Swing débutant – Commence maintenant

Vous avez deux options pour commencer à apprendre le swing en Mars!
Les mercredis à 20h30 – du 11 mars au 1er avril
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Les dimanches à 14h – du 15 mars au 5 avril
Nous commençons deux cours intensifs de 4 semaines (swing 1) et un rabais si vous vous inscrivez pour 10 semaines de cours (Swing 1 + 2)
Pour assurer que vous avez tout les outils pour swing 2 à la prochaine session, nous vous offrons 4 entrées gratuites à nos soirées du vendredi: le Downtown Stomp!

Inscrivez-vous ici!

La danse de vendredi soir

Venez essayer le swing chaque vendredi soir à Cat’s Corner.

Venez danser au centre-ville les vendredis soirs! L’entrée comprend un cours d’introduction facultatif (débutant ou intermédiaire). Aucun partenaire ou expérience nécessaire! Seulement 10$ ou 15$ avec orchestre.

Downtown Stomp!

20h30 – 21h30 cours d’introduction au swing

20h45 – 21h30 cours taster

21h30 à 01h00 soirée danse sociale pour tous!

 

À venir:

Feb 7: Downtown Shuffle
lessons: intro swing + balboa taster
2 rooms for dancing, fast swing in C-Jam

Feb 14th: Downtown Stomp!
lessons: intro swing + taster class
2 rooms for dancing, speed dancing game in C-Jam

Feb 21st: Downtown Slow Jazz to LIVE MUSIC ~ Emily Estrella ($15)
lessons: intro swing + blues taster
2 rooms for dancing, faster music in the big studio

Feb 28th: Downtown All that Jazz
lessons: intro swing + taster class
DJ theme – mixed jazz styles for dancers that like to play

March 6th: Downtown Shuffle
lessons: intro swing + balboa taster
2 rooms for dancing, fast swing in C-Jam

March 13th: Downtown Stomp!
lessons: intro swing + taster class
beginner bingo! Community dance with prizes to win!

March 20th:Downtown Stomp! to LIVE MUSIC ~ Andy Mac ($15)!
lessons: intro swing + taster class
2 rooms for dancing, live music in the big studio

March 27th: Downtown Stomp! + Blues Moment
lessons: intro swing + blues taster
2 rooms for dancing, blues music in the C-Jam


La musique

Voulez-vous entendre le genre de musique qui nous fait bouger? Allez voir notre compte Spotify et regardez la sélection choisie par nos talentueux DJ! Cliquez ici pour notre page de ressources musicales, incluant des listes de lecture et de l’information à propos de musiciens swing, anciens et récents.

 


Plus d’infos sur nos cours? Voir notre horaire ou visitez notre page d’inscription.

Musique swing à découvrir!

Jettez un coup d’oeil à notre compte Spotify et découvrez une véritable source de musique swing! Vous y trouverez une variété de listes de lecture créées par nos DJs, ainsi que des chansons classées par tempo.

Swing Lent: 84– 100 BPM
Swing Modéré: 104 – 152 BPM
Swing Médium-Rapide: 160 – 200 BPM
Swing Rapide: 208 – 252 BPM

(Si vous n’avez pas encore de compte Spotify, abonnez-vous pour écouter ces merveilleuses chansons.)

Notre liste pour débutants :

musique ni trop rapide, ni trop lente, avec un rythme clair, facile à danser, idéale pour pratiquer ses pas !

Nos DJs

Cliquez ici pour voir la liste de nos DJs ainsi que leurs informations de contact.

 

Des artistes classiques de l’ère du Swing à découvrir :

Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, Buster Smith, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Erskine Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, Slim & Slam, Cats and the Fiddle, Tommy Dorsey, Andy Kirk, Jimmie Lunceford, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Christian, Earl Hines, Lucky Millinder, Lionel Hampton, et beaucoup encore.

Des artistes de swing d’aujourd’hui à découvrir :

Groupes internationaux: Boilermaker Jazz Band, Gentlemen & Gangsters, Glenn Crytzer, Gordon Webster, Hot Sugar Band, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, Jonathan Stout, Michael Gamble and His Rhythm Serenaders, Mint Julep Jazz Band, Naomi and her Handsome Devils, The Grand St. Stompers, et beaucoup encore.

