Must-See Spring Ballet Productions in New Orleans


Spend an evening appreciating professional ballet in a city that puts culture, uniqueness, and tradition above all else. New Orleans takes pride in highlighting the arts; ballet is no exception. Visitors and locals can enjoy professional ballet in some of the city’s most iconic performing arts theaters this spring.

The History of New Orleans Ballet

Shortly after the arrival of opera in the late 18th century, New Orleans theaters began introducing ballet performances. Unlike opera, ballet didn’t have language barriers. As a result, the art began to appeal to the masses bringing forth decades of prestigious performances in theaters throughout the city.

Ballet enthusiasts can now enjoy performances from several professional ballet companies with residencies in New Orleans’s most historic buildings.

Marigny Opera Ballet

Now in its tenth full season, the Marigny Opera Ballet has served the New Orleans area since 2014. Since the company’s residency began at Marigny Opera House, it has won several Gambit awards for outstanding choreography and dance presentation.

The company showcases contemporary art and hires renowned choreographers, composers, musicians, and designers to bring its visions to life. This April, the company will highlight three of the best short performances from its repertoire in a production called “Panorama.”

Attendees are sure to enjoy elegant movement complemented by classic sounds. The show will take place at the historic Marigny Opera House at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

● Friday, April 21, 2023
● Saturday, April 22, 2023
● Sunday, April 23, 2023

New Orleans Ballet Associaton (NOBA)

Serving Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard parishes since 1992, New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) has become one of the most impactful ballet companies in the New Orleans area.

Its mission is to “cultivate understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of dance through performance, education, and community service.” NOBA serves over 30,000 people annually through its performances and community outreach programs.

For one night only, ballet enthusiasts can enjoy the State Ballet of Georgia’s New Orleans debut put on by NOBA. Nina Ananiashvili, dancer and company director, will introduce world-renowned dancers and choreographers alongside the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Washington Post boasts, “remarkable dancers…a ballet company, unlike most others.”

The company only has four scheduled performances in the United States this year, making this show a must-see for anyone who enjoys ballet. The performance will occur at Mahalia Jackson Theater on April 22, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

Stay at Hotel Mazarin

One of the best ways to experience performances in New Orleans is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. Hotel Mazarin is ideally situated in the heart of the French Quarter. Make a reservation at Hotel Mazarin today.