The Cats Corner

Weekly Lessons - The Cats Corner is Swing Cville's weekly lesson and social dance. Featuring beginner and intermediate lessons, this event is open to all and is a the next step after attending our Lindy Hop Crash Course! Social dancing afterwards is a great opportunity to practice what you learned in lessons and get to know other local dancers!

Every Wednesday Next Cats' Corner:

April 23

7:00 - 7:45 PM Monthly Series 1
7:45 - 8:30 PM Monthly Series 2
8:30 - 9:00 PM Drop-in Swing 101 Lesson
9:00 - 10:30 PM Social Dancing (mix of swing and blues music)
Charlottesville Tango Studio
at the Glass Building (same building as "Bluegrass Bakery and Grill")
313 2nd St. SE, Suite 108
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Swing 101 Lesson: $5/week
Monthly Series: $20/month
Dance: $5, but is included free with a lesson

On the first Wednesday of each month, bring a new friend to the
Swing 101 lesson and you'll get in 2-for-1! That's right, just $5
for two people. We don't care which way you split it!
In months with five weeks, we use the last week for our swing clinic.
Rotate between instructors and get one-on-one
feedback on your dancing! The clinic will run from 7:00-9:00pm. Be
prepared to take notes! Fore more information see the Swing Clinic page.
Lindy Hop III
  • 4/2: Adaptive Dancing
  • 4/9: Show & Tell
  • 4/16: Show & Tell, pt.2
  • 4/23: Small Group Critiques
  • 4/30: Swing Clinic*

Lesson Series 1 (7:00-7:45pm)

Continue Lindy Hop for a third month. This month will move fast, so you have to have taken Lindy II ast leaset once, and be able to learn quick. We'll be working on advanced concepts in Lindy and ending with small group peer critiques.

Price: $20 at the beginning of the month.

Requirements: Lindy Hop II

Balboa I
  • 4/2: Ramping Up Your Basic
  • 4/9: The Come-Around
  • 4/16: Paddles and Lollies
  • 4/23: The Toss-Out
  • 4/30: Swing Clinic*

Lesson Series 2 (7:45-8:30pm)

Balboa was invented in the crowded ballrooms of California back in the 1920's. It's fast, fun, and you can learn it this month at Cats Corner!

Price: $20 at the beginning of the month.

Requirements: You must have taken at least one month of Blues lessons or the Crash Course.

Swing 101
  • 4/2: Dance Etiquette
  • 4/9: Tuck Turns
  • 4/16: Passbys
  • 4/23: Going for a Walk
  • 4/23: Sweetheart

Drop-in Swing 101 Lesson (8:30-9:00pm)

Our short, drop-in, beginner swing lesson will teach you the basics of 6-count swing (a.k.a. East Coast Swing). No experience is necessary, and we make it easy enough for anbody to pick up and get out on the dance floor! It is recommended that you attend the Beginner Crash Course on the fourth Thursday of the month before doing any of the subsequent lessons, but not required.

Price: $5/week

Requirements: None!

Lesson Archives

Each week we post a lesson recap on the Lesson Archive page. You can use this to refresh your memory and practice before the next class, or see what we have taught in previous months.

2014 Lesson Schedule

Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Series 1 Series 2 Drop-In Lesson
January Fun Lindy Variations ECS I Swing 101
February ECS II Lindy I Swing 101
March Lindy II Blues II Blues I
April Lindy III Balboa I Swing 101
May Balboa II Jazz: Tranky Doo Swing 101
June Jazz: Gangbusters Lindy I Swing 101
July Grab Bag Charleston I Swing 101
August Charleston II ECS I Swing 101
September Jazz: Big Apple Balboa I Swing 101
October Balboa II Lindy I Swing 101
November Lindy II Blues I Swing 101
December Lindy III Charleston I Swing 101


Attendance Policy: Class sizes are limited to 34 people on a first-come-first-served basis. We don't admit students after the first 10 minutes of class. In order to keep our lessons moving we require that you take the first week of a series in order to come to later weeks, unless you get permission from the instructor. Our beginner lesson is the exception - you can always drop in!

Payment: Intermediate and Advanced series are run on a monthly basis. $20 is due at the beginning of the month. Beginner Lessons are always drop-in, $5/week.

Aerial Policy: Lifts, drops, and aerials are not permitted at Swing Cville unless it is part of a performance or jam with a partner that you have practiced those moves with. Failure to adhere to this rule could result in being banned.