Cats Corner – Live Music & Swing Dancing Every Wednesday at Balançoire Supper Club in San Francisco!

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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

12/7: Leaders Needed for 7PM St. Louis Shag Class!

st-louis-shag-with-michael-and-cheryl-200x200Calling Intermediate & Advanced Leaders! We need 4 more Leaders to join and help balance out our 7PM St. Louis Shag class that starts tonight with teachers Michael Marangio and Cheryl McBride! Come out and dance with all the followers excited to learn with you!

Register online now and save $5 vs. at the door!

December 2016 Music Schedule

December 7: Tin Cup Serenade

December 14: The Hot Baked Goods

December 21: Rich & The Rhythm Roustabouts

December 28: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Saturday, Dec 10: Winter Lindy Workshop and Holiday Hop!

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  • Afternoon Lindy Workshops for Intermediate & Advanced students
    with guest teachers Nathan, Alison, Dave & Charlie
  • Evening Beginner Crash Courses in Lindy Hop & Swing
  • Live Music Dance Party featuring the Fil Lorenz Orchestra (9:30pm-midnight) and DJ Frank Lee
  • Spacious Wooden Dance Floor
  • Cash Bar serving Beer, Wine, Classic Cocktails and Snacks

Venue: Ukrainian American Hall, 345 Seventh Street, SF, 94110 (near Folsom)
Dance Costs: $15 advance online / $20 at the door. ($10 with workshop registration)
Workshops: $10 – $65 depending on class selection

Buy Dance Tickets / Register Online by Dec 8th for the best price!

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Nov 23: Thanksgiving Eve Dance Party!

Yes, we are absolutely open this week!

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Don your fall colors, buckled dance shoes, and punch an extra hole in your belt to make room for some turkey because Cat’s Corner is throwing our annual pre-Thanksgiving party! There’s no work the next day, so come out for a festive night of fall revelry with all your swing dance friends!
thanksgiving-dinner-200x200* Music by the SF Medicine Ball Band & DJ Nirav!
* $2 OFF Drink Specials if you wear fall colors (orange, red, brown, gold)
* Special Thanksgiving Menu including Turkey Dinner & Pie for purchase!
* 10:45PM Group Photo & Staff Appreciation Ceremony

November 30: Sneaky Steals & Partner Swaps Workshop!

with Chad Kubo, Ken Watanabe & guests

Learn the secret mysteries of partner steals and swaps from some of SF’s earliest practitioners of this amazingly fun dance activity!

You’ve probably seen partner steals and swaps in the traditional “Birthday Jam” (aka Steal Jam) celebrated at many swing dance venues. Dancers form a circle and take turns cutting in to dance with those in the middle designated as being “jammed” (celebrated).

This class will cover basic and advanced steal moves for both followers AND leaders, help you track the flow of the dance to effortlessly hijack partners, and also discuss common etiquette for jams and spontaneous partner stealing on the social dance floor.

2-hour class, 7-9pm, upstairs dance floor on Nov 30
2+ months of Intermediate Lindy Hop experience recommended
$30 early registration by Nov 28 / $35 online / $40 door

Register online and save $10!

Oct 26: A Nightmare On Mission Street!

nightmare-on-mission-street-200x200Dress-up & Dance Party!

  • $2 OFF Drink Specials when you come dressed as a horror film monster, murderer or villain!  Think monster suits, fangs, hockey masks, bloody outfits, billowing capes and fake knifes (no real weapons please) zombie makeup and scary masks.
  • Annual Carved Pumpkin Contest: bring your decorated pumpkin (carved at home!) for a chance to win free dance party admissions & movie passes to catch one of this year’s horror flicks or other film of your choice! Check out some amazing past entries:

Cats Corner Pumpkins

  • Swingin’ Music by the Hot Baked Goods + DJ Autumn LaVarta
  • Group Photo during the 10:30pm Band Break
  • PLUS more frightening fun and scary shenanigans….
  • 9pm Beginning Swing Dance Lesson w/ Nathan & Alyssa
  • 9:30pm-midnight Live Music Dance Party
  • $10 general admission includes 9PM lesson.

November 2016 Band Schedule

Nov 2: Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums

Nov 9: Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band

Nov 16: Fil Lorenz Orchestra

Nov 23: SF Medicine Ball Band

Nov 30: Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines

 

October 2016 Band Schedule

October 5: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

October 12: Johny Bones & the Palace of Jazz

October 19: Si Perkoff’s Fantastic Swingtime Band

October 26: The Hot Baked Goods

Stellar Blues & Lindy Classes in October!

Dave and Arielle 150x150Two globe-trotting dance teacher-ambassadors, David Ljung Madison Stellar and Arielle Kathleen Stellar, are back in SF this October and will be teaching a 4-week session of classes at Cats Corner! If you missed them in July, here’s your chance to catch them again!

4-week series runs Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26

7pm House Party Blues for Lindy Hoppers

Ever feel nervous or unsure how to dance when the music gets slow and bluesy? Take this accelerated crash-course in Blues and never have to sit out a groovy blues dance again! Starting with basics like posture, connection & timing, all the way to dancing a full song!

8pm Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop

Stretch & grow as a lindy hopper by focusing on fundamentals – connection, musicality & momentum – while learning more complex moves, patterns, technique and impressive styling!

Cost: $60 online by 10/3. $70 full price. $20/week drop-in.
Both classes: $110 online for the series. $30/week drop-in.

Register online and reserve your spot!

September 2016: Class Schedule

Early registration deadline extended: register by Tuesday, September 6th and save $10!

Main Floor (with Nathan & Alyssa)

7pm Beginning Lindy Hop

8pm Intermediate Lindy Hop

Upstairs Floor

7pm ABCs of Jazz Steps (with Rebecca Shannon)

8pm Intermediate/Advanced Lindy Hop (with Carl Nelson & Nicole Zuckerman)

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