How We Dance in New Orleans


I don’t know how you dance where you’re from, if you dance at all, but in New Orleans, we dance like nobody is watching.  That’s how we dance in New Orleans.

Anything goes.



That example isn’t exactly how we dance in New Orleans.  Not really.  That’s too choreographed.  In New Orleans we don’t dance for the camera.  We dance like nobody is watching.  Anything goes, everything goes.  That’s how we dance in New Orleans.

That said, if romance is what you’re craving don’t sit on your hands behaving like eskimos.  Anything goes!

Just don’t take it too far.  Keep a sense of decorum about you, please.

There is always a reason to dance in New Orleans.  There is music in the air everywhere you go, anywhere you go.  Not all the time, of course.  Even musicians have to take a rest.  Wander around New Orleans long enough any day and you’ll bump into someone who’s dancing.  Join in.  Everyone likes to have a partner.

New Orleans on All Souls Day

It’s All Souls Day as I write this (November 2), two days after Halloween.  It’s been a wild weekend full of costuming and music and dancing everywhere.  In New Orleans, it’s not a big deal to wear a costume.  Some people in New Orleans wear costumes all year long, every day, for any occasion.  Nobody notices.  Take it from a dandy:


How we dress in New Orleans
Your humble narrator

Wanna know what people say to me when they see that jacket?  They ask me where I got it so they can get one like it.  Wanna know where I got it?  It’s one-of-a-kind.

There has been lots of talk about death in the city with Halloween and all going on this time of year.  There have been a couple of parades.  There have been plenty of adults in town eager to wear costumes as they walk around the French Quarter.  As I say, if a New Orleanian wants to wear a costume, they just do.  For people not from New Orleans, Halloween is a big treat, which I suppose it is.

In New Orleans, we don’t wear costumes, per se.  When we dress up in disguise for fun, we mask.  That’s the verb.  “To mask” means to dress up in costume.  It’s used most often around Mardi Gras, which is the biggest, bestest and most importantest holiday of the year.  Mardi Gras is still a couple of months away.  It falls on Feb. 28 next year.  If you want to mask for Mardi Gras, you had better make a reservation soon.  We only have three suites open for the big day.  Come for a week.  Every day will be different and every day will be magic.

There has been a lot of talk about death in the places where I tend to hang out with my chums.  It’s that time of year.  Here’s my favorite version of this song:



I intend no offense to one-hit wonder Norman Greenbaum.  His version is the standard by which all others will be judged.  I just happen to prefer Ms. Hagen’s version.

Here’s how we dance in New Orleans: we dance like nobody is watching.  Feel free while you are here.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

…where every day is another adventure that starts with good food and good talk that continue past after nightfall.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016:  Frau Schmitt and I had lunch at Rosedale, a new Susan Spicer neighborhood restaurant.  Five stars.

Postscript:  The Broadway version of Anything Goes.  The original stage lyrics are very different from the 1956 film version.  Ladies and Gentlemen, the incomparable Patti Lupone!!!!



When everyone in New Orleans dances like no one is watching, something magical happens, like the gears in a clock all of sudden meshing and working together by divine design.  It’s like the fleet just pulled into port.

—À votre santé, nos amis.