Montréal: Call Me Wayne, Early Jazz Band, Les Royal Pickles, Masson Stomp, Misses Satchmo, Swingabago, et beaucoup d’autres encore. Sortez les découvrir !


Plus d’infos sur nos cours? Voir notre horaire ou visitez notre page d’inscription.

December session

December online session is flexible and varied. From Dec 1st to 19th, 3 weeks until the holidays, come warm up your body and soul to the best big band jazz and meet the nicest people to swing with you!

  • Choose 1 class, 1 day 1 time.
  • Choose 1 session, same day same time for 3 continuous weeks!
  • Don’t choose and take it ALL to extend the fun for as much as you can jazz.

The calendar is full of dancers who can’t wait to share their love and curiosity for jazz with you.
Our friend Amilia, the registration platform, is ready to bring you in. Come along and let’s dance!

To access our last newsletter, click below:

CCX 2020 – Thank you!

Thank you so much to each and every one of you who participated in our very first Cat’s Corner Exchange online this weekend! It was so good to see you faces and to party with you.

Please take a moment to thank our artists with a contribution (a virtual passing of the hat if you will)

Marie N’diaye gave a brilliant presentation on Sunday morning which you can still see on our facebook page You can thank her here on paypal.

Emily Estrella and Peter Mika put on a heck of a show Friday night. You can buy their music on bandcamp and send them a payment here

You can support Cat’s Corner by signing up for a class online this session or making a contribution here.

Thank you once again. We look forward to being able to party with you in person again someday soon.

Online classes for November

The online classes are going well so we invite you to join us for another round of zoom classes in November! It feels good to move your body to jazz music, to greet familiar faces once a week, to learn, get feedback and to have fun!

Register here

Here is what some of the participants from the October session had to say:

« When our lindy hop classes was moved on line due to the second wave, we hesitated about continuing but we are very glad that we did it! The classes with Phil and Megan allow us to have fun from our living room, to stay active despite the isolation and do something besides watching Netflix all the time 😉 It’s a small group so we get lots of personal feedback and we have been getting better while learning more about the history of lindy hop. »

– Floriane

« I found it much more informative and fun that I would have imagined. I can’t get over the fact that little adjustments make such a big difference. The dance is even more fun! For example, I can do more swingouts without getting dizzy. And we’re learning how to dance faster. Phil and Megan take the time to watch and give us feedback. They are always positive and give us energy. The songs chosen to highlight one artist per week are helping us to recognize them. Isabelle and I will be registering for the next session. I thought there may be some technical challenges but everything is going very well! »

– Jean-François

CCX online Oct 30 & Nov 1

Every year at Halloween Cat’s Corner throws a party to celebrate our birthday. We know we cannot recreate the feeling of swinging out to live music surrounded by hundreds of dancers from all over the place. But celebrations are important and as we have said before, Cat’s Corner is about people not place, so let’s get together!

FRIDAY Oct 30th, 8pm-11pm: TALENT SHOW AND LIVE MUSIC
Bring an instrument, your dog, a story, a talent and we will appreciate each other’s diverse skills.
Remember getting dressed up for a great night? Lets do it! Photo submissions for best dressed (as yourself or in halloween costume) and prizes to be won! Cherry on the cake, Emily Estrella & Peter Mika will treat us with their very special duet during the night.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1093647874385134

SUNDAY Nov 1st, 11am-1pm:SOUL BRUNCH + CLIP PRESENTATION
Enjoy your Saturday and stock up with bagels to get together on for brunch on SUNDAY morning with the best of Soul music. Cozy up with us for the much loved video clips presentation. This year from a new perspective, with the ONE AND ONLY Marie N’Diaye!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/3959034830777961

Sign up here https://forms.gle/fj1SGHm5b5NUT7nh8
Pay what you can. We will pass a virtual hat to support our professional artists (links will be emailed to you)

Covid-cautious swing dancing

[Update October 5th, 2020: October session classes are moving online. 4 weeks, small groups, individual attention, lots of jazz and culture sharing!]

As Montreal enters the red zone due to a high number of covid-19 cases, we are closely monitoring the government regulations and recommendations for dance and fitness activities.

