Cats Corner is the Wednesday Swing Dance Party at Balancoire Night Club & Restaurant, the Mission District’s hip new spot for music and dancing!

Dance Lessons at Cat's Corner Swing Dance Party

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Solo Jazz Class with Gaby Cook (Last 3-weeks in September!)

gaby cook poseThis September, Cat’s Corner is proud to host a series of Solo Jazz classes with Gaby Cook, award-winning dancer, choreographer and director of the Sweet Sixteen Chorus Line!

  • This three week series will teach brand new jazz dance students fundamental vocabulary items that make up the traditional jazz dances we know and love such as the Shim Sham, The Tranky Do and the Big Apple.
  • Learn fun and silly steps from the Swing Era while developing your personal body movement and awareness!
  • Geared toward Intermediate Lindy Hoppers, but there will be something for all levels!
  • Both men and women are welcome! No partner needed!

Schedule: Wednesdays, September 10, 17 & 24, 7-8pm.
Location: Upstairs, Cat’s Corner, Balancoire Night Club
Class Cost: $50 early / $60 full price registration for 3-weeks.

Sign up online today and save $10!

Note: this will be our initial experiment in offering classes upstairs and downstairs simultaneously at Cat’s Corner. We hope to add additional classes eventually and encourage your feedback!


July 2014 guest teachers announced!

jen-kenCat’s Corner is excited to feature two fantastic guest teachers in July 2014: Lindy in the Park’s very own “Hep” Jen Holland and Ken Watanabe! Students will have 5-weeks to benefit from Ken & Jen’s expert instruction and warm and friendly approach to teaching Lindy Hop!

Register online today
and save your spot in class!

(Nathan & Alyssa are still teaching a for the rest of June, and will be back from dance travels just in time for August classes!)

This Saturday, June 7: Swedish Invasion Lindy Workshop & Dance Party!

swedish cartwheelsFour amazing dancers, teachers and friends of Cat’s Corner are coming all the way from Sweden this weekend…and there are great opportunities to learn from these international competitors and stars:


  • Emelie & Rebecka DecaVita (recent Frankie 100 Hellzapoppin’ Finalists)
  • Mirjam Johansson & Freddie Karlbom (European swing dance champions)
  • Afternoon workshops at City College of San Francisco
  • Wrap-up dance party with Live Music by Clint Baker’s Hot Four at LevyDance (SOMA, SF)

Workshop costs: $60 early / $70 full / $80 door registration by Thursday, June 5.
Dance Party costs: $10 for workshop attendees & advance purchase. $15 at the door.

Full details and online registration!

June Lindy Hop classes start this Wednesday, 6/4!

Learn to Swing with Nathan & Alyssa!Have fun and learn to swing dance with Nathan & Alyssa this June…classes are forming now!

7-8pm Beginning Lindy Hop
Topics: Toss Across, Yo-Yos, Charleston, Swingout from Closed, Lindy Circle

8-9pm Intermediate Lindy Hop
Topics: Heel pops, Tuck Turns, Hand-to-Hand Charleston, Behind-the-Back Promenade, The Chase

No partner needed! Beginners and all ages welcome!

$60 early / $70 full price registration by Monday, June 2nd!

Sign up today!

This Weekend May 3-4: Cat is Back Lindy & Jazz Workshop!

cat + nate - CopyBIG NEWS: Catrine Ljunggren – dancer & teacher extraordinaire and the famous “Cat” of Cat’s Corner – is back in SF for a rare, week-long visit this May! Here are some great chances to experience her expert dance instruction and one-of-a-kind charm!

Saturday, May 3rd:
Cat & Nathan Lindy Hop Workshop!
3 x 80 minute classes. 11am-5pm. Intermediate & above. $35-60.
Topics: Lindy Tune-up, Social dance moves, Classic Choreography
At the Women’s Building, SF.

Sunday, May 4th:
Solo Jazz & Charleston with Cat!
2 hour workshop, 4-6pm. $25 early sign-up. $30 at the door. Limited to 14 students.
Have even more fun with Cat, while learning fun & silly steps from the Swing Era!
WestSide Art House, 540 Balboa St., SF (near Lindy in the Park).

