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!

News & Announcements

Wed, 4/27: Once Upon A Time Dress-up & Dance Party!

Once Upon a Time Party

  • $2 OFF Enchanted Drink Specials when you dress as your favorite storybook/fairytale character, be it Wizard, Witch, Princess, Huntsman, Goldilocks, Wolf, Goblin, Gingerbread Man…or ordinary townsperson
  • Live Music for Dancing by Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (9:30-midnight)
  • DJed band breaks by Autumn LaVarta
  • Jungle Night in Harlem Dance Performance at the band break (10:30pm)
  • Special Farewell Celebration & Send-off for Swing or Nothing dance teacher Alison Scholtz!
  • and more!

May 2016 – Live Music Schedule

April 2016 – Live Music Schedule

Wednesday, 3/30 Swing for Salsa Dancers Workshop

Accelerated course for social dancers
with Michael Terkowski & Liz Miller

7:15pm-9:30pm. $20 online pre-registration. $25 at the door.
Price includes the dance party!
If you dance Salsa or Casino, you can learn swing dancing in just two hours! After the workshop, stay to dance with live swing music, drink Cuban cocktails, and eat New Orleans food.

Your teachers dance both Swing and Salsa. We will give you the style and moves you need to have fun on the swing dance floor. We will explain how Swing relates to Salsa dancing and especially to Casino (Cuban Salsa) dancing.

Open also to intermediate swing dancers who want to solidify their basics and meet fun new people.

Register now to save!

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Wednesday, 2/10: Love is in the Air – Dress Up & Dance Party!


Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
There’s a dance at Cats Corner,
and we’re inviting you!

Get into the loving spirit and come down to Cats Corner for some lovely music, lovely faces and lovely beverages. Get dolled up and look sharp in your red velvet, pink satin, or dapper snowy white threads.

Enjoy live swing music and ask your valentine to dance!


  • $2 OFF Drink Specials at the bar when you wear red white, and pink attire
    (Or even cupid wings if you so desire!)
  • 9pm Beginning Swing Dance Lesson with Nathan & Alyssa
  • $10 general admission includes drop-in lesson. $5 dance-only admission before 9pm and after 11pm.

Wednesday, 1/27: Spaghetti Western Dress Up & Dance Party!

spaghetti western

This week, pony up to the Cats Corner Saloon, a bang-up watering hole on the frontier of the Wild, Wild West! There’s a dance on Wednesday, so put on your best bib and tucker, and be ready for a hog-killin’ good time on the dance floor. Cowboys, cowgirls, bandits, preachers, grangers, ordinary folk of all walks are all welcome to bend an elbow at the bar, where all manners of whiskey, bourbon and Who-hit-John spirits will be served a’plenty.

IMPORTANT NOTE: leave your pistols, rifles, and firearms at home, and don’t go about kickin’ up a row or acting like a curly wolf! The sheriff round these parts is a man you can tie to…a well-heeled gunslinger, and sure to clean your plow if you make a fuss! [Old West Slang]


  • Live Music by Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines
  • $2 OFF Drink Specials at the Saloon when you wear Spaghetti Western attire. Think: cowboys, cowgirls, bandits, ranchers, preachers, stetson hats, ponchos, leather boots and denim. No guns allowed, for safety and to avoid and confusion.
  • Surprise Showdown and Hoe-down activities at the 10:30pm band break!

9pm Beginning Swing Dance Lesson / 9:30pm – midnight Band / 10:30-11pm DJ Autumn LaVarta

$10 general admission includes drop-in lesson. $5 dance-only admission before 9pm and after 11pm.


Leaders Needed for January Classes!

Leaders Wanted 3 x 5

Cats Corner is looking for several more leaders to join our January classes and dance with all the enthusiastic followers who’ve already signed up! Here’s where the leaders are needed:

We encourage leaders to sign up online and reserve a spot!

January Lindy Hop & Swing Classes!

Sign up onlineLearn to Swing with Nathan & Alyssa! for January classes and swing into the New Year!

4-week Series Classes ($60-70/month)

Weekly Drop-in Class ($10/week):

  • 9pm Beginning East Coast Swing w/ Nathan & Alyssa

Hurry! January classes usually sell out!

Wed, Dec 23: Winter Holiday Party!

Cats Corner Winter Holiday Performance with SantaLots of fun in store this week to raise your Holiday spirits!

  • Live Music with the SF Medicine Ball Band featuring rare and special guest saxophone player Pee-Wee Ellis – bandleader for James Brown and Van Morrison!
  • $2 OFF Holiday Drink Specials when you wear your finest Red, Green and White winter themed outfits!
  • Dance performance by Alison and her Intermediate Jazz students around 10:40pm!
  • Santa Claus visits at 10:45pm and $15 gift exchange: drop a wrapped gift (value $10-15) in Santa’s sack and receive a gift in return!

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Wed, Dec 16: Lindy Student Performance!

Lindy Performance nightJustin & Oliva’s amazing and hardworking students have been working on a Lindy Hop showcase routine for the last several weeks and are having their debut performance this week at Cat’s Corner at the 10:30pm band break! Come watch and cheer them on! Woo hoo!