August, the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) will host its annual open
auditions for the esteemed pre-professional dance program. Students selected
for this tuition-free program will have instruction in ballet, pointe, modern, repertoire,
hip-hop, jazz, and West African dance. Students will also have the opportunity
to compete for a spot in the Master Artist Series with Donald Williams.
for ages 7-11 will
take place on Thursday, August 4, with a 5:30 p.m. check-in time. Auditions
for ages 12-18 will take place on Friday, August 5, with a 5:30 p.m.
will be located at the Lyons Rec Center, at 624
Louisiana Avenue (corner of Tchoupitoulas).
students, ages 7-18 are welcome to audition for the program. NOBA is seeking
students who are not only talented, but also focused and motivated to bring
onto their team. While prior dance experience is not required, it is
recommended that students have at least two years of professional dance
training, prior to auditioning.
Orleans Ballet Association serves the Central Gulf Region as the premiere dance
institution. It is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as
several other community organizations. NOBA features internationally recognized
companies and artists and provides services to over 33,000 individuals in the
greater New Orleans region. The organization is known for creating innovative
programs that are accessible to all, and which are meant to propel dance
students into professional careers.
About the Master
Artist Series and the Master Artist in Residence
Artist Series was created for students who are ready to take their dance training
to the next level. Select individuals will have access to classes from renowned
artists, main-stage performances, talent-based scholarships, and elite summer
dance programs. They will also be able to meet notable teachers, artists, choreographers,
directors, and more.
Williams, the Master Artist in Residence, joined NOBA in 2013. Prior to his partnership
with NOBA, Williams was a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem for 27 years.
Williams has performed in several international venues and award-winning films.
He has also taught and lectured at universities around the country. The artist's
most recent accomplishment was acting as a personal trainer for Keanu Reeves in
the film Devil's Advocate.
information on the New Orleans Ballet Association or auditions, visit NOBA's website. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (504)
522-0996, ext. 213. Find NOBA on Facebook, or follow @nobadance on Instagram.
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