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:

July 30

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 - 11:00 PM Social Dancing (mix of swing and blues music)
Greek Orthodox Church
100 Perry Dr
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! For more information see the Swing Clinic page.
Lindy Hop II
  • 7/2: Fast Lindy
  • 7/9: Focus on the Follows
  • 7/16: Expanding the Swingout
  • 7/23: Focus on the Leads
  • 7/30: Swing Clinic*

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

Lindy Hop is the foundation that our dancing is built on. Combining both 6- and 8- count moves into a seamless pattern, this exciting dance provides dancers with unlimited fun and improvisation!

Price: $20 at the beginning of the month.

Requirements: Lindy Hop I

Charleston I
  • 7/2: Intro to Charleston
  • 7/9: Holds
  • 7/16: French Doors
  • 7/23: 20's Charleston
  • 7/30: Swing Clinic*

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

Charleston is the oldest of the swing dances. Starting back in the 1920's, this fun and energetic dance took the country by storm, and later developed into Lindy Hop and other swing dances.

Price: $20 at the beginning of the month.

Requirements: Crash Course, or one month of Swing 101.

Swing 101
  • 7/2: Coin Drop
  • 7/9: Twists
  • 7/16: Right-hand Spin
  • 7/23: Double Spin
  • 7/30: Skip-Ups

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 East Coast Swing I Swing 101
February East Coast Swing II Lindy Hop I Swing 101
March Lindy Hop II Blues II Blues I
April Lindy Hop III Balboa I Swing 101
May Balboa II Jazz: Tranky Doo Swing 101
June Lindy Hop I East Coast Swing I Swing 101
July Lindy Hop II Charleston I Swing 101
August Charleston II Grab Bag Swing 101
September Jazz: Big Apple Balboa I Swing 101
October Balboa II Lindy Hop I Swing 101
November Lindy Hop II Blues I Swing 101
December Lindy Hop III Charleston I Swing 101


Attendance Policy: 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: Series 1 and 2 are run on a monthly basis and cost $20 at the beginning of the month. Beginner Lessons are always drop-in and cost $5 per week. We accept cash, check, or credit cards.

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.