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New Orleans Ballet Association sees the return of Ailey II featuring NORDC and NOBA dance alumna Courtney Ross

Written by  New Orleans Ballet Association
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) announces the addition of a special presentation of the critically-acclaimed Ailey II on Saturday, February 27, 7:30 pm at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. Featuring New Orleans native and NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance alumna Courtney Ross, this ensemble of 12 dancers is the next generation of artists from the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ailey II brings an exhilarating and entertaining program of new works and the Ailey masterwork Revelations. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $40 – $60 and are only available online at NOBAdance.com, by calling 504-522-0996, or in-person at NOBA’s Box Office, 935 Gravier Street, Suite 800. Subscriptions for NOBA’s 2015-2016 season and discounted tickets for students are also available.

Renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances, the 12 talented dancers of Ailey II includes NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance alumna and graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Courtney Ross, who is returning to perform for her hometown audience.
“We are very proud of Courtney and all of her accomplishments and are honored to bring this distinguished company back to New Orleans,” comments NOBA Executive Director Jenny Hamilton.
 
Beginning her studies with the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance at the age of nine, Ross went on to perform alongside fellow Center for Dance pre-professional students at such prestigious venues as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (2007) and the Kennedy Center (2008). The NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance is a 24-year partnership that provides high quality dance and fitness instruction tuition-free for ages 3-80+ currently at nine NORDC Centers.
 
Ross raves, “Without NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance support, I would have never been afforded the opportunities and exposure that have carried me to my budding professional career. NORDC/NOBA has always been by my side as I achieve my dreams. It has been an honor to be able to say that I am an alumna of such a great organization.”
New Orleans Ballet Association sees the return of Ailey II featuring NORDC and NOBA dance alumna Courtney Ross | IntheNOLA.com
With “off-the-charts energy” (The New Yorker) and under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, the Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform a diverse repertory that includes three thrilling new works by today’s outstanding emerging choreographers and Alvin Ailey’s timeless classic Revelations.

“Ailey II is at the forefront of cutting edge and exciting dance and we look forward to bringing our distinctive vibrancy and energy to New Orleans,” says Powell.
 
As part of the Chevron Master Artist Series, Powell, Ross and Ailey II artists will teach a master class for NORDC/ NOBA Center for Dance pre-professional and Tulane University students on Saturday, February 27 from 10:30 am – noon at McWilliams Hall on the Tulane University Campus.
 
Ailey II is made possible by Le Meriden New Orleans and the Chevron Master Artist Series. NOBA extends deep appreciation to Newcomb Dance Program, Tulane University Department of Theatre and Dance.

About the New Orleans Ballet Association
NOBA is the Central Gulf region’s premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance.  NOBA’s dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists. Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 30,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages.  In addition, NOBA’s nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with over 5,500 free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area. 
 
NOBA is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the NEA, a Federal agency; a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans (ACNO); and a grant from 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 through ACNO. 
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