Friday Night Dance

Come try swing dancing every Friday night at Cat’s Corner.

Join us Friday for our Downtown Stomp dance! Try our beginner lesson at 8:30 pm or our taster lesson at 8:45 pm. Social dancing from 9:30 pm – 1 am, all for $10 or 15$ with a live band!

 

Downtown Stomp 

8:30pm – 9:30pm Introduction to swing
8:45pm – 9:30pm taster lesson*

9:30 – 1am Social dancing to swing music for everyone!
*or blues, or balboa

 

Up next:

Jan 24 – Downtown Stomp! + Mission Balboa
lessons: intro swing + balboa taster
DJ theme ‘big bands tribute’

Jan 31: Downtown Stomp!
lessons: intro swing + taster class
beginner bingo! Community dance with prizes to win!

Feb 7: Downtown Shuffle
lessons: intro swing + balboa taster
2 rooms for dancing, fast swing in C-Jam
DJ theme “Romantic & Nostlalgic” with Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw

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, live 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


Music

Want to hear what kind of music we groove to? Check out our Spotify account for a selection of tunes by our talented DJs! Click here to find our musical resources page, containing playlists and information about swing musicians, old and new.


Interested in classes? See our schedule or visit our registration page.

Music Resources for Swing Dancing

Swing Music on Spotify

Check out our Spotify account for a good music resource. It includes a variety of playlists by our talented DJs, as well as a few lists of songs categorized by beats per minute (BPM).

Slow Swing: 84 – 100 BPM
Moderate Swing: 104 – 152 BPM
Medium Up Swing: 160 – 200 BPM
Up Swing: 208 – 252 BPM

(If you don’t yet have a Spotify account, set one up so you can hear these tunes!)

Our Beginner Playlist : for songs that are not-too-fast, not-too-slow, with clear rhythm, that are easy to dance to, and great for practice!

Our DJs

Click here to see a list of all of our DJs and their contact info.

 

A few classic artists from the swing era to listen to

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, and many more.

 

A few current swing bands to listen to

International Bands: 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, and many more.

Montreal: Call Me Wayne, Early Jazz Band, Les Royal Pickles, Masson Stomp, Misses Satchmo, Swingabago, and many more.


Interested in classes? See our schedule or visit our registration page.