Welcome to Cat’s Corner Swing Dance School!
We are closely following the updates for all government regulations due to the ongoing pandemic.
Rest assured that in person or online, Cat’s Corner’s activities will continue.
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!
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.”
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.
[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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
Register to next session before Feb 9th and benefit from a 25$ discount on your classes!
February/March session invites you to keep learning, practicing and deepen your understanding of swing dances, its language, codes, tools of expression to amplify your voice! Dancing is a source of life, joy and connection. See you on the dance floor!
February/March 2020 Schedule :
*note that the teachers are subject to change
4h intensive workshops on Sundays
Our Bootcamps are 4h intensive classes.
They take place on Sundays from 12:30pm to 4:30pm and change topic every week.
The goal is to learn either the basics of a new dance or to improve a specific aspect of a dance you’re already doing.
Fees are 60$/class online and 70$ at the door. You can get a 20$ discount if you register for 2 Bootcamps at the same time, which means 2 Bootcamps for 100$.
To register, follow this link.
To access the Facebook event page, follow this link.
A living dance. A living studio.
A living community.
In our collective mind’s eye, we see a place that is home to a vibrant and continuously evolving swing dance community.
A place where generations meet, relationships are built, energies are exchanged, history is preserved and created anew.
A place where passion for swing dance is born, is nurtured and where people are encouraged to reach new heights of self-expression.
A place where we are kind to ourselves and kind to one another as we evolve and grow.
We see a thriving, socially responsible, sustainable business that provides the opportunities for people to be what they love, according to their abilities, talents and needs. A living dance. A living studio. A living community.