Learn to swing dance and Lindy Hop at Cat’s Corner! Have fun, meet new people, and get great exercise all at once! Cat’s Corner offers:

    • hip, expert & friendly dance instruction with Nathan and Kristin
    • progressive format classes so you can get better each week
    • convenient and secure online class registration
    • Live Music Dance Party & Cocktails after class!

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Schedule (October 2017)

7:30-8:30pm Beginning Lindy Hop 4-week Series
8:30-9:15pm Intermediate Lindy Hop 4-week Series
9:15-9:30pm Beginning East Coast Swing Drop-in Class
 
Cat’s Corner is at the Ukrainian Hall (345 7th Street, SF near Folsom) in October 2017 (read more).

 

Beginning East Coast Swing Drop-in Class

with Nathan and Kristin

Class time: 9:15-9:30pm

This short and sweet class is designed for the absolute beginner with no previous dance experience. We start from scratch each week, covering partner dance fundamentals and introducing simple 6-count East Coast Swing, Jig Walks and Charleston steps to get you out on the dance floor and grooving to the music.

Cost: $10 per week (includes dance party admission). No registration required.

Beginning Lindy Hop Month-long Series

with Nathan and Kristin

October 2017 class time: 7:30-8:30pm

In this class, you will learn the basics of Lindy Hop, the original swing dance from the 1930s that features fast footwork and addictive rhythms. You’ll learn the basic 8-count steps that every lindy hopper should know — swingout, lindy circle & charleston — plus solid lead and follow technique and a different set of beginner level steps each month. This class is a progressive series, which means we review and build steadily upon previous weeks’ material.

Previous swing dancing experience is helpful but not required. To get the most out of the class, we recommend that you are already comfortable with “triple-steps” — if you don’t know these yet, we suggest taking our 9pm drop-in swing class a few times first.

4-week series cost: $60 early registration by Monday, October 2nd. $65 online after the deadline. $70 at the door.
Drop-in cost: $20 per week, weeks 1 & 2 only or with special teacher permission.

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Four Month Class Cycle (okay to start any month!)

Jan/May/Sep (A)
  • Swing out from open
  • Swing out from closed
  • 6-count tuck turn from closed
  • 8-count tuck turn from closed
  • Reverse Jerk
  • Promenade with Pecking
Feb/Jun/Oct (B)
  • Side-by-side Charleston
  • Yo-Yo Charleston
  • Yo-Yo Lindy
  • Swing out from closed
  • Swing out from open
  • Lindy Circle
  • Shimmy
Mar/Jul/Nov (C)
  • Simplified Swingouts (no triple steps)
  • Swing out from closed
  • Swing out from open
  • 8-count Inside Turn
  • 8-count Outside Turn
  • 8-count Texas Tommy
  • Lindy Circle
Apr/Aug/Dec (D)
  • 6-count turns
  • triple steps vs. jig walks
  • closed vs. open position
  • Behind-the-back Charleston
  • Side-by-side Charleston
  • Kick-through Charleston

About the Teachers

Nathan Dias : Resident Teacher, Cats Corner Founder

Nathan Dias

Resident Teacher, Cats Corner Founder

Nathan specializes in Lindy Hop, the high-energy swing dance from the 1930s and 40s, and has been teaching, performing and DJing since 2005. He started swing dancing in 1997 and lindy hopping in 2000. A regular dancer in San Francisco since 2001, Nathan enjoys the creativity and personal connection of social dancing as well as the challenge and satisfaction on working on and improving his dance.

He has taught at practically all of the local swing dance venues at one time or another, including the 9:20 Special, Lindy in the Park, Tuesday Night Jump, Rent Party and original Doghouse, and has been a featured instructor at regional workshops such as Swingin' at the Savoy, California Swingin', *Workshop (San Luis Obispo), Santa Swing (Santa Barbara), and Le Hot Sauce (SF).

nathan@catscornersf.com
Kristin Wojkowski :

Kristin Wojkowski

A friendly face around the SF swing dance scene, Kristin actually got her start swing dancing at Cats Corner at Savanna Jazz Club! She's taught with Nathan at Ashkenaz and Mission Mondays, and was a guest teacher with Autumn LaVarta at the Verdi Club. She loves to perform and has entertained audiences along with the SF Jitterbugs and with Nathan's Swing or Nothing dance troupe. She has also been involved with organizing an increasing amount of swing dance events, including live music, dancing and vintage trolley rides in the Castro. Kristin's vibrant energy will help put a hop in your step and a smile on your face!

Intermediate Lindy Hop

with Nathan & Kristin

October 2017 class time: 8:30-9:15pm

In this class, you will build up your repetoire of lead and follow techniques, classic lindy hop moves and styling.

Requirements:

Students wishing to join the Intermediate class must have completed our 4-month Beginning Lindy Hop program (or the equivalent) as well as a friendly dance evaluation with one of our teachers. Students should be regular social dancers at this point, and should be able to confidently dance the steps listed on our 4-month Beginner curriculum (above) including 6-count turns, 8-count swingout, Lindy circle and related turns, and basic Charleston patterns. Contact the teachers to arrange an informal audition and get class level advice.

4-week series cost: $45 early registration by Monday, October 2nd. $50 online after the deadline. $55 at the door.
Drop-in cost: $15 per week with teacher permission.

