Our social enterprise and circular economy project

These two years have been full intense reflections that have allowed us to make some radical decisions. These choices sometimes seem counter intuitive to the needs of a business: to generate revenue, to meet demand, to be equipped with every possible promotional strategy to sell registrations and fill dance classes.

The biggest decision we made last year was to move to the southwest, to Pointe St. Charles, to a community organization.
This choice was driven by a vision:

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TAP KIDS in the Fall

Children are the focus on Saturdays at Cat’s Corner.
The fall session will resume with an Open House on September 3 and classes will officially start on September 10.
Take also advantage of the week of free classes from Aug 29th for adults as well.

Registrations are open!
https://www.amilia.com/store/en/cats-corner/shop/programs/80124

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Open House – FREE classes

The week of August 29 to September 3rd our doors are open and you are invited to our OPEN HOUSE and come try as many classes as you like for FREE!
Come meet, greet, check out the space, ask questions, and dance!

There are classes for everyone including introductory classes for complete beginners (no experience or partner required), progressive courses, a challenge for those who want it and even performance and choreography projects.

Friday night social dance is on as usual, $10 per person.
The rest is FREE and you can sign up here to show your interest and save your spot:
Free adult classes
Free kids classes

Check out the class descriptions for more info or head on over to instagram for videos of what it’s all about.

Swing l’Été is Back this summer 2022!

On August 20th and September 17th, Swing l’Été is back by popular demand! Same summery atmosphere, by the water, picnic on the grass and dancing all afternoon.
We will start with an all level swing dance class (beginners welcome) at 1pm and end the dance about 5pm.

Practical information can be found on the website: www.swinglete.ca

FREE admission. Swing dancing for all.
When: 1PM – 5PM
Where: Serres de Verdun
Toilets on site

Register on Facebook to receive useful information shared before and during the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1211926222954093/

Summer program 2022

Our schedule for the summer has begun and we look forward to seeing you for weekly social dances and classes with plenty of opportunity to socialize and get to know the community.

Wednesday classes in the park
Every Wednesday we will be on the canal near the Atwater Market for outdoor classes. We’ll start at 6:30pm with solo jazz for all (45min) and then partner swing (45min). The price is $20 for 90 minutes. If you can (or want to) only do one part you are welcome to join us. We also invite you to bring some food and have a picnic with us after the activity. You can register individually or use the multi-pass: https://www.amilia.com/store/en/cats-corner/shop/programs/calendar/68803

In case of rain the event will be cancelled for that week. Be sure to register in advance to get the latest updates about changes due to weather.

The location this year will be on the south side of the canal near the intersection of Charlevoix and Saint Patrick (google map link here)

Friday Social Dancing
Every Friday, including holidays, we are open for an evening of swing dancing. Introductory class at 7:30 pm ($20) and social dance with DJ at 8:30 pm ($10)Plus, there will be a few live music nights on July 8, August 5 and August 26. Social dance is what we are all about! We give classes to improvise and socialize together on Friday nights. Come and put your feet on the floor, have a chat and spend your friday evening with great people. 

Free summer activities

On Sunday June 26 from 4-6pm we will be at the Guinguettes du Sud-Ouest on the canal for some swing dancing in a great atmosphere. There will be a bar, food trucks and swing music. We’ll have workshops, performances and you’re all invited to dance. It’s a great afternoon to join us on your bike. http://lesguinguettes.ca/
August 20 + September 17 is the big return of Swing L’été at the Verdun greenhouses! A great tradition in the Montreal swing scene. Bring your picnic! We dance a lot, we take advantage of the summer to meet the many dancers of the city and those who come from outside just for the occasion. A great day for an afternoon of social dancing. https://swinglete.ca/

Social dancing every Friday

For more than 20 years we have been hosting a Friday night social dance and you are invited!

Introduction lesson

There is an intro-to-swing lesson at 7:30pm every week. No partner and no experience required. The topic is a bit different every week, its all the tools you need to move and groove to swing music at our parties on a friday night. The calendar of topics and to register in advance here

The class is $20 per person and includes the entire evening, even when there is a live band! Tickets available at the door or you can Register online

Social dancing

From 8:30pm the doors are open for social dancing. Our DJs play the best recordings from the swing era and today focusing on big band jazz and the music that makes us swing. $10 on a regular evening, $20 when we have a live band about once a month. The soirée ends around midnight
Tickets online or at the door.

