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Dance Lessons at Cat's Corner Swing Dance Party

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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 ;)

BLACK Cat’s Corner Pre-Halloween Party 2013

Wednesday, October 30th

Carved PumpkinsAt Cat’s Corner we traditionally save the full costumed dress-up for when Halloween actually falls on a Wednesday (it doesn’t this year) — but we still like to get in the spirit!

Here’s the deal:

  • DON’T wear your regular Halloween Costume (save it for October 31st instead)
  • DO wear your finest ghoulish ALL BLACK-themed outfit for a chance to win our Dress-to-Impress Contest!
  • Steve Lucky Halloween 260x172DO Bring a pre-carved pumpkin  to enter our Annual Carved Pumpkin Contest!
    Contest winners will each receive a free drink and 4 free Cat’s Corner dance party admissions!
  • DO enjoy awesome dance party music by Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums + DJ Frank Lee!
  • DO enjoy Pumpkin Pie provided at the band break

all black outfits

Saturday, 9/28: Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshop with Nathan & Julie Kiraly!

Saturday, September 28:

Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshop

Nathan & Julie Workshop

with Nathan & guest teacher Julie Kiraly

11am – 4pm @ the Women’s Building, SF

  • 2 x 75 minute Intermediate Classes (1-4pm)
    Class 1: Getting Dizzy With It (Turns)
    Class 2: Jazz, Creativity & Play
  • 1 x 80 minute Int/Adv Class (11am-12:20pm)
    Topic: Advanced Technique & Movement

$35 early / $45 full price for afternoon Intermediate Session.
$50 early / $60 full price for both sessions.

Sign up online by Thursday, September 26 and save $10!

Workshop – Saturday, August 17th

Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshop

Nathan & Jessicawith Nathan & Jessica Boddicker

2 x 1:30 minute classes, 1-5pm

@ the Metronome, SF

Topics: 30s Charleston & Lindy Hop Grab Bag

$30 for first 3 leaders and 3 followers.
$35 early registration by Thursday, August 15.
$45 full price.

August 7: Jack & Jill Contest Qualifier for Battle of the Bay 2013

jack and jill dance contestOn Wednesday, August 7, Cat’s Corner hosts an open level Jack-and-Jill dance contest during the 10:30-11pm band break!

No partner needed! Contestants will dance with and rotate dance partners in the contest and show off their social dance skills!

Top 2 leaders and 2 followers will advance to the finals of the 2013 Battle of the Bay dance competition on Saturday, August 10 at the Metronome Dance Center.

No partner needed. Free to enter. 10 leaders & 10 followers max. Sign up at the door between 9:45-10:15pm, first come, first served.

Late Night Swing ‘n Sauce – June 23: 12:30am-3am!

This Weekend:

Late Night Swing ‘n Sauce!

After Hours Dance Party following the Saturday night main dance at Le Hot Sauce!

This Saturday - Late Nite Swing (180x180)Come Lindy Hop & swing dance into the wee hours at this special edition Late Night Swing at Savanna Jazz Club! Guest DJs from this weekend’s Le Hot Sauce Swing Dance Festival will keep the tunes hot and spicy for dancing, and Cat’s Corner’s favorite bartender Tim Shea will be on hand to fix you an Old Fashioned, Dirty Martini and a variety of other choice cocktails!

Date/Time: Sunday, June 23, 12:30am-3am (following the Le Hot Sauce Saturday main dance)

Address: 2937 Mission Street, SF, 94110 (near 25th)

Cost: $5 per person at the door. Cash only please.

All ages welcome. 21+ to drink (must have valid ID)

Please note:

  • Sorry, Le Hot Sauce registration does not include Late Night admission cost. This is an optional/add-on event, due to our deal with the jazz club.
  • Late Night is open to all dancers – whether or not you’re attending Le Hot Sauce!
  • Be respectful of neighborhood residents and building tenants by keeping the volume down outside the club!
  • Do not bring outside food or beverages into the club! Make sure the club keeps in license and stays in business!
  • Support the bar by buying drinks and tipping your bartender!