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, 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!

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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!

Facebook Event Link

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!

Saturday, Dec 12: Cat & Nathan Lindy Workshop

cat + nate - CopyCatrine Ljunggren – the founder and original “Cat” of Cat’s Corner – is back in town this week and teaching a fun Lindy Hop workshop with Nathan! Cat & Nathan taught for 4+ years at Cats Corner/Savanna Jazz Club, and are excited to teach more fun classes once again!

Dance Like A Hot Shot! Cat & Nathan Lindy Workshop

3 x 80 minute classes, 11am-4:30pm @ the Women’s Building, SF

Intermediate – Intermediate/Advanced Level


  • Dance Like a Hot Shot – tune-up your basics with connection & style tips from Cat’s time dancing with the Rhythm Hot Shots
  • Power Lindy Hop – Big & Bold Lindy Hop and Charleston movement that packs a punch!
  • Rhythm & Play – intricate improvisations and surprising syncopations that riff off your partner and the music

Cost: $50 online by 12/8. $55 by 12/10. $60 at the door.


Leaders Needed!

About Catrine

Cat is a one-of-a-kind, charming, high-energy, globe-trotting, all-star Lindy Hop dancer and teacher from Sweden, and one of the original Rhythm Hot Shots dancers who trained extensively with two of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, swing legends Frankie Manning and Al Minns. She taught with Frankie all over the world for many years, and continues to travel the globe sharing her unique perspective on Lindy Hop and Swing Dancing! Her classes are always bounce-off-the-walls fun.


Nov 25: Thanksgiving Eve / Fall Colors Party!

There’s no work the next day, so come out and enjoy some fall revelry with all your swing dance friends!

Fall Colors at Cats Corner


  • Live Music by Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines + DJ Ken Watanabe, 9:30-midnight!
  • $2 OFF season-inspired drink specials when you wear your finest fall colors: orange, brown, red, yellow and/or purple!
  • Special Thanksgiving Menu from the kitchen (for purchase)
  • Complimentary Pumpkin Pie at the 10:30pm band break
  • Appreciation Ceremony at 10:45pm – saying THANK YOU to everyone who makes Cat’s Corner possible!
  • Josh Skaggs – our friendly, original bartender at Balancoire – back behind the bar for one night only!

Winter Performance Classes 2015!

performance photo

Performances have always been an important part of the fun at Cats Corner. That’s why we’re excited to offer a new opportunity to learn some fun, original choreography in November & December with an invitation to perform them at the Cats Corner Winter Holiday Party on December 23rd!

There are two 8-week class series to choose from…or take both classes for an extra challenge!

Featured teacher/choreographers:

Read more about the teachers and classes! -or- Sign up now!

10/28: Not-Quite-Halloween Masquerade Party!


Come out for a glamorous evening of live music, cocktails, dinner and dancing featuring Live Music by the Lavay Smith Swingtet plus Deejay Autumn LaVarta!

$2 OFF Drink Specials when you don your most mysterious masquerade mask! Order a Dark & Stormy from the mistress behind the bar!

10:30pm Band Break Festivities include:

* Performances by the Someday Sweethearts & CCSF Hot Bloods
* Photo Booth & group photo by Auey Santos /
* Carved Pumpkin Contest – win free dance party admissions and drinks at the bar!

Cats Corner Pumpkins