Vernacular Spectacular

Vernacular Spectacular – A Spring Workshop

Cat’s Corner invites you to the 2019 edition of our spring workshop – the Vernacular Spectacular

Registration opens February 11 2019 

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An annual event: The spring workshops at Cat’s Corner are put on every year to offer the community an opportunity to learn and be inspired by invited artists and bring together dancers of all levels in a learning experience.

This year Cat’s Corner presents The Vernacular Spectacular! We’re dreaming big this year. We strongly believe that Jazz dance cannot exist in isolation. It needs external influences to grow and be part of a living culture.

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 intermediate lesson at 8:45 pm. Social dancing from 9:30 pm – 1 am, all for $10!


Downtown Stomp 

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

9:30 – 1am Social dancing to swing music for everyone!


1st Friday of the month – Downtown Shuffle

introduction to swing and introduction to balboa*
2 rooms for dancing, one with faster tempos. all swing!

3rd Friday of the month – Downtown Groove

introduction to swing and introduction to blues*
2 rooms for dancing, one with groovy blues music!


Our Staff

To learn more about our teachers and staff, follow the links below. Check out which projects they’ve been working on, read a bit on why they love swing dance, and find their contact information:

Swing teachers
Blues teachers
Tap teachers


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.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

Friday Feb 1 – Downtown Shuffle – 2 rooms of dancing – Intro to Swing and Balboa classes
Friday Feb 8 – Downtown stomp – Intro to swing class
Friday Feb 15 – Downtown Groove – 2 rooms of dancing – Intro to Swing and Blues classes
Sunday Feb 17  – Potluck social ! Bring something to eat and come dance with us!
Monday Feb 18  – New session starts!
Friday Feb 22  – Downtown stomp – Intro to swing class

Upcoming events

Weekly Events

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.