Cats Corner – Live Music & Swing Dancing Every Wednesday at Balançoire Supper Club in San Francisco!

dancers at cats corner

Hailed by the SF Examiner as the “primo destination for hopping the night away”, Cats Corner features:

  • LIVE Swinging Jazz Music every Wednesday, different bands each week
  • Swing & Lindy Hop dance classes with Nathan & Alyssa and monthly guests
  • Full Cocktail Bar & New Orleans-inspired Kitchen (menus online)
  • Friendly, social atmosphere. Beginners and all ages welcome!

Live Music & Dance Party Schedule

News & Announcements

Nov 25: Thanksgiving Eve / Fall Colors Party!

There’s no work the next day, so come out and enjoy some fall revelry with all your swing dance friends!

Fall Colors at Cats Corner


  • Live Music by Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines + DJ Ken Watanabe, 9:30-midnight!
  • $2 OFF season-inspired drink specials when you wear your finest fall colors: orange, brown, red, yellow and/or purple!
  • Special Thanksgiving Menu from the kitchen (for purchase)
  • Complimentary Pumpkin Pie at the 10:30pm band break
  • Appreciation Ceremony at 10:45pm – saying THANK YOU to everyone who makes Cat’s Corner possible!
  • Josh Skaggs – our friendly, original bartender at Balancoire – back behind the bar for one night only!

Winter Performance Classes 2015!

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Performances have always been an important part of the fun at Cats Corner. That’s why we’re excited to offer a new opportunity to learn some fun, original choreography in November & December with an invitation to perform them at the Cats Corner Winter Holiday Party on December 23rd!

There are two 8-week class series to choose from…or take both classes for an extra challenge!

Featured teacher/choreographers:

Read more about the teachers and classes! -or- Sign up now!

10/28: Not-Quite-Halloween Masquerade Party!


Come out for a glamorous evening of live music, cocktails, dinner and dancing featuring Live Music by the Lavay Smith Swingtet plus Deejay Autumn LaVarta!

$2 OFF Drink Specials when you don your most mysterious masquerade mask! Order a Dark & Stormy from the mistress behind the bar!

10:30pm Band Break Festivities include:

* Performances by the Someday Sweethearts & CCSF Hot Bloods
* Photo Booth & group photo by Auey Santos /
* Carved Pumpkin Contest – win free dance party admissions and drinks at the bar!

Cats Corner Pumpkins


Wed 9/30: Where’s Waldo? Dance Party!

where's waldo

Join the Waldo-themed fun this Wednesday night!


  • 2 x 60 minute sets of music by the SF Medicine Ball Band + DJ Autumn LaVarta!
  • $2 OFF drink specials when you wear something Waldo-themed!
    • take a Waldo character card & search checklist
    • after each dance, reveal your character to your partner and cross their’s off your list!
    • collect “hidden” bonus items, one for every item you order at the bar!
    • WINNERS = first 2 to dance with ALL the characters -OR- the 2 with the MOST accumulated characters PLUS hidden items at the 10:30pm band break!
    • PRIZES: each winner gets 1 Waldo Book, 1 complimentary drink + 4 free VIP Cats Corner party admissions!
    • 2 teams of 3 players will race each other on a mad quest solving a series of limerick/rhyme puzzles and collecting Waldo’s postcards!
    • PRIZES: each winning team member receives: 1 free ice cream, 1 free drink and 4 + free VIP Cats Corner party admissions

September 2: Lindy Hop Meets Salsa – One-Nite Workshop!

Lindy Hop Meets Salsa!7:30-9:30pm with Michael Terkowski & Ashley Sarver

For experienced Cuban Salsa dancers AND Lindy Hoppers who want a fast-paced review and chance to meet and mingle with fun new people!

Enjoy a fun and fast-paced crash course in Lindy Hop and Swing! Learn everything you need to survive, thrive and blend in 😉at a swing dance party – including essential footwork, rhythms and styling – while taking full advantage of your previous dance experience! After the class, join the rest of the party downstairs for a fun night of live music, dancing, cocktails and meet lots of new fun & passionate dancers!

Cost: $20 online registration. $25 at the door. Class costs include dance party admission!

Register online now and save!

Monday, Aug 31: Mission Mondays Lindy Workshops for Beginner-Intermediates!

Nathan and Alison 120x120Take advantage of the 5th (extra!) Monday this August with a special evening workshop. Nathan and Alison will help you overcome your beginner shyness on the dance floor and have more fun dancing!

Monday, August 31, 2015

2 x 70 minute classes, 7pm – 10pm @ the Women’s Building, SF

7-8:10pm Surviving & Thriving on the Social Dance Floor (Beginner/Intermediate)

8:30-9:40pm Rhythm & Spice: Jazzing up your Lindy Hop (Intermediate)

$15 for 1 class. $25 for both. Register online to reserve your spot!

Saturday, Aug 15: Nathan & Alyssa Int/Adv Lindy Workshop!

nathan & alyssa dipJoin your favorite Cats Corner teachers, Nathan & Alyssa, for a special Saturday workshop that will challenge and inspire you! Take advantage of a great opportunity to dance and practice with lots of other motivated students!

  • 3 x 80 minute classes, 11am – 4:30pm
  • Class 1: Turn, Turn, Turn (and more turns!)
  • Class 2: All the Charleston – fancy transitions & snappy rhythm changes
  • Class 3: Fast, Flash & Flow – putting things together and spicing things up at real Lindy tempos
  • Cost: $40 early registration by Friday, 8/7.
    $50 by 8/14. $60 at the door.
    $20/class drop-in if space available.

Register online today and save up to $20!

August Classes Start this Wednesday (8/5)!


Have fun, learn to dance and meet lots of friendly people in any of our monthly dance classes! The 4-week August session of classes starts this week. Choose from any of these fun classes:

Nathan & Alison  ann and ryan  idalia ramos

Main Dance Floor (with Nathan & Alison)

Upstairs Dance Floor

Class Costs:
4-week session: $60 early / $70 full price registration by 8/4.
Drop-in: $20 per week, with teacher permission and if space available.

Register online today and save $10
plus your spot in class!


Wednesday, July 29th: Tiki Night Dress-up & Dance Party!


  • Music by the SF Medicine Ball Band & DJ Autumn Lavarta!
  • Island Drink Cocktails & Luau-Style Dining Options
  • $2 OFF DRINK SPECIALS when you wear Island-inspired outfits:
    Hawaiian-print shirts & dresses, beach wear, snorkel gear, tropical sight-seeing attire…be creative!
  • medicine ball band - small rectangle10:40 PM “Catch A Wave” Team Surfing Contest
    No surfing experience needed, we provide the surf boards! 20 contestants max. 2 teams assigned randomly. Winning team receives a round of drinks and surf board! Free to enter!

August 2015 Classes & Teachers Announced!

Registration is OPEN for our next 4-week session of classes that starts Wednesday, August 5th! Hop to it, join the fun, and save $10 when you register online by Monday, August 3rd!

Learn to Swing with Nathan & Alyssa! idalia ramos ryan-jessica small

Main Floor:

Upstairs Floor