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
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.
Do you want to offer swing lessons as a gift? It’s now possible! To ask for our gift certificates of the value you need, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 514-8-RHYTHM (514-874-9846).
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!
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!
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:
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.
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).
(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!
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.