Free dance lessons in New Orleans (almost) every day of the week_lowres

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Even if you're not a great dancer, dance lessons are a fun way to stay in shape and are probably more fun than sitting around at home watching reruns of sitcoms and MTV reality shows -- so I've heard. A weekly lineup of free dance classes is below, along with two bounce videos and some other boogie-related links.

Sunday: Swing at d.b.a., 5 p.m. Salsa at Mojitos, 8 p.m.

Monday: African, ballet and/or hip-hop at Ashe CAC, 6 p.m. Swing at Mojitos, 7:30 p.m. Swing at Mimi's, 8:30 p.m. 

Tuesday: Tango at Eiffel Society, 7 p.m. Zydeco at Rock 'n' Bowl, 7 p.m. Country-western line at JohnPaul's, 8 p.m.

Wednesday: Swing at Spotted Cat, 5 p.m. Step & line at Bullet's, 6:30 p.m. Swing at Rock 'n' Bowl, 8:30 p.m. 

Thursday: African, ballet and/or hip-hop at Ashe CAC, 6 p.m. 

Friday: Salsa at Mojitos, 8 p.m.

There are no free lessons on Saturday, but JohnPaul's hosts a monthly hoedown. The Movement Room and other dance companies hold free lessons throughout the year and we list them under the fitness and dance category on the Gambit calendar.

Since Big Freedia only holds her Booty Bounce Class outside of New Orleans (for good reason, I mean, you can just go to a bounce night here), there are two instructional videos below. Big Freedia's Booty Bounce Class should make you feel better about yourself if you suck and Booty Battle New Orleans Bounce (NSFW) includes the pounching princess Minicat.

If you need help second lining, check out the videos captured by our second line correspondent, Big Red Cotton.

To learn the moves to two of DJ Jubilee's songs, click here and here. Since I couldn't find a perfect video for "Get Ready, Ready," it's not included. I am charging you, the great people of New Orleans and the surrounding parishes (especially St. Bernard Parish because those girls can really get down), with making a video for "Get Ready, Ready" where you're doing all the dances the right way. I also charge DJ Jubilee with finally making a workout DVD with all of his songs and dances.

"The best advice I give to people who want to learn about bounce music is to watch the YouTube videos and to practice in the mirror while you're doing it."-- Big Freedia