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    Hand-Build Clay Pottery

    Working with clay can be an incredible therapeutic experience that releases your tension and lets your creative self come out to play. Get in on the fun with this all-levels class that will have you hand-building your own stunning clay creations. A professional instructor will guide you as you learn the foundations to working and shaping your clay. Then, get your hands dirty and your imagination pumping as you craft your own piece. By using your hands as your sculpting tool, you'll bring a natural style to your work that is uniquely your own. Whether this is your first time hand-building or you simply want to continue on in your practice, all are welcome to take part in this creative class.
    Hand-Build Clay Pottery

    862 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans

    • Learn how to hand-build your own beautiful clay pottery
    • Practice basic techniques with the help of a professional instructor
    • Get creative as you make your own original design
    • No experience necessary
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    New Orleans Specialties Cooking Class (Afternoon)

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    Take an entertaining and informative cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking! Located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s, this cooking class brings you to the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Learn the basics of Louisiana cooking from professional chefs and learn how to make classic New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Enjoy samplings of these delectable dishes accompanied by complimentary beer, iced tea and coffee, and take the recipes home with you! Food is considered one of the defining elements of Louisiana's culture, and there's no better way to experience New Orleans than to taste it! During your New Orleans cooking demonstration class, embark on a sensory journey in the kitchen to discover Louisiana's rich tapestry of culinary influences -- French, Spanish, Native American, African and Indian -- as they blend into modern- day Cajun and Creole cuisine.

    Your cooking experts will demonstrate how to prepare classic New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines, and will season them with history, trivia and tall tales. Learn the basics of Louisiana cooking and discover the array of spices used in this unique cuisine.

    Enjoy generous samplings of the demonstrated items, as well as complimentary coffee, iced tea and beer. At the end of the class, take home the recipes to show off your new skills to your friends and family!
    New Orleans Specialties Cooking Class (Afternoon)

    524 St Louis St, New Orleans

    • Take an entertaining and informative cooking class on the basics of Louisiana style cooking
    • Learn to prepare classic New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, banana foster, and pralines
    • Hear fascinating history, trivia and tall tales from your chefs as they instruct you with their famous cooking techniques
    • Discover the array of spices used in this cultural cuisine and gain the tools to make these delightful dishes yourself
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    LRI Ladies Salsa

    Salsa on the dance floor? Sounds like a slippery mess! Unless, that is, you train with the best, And make no mistake, Crescent Lotus Dance Studio IS the best. They're calling all ladies to take part in this rousing salsa class. where you'll learn the ins and outs of one of the hottest partner dances on the planet! With the help of your expert instructor, you'll start with the first basic steps, practicing them in isolation before working your way up to full speed. Then, you'll partner up and put your moves into motion -- your instructor will help you develop your routine, even allowing you the freedom to put your own spin on the routine! Now that's some salsa on the dance floor that doesn't need any clean up.
    LRI Ladies Salsa

    3143 Calhoun St, New Orleans

    • Learn the basics of salsa dancing, courtesy of an expert instructor who knows how to get the most out of every student
    • Practice the basic steps in isolation before putting them in motion to the music
    • Get in great shape with this rousing cardiovascular exercise
    • Make new friends in a warm and welcoming environment
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    Pole Fitness Dance Basics

    Let out the sultry person inside you! Pole Pro's classes are fitness based and focus on developing muscle tone and improving cardiovascular health. All classes begin with a yoga-Pilates based floor warm-up that centers on stretching, toning and warming up muscles which in effect, gradually improves strength and flexibility. Once you are warmed up your experienced instructors will go over all fundamental moves, like turns, crawls, spins and struts. Gain the skills to choreograph a routine that will leave your partner's jaw hanging. Don't worry if you don't have a background in fitness or dance, all that's required is the desire to spin!
    Pole Fitness Dance Basics

    6626 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan

    • Get in touch with the sultriest you as you learn to pole dance
    • Learn basic techniques like turns, spins and struts so you can choreograph your own routine
    • Get a strength and flexibility workout while having a blast
    • Open to all skill and fitness levels
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    Aikido Basics

    Maybe you're a peacemaker at heart. Maybe you like making your opponents look like raging fools. In either case, Aikido is right for you. This Japanese self-defense style is almost Zen. By using a combination of entering and turning movements, throws, and joint locks, aikido practitioners can quickly subdue assailants with efficient ease without doing lasting harm. During this introductory class, you'll learn these techniques for yourself under the guidance of an aikido master. In the process of learning this highly effective self-defence method, you'll learn also be getting a great workout, while enhancing your physical and mental discipline. Bruce Lee tested, Gandhi approved!
    Aikido Basics

    3909 Bienville St, New Orleans

    • Learn the martial arts style of aikido in a professional studio
    • Discover a form of self-defense that keeps both you and your attacker from harm
    • Gain the self-discipline and physical benefits that come with practicing aikido
    • Develop the self-confidence to protect yourself should the need ever arise
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    Cooking Cajun Cuisine

    Tired of eating the same old leftovers from your fridge? It's time you learned how to make some killer new recipes at home! Come to the Mardi Gras School of Cooking for a hand-on cooking class! After you take a ferryboat at the foot of the famous Canal Street to the West Bank of the Mississippi, you'll begin your fun-filled day of continual cooking, learning and eating. During your class you will learn some of the history of New Orleans and food, recipes and cooking techniques. You'll start the class by making chocolate bread pudding with a Chocolate Mocha brandy sauce. Next, you will chop everything needed for the dishes. Yes, you do all the chopping and will learn proper techniques for this as well. Then you'll do a study in rouxes where you will learn to make a roux four different ways -- making a Cajun roux for a gumbo and then a Creole roux for a Shrimp Creole or a Crawfish Etouffee. Wine will be served at the end of class, and you will get the recipes to take home with you. And of course, you get to eat everything! You should thank your instructor for the awesome tips, but it might be hard with all the food you're devouring.
    Cooking Cajun Cuisine

    232 Bermuda St, New Orleans, LA

    • Learn to make a variety of delicious dishes from a professional chef
    • Enjoy a peaceful ferryboat ride from Canal Street to the kitchens located on the West Bank
    • Learn to make four different types of roux, bread pudding, and more
    • Go home with a bunch of new recipes to impress your guests
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    Making Cajun Sauces

    They say hunger is the best sauce, but after this class we're not so sure you'll agree. Come to the Mardi Gras School of Cooking for a special cooking class devoted to sauces! After you take a ferryboat at the foot of the famous Canal Street to the West Bank of the Mississippi, you'll begin your fun-filled day of cooking, learning and eating. One cold sauce and three warm sauces are prepared throughout your class. You'll boil jumbo shrimp and make a Remoulade sauce to serve over the shrimp on a bed of chiffonade romaine. Next up, you'll make oven-roasted asparagus over sliced tomatoes with a hollandaise sauce, surrounded by grilled sea scallops. Also, a classic trout Meuniere shows you the four stages of butter. Finally, soft shell crabs, deep-fried, with a tomato and basil Beurre Blanc conclude the class. How could you not sign up for this after that mouth-watering description?
    Making Cajun Sauces

    232 Bermuda St, New Orleans, LA

    • Learn to make a variety of delicious sauces from a professional chef
    • Enjoy a peaceful ferryboat ride from Canal Street to the kitchens located on the West Bank
    • Make dishes such as jumbo shrimp in Remoulade sauce, roasted asparagus, deep-fried crab and more
    • Go home with a bunch of new recipes to impress your guests
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