Upcoming live music dates: Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 16

Our address is on Fortune street but the main entrance is the big doors on Wellington

Frequently asked questions:

  • There isn’t a bar or restaurant but you are welcome to bring a picnic to have in the kitchen or on the mezzanine
  • Wear what you like, there is no dress code. People often make an extra effort on live music nights. It’s a personal choice.
  • You can come alone or with a parter or friend. You can accept or refuse any dance. It’s a social activity and we encourage you to meet lots of people in the room but there is no obligation.

Want to see what it looks like? Check out the videos and photos we share on our instagram and facebook stories.

Want to know more? Give us a call or text at 514-874-9846
Or by email info@catscorner.ca

“When will Friday night dances come back?” and other FAQ

It’s been a long pandemic, a hot summer, and a big move for the studio. We know you’ve got lots of questions so we’ve compiled a few answers for you here. Rest assured, we love hearing from you and will be glad to answer any questions you have if you want to give us a call or send an email.

514-874-9846 (text or call)
info@catscorner.ca

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Dance class for kids

TAP PROGRAM FOR KIDS

Schedule:

FREE trial class on Saturday December 3rd at 10am for the 3-4yo and 11am for beginners in the tap-kids program.
Session starts Sept 10th.

Classes will take place on Saturday morning at our venue, 625 Fortune St in the South West, Entrance from the big door on Wellington st.
It is highly recommended to register to the whole year from September to June for the best progression and training.

Children with learning challenges are welcome in our classes, with a limit of 2 children per class.

The kids 5years and older will learn a choreography to perform at the end of session shows in December and June. A buffet of healthy snacks will be offered. Guests are welcome.

Class descriptions here

Pricing:

You will have the option of paying the whole session at once or through 3 instalments.
A 10% discount is offered for each additional sibling.

Tap 5-7, 8-12, Teens
$270 for the Fall session (14 classes)
$460 for winter-spring session (24 classes)
Intro to Jazz-Tap 3-4 yo
$245 for the Fall session
$420 for winter-spring session
$20 drop-in available

For families who benefit from social assistance, you can fill out this form or refer to our sliding scale offers.
For any questions or requests, contact us at info@catscorner.ca / 514-874-9846

About the program:

Since 2019, with our Cat’s Corner families growing up, the school has started offering tap and swing dance classes for our younger ones, from age 3 to 14yo.

The program is currently led by Majiza Philip, tap dancer and choreographer with more than 15 years of experience teaching kids of all ages. More about her below.

MAJIZA PHILIP

Grand child of legendary dancer Ethel Bruneau, Montreal Queen of Tap from Harlem, NY, Majiza was born and raised in Little Burgundy and knows Pointe St Charles inside out.

Majiza has started training with her grand mother at the age of 3, and later with actor Don Jordan. Among her many accomplishments, she and her sister were selected to dance at the Governor General’s Awards. She danced on the stage of Jazz Fest in 1998 with the Big Band Vic Vogel, following which she got a role at Nathalie Simard’s Décibel show. Between 2009 and 2013, she was a choreographer at Segal Centre for performing arts.

Majiza excels in the art of teaching like a second nature. She’s shared her love for tap in numerous schools: the Segal Center “Broadway Kids” after school program, the Cameron dance school, the Sport-Study program at Massey-Vanier high school in Cowansville, at the Académie de danse de Montréal and various elementary schools on the Island of Montreal. We feel extremely lucky to have her among us at Cat’s Corner Swing Dance School.

Majiza is able to connect with each of her students, kids and adults, and see every ones’ own qualities and personalities. She guides her classes with the awareness of each student’s specific needs while creating a very friendly and supportive atmosphere. She manages to bring together a sense of rigour with kindness and real fun! She’s truly a gem of a teacher!

What happened to Cat’s Corner?

As we hear more talk of reopening this summer, you may be wondering if and when you’ll be able to come back for a dance at Cat’s Corner. Well dear friends, we won’t be going back, only forward. And yes, there will be dancing in our future!

After 12 years up on the 3rd floor of 3451 Boul Saint Laurent, we have handed back the keys and closed an important chapter in the story of swing dancing in Montreal.

It is also the start of a new one!

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