Argentine Tango Beginner I

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 drop-ins past week 2.  No pre-requisites.  No partner necessary!  

Course may be repeated for additional mastery.  

Beginner Swing Dancing

Join us 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.

Argentine Tango Beginner II

This class is designed to deepen your understanding of the fundamentals and prepare you for exploring more intermediate topics.  We will reinforce the topics introduced in the Beginner I series and expand upon that knowledge by introducing additional basic steps/figures to increase your tango vocabulary, including some fun tango foot and leg play!  Emphasis will continue to be on the connection, analysis, and technique of the movements as tango is an improvisational dance, as well as navigation, terminology, and musicality.

Typical topics include but not limited to: topics from Beginner I, the ocho cortado, rebotes, paradas/pasadas, planeos, giros/molinetes, arrastres/barridas, sacadas, boleos, and ganchos.

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.  Drop-ins welcome.  Pre-requisite: successful completion of an Argentine Tango beginner course or instructor permission.  No partner necessary!  

Course may be repeated as topics are continually evolving to develop different variations and combinations which can be easily incorporated into your social dancing.

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. 

Balboa/Blues Fusion

Join Gabriel to learn balboa/blues fusion! 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.

Argentine Tango Intermediate

This class is perfect for those who have a good understanding of the fundamentals and are eager to continue refining their technique and expanding their tango vocabulary with more challenging and advanced steps/figures.  Emphasis will continue to be on the connection, analysis and technique of the movements as tango is an improvisational dance, as well as navigation, terminology, and musicality.  Goal is to avoid memorizing sequences and fluidly integrate the various techniques musically on the social dance floor.

Typical topics include but not limited to: topics from Beginner I/II, close embrace & seamless transitions between open/close embrace, lapiz/rulo, enrosques, amagues, cadenas, calesitas, clavadas, boleo/gancho/barrida/sacada combinations, “shared axis” technique of volcadas/colgadas, lead/follow embellishments, and introduction to the different rhythms of milonga & vals.

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.  Drop-ins welcome.  Pre-requisite: successful completion of an Argentine Tango beginner course or instructor permission.  No partner necessary!

Course may be repeated as topics are continually evolving to develop different variations and combinations which can be easily incorporated into your social dancing.

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.

Kids Swing Classes (2 groups, ages 9-12 and ages 13-17)

Jazz music is an art form that was born in New Orleans around the 1900s and Swing dance is part of this expression that spread throughout the country during the jazz era in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Today, it is experiencing a revival with millions of dancers around the world. The program will be oriented to kids from 9 to 12 yrs old. Throughout the program they will learn a simple routine with all the basic moves that make this dance popular and at the end of the program there will be a performance from them to show their parents. swing dance is a lot of fun and they will improve in: *Self-confidence *Sociability *Athleticism *Cultural awareness

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.

Lindy Hop Fundamentals

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 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.

Lindy Hop Intermediate / Advanced

Advanced Lindy Hop builds from the techniques and movements learned in previous levels to expand each dancer's fluency, individuality, and confidence. We will work on the dance both technically and artistically. Students of this level are expected to take an active role in their learning.

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.

West Coast Swing Level 3

Advanced West Coast Swing topics. Drop-ins accepted throughout the series!

Rumba

This beginner ballroom course will take a longer look at Rumba. This Latin-inspired dance is versatile and useful for slow dancing to modern pop and jazz music as well as classic Latin songs. New Orleans is the best place in the country to learn how to dance and this class is for the beginner who wants to take a formal dance and use it in an informal environment like Frenchmen street or a wedding party!

Cha Cha

Cha Cha is the slower, flirtier, more playful predecessor to salsa! It's also played all the time by live Latin bands in New Orleans - more than salsa! But it's also less familiar to a lot of dancers. It's a familiar sight to see leads follows running and hiding from the dance floor when it comes on at social events. Make sure you're not one of the people missing out!

This class will be taught at the intersection of authentic cha cha and ballroom cha cha, so it will be appropriate for dancers interested in either style. The course is beginner friendly, but we will cover a good amount of material- it is also appropriate for intermediate salsa dancers!

Cardio and Choreo

Join Shanda for a fun and energetic class featuring a fusion of hip hop dance styles and a great workout. Her enthusiasm is contagious. So be ready!
In class, Shanda pushes her students to challenge themselves and find their inner confidence through feeling and movement. All levels are welcome, just be prepared to DANCE!

Kids All Levels Hip Hop and Body Movement

Teaching children 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 children 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!

Intro to Brazilian Zouk

Join us for Intro to Brazilian Zouk, which is the dance sweeping the world by storm right now. If you learn it now you will be ahead of the curve. It is true sensuality and connection on the dance floor.

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)

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 All-Levels

Join April for this mixed-level flamenco course!

Pre-requisite: must have completed either Flamenco Beginner or Flamenco Intermediate with April Goltz

Salsa Fundamentals (on 1) 

Learn the basic rhythm, footwork, spins and patterns that make salsa this spellbound dance. 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 and De'Jon 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.

Argentine Tango Fundamentals (all levels)

LEARN TO DANCE THE DANCE OF PASSION AND CONNECTION! Level 1 covers the fundamentals of tango and is designed for new-to-tango people, or those taking classes, but do not yet feel comfortable to dance at a milonga (a tango social dance event) yet. All are welcome, no tango experience needed, nor partner. The 8-week series covers the fundamental principles and movement of the dance, partner connection, and musicality, and applies these principles to various combinations with each building on the previous week's information. It will prepare you for your first milonga and the next level of classes.

Zumba with Chanell

Chanell has three Zumba® licenses: B1, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Toning. Her beginner-friendly, medium-impact classes at Dance Quarter are rooted in the core moves Zumba lovers expect based on the four Latin rhythms that are the foundation of the Zumba Fitness program, as well as additional international rhythms that combine to make up the traditional Zumba formula. Her easy to follow dance fitness moves are suitable for all abilities, including students with limited mobility, while still including all-important elements of fitness such as cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, and flexibility. Students in Chanell's classes will enjoy the benefits of improved balance, range of motion, and coordination.

Drop-Ins: $10/person

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!