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

Wednesday December 17th: Winter Holiday Party!

holiday-partyBeat the stormy weather and come celebrate the holidays with all your dancing friends at Cats Corner…our final dance party of 2014!

  • LIVE Music by Tin Cup Serenade + DJ Autumn LaVarta
  • 2-for-1 Drink Specials when you wear Red, White & Green!
  • Santa Claus visits + $10 Gift Exchange at 10:30pm
    Bring a wrapped gift $10 or less / get a gift!
  • Lindy Hop, Blues & Acapella performances…and more!

Cats Corner will be closed December 24 and December 31st.
See you back in January for more great live music, classes, dancing and fun!

11/26: YES, Cats Corner is OPEN!

pumpkin sliceGood news! Cats Corner is OPEN this week on Thanksgiving Eve! Come party with us and join in on these Thanksgiving festivities:

  • DANCE & LISTEN to Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines
  • DRESS UP in orange or brown and be a part of our family photo
  • EAT a slice or two of some yummy Pumpkin Pie
  • DRINK some of the amazing cocktails prepared by bartenders Josh & Angela
  • DONATE canned and non-perishable foods in our Thanksgiving Food Drive benefiting the SF-Marin Food Bank

Don’t miss out on this super fun and joyful night of dancing!

This December: 7pm Blues & 8pm Charleston Upstairs Classes!

For those of you enjoying the new Intermediate/Advanced class offerings in our upstairs space, we’ve got 2 excellent classes to choose from in December…or take both!

7pm Intro to Blues
with Michelle & VictorMichelle & Victor
8pm Charleston Challenge
with Gaby & Nathan Bugh (NYC)Nathan and Gaby

Class sizes are limited…sign up online now and save your spot!

2-for-1Dress-Alike Contest & Drink Specials!

Wednesday, November 12th!


This Wednesday, dress-to-impress along with your “identical twin” and both of you will enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials at the bar + a chance to win a pair of $25 gift certificates for food and drink at Balançoire!

All of this, plus swing dance lessons, and great music and dancing withSteve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit!

9pm Beginning Swing Lesson
9:30pm-midnight Band Plays
10:30pm Contest Judging

$10 dance party admission includes 9pm Swing Lesson.
$5 dance-only admission by 9pm.
Beginners and all ages welcome! 21+ to drink!

November Upstairs Classes: Rhythm & Flow

Kevin Wengamanda marchandIntermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop
with guest teachers Amanda & Kevin!

Wednesdays, Nov 5- 26, 7-8pm,
Upstairs Dance Floor

Award-winning Lindy Hoppers Amanda Marchand & Kevin Weng will help you add control and complexity to your basics and show you how to put movements together by recognizing and reacting to the flow of momentum you have created.

Cost: $60 early / $70 full price registration for the month. 16 spots available.
Requirements: 6+ months of Intermediate Lindy Hop classes and social dance experience, or teacher permission.

Register online today!

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!