA to help strengthen communities in theGreater New Orleans area," comments Chevron's Warner Williams.

Tickets to the performance are $5 per person and can be obtained by calling the NOBA Box Office at 504-522-0996; in person at 935 Gravier St, Ste 800, until Friday,December 14, 4:30pm; or at the door one hour before showtime.

In addition to the performance of The Nutcracker Suite, each after-school dance center will also host an openhouse for the community to celebrate the achievements of the young dancers.This fall, more than 400 students are receiving professional training tuition-free at partnership sites in three parishes (Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard).

December 10, 6pm - Cut Off NORD Center, 6600 Belgrade Street (Westbank)

December 11 and 13, 6pm - Annunciation NORD Center, 800 Race Street (Lower Garden District)

December 12, 6pm - St. Bernard NORD Center, 1500 Lafreniere Street (Gentilly)

December 12, 7pm - Wilson Charter School, 3617 General Pershing (Broadmoor)

December 13, 7pm - St. Jerome Church, 2402 33rd Street (Kenner)

December 18, 6pm - Behrman NORD Center, 2529 General Meyer Avenue (Algiers)

Currently celebrating its 43rd Season, NOBA is the Central Gulf region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 25,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages. NOBA's dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists. In addition, NOBA's nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the community access to quality arts programs with over 3,000 classes, performances, and workshops, more than 95% of which are free.  

Founded in 1992, the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance was born out of a need to make high quality, professional dance training accessible to all school-aged children. A program that began with just 30 students at the Behrman NORDC Center now boasts an enrollment of 450 children per semester at eight sites citywide. Through expanded partnerships to include schools, churches, and community centers, NOBA and its collaborators have provided more than 35,000 free dance classes to over 11,000 children. With a core curriculum of ballet, classes are open to any child with a demonstrated interest in dance. The Pre-Professional Track (open by audition) provides an expanded curriculum in ballet/pointe, modern, and other dance forms, as well as master classes with world renowned artists, scholarships to study at national summer programs, performances, and other activities. Through a dynamic professional faculty, a mentor program, family field trips, and more, the Center works with each child to cultivate dreams and strengthen futures.  The Center is the recipient of many national honors, including the Coming Up Taller Award by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

 This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO); a Community Arts Grant made possible through the City of New Orleans as administered by ACNO; a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the NEA.

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