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

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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!

News & Announcements

Oct 26: A Nightmare On Mission Street!

nightmare-on-mission-street-200x200Dress-up & Dance Party!

  • $2 OFF Drink Specials when you come dressed as a horror film monster, murderer or villain!  Think monster suits, fangs, hockey masks, bloody outfits, billowing capes and fake knifes (no real weapons please) zombie makeup and scary masks.
  • Annual Carved Pumpkin Contest: bring your decorated pumpkin (carved at home!) for a chance to win free dance party admissions & movie passes to catch one of this year’s horror flicks or other film of your choice! Check out some amazing past entries:

Cats Corner Pumpkins

  • Swingin’ Music by the Hot Baked Goods + DJ Autumn LaVarta
  • Group Photo during the 10:30pm Band Break
  • PLUS more frightening fun and scary shenanigans….
  • 9pm Beginning Swing Dance Lesson w/ Nathan & Alyssa
  • 9:30pm-midnight Live Music Dance Party
  • $10 general admission includes 9PM lesson.

November 2016 Band Schedule

Nov 2: Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums

Nov 9: Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band

Nov 16: Fil Lorenz Orchestra

Nov 22: Rob Reich Quintet Swings Left

Nov 29: Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines


October 2016 Band Schedule

October 5: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

October 12: Johny Bones & the Palace of Jazz

October 19: Si Perkoff’s Fantastic Swingtime Band

October 26: The Hot Baked Goods

Stellar Blues & Lindy Classes in October!

Dave and Arielle 150x150Two globe-trotting dance teacher-ambassadors, David Ljung Madison Stellar and Arielle Kathleen Stellar, are back in SF this October and will be teaching a 4-week session of classes at Cats Corner! If you missed them in July, here’s your chance to catch them again!

4-week series runs Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26

7pm House Party Blues for Lindy Hoppers

Ever feel nervous or unsure how to dance when the music gets slow and bluesy? Take this accelerated crash-course in Blues and never have to sit out a groovy blues dance again! Starting with basics like posture, connection & timing, all the way to dancing a full song!

8pm Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop

Stretch & grow as a lindy hopper by focusing on fundamentals – connection, musicality & momentum – while learning more complex moves, patterns, technique and impressive styling!

Cost: $60 online by 10/3. $70 full price. $20/week drop-in.
Both classes: $110 online for the series. $30/week drop-in.

Register online and reserve your spot!

September 2016: Class Schedule

Early registration deadline extended: register by Tuesday, September 6th and save $10!

Main Floor (with Nathan & Alyssa)

7pm Beginning Lindy Hop

8pm Intermediate Lindy Hop

Upstairs Floor

7pm ABCs of Jazz Steps (with Rebecca Shannon)

8pm Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop (with Carl Nelson & Nicole Zuckerman)

Learn to Swing with Nathan & Alyssa!ABCs of Solo Jazz with Rebecca ShannonCarl and Nicole 200x200

September 2016: Music Schedule

September 7: Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums

September 14: the Fil Lorenz Orchestra

September 21: Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines

September 28: the San Francisco Medicine Ball Band

Aug 31: Swing for Salsa Dancers Workshop

Accelerated Intro to Lindy Hop for Experienced Social Dancers

with Michael Terkowski & Liz Miller

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Full Class Description

Learn the basics of Lindy Hop & Swing in just 2 hours! Guest teachers Michael & Liz are experienced Swing AND Salsa dancers and will help you use your previous partner dance experience to get up to speed quickly…so that you can focus on the fun stuff: styling, rhythms and improvisation and dance conversation with your partner!

Cost: $20 early registration by 8/20. $25 online by 8/31. $30 at the door.
Schedule: 7-9:30pm. Wednesday, August 31st (one night only!)

Register online to reserve your spot!

August 2016 Music Schedule

August 3: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers + DJ Danny Greenhouse

August 10: the Hot Baked Goods + DJ Liz Miller

August 17: Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band + DJ Nirav Sanghani

August 24: The Cosmo Alleycats + DJ Arnold Cabreza

August 31: Rob Reich’s Quintet Swings Left! + DJ Dhruv Bhargava

August 2016 Upstairs Classes Announced!

James & Shannon 2 200x200Cats Corner is pleased to welcome August guest teachers Shannon Lea Watkins & James Pack teaching two fun 4-week classes for intermediate and advanced dancers:

7pm Lindy Special Topics: Rhythm Chats

8pm Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop

Shannon & James have been featured teachers at the University of Delaware’s Hot Steppin’ Weekend and Big Red Swing Weekend at Indiana University, and they will both be in SF soon to train for the International Lindy Hop Championships. While here, they’re excited to share their dance ideas and creativity with San Francisco Lindy Hoppers!

Class Costs:

$60 early / $70 full price by 8/1.
$20/week drop-in if space is available.

Register online today and save $10!

July 2016 Music Schedule

July 6: Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums + DJ  Frank Lee

July 13: Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines + DJ Chelsea Dole

July 20: The Fil Lorenz Orchestra + DJ Arnold Cabreza

July 27: SF Medicine Ball Band + DJ Autumn LaVarta