Register online by May 2 & save $10 or more!

Catrine is also available for private lessons ($70/hr, taught in the Inner Sunset, SF). Email to schedule yours!

Read more about Catrine!

Wednesday, February 5th: Cat’s Corner RE-Opening Party at Balancoire!

Dear Cat’s & Kittens,

balancoire 5We are excited to announce that we have found a new location for Cat’s Corner: Balancoire Restaurant, Bar & Night Club!

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 5th…we’re lining up some great live music, DJs, performances and classes for our grand re-opening party…everything you’ve come to expect from a great night at Cat’s Corner!

Plus get this:

  • Balancoire is located at Mission & 22nd St., just 4 blocks away from our old stomping grounds
  • Balancoire has a more spacious dance floor and stage for live music
  • Balancoire has a full bar & restaurant
  • Balancoire literally means “swing” in French!

Lindy Hop Students: online class registration is open for February classes!



Cat’s Corner Closes at Savanna Jazz Club

After 7+ years of great weekly dance parties, Cat’s Corner held its final party at Savanna Jazz Club on December 18, 2013. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate us as well as to everyone behind the scenes who has made Cat’s Corner possible over the years! It was a spectacular Grand Finale and we feel like we left things on the highest note possible!

Cat's Finale

Our search for a new home for Cat’s Corner is well underway with amazing suggestions streaming in from every direction. While we process all that information and follow up on leads, we’ve got some great one-off events in the works this January, to tide you over in the meantime!

Weekly Group Classes: Mission Mondays with Nathan & Jessica at the Women’s Building, SF!

Wednesday, 12/18: Last Cat’s Corner at Savanna Jazz Club!

Dear Friends,

We are sad to announce that this Wednesday, 12/18, will be the last Cat’s Corner at Savanna Jazz Club!

After 10 years of running Savanna Jazz Club, building owners Pascal and Vicki made a recent decision to sell their building. Pending the completed sale, the building will be closed by December 31st.

So, please spread the word, and let’s have one more awesome dance party and celebrate 7 years of wonderful dancing, music, friends and good times! This week’s festivities will include:

  • Winter Holiday Dress-to-Impress Theme: wear Red, White & Green!
  • Live Music by Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines
  • DJ Arnold Cabreza
  • Special Music & Dance Performances at the 10:30pm Band Break
  • Santa Claus Visits and Gift Exchange: bring a gift (approx. $10 in value) and get a gift!
  • …more surprises

And although Savanna Jazz Club is closing, Nathan still loves to throw a great dance party and will be looking into all possibilities for keeping the Cat’s Corner spirit alive in the future! Stay tuned!

This Wednesday, 12/11: Balboa Contest!

Balboa Contest 260x172This Wednesday, Cat’s Corner hosts its first ever Balboa Jack & Jill Contest!

No partner needed! Free to enter!

Contest sign-up 9:30-10:15pm. Contest at the 10:30pm Band Break.

1st – 3rd place winners advance to the SAC Francisco Balboa Finals on December 20th at the Verdi Club Holiday Party!

1st place winner also receives 2 free drinks and Cat’s Corner dance party passes!

Contest DJed by Arieh Cimet!

Friday, Nov 15: Cat’s Corner Goes to Ashkenaz!

FieldTripSchoolBusFIELD TRIP TIME!

Join Nathan and friends at Ashkenaz this Friday, for a fun evening of swing dancing to jumpin’ music by Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit!


  • 8pm East Coast Swing Dance Lesson with Nathan Dias & assisted by Genevieve Angle
  • 9pm Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums


  • $13 general admission
  • $10 students
  • ages 12 and under: FREE

No partner needed. Beginners and all ages welcome!

Location: Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave (at Gilman), Berkeley, CA, 94702.

Ashkenaz is one of the first places Nathan went swing dancing (back in the late 90s!) to dance to bands like Lavay Smith & Steve Lucky…and one of the Bay Area’s long running dance and live music venues!

Get your carpools organized and let’s have a Cat’s Corner Field Trip!

NOTE: *everyone* is welcome…you don’t have to be a Cat’s Corner regular to join the fun ;)