Argentine Tango Introduction and Intermediate

Discover the beauty, passion, and elegance of tango.  This progressive series covers the essential elements of Argentine Tango and is designed to quickly enable you to enjoy dancing at a tango social (milonga) and be able to improvise with any dance partner by providing in-depth explanation of the structure of the dance.  It is suitable for both absolute beginners and experienced dancers wishing to refine their fundamentals or explore the opposite lead/follow role.        

Topics include but not limited to: connection and embrace, lead/follow techniques, weight transfer, walking in parallel/cross systems, the 8-step basic, spiral/pivot technique, forward/backward ochos, turns, changes of direction, navigation, etiquette, terminology, improvisation, and musicality.  

Comfortable clothes and shoes that won't slip off your feet with a non-rubber sole (i.e. leather/suede) for ease of pivoting are recommended.  No pre-requisites.  No partner necessary.

NOLA ReBelles

Join our all-female performance troupe celebrating the 1920s, 1960s, turn of the 20th century with French Can Can and more. Les Rebelles of NOLA celebrate the women of New Orleans and connect them through dance regardless of age, shape and background. Unlike many other all female groups, we are a mix of pros and amateurs who help their members become the best they can be through dance. During our classes you will learn a choreography meant to be performed (performing is optional), socialize with a bunch of fun women but you will also improve your dance skills and get in shape. Our dance numbers celebrate the hard-core women who fought for women's rights and visit the different eras when significant progress was made towards La Liberation de la Femme…. Think 1920s Flapper, 1960s Gogo, turn of the Century French Cancan, etc. All that, with a French twist to it! Our Season goes from September-June. And there are 3 sessions/year. 

Blues Dance Fundamentals

Join Gabriel and Stefanie to learn blues! No partner necessary.

Intro to Ballroom

Do you want to become a versatile dancer? Do you want to be able to dance a Waltz at a wedding? Get sassy on the dance floor? Or dance any night of the week on Frenchmen Street? Then come learn the foundations of social dancing in Ballroom Basics. Whether you just dance in Nola, or you are a world traveler, you will be able to put these moves to work for you wherever you find yourself on a dance floor. Dances covered are East Coast Swing, American Tango, Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot and Cha Cha. No experience necessary. No partner necessary.

Intro To Swing

Join Gabriel and Giselle to learn Swing! This class is for the total beginner or for those of you who may have learned other dances but are new to swing dancing. By the end of this course, you will have a basic understanding of lead and follow and will be able to dance basic 6 count swing with anyone in the world. You will also be introduced to 8 counts and Charlestons.

No pre-requisite necessary and no partner necessary.

Lindy Hop Fundamentals and Intermediate/Advanced

Join Giselle and Gabriel to learn the basics of Lindy Hop. In this class we will build up on Swing dancing fundamentals. Here you will learn the original form of Swing: The Lindy Hop. This will include the swing out, the circle, common Charleston vocabulary, and a few other fun moves. We will also introduce the swivels for the follows.

Pre-requisite: You have taken our 'Intro to Swing' class or an equivalent. You are comfortable with basic 6 count triple steps and single timing. You can lead or follow basic turns and patterns without thinking. You can also control spacing while dancing.

No partner necessary.

Salsa on1 Intermediate with Bayou Movimiento

There is SO MUCH to learn in salsa! This course is built to teach and train dancers in all of these techniques and skillsets by focusing on specific qualities and components in a course! This class has amplified the skills of many dancers throughout the years and has challenged even the most veteran dancers, while allowing the newer intermediate level dancers hone their skills and begin to create themselves the way they would like to dance!

West Coast Swing Fundamentals

This class is for the total beginner or for those of you who may have learned other dances but are new to West Coast Swing. WCS is the most contemporary and current form of swing dances. It is danced to slower tempos and to music from R&B to contemporary tunes you hear every day on the radio. You will learn the foundation for lead or follow skills. This class will introduce 6 and 8-count basics danced anywhere.

Salsa on1 Fundamentals with Bayou Movimiento

This course is designed to teach the fundamental techniques needed to perform almost any movement in salsa! Taught ON1, but the techniques learned have proven to be transferrable to salsa ON2, casino, and various other styles! No matter how many left feet you believe yourself to have, this course has helped 100's of students find their right foot and dance confidently! Even advanced dancers like to go back and take this class to re-learn and hone in on skills they haven't worked on in a minute! Drop-Ins accepted throughout the series

West Coast Swing Beyond the Basics (lvl 2) 

Pre-requisite: You are comfortable with WCS 6 and 8 count basics like the sugar push, whips, push tucks, etc. In this class we will build up on the basics and learn pattern bending and go into more details. We will focus on developing skills with anchoring, stretching and improving lead/follow skills on the social floor. Finally, musicality will be introduced. No partner necessary.

Zydeco and Cajun Waltz

This class covers leading and following Zydeco and Cajun Waltz basic patterns with several variations as well as identifying Louisiana's local music. It is appropriate for completely new dancers, or those who have experience in other dances. No pre-requisite necessary and no partner necessary.

