Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Jun 1st
7:00 pm New 4-week Session of Cat's Corner Lindy Hop classes starts with Nathan and Alyssa! (More info)
Saturday, Jun 4th
7:00 pm Teaching Swing at Ashkenaz with Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (More info)
Monday, Jun 6th
7:00 pm New 4-week session of Mission Lindy Hop Classes starts at the Women's Building with Nathan & Alison! (More info)

Reviews & Testimonials

Nathan was our wedding DJ and dance instructor for our very recent wedding in November and we still can't get over how fun the wedding and our first dance routine were!! Sachiko & Nate
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I hired Nathan (DJ NateDiggity) for my Move to the Groove party at Cafe Cocomo and he exceeded all my expectations. He was the perfect DJ for the party! Jeremy Sutton
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Nathan is awesome... I highly recommend taking his group classes, or hiring him for private lessons if you wish to swing dance at your wedding. Claudine & Danny
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Monday Lindy Hop Classes in the Mission

with Nathan Dias & guest teachers

Next 4-week class session starts Monday, June 6th!

Register by Saturday before the session starts and save $10 or more!

  • Beginning Lindy Hop, 7-8pm
  • Intermediate Lindy Hop, 8:30-9:30pm
  • plus 30-minute practice session after each class!

Learn to Lindy Hop – the classic partner swing dance from the 1930s and 40s – on Monday evenings in the heart of the SF Mission district at the Women’s Building. In our friendly, neighborhood dance classes you’ll learn to dance, have fun, meet new people, and get great exercise all at once!

4-week Class Costs:

$40 for the first 5 leaders and 5 followers to register in each class!
$50 early registration by Saturday, June 4th.
$60 normal monthly registration.
$15 weekly drop-in

*May class session runs May 2, 9, 16, 23. No class May 30 due to Memorial Day Weekend.

Register online today…Save up to $20 and your spot in class! 

Our Monday Lindy Hop classes offer:

  • friendly, knowledgeable & skilled dance instruction with Nathan Dias and monthly guest teachers
  • progressive classes that help you to build your skill week by week
  • new 4-week class sessions starting the first Monday of each month
  • 30-minute practice session right after class — dance and socialize with your instructors and classmates
  • online class registration & discounts
  • monthly class field trip to fun SF swing dance venues…practice what you learned in class!

There are two roles in Lindy Hop: leaders (traditionally men) and followers (traditionally women). You don’t have to be traditional in our class, but we do ask that you choose one role and stick with it for the 4-week series.

Refunds & Missed Classes Policy

The Historic Women's Building in San FranciscoClass Location

The Women’s Building, Auditorium
3543 18th Street, between Valencia & Guerrero
San Francisco, CA 94110

Class Descriptions

Beginning Lindy Hop

You will learn the fundamentals of this flashy, athletic and high-energy dance, introducing fundamental footwork, lead-and-follow technique and Lindy Hop’s signature style. This is beginner level class. Previous swing dance experience (e.g. East Coast Swing) is helpful, but not required. The class has a progressive format which means we review and build upon previous weeks’ material each class.

No partner is needed; we rotate frequently in class.

A new month-long class series starts the first Monday of every month. We always cover the essential Lindy Hop steps (swing out from open/closed and lindy circle) and then teach a variety of beginner moves each month. We recommend taking all 4 months of Beginning Lindy Hop (A-D) before moving up to the Intermediate Level.  Start during any month A-D…there is no need to start with month A.

Beginning A (Mar/Jul/Nov)

  • Swing out from open
  • Swing out from closed
  • 6-count tuck turn from closed
  • 8-count tuck turn from closed
  • Reverse Jerk
  • Promenade with Pecking
Beginning B (Apr/Aug/Dec)

  • Side-by-side Charleston
  • Yo-Yo Charleston
  • Yo-Yo Lindy
  • Swing out from closed
  • Swing out from open
  • Lindy Circle
  • Shimmy
Beginning C (Jan/May/Sep)

  • Simplified Swingouts (no triple steps)
  • Swing out from closed
  • Swing out from open
  • 8-count Inside Turn
  • 8-count Outside Turn
  • 8-count Texas Tommy
  • Lindy Circle
Beginning D (Feb/Jun/Oct)

  • 6-count turns
  • triple steps vs. jig walks
  • closed vs. open position
  • Behind-the-back Charleston
  • Side-by-side Charleston
  • Kick-through Charleston

Intermediate Lindy Hop

In this class, you will build up your repertoire of lead and follow techniques, classic lindy hop moves and styling. You must already be confident with 6- and 8-count basics, including the Lindy Hop swingout and related turns, and basic Charleston steps. 4-5 months of Beginning Lindy Hop and social dancing are recommended before taking this level.

Intermediate Lindy Hop 6-month Curriculum (Updated & Revised for 2016!)

Basics & Beyond Charleston & Classic Sequences Advanced Topics
Jan/Jul (A) Swingouts, Circles & 6-counts
Mixing 6- vs 8-counts, Forward vs. Backward technique, Rotational Swingouts
Charleston A
Side-by-side, Yo-Yo, Face-to-Face, Hacksaw
Moving Like A Dancer Musicality & Timing
Feb/Aug (B) 8-count Turns
Inside, Outside, Finger-roll & Texas Tommy from an 8-count Swingout
Charleston B
Tandem + Hand-to-hand
Footwork, Rhythm & Style A
Mar/Sep (C) Tuck Turns Classic Sequences
Mini-Dip, Behind-the-Back Promenade, Sailor Kicks, the Chase, Hacksaw
Spins & Turns
Apr/Oct (D) Swingout Like Things
Reverse Jerk, Reverse Swingout, Half-Swingout, Slip-out, Travel Swingout
Charleston C
Airplane, Cross-Plane, Shadow
Footwork, Rhythm & Style B
May/Nov (E) Turn, Turn, Turn
Mixing 6-count, 8-count Turns & Tuck Turns
Classic Sequences B

Pecking Promenade, Curl & Points, Quick-Stop, Jump Turn, Tango, Drags

Spins & Turns
Jun/Dec (F) Dancing Fast
Jig Walks, Charleston Swingouts & more
Charleston D
Kick-Through & Hand-to-Hand
Footwork, Rhythm & Style C

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About the Instructors

Nathan Dias

Nathan Dias, Swing & Lindy Hop dance teacher in San FranciscoNathan is an accomplished swing dance instructor, performer and DJ in San Francisco. Dancing since 1997, Nathan learned his chops on the social and competitive dance floor, at national and international dance camps, and as a performer with the SF Bounce and 3 Minute Maniacs swing dance troupes. Nathan started teaching dance in 2005 and is the regular dance instructor at Cat’s Corner – the Wednesday night swing dance at Savanna Jazz Club, and also teaches weekly group classes at the SF Women’s Building in the Mission District. He is often a guest instructor at Lindy in the Park and the 9:20 Special.

Recent awards include:

  • 1st Place Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Boogie by the Bay 2011
  • 2nd Place Strictly Lindy – Boogie by the Bay 2011

Cancellations, Refunds & Missed Classes

There will be a $20 additional charge for all returned checks.

No refunds or discounts for missed classes and sorry, no make-ups for the classes. Credit can be given for a future series to students who are going to miss an entire series if you inform Nathan by no later than the 2nd class of any series.

If you miss a class, consider a Private Lesson or arriving early to ask your instructors and fellow students about the material missed. We also hold a practice session after class every week which is a great opportunity
to practice and ask about missed material.

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