Dancer, vocalist, and instructor Jayna Morgan reanimates the music and dance of the mid-20th century through private swing lessons, group classes, workshops, and performances with the Sazerac Sunshine Band. Rug-cutting sessions guide students through the finer points of the jitterbug, the lindy hop, and the charleston, and dalliances with the balboa and the collegiate shag dig into deeper cuts of rug. Jayna's regular musical performances with her band fill venues in New Orleans and across the country with smooth vocal stylings; local appearances of The Frenchmen Street Flappers transport viewers back to a time when the only way to hail a cab was to dance the charleston on a street corner.
Founder Kerry Jenkins infuses 225 Dance with her passion for moving arts that she developed through her 17-year dancing career and a childhood love of dance. To boost cardio fitness, guests can shake hips through Latin-inspired Zumba classes that whip bodies into shape with heart-pumping dance steps. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Kerry works to pass on her family’s tradition of Cajun dancing with classes on Cajun waltz, two-step, and shuffle and hosts an energetic dance party and dinner on Saturday night.
The instructors at SandysDance Center don't care if you have two left feet or if you're stuck inside a clunky cyborg exoskeleton. They're proud of their extensive experience with beginners and confident that they can get anyone moving gracefully across the dance floor. Seeing as how they cater to dancers of all ages and skill levels, the instructors prefer a casual, informal style of teaching that focuses on the fun stuff. Classes are generally held on weekdays and range in style from salsa to swing.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Equipment: Aerial Silks
Students should bring: leggings, water, and clothes that fit tight to the body
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Students are strongly encouraged to take our intro class before progressing to other aerial classes
Within the hot-pink walls of Teaze Fitness, certified pole trainers monitor each guest as women of all backgrounds and builds laugh in the face of gravity. The team teaches clients how to climb, spin, and strut around the studio's poles during a signature aerobics workout—one that blends pole dancing with yoga and mat Pilates for a full-body burn. They also uphold a one-pole-per-student rule, so poles don't shy away from unfamiliar fingerprints by turning into ropes and collapsing to the floor. With private parties and additional lessons on chair dance, flexibility, and yoga, the curriculum motivates ladies to unleash their moxie in a judgment-free zone.