Dust off your dancing shoes, kick up your heels and work up a sweat on the dance floor. Dancing together can be such a fun, connective experience. Feeling like you’ve got two left feet? Check out this list of dance classes available in the New Orleans area. Once you’ve got your groove on, head to one of these local hot spots to dance the night away!
SWING DANCING LESSONS
New Orleans has gained an impressive swing dancing scene drawn in by the city’s wealth of live jazz dancing music. If you’re interested in swing dance classes, you can pretty much find a dance class any night of the week in New Orleans. NOLA Jitterbugs holds weekly lessons every Sunday 5 p.m. at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen Street). They also host lessons every Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. at Mid City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl (3000 S. Carollton Avenue), as well as, Wednesday lessons starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Royal Frenchmen Hotel (700 Frenchmen Street).
Visit www.nolajitterbugs.com for a complete list of events including lessons and performances.
LATIN DANCING LESSONS
Every Tuesday Hispanic Flavor Productions hosts Latin Night at Mid City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl in New Orleans. The evening starts at 7pm with a Latin Dance class and then the social begins at 8pm. Different instructors teach each week. DJ Guanaco is in charge of playing the best selections of Latin hits to keep you dancing. Kid-friendly. Bar and food available. $5 cover (includes class).
3000 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA | www.hispanicflavorproductions.com
SQUARE DANCING LESSONS
Introductory square dancing lessons are held once a month at the First Presbyterian Hall. Square Dance Nola hosts this monthly dancing event which always falls on a Monday evening. You can check their website for future monthly dancing events. Entry fee is $5 per person. You can even BYOB (ice chests approved). And they usually provide dinner of red beans and rice for just $1 per bowl. The introductory lesson kicks off at 7:30 p.m. followed by an all out square dancing party that has been known to last until 10 p.m.
5401 S. Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA | www.squaredancenola.com
Mulate’s Original Cajun Restaurant was the first restaurant to popularize dining and dancing – Cajun style. Proving that Cajuns do more than just cook well. Head over to Mulate’s where you can enjoy live Cajun music and dancing any night of the week.
201 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA | www.mulates.com
All images by Mary Losavio unless otherwise noted.
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