The New Orleans Ballet Association has announced its upcoming season, with an international portfolio of dance taking flight on the local stage.

Twyla Tharp brings her true American flavor to the art of dance to begin the season. The performance will be part of Tharp’s 50th anniversary tour, with a hand-picked ensemble of dancers and an array of music from Bach to Bernstein and New Orleans jazz. The performance will be Oct. 24 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts.

Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to New Orleans after a 15-year absence Nov. 20. But the world-renowned institution is leading a residency in New Orleans that will culminate in a NORDC/NOBA performance.

A taste of Havana comes to the Crescent City in March when NOBA and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts present the Malposa Dance Company for three performances at the school’s Fred Lupin Memorial Hall. The company of 10 will be performing works that highlight Cuba’s dance and music traditions.

The Windy City is well represented with the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in April. Contemporary ballet will be at the forefront of this company’s performance of international members.

Fourteen gauchos from Argentina will exhibit Che Malambo’s percussive and duel-inspired work in May at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Tickets for individual performances go on sale Sept. 8, starting at $24. Season prices vary. For more information, call (504) 522-0996, ext. 201, or