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New Format Monday Nights!

Jump Session

Startin 5/6 we will be changing the format of Hepkats to include the “Jump Session”. Because…. “the rