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NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance announces expansion of dance fitness program for senior citizens

Written by  New Orleans Ballet Association
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA), in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and through extraordinary support provided by Chevron, is proud to announce the expansion of the award-winning NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Senior Dance Fitness Program to a total of four sites, including the Lyons, Behrman, Treme and Joe W. Brown NORDC Centers.
Since classes for senior citizens began in 2008, this innovative senior programming combines stretching, dance and movement for hundreds of people ages 55+ in the local community. The expansion includes healthy eating, lifestyle education and access to master workshops by local and visiting guest artists.
“Chevron is proud to work with NOBA to support programs that promote healthy initiatives for youth, adults and seniors alike,” said Warner Williams, vice president, Chevron North America Gulf of Mexico. “The expansion of the senior program will only strengthen the health of our communities.”
Classes are free and open to anyone 55+; first-time participants may register at the door.
Expanded Schedule of Weekly Classes Open to the Public

The Chevron Studio at Lyons NORDC Center (Classes are ongoing)
624 Louisiana Avenue (Lower Garden District/Irish Channel)
Mondays and Wednesdays (And other days as announced)
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Treme NORDC Center (Starting November 19)
900 N. Villere Street (Treme)
Tuesdays and Thursdays   
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Joe W. Brown NORDC Center (Starting December 4)
5601 Read Boulevard (New Orleans East)
Wednesdays and Fridays    
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Behrman NORDC Center (Starting December 4)
2529 General Meyer Avenue (Algiers)
Mondays and Wednesdays  
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Aline Neves De Souza, lead teaching artist at The Chevron Studio at Lyons NORDC Center, has been teaching participants since the program began in 2008. She comments, “To see them coming back class after class is inspiring, and I am honored to be a part of their lives.” Neves de Souza also says the program engages participants by integrating sequential skill-building and drawing on their memories, life experiences and music preferences. “The participants love dancing and moving with their friends, and express gratitude for a program they feel is catered to them,” she states.
For Pat Robinson, the program is a means of socialization, affording her “the opportunity to get out of the house and do something healthy.” Robinson also says, “I have lost weight and continue to make better food choices.” Another class attendee shares, “The NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Senior Fitness Program has enhanced our quality of life. It is a total fitness makeover from head to toe.”
Annually, senior participants learn, rehearse and perform alongside the youth of the Center for Dance in the party scene of The Nutcracker Suite and in the spring production at Tulane’s Dixon Hall. “I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to perform with my granddaughter!” exclaims Carolyn McCurdy.
For more information, contact NOBA’s Education Coordinator, Millette White at (504) 522-0996 ext. 213 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 5,000 free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area. 
This project 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 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.

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 January 2014
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