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, July 29th: Tiki Night Dress-up & Dance Party!


  • Music by the SF Medicine Ball Band & DJ Autumn Lavarta!
  • Island Drink Cocktails & Luau-Style Dining Options
  • $2 OFF DRINK SPECIALS when you wear Island-inspired outfits:
    Hawaiian-print shirts & dresses, beach wear, snorkel gear, tropical sight-seeing attire…be creative!
  • medicine ball band - small rectangle10:40 PM “Catch A Wave” Team Surfing Contest
    No surfing experience needed, we provide the surf boards! 20 contestants max. 2 teams assigned randomly. Winning team receives a round of drinks and surf board! Free to enter!

August 2015 Classes & Teachers Announced!

Registration is OPEN for our next 4-week session of classes that starts Wednesday, August 5th! Hop to it, join the fun, and save $10 when you register online by Monday, August 3rd!

Learn to Swing with Nathan & Alyssa! idalia ramos ryan-jessica small

Main Floor:

Upstairs Floor


Saturday, July 18: Justin & Olivia Lindy Workshop!

justin and olivia3 x 80 minute classes, 11am -4:30pm at the Women’s Building, SF

for dancers with 3+ months of Intermediate class, workshop & social dance experience


  • 11am – 12:20pm Lindy Tune-Up
  • 12:40-1pm Kickin’ it Old School
  • 3-4:30pm Fancy Pants Styling


$45 for first 2 leaders & 2 followers to register.
$50 early registration by 7/16. $60 at the door.
30 couples max.

REGISTER NOW and save your spot in class!


July Classes Start this Wednesday (7/1)!

Have fun, learn to dance and meet lots of friendly people in any of our monthly dance classes! The 5-week July session of classes starts this week. Choose from any of these fun classes:

Nathan & Alison  ann and ryan

Main Dance Floor (with Nathan & Alison)

Upstairs Dance Floor

Class Costs:
5-week session: $70 early / $80 full price registration by 6/29.
Drop-in: $20 per week, with teacher permission and if space available.

Register online today and save $10
plus your spot in class!


Saturday, May 30: Swedish Invasion 2015!

Swedish Invasion 2015Intermediate Lindy Workshop & Dance Party

Spend a fun afternoon learning new moves, improving your technique and getting a distinctly Scandinavian perspective on Lindy Hop from Emelie & Rebecca DecaVita, two fantastic dance teachers, international competitors and members of the Savage Rhythm Dance group from Stockholm, Sweden! Then dance the night away

  • 3 x 80 min classes, 11am – 4:30pm @ City College of San Francisco
  • Evening dance party w/ Clint Baker’s Hot Four @ LEVY Dance, SF



Full Event (3 classes + dance party): $60 by May 25 / $65 by May 29 / $70 at the door
Workshops only (3 classes): $50 by May 25 / $55 by May 29 / $60 at the door
Dance only: $10 online by May 29 / $15 at the door

Drop-in to individual workshop classes: $25 per class with teacher/organizer permission and ONLY IF SPACE AVAILABLE!

Show Me the Money! Party

show me the money party with clint baker

This Wednesday, April 29th:

Dress-to-Impress! Wear your (fake) “bling”: rings, chains, rhinestones…anything shiny and glamorous…and enjoy $2 OFF Vintage Cocktails!

10:30pm Band Break

  • Richest Person Contest: Earn play money throughout the evening. The two wealthiest persons at 11pm receive Top Prize = Two Prix Fixe Dinners!
  • Performances by the Sweet 16 & their Jazz Men!
  • Photos by Auey Santos /

9:30pm – Midnight

Live Music Dance Party with Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band & DJ Autumn LaVarta!

$10 cover includes 9pm Beginning Swing Dance Lesson.
No partner needed. Beginners and all ages welcome. 21+ to drink.

Saturday, 4/25: Intermediate Lindy Workshop, SF

African Movement & Zen Dance

Intermediate Lindy Hop Workshop
w/ Chad Kubo & Daktari Shari

3 x 80 minute classes, 11am-4:30pm at the Metronome, SF

april 25 workshop

Location: Metronome Dance. 1830 De Haro St., SF.

Cost: $55 early / $65 full price registration by 4/23. 24 students max.

Register online and save your spot in class!

May Upper Level Class Topics & Teachers

Here’s what’s in store for May 2015 upper level classes:

7pm Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop
Intermediate & Advanced Lindy Hop & St. Louis Shag Classes in San Franciscow/ Ann Mony & Ryan Calloway

8pm Intro to St. Louis Shag
w/ Michael Marangio & Shannon Warf

More details on the Classes Page!

Happy April Fools Day From Cat’s Corner!

Dear Cats Corner San Francisco:

Happy April Fool’s Day (yesterday, technically)! Yes, the news post below was an April Fool’s joke. Please note that Cats Corner Montreal had absolutely no involvement in the planning or execution of this prank, and please do not send any further messages to them because of it!

Dear Cats Corner Montreal:

Nathan and Cats Corner SF sincerely apologize for any negative messages you received, and/or any confusion or offense to your reputation that resulted from this joke, which was only intended in good humor. Indeed, we have met and admired many dancers from Montreal in our Lindy travels, and have only heaps of praise for them! In hindsight, we realize it would have been good to alert you to the joke beforehand, and apologize for not doing so. We hope you can forgive us! Happy April Fool’s Day!


Nathan & the Cats Corner/Nate’s Nook Team 😉

Dear Cat’s Corner Friends:

Cease and Desist Letter-page-001It’s with sincere regret that I must inform you that Cats Corner was early this morning served with a Cease and Desist Letter from another Cat’s Corner dance party in Montreal, asserting their trademark rights over the name “Cat’s Corner” and ordering us to stop using the name for our business and website, effective immediately.

The notice caught us off guard to say the least, especially after our spectacular First Year Anniversary Party just last week, but after some frantic phone calls this morning, it appears to be a legitimate claim. Unfortunately, dance party founder Catrine Ljunggren and I neglected to officially register “Cat’s Corner” as our official business name back in 2006 when we re-opened the dance party at Savanna Jazz Club. What seemed like a minor detail back then is shaping up to have major present-day repercussions.

What Does This Mean For the Dance Party?

First off, don’t worry! Our amazing Wednesday Night Swing Dance Party will continue at Balancoire Night Club, but the name has been changed effective immediately to “Nate’s Nook”, to avoid the infringement issues.

Also, our new website is:

We will continue with the same great event format with amazing Live Music, Lindy Hop & Swing Dance Classes, Full Bar & Restaurant, and lots of fun people every…just with a new name.

While we’re a little sad to lose a name tied to the history of the Savoy Ballroom with lots of great personal memories attached, a small consolation is that the new name manages to maintain the fun alliteration of our original (Nate’s Nook vs. Cat’s Corner). Even better, one of the dictionary definitions of “nook” is actually “corner”!

We know the new name will take some getting used to, and it will also take a few days to fully update all our website and marketing materials.

Nonetheless, please join us at tonight’s dance party as we raise our glasses in salute and bid farewell to our old name, and usher in a new era of fun times and fantastic dance parties!

We appreciate your understanding,

Nathan & the Nate’s Nook Team