Dubbed a “powerhouse of comedy” by the Austin Chronicle, The New Movement unleashes a dizzying number of comedy shows that belie the institution’s young age. Founded in 2009 by improvisers Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, the theater and conservatory has already established itself in two cities, training fledgling performers in the art of the extemporaneous by inspiring them to take comedic risks on stage, whether it’s connecting emotionally with a character or performing actual surgery. Whether or not the performers are costumed or bearing props, they aim to create a fully realized world on stage through grounded situations and elegant but always creative transitions between scenes.
The Mardi Gras School of Cooking & Catering draws out inner chefs and teaches them to prepare an entire menu of Cajun and Creole specialties. After adorning themselves with aprons, participants demonstrate the knife-handling skills they acquired in high-school economics and chop ingredients for each dish. After the cooking begins by creating a chocolate bread pudding with a mocha-chocolate-brandy sauce, the class studiously dives into roux. Under the tutelage of the school’s chefs, participants learn four ways to master roux, using them to prepare a gumbo and either an étouffée or a shrimp creole. At the end of class, graduates can toast to their culinary prowess and their much-improved chances at success on future first dates with glasses of wine served alongside the feast.
Anthony Bean wanted to leave a mark on his community, and when he saw his community lacked a proper outlet for theater, he created one. Since 2000, Anthony Bean Theater has worked with local citizens of all ages and skill levels to become actors, design sets, and manage the establishment. Ten years later, the Arts Council of New Orleans honored the theater with a Community Arts Award, which recognized Bean's contribution to the arts in his neighborhood.
Signature service: Spanish Immersion Camp
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Pro Tip: Any language level will feel successful in our programs. Team building, sustainability and community service are also pillars of our programs along with health."
Yogi Michele Baker began teaching yoga at a New Orleans athletic club in 1998. Ten years later, after Hurricane Katrina forced Baker to evacuate her home, she started writing a yoga-instruction training manual. She soon put it to use, using it as a guide to lead her staff at Swan River Yoga, which she opened with business partner Keith Porteous. Today, the yoga center helps pupils practice yoga and guides aspiring instructors as they hone their craft and nurture the third eye that sprouts from their forehead.
Yoga classes are suitable for a variety of skill levels, and range from prenatal and beginners’ yoga to Anusara yoga—a class that focuses on flowing movements and proper alignment. Swan River Yoga also provides holistic services such as massage, reiki, and acupuncture.
Balance Yoga & Wellness hosts a multitude of classes seven days a week within its sunny studio. Impassioned, knowledgeable instructors teach students of all fitness levels to flow in and out of sun salutations and standing postures while maintaining strong breath. They also teach other classes, such as Anusara Level 1??which introduces poses and breathing techniques slowly over time??or the fluid vinyasa yoga, where one pose gracefully melts into another. Otherwise, students can soothe muscles with the restorative yoga class, which uses blankets, blocks, and straps to support the body so that it can stretch more deeply. Check out the schedule for a full list of class times.