Fun with NORDC: Family Fun Walk to celebrate Park and Rec Month _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Victor Richard

NORDC is most often associated with youth and teen programs, but the organization has many activities for people 18 and older, with some specifically for people 55 and older.

One of the most popular is senior dance fitness through the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance, a 22-year partnership with the New Orleans Ballet Association with support from Chevron.

Senior dance fitness classes are offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Behrman, Gernon Brown, Joe W. Brown and Lyons recreation centers. Seniors may drop in anytime for classes that include stretching, cardio and dance plus healthy eating and lifestyle education.

Activities include special workshops, social events and dance performance opportunities, including the annual production of “The Nutcracker Suite.” For several years, senior dance fitness students have had a blast (and won medals) performing dance routines in the New Orleans Senior Olympics.

Adult activities include several styles of dance classes, aerobics, yoga, tai chi, line dancing, tennis, hula hooping, kick boxing, boot camp, Zumba, swim lessons and aqua fitness.

A fitness center at the Treme Recreation Center provides treadmills and other cardio machines.

While fitness is the core benefit, these classes offer opportunities for social interaction, which is just as important. Many friendships have started in classes. When I walk past a senior dance fitness class, it brings me great joy to often hear laughter.

Find details about NORDC senior and adult activities by clicking the “Senior & Adult” tab at

For information on team sports and other events throughout the year, visit; and connect through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, @NORDCommission.

Victor N. Richard III is the chief executive officer of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. For more information, visit


  • HEALTH IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St. Free activities and health screenings. Activities include: kemetic yoga from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; meditation and lecture with Zachary Ramsey from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; diabetes and blood pressure screenings from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Afro exercise from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sign up for Black Girls Run anytime during the event. For details, visit or call (504) 658-3052.


  • YOUNG BIRDERS ASSOCIATION: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Teen bird-watching club in partnership with the Orleans Audubon Society. Meet at the Joe Madere Marsh Unit at the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, off U.S. 90 in New Orleans East. Meet just past the main entrance on the right or take the complimentary shuttle from Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd., departing at 9:10 a.m.
  • NATURE WALK: noon Feb. 24, Jean Lafitte National Park Coquille Trail. Meet at the trailhead in the parking lot, found by following Barataria Boulevard all the way into the park, or take the complimentary shuttle from Behrman Rec Center, 2529 Gen. Meyer Ave., departing at 11:30 a.m.


  • SWIM LESSONS AND CLASS REGISTRATION: through Saturday. For children 6 months and older. The spring 1 session begins Sunday. Classes include water babies, swim lessons, aqua fitness and lifeguard classes.
  • NORDC LIFEGUARD PREREQUISITE SKILLS CHALLENGE CLASS: March 2, 16 and 30, and April 13 and 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Joe W. Brown Pool, 5601 Read Blvd. For people 15 and older who are interested in becoming a lifeguard. Preregistration is suggested. Free. For details, visit or call (504) 658-3021.


  • TRACK AND FIELD REGISTRATION: through Monday. For boys and girls ages 5 to 14. The season begins March 21. For playground locations and registration details, visit


  • SENIOR DANCE FITNESS AND ADULT MOVEMENT CLASSES: NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance offers free classes at NORDC Recreation Centers. Register anytime.
  • SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd. Join anytime.
  • CASA SAMBA CLASSES: Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave., and Treme Center, 900 N. Villere St. For all ages. Register anytime.


  • FITNESS CLASSES: Fit NOLA Parks offers weekly fitness at Taylor Park, 2600 S. Roman St.; Norwood Thompson Park, 7200 Forshey St.; and St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave.
  • ADULT EXERCISE: For people 18 and older, including cardio and core-strengthening exercises. Free classes held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday at Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.; from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday at Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday and Wednesday at Behrman Rec Center, 2529 General Meyer Ave.; and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Joe W. Brown Rec Center, 5601 Read Blvd.
  • LINE DANCING: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Cut-Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St.
  • KEMETIC YOGA: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St.


  • KIDS CAFÉ: Kids Café provides free after-school meals at several recreation centers and playgrounds in partnership with Share Our Strength. Sites are Comiskey Playground, 600 S. Jeff Davis Parkway; Cut-Off Recreation Center, 6600 Belgrade St.; Treme Recreation Center, 900 N. Villere St.; Joe W. Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Blvd.; Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.; Stallings Gentilly Playground, 2700 Laperyouse St.; and Taylor Playground, 2600 S. Roman St.