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Intermediate Lindy Hop 6-month Class Cycle (start any month)

Jan/Jul (A)
  • Swingout Like Things: Reverse Jerk, Reverse Swingout, Half-Swingout, Slip-out, Travel Swingout
  • Charleston: Airplane, Cross-plane & Shadow
  • Footwork, Rhythm & Style I
Feb/Aug (B)
  • Mixing 6-count, 8-count Turns and Tuck Turns
  • Classic Sequences: Pecking Promenade, Curl & Points, Quick-Stop, Jump Turn, Tango, Drags
  • Spins & Turns
Mar/Sep (C)
  • Dancing Fast: Jig Walks, Charleston Swingouts & Fast Lindy
  • Charleston: Kick-Through & Hand-to-Hand
  • Footwork, Rhythm & Style II
Apr/Oct (D)
  • Swingouts, Circles & 6-counts: mixing 6- vs. 8-counts, Forward & Backward swingout technique, rotational swingouts
  • Charleston: Side-by-side, Yo-Yo, Face-to-Face and Hacksaws
  • Moving Like a Dancer
  • Musicality
May/Nov (E)
  • 8-count Turns: Inside, Outside, Finger-roll & Texas Tommy from an 8-count swingout
  • Charleston:  Tandem & Hand-to-Hand
  • Footwork, Rhythm & Style
Jun/Dec (F)
  • Tuck Turns
  • Classic Sequences: Mini-Dip, Behind-the-Back Promenade, Sailor Kicks, the Chase
  • More Spins & Turns

About the Teachers

Nathan Dias : Resident Teacher, Cats Corner Founder

Nathan Dias

Resident Teacher, Cats Corner Founder

Nathan specializes in Lindy Hop, the high-energy swing dance from the 1930s and 40s, and has been teaching, performing and DJing since 2005. He started swing dancing in 1997 and lindy hopping in 2000. A regular dancer in San Francisco since 2001, Nathan enjoys the creativity and personal connection of social dancing as well as the challenge and satisfaction on working on and improving his dance.

He has taught at practically all of the local swing dance venues at one time or another, including the 9:20 Special, Lindy in the Park, Tuesday Night Jump, Rent Party and original Doghouse, and has been a featured instructor at regional workshops such as Swingin' at the Savoy, California Swingin', *Workshop (San Luis Obispo), Santa Swing (Santa Barbara), and Le Hot Sauce (SF).

nathan@catscornersf.com
Kristin Wojkowski :

Kristin Wojkowski

A friendly face around the SF swing dance scene, Kristin actually got her start swing dancing at Cats Corner at Savanna Jazz Club! She's taught with Nathan at Ashkenaz and Mission Mondays, and was a guest teacher with Autumn LaVarta at the Verdi Club. She loves to perform and has entertained audiences along with the SF Jitterbugs and with Nathan's Swing or Nothing dance troupe. She has also been involved with organizing an increasing amount of swing dance events, including live music, dancing and vintage trolley rides in the Castro. Kristin's vibrant energy will help put a hop in your step and a smile on your face!

Note: sorry, no additional side floor classes currently due to Cat’s Corner being held at Ukrainian Hall, SF.

Intermediate-Advanced Lindy Hop

Intermediate Electives

Note: sorry, no additional side floor classes currently due to Cat’s Corner being held at Ukrainian Hall, SF.

Series class sizes are limited to 40 paid students and often sell out. A few extra spots are also made available to our staff volunteers.

Class Pricing

Beginning Swing Drop-in Class  (9:15 PM, 15 min)
$10 per week. Cost includes dance party admission.

Beginning Lindy Hop Monthly Series (7:30 PM, 60 min)

$60 early registration online by Monday, October 2nd.
$65 full price online / $70 full price door / $20 per week drop-in.

Intermediate Lindy Hop Monthly Series (8:30 PM, 45 min)

$45 early registration online by Monday, October 2nd.
$50 full price online / $55 full price door / $15 per week drop-in.

All class costs includes the 9pm Beginning Swing drop-in class and dance party admission.

Dropping in for Monthly Series Classes

Drop-ins for monthly classes allowed during weeks 1 and 2 of the series, or with teacher permission for later weeks of classes. Drop-ins are always welcome in the Beginning East Coast Swing class.

Multiple Series Class Discount:
$10 off ($5 off per class) the early registration cost when you enroll in two classes in the same month. You must meet the requirements for the higher level class to take both. Discount is automatically applied at checkout.

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(Can’t make Wednesdays? Check out Monday Classes in the Mission!)


Progressive vs. Drop-in Classes

All of the Lindy Hop classes are progressive, with each week’s material building on the previous week’s class. Lindy Hop drop-ins are allowed for $15-20 which also includes dance party and 9pm lesson admission.  Please note that if you drop in to one of the classes, it may be in the middle of the class series, and you may fall behind. We recommend that you take the full series. We always offer a drop-in Beginning Swing class each Wednesday from 9:15-9:30pm.

Not sure which class is for you? Send us an email with any questions!

After the Classes

All class costs include admission to the Cat’s Corner Swing Dance Party. Stay to dance to live swing music starting at 9:30pm. The venue features cocktail bar, roomy dance floor, and great swinging ambiance. We often have surprises around 10:30pm – it could be a special performance, contest, or silly group activity — to add to the festivities.