The Helis Foundation Ovation Program

New Orleans Ballet Association

Since 1992, NOBA has made the art of dance accessible to underserved youth and their families with over 5,000 tuition-free dance classes and activities annually provided through meaningful partnerships with institutions in neighborhoods throughout the Greater New Orleans area. NOBA’s nationally award-winning, tuition-free program offers a clear path for a child to enter a community center and receive the instruction necessary until the age of 18 to prepare them for careers in dance.

This year, The Helis Foundation Ovation Program was created to eliminate the barriers for participants of these programs to attend performances by the world-renowned dance companies on NOBA’s Main Stage Series. The Ovation Program makes it possible for NOBA’s families to share these magical evenings together at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, sparking the imagination, motivating and inspiring dancers of all ages, and cultivating a lifelong appreciation of the art form.