Bachata All-Levels with Bayou Movimiento

One of our favorite things about bachata dancing, is a true beginner and an experienced dancer can get on the dance floor and dance together! This ideology was used in creating this course structure! This course has been designed and implemented in a way that has been able to teach bachateros of ALL levels at the same time! Everyone in the class is sure to have fun, feel challenged, and leave accomplished! Each movement, footwork, and shine pattern is taught in AT LEAST 3 levels! This way, everyone is working on the same technique or skill, while learning how to implement them in ways that are new and challenging for them! Drop-Ins Accepted throughout the series.

Bachata 101

If you’re looking to learn bachata and level up, join Josh and Shae for Bachata 101. We’re going to cover a variety of turn patterns and moves to enable you to comfortably social dance. This class will focus on multiple styles of moves, both traditional and sensual, and how they differ. We’ll cover a showcase of footwork and also discuss musicality with the moves taught. No partner is necessary, but excitement is encouraged. We’re going to have a lot of fun mixing up and leveling up your bachata!

All Levels Hip Hop

Teaching everyone to dance confidently from the start! Not limited to only one set of movements so application can create foundation for solo and partner dancing. All ages welcome

Kizomba: Movement and Connection 

Kizomba, often described as an "African tango," is a close-embrace partner dance from the African nation of Angola, booming. The two components making kizomba so enjoyable and unique are its characteristic African body movement and the dense connection between lead and follow. This is a comprehensive technique course which will give you the proper, authentic foundation to become a high-level kizomba (and semba!) dancer and prepare students to explore other related dances and styles. The course is appropriate for both total beginners as well as intermediate students who want to become advanced dancers, and Peter recommends taking it more than once to refine and perfect your dancing.

Peter JS is one of the most experienced kizomba teachers in the south, and has completed multiple overseas teacher trainings with top African and European kizomba dancers. He specializes in helping students acquire authentic kizomba movement and connection technique, regardless of whether they have another dance background or none at all!

Salsa Fundamentals - NY Style (On 2)

This class is taught by Jana Blakes and Raymond Armant of Mambo Orleans

Students will gain:

- An understanding of Rhythm & Timing On2

- Essential Footwork & Body Movement techniques

- Fundamental Concepts of Leading & Following with a focus on connection and communication with your partner.

Why learn the NY Style?

1. It is the most widely danced style in the world of the international salsa circuit
2. To feel comfortable and confident when traveling and meeting out-of-towners that dance the NY style.
3.Give you a little extra edge and versatility on the dance floor

Partner not required. No experience necessary

Salsa: NY Style (on 2) Level 2 (Advanced Beginner) and Level 3

This class is taught by Raymond Armant and Jana Blakes of Mambo Orleans.

This class is perfect for anyone who has completed the Level 1 course or for more experienced dancers wanting to become more versatile dancers, or wanting to fine tune their leading and following skills dancing On2.

Students will gain:

- An understanding of Rhythm & Timing On2

- Essential Footwork & Body Movement techniques

- Fundamental Concepts of Leading & Following with a focus on connection and communication with your partner.

Flamenco Introduction

Join April for this introductory flamenco course!

Salsa Fundamentals (on 1) 

Learn the basic rhythm, footwork, spins and patterns that make salsa this spellbound dance with Rubia. This is the most common way to start learning how to dance Salsa. No experience necessary, no partner necessary.

Salsa Intermediate (On 1)

Join Rubia to learn salsa intermediate! In this class you will refine your basics and keep on building vocabulary while working on technique. Pre-requisite: you are comfortable with the cross body lead its basic variations as well as basic spot turns and traveling turns. No partner necessary.

Zydeco and Cajun Waltz

This class covers leading and following Zydeco, Cajun Jitterbug, and Cajun Waltz basic patterns with several variations as well as identifying Louisiana's local music. It is appropriate for completely new dancers, or those who have experience in other dances. No pre-requisite necessary and no partner necessary.

Dance Trance

Dance Trance is a fitness class that uses choreographed dance routines to get the most out of a workout. It's hard to explain the level of enthusiasm for this class; we suggest that you come in and experience it for yourself! The element of fun and the driving music is what makes the class popular with fitness enthusiasts who may be bored with stepping up and down or dancing to the same type of music every night. Please note there is NO INSTRUCTION for this class; students follow along and keep moving the whole time. All skill levels welcome!

Dancer’s Bootcamp

Are you looking to improve your dancing? Do you want something more tailored than a trip to the gym to help? Is the dance team concept not fitting your current standings? Or maybe you just want a new take on an active class. Look no further. Dancer's Bootcamp will focus on just that. Every week we'll cover drills, trainings, and exercises to give you a workout, and also to give the extra attention needed to enhance your dance moves. We'll cover: cardio, balance, spin technique, flexibility, toning, choreography, body isolations, styling, and footwork. This class is designed to help dancers in a variety of dance styles, social and not. No prior training is required, but a thirst for progress is encouraged. Drop-in welcome throughout the series.

Teasing and Toning

Teasing and Toning is a dance fitness class that welcomes participants of all skill levels. Burlesque bodies follow along to original choreography through floor routines, routines incorporating wraps and a striptease element, high intensity (modifiable to low or moderate intensity) dance cardio routines, and a body weight resistance component that uses dropping and popping, belly dancing, and chair routines to build strength. Each class ends with a restorative stretching routine as well. This class is for folks who know or suspect that moving and dancing makes them feel good.