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, Kristin and monthly guest teachers
- progressive format classes so you can get better each week
- convenient and secure online class registration
- Live Music Dance Party & Cocktails after class!
September 2018 special venue schedule due to private events at Swedish American Hall.
September 5th & 26th, 2018
Lindy Boot Camp Classes at Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, SF, 94103 (near Church Street)
Get a double dose of Lindy Hop instruction in two ultra-fun 2 hour sessions on September 5th and September 26th. Nathan, Kristin and guest teachers Chad & Rebecca will cover all the same material from our usual 4 week class program in a 2 evening format.
7-9pm Main Floor – Beginning Lindy Hop – 60 spots max
Topics: Promenade & Pecking, Double Tuck Turns, Swingouts, Lindy Circle
September 5th with Nathan and Kristin. September 26th with guest teachers Chad & Rebecca.
50 spots available – no partner needed – beginners welcome
7-9pm Side Room – Intermediate Lindy Hop – 24 spots max
Topics: Fast Lindy Hop, Kick Through & Hand-to-Hand Charleston, Footwork & Rhythms
September 5th with guest teachers Chad and Rebecca. September 26th with Nathan and Kristin.
24 spots available. See Intermediate class requirements below.
9-9:30pm Main Floor – Beginning East Coast Swing Crash Course
This short and sweet class covers the fundamentals of swing and partner dancing from scratch each week – and is designed to get absolute beginners dancing as quickly as possible! Learn a few fun steps right before the band starts!
Unlimited spots. No pre-registration required. No partner needed. Beginners welcome.
Single Boot Camp Night (September 5 -OR- 26): $30 early registration online / $35 door
Both Boot Camp Nights (September 5 -AND- 26): $50 online / $70 door. (BEST DEAL)
9pm Beginning East Coast Swing Crash Course: $10/week, drop-in only
Register by Tuesday, September 24th to get the early bird price!
All class costs include dance party admission.
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 level-check 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 (click the “Beginning” tab above) including 6-count turns, 8-count swingout, Lindy circle and related turns, and basic Charleston patterns. Contact the teachers to arrange a level-check and get class level advice.
About the Teachers
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).
Chad Kubo is the original Ambassador of Swing in San Francisco. He has been dancing lindy hop since 1994, and has performed and taught workshops in the United States and abroad, including SF Frankie Manning Workshops, and at events featuring jazz legends Lionel Hampton and Wynton Marsalis. He is the co-founder of San Francisco’s Lindy in the Park, and for many years taught at and ran The Doghouse, SF’s premier Saturday dance party. Drawing on his 30+ years of martial arts experience (black belts in aikido, judo, and karate), as well as a background in gymnastics, Chad emphasizes movement and body dynamics in his lindy classes, such as Zen and the Art of Lindy Hop, Creativity and Musicality, Aerials, Stealing and Switching Partners, Jazz Movement, and Floor Craft.
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!
Rebecca is known for her friendly, fun-filled classes and her love of all things swing. Knowledgeable in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues and Collegiate Shag, she has taught, performed and competed throughout the Bay Area and beyond and is currently the teaching partner of David Blood at San Francisco City College. She also performs with and does choreography for the City College performance troupe the Hot Bloods.
September 12, 2018
Kitty Corner Classes & Dance Party at Cafe du Nord
Subterranean Art Deco lounge, downstairs at Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, SF, 94103 (near Church Street)
We’ll take our live music dance party downstairs this week to Cafe du Nord, the subterranean art deco bar located under Swedish American Hall. Enjoy fun classes, social dancing, delicious cocktails and great speakeasy ambiance.
- 7-8:30pm Intermediate-Advanced Lindy Hop with Nathan & guest teacher Karen Huddleston
$25 early registration by 9/10. $30 door. Cost includes dance party. 30 spots max.
- 9-9:30pm Main Floor at Cafe du Nord – Beginning East Coast Swing Crash Course
Unlimited spots. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. $10. Cost includes dance party.
Register by Tuesday, September 10th to get the early bird price!
Cat’s Corner Field Trip Night to Local Edition
with with Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums
691 Market Street, SF, 94110 (near 3rd Street)
We’re taking a night off classes, and skipping straight to the party! Join us for high-energy Swing, Jump Blues & Rockin’ R&B with one of San Francisco’s sensational musical acts! Sip on classic cocktails between dances. FREE. 21+.
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 $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 9:00-9:30pm.
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.