New Orleans' Premier Vintage Dance Troupe
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Who are the NOLA Chorus Girls?

The NOLA Chorus Girls are a vintage dance troupe created for jazz music lovin', hip-shakin', leg kickin', New Orleans women!


The NOLA Chorus Girls was founded in 2011 and has seen more than 200 girls pass through its doors since its inception. We couldn't be more proud of these brave and beautiful New Orleans women!

Our goal for the NOLA Chorus Girls is to bring together New Orleans ladies interested in; traditional jazz & blues music, jazz culture, vintage fashion, and those inspired by the spirit and aesthetics of early 20th century chorus lines from both stage & screen. Most importantly, we want to bring together ladies who LOVE to DANCE.

This troupe is created for adult women of ALL skill levels, ages, races, sizes, & shapes. From 18 to 80, from total beginners to advanced, literally anyone can do it. 

At the end of every session we set up 1-2 public performances at local jazz clubs or various community functions (Examples; The Allways Lounge, St Claude Social, The New Orleans Jazz Museum, French Quarter Fest, Mardi Gras Balls, & more). Performances are completely optional and they are NOT a requirement to participate in the class session. 

Join Us!

Ever wish you were a dancing girl in one of those fabulous 1930's MGM movie musical numbers or a flapper in a 1920's speakeasy? Yeah?! Us TOO!

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Live out your dancing girl fantasies with The Chorus Girl Project! Become a NOLA Chorus Girl! New Orleans women of all ages and ability levels welcome to participate! Beginners to dancing and performing welcome!

For more information please email us at, or sign up for our email list!



Instructing, Art Direction, Choreography, Costume Design, History,
Cheerleading, Cat Herding, ETC…



Amy Johnson is a traditional jazz & swing dance performer, teacher, and producer of a host of successful dance and music-related projects. She heads one of the most prestigious swing dance festivals in the world, The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival & The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and directs Welbourne Jazz Camp, the annual, Virginia-based, week-long adult music and dance camp.

Amy has spent years dancing professionally, and has travelled extensively doing so. She performs on tour with Meschiya Lake and the Lil Big Horns, and has enjoyed considerable fame in the swing dance and jazz music world because she was a traveller and performing with the Loose Marbles, often cited as the predominant force behind New Orleans' post-Katrina jazz revival.

Her genre-based fame has inspired countless new people to discover the joys of swing dancing, and with the re-location of The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown to New Orleans, Amy has helped introduce New Orleans music to swing dancers world-wide. Amy has been influential in putting New Orleans on the map as a major swing dance destination, and was honored as one of Gambit's 40 under 40 in 2013.


For nearly two decades Laura Manning has been a performer, choreographer, and instructor of early jazz and swing-era dances, with a speciality in directing: dancers, troupes, events, shows.

As an instructor, Laura facilitates technically-proficient dancing while guiding students to rely on their own tastes and choices to help them stand out from the crowd. She brings her patient disposition, love and deep knowledge of dance history, unique insight from years of full-time practical work in a city world-reknown for its vintage music, and her desire to share what she has learned directing, choreographing, and working with musicians to every class she teaches.

In addition to leading the all-ages NOLA Chorus Girls, Laura manages MindSteppers, a partner dance initiative aimed at the younger set of the city. The program trains school staff how to dance so that they may then teach their entire student body indefinitely without needing to pay for outside, specialist instructors. One of the program's results is the annual MindSteppers Dance Championship, where hundreds of New Orleans school children compete in partner and ballroom dances, free for students and their families.


In addition to founding the NOLA Chorus Girls in 2011, Amy and Laura have, over the past decade, produced and directed, respectively, several theatrical, jazz music and dance productions throughout the greater New Orleans area. These include full length productions for The New Orleans Fringe Festival, complete festival direction of NOLA Girl Jam, programming for The New Orleans Jazz Park (Satchmo and French Quarter Fest), participation in New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The French Market's Creole Tomato Festival - with our very own Chorus Girl 'Creole Tomato Cabaret' - and the twelve month run of The Old New Orleans Lil Big Vaudeville Variety Show, where they became friends and colleagues.

Contact us!

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