We have been slow to reopen our studio as we wanted to do it in a way that felt safe for everyone. We have decided that while we will have markers on the floor to maintain 2 meters distance, we will also require everyone to wear masks 100% of the time while in the studio. This goes beyond what most indoor fitness activities are doing right now but for us this is what feels like a responsible choice in a global pandemic. 

Our class sizes are very small, there will be no drop ins so that we have contact information for each participant, all registration will be online to limit transactions at the studio and we will produce class recaps for anyone who has to stay home due to sickness, however mild it may be. Please take  the time to read the full details of our cover class policies and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We will provide further updates as the situation changes over the coming days and weeks. 

Cat’s Corner studios reopening, October 2020

A new session of classes will begin indoors the week of October 5th. Registrations are open! Treat yourself! Dance is not a luxury, it’s a human need.

It seems crucial that dance, music, culture be present in our lives. It’s important to us, it’s important to you. If you feel the swing, then we’d be honoured to feel all the feels of it along with you.

We’ve published the revised guidelines and policies for the context of the pandemic we are facing together. We are putting everything we can in place to offer an environment that is both rational and safe. We will continue to learn and adapt our practices to be at your best service.

Welcome back!

Online classes

Starting today, you will be able to take your dance classes again! Join us on our YouTube Channel and follow us on Facebook to stay updated on all our activities during this time of social isolation.
The details of the participation are available HERE.

We are still allowed to dance. Dance is even quite essential to help us lift our spirits, to stay connected with our communities and keep our bodies in movement. We will be with you in your living room, on your balcony, strutting with you on your daily walk around the block. You are not alone. We will keep on dancing, all together!

COVID-19: Classes and Dances Cancelled

Dear dancers,
It is with heavy hearts and love for our community that we announce we are cancelling all classes and social dances for the next two weeks starting today.

Our provincial and local governments have chosen to be very proactive by closing schools, libraries, daycares and encouraging people to work from home. The measures may seem extreme given the number of cases we currently have but we have plenty of evidence from other regions that predict the future for us and the time to act is now.
The official recommendation is to cancel events larger than 250 people, but that is to maintain a safe distance even in groups. Dancing puts us in such close proximity that we no longer feel it is responsible to host classes and dances. The situation is changing rapidly and we have decided that it’s time to take action for our collective health.

We are asking for your support and understanding as we navigate this global pandemic. We will hold your registrations on file and welcome you back to your current classes when we are able to resume normal activities. This will be a difficult time for all of us. Musicians, dancers, artists, freelancers, restaurants, theatres and dance studios will be carrying a heavy financial burden in the coming weeks and months. If you are able to, we encourage you to continue to support us and we will find ways to support you.

We have some great ideas for online classes, solo practice, online meet-ups and more. If you have special requests or ideas please share them with us!

We know how important dance is to all of you and we will do everything we can to keep you moving in the coming weeks. We also know that your community, your friends and your soon-to-be-friends are found at Cat’s Corner and we are excited to get creative about staying in touch. Please reach out, your mental health is important now too. You are not alone, we are all in this together.

With love,
Meghan & Anaïs

p.s. follow us on facebook for the latest updates and join the cats corner community group to stay in touch

For reference, here is an article that we found useful about a week ago, and here is one that is much more relevant today. The situation is changing rapidly and we are doing our best. Thank you for understanding.

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Beginner Swing – Starts now!

Ready to start swing dancing right now? We have two new classes on the schedule for you! Start with Swing 1, either:
Wednesdays 8:30pm starting March 11th
or
Sundays at 2pm starting March 15th

Each course lasts 4 weeks (swing 1) and there is an extra discount if you register for 10 weeks of classes ( swing 1+2).
You’ll receive four free passes to the Friday night dance we host (the Downtown Stomp) so that you’ll have plenty of practice and be ready to join the next session of classes in swing 2!

Sign up here!

Nuit Blanche swings at Cat’s Corner

Cat’s Corner invites you to Nuit Blanche à Montréal…

for a night where « green », the theme of the year, is synonymous of beginning. We invite all Montreal to join the party and swing with us! With 2 left feet, a twisted tongue or eyes in the back of your head, if you can breathe and feel your heart sing, the dance is ready to burst out of you.

On February 29th from 8pm to 2am in the morning, seize the opportunity to learn a few steps, cheer for our teachers and students performing their last projects and simply spend a beautiful night on the best hardwood dance floor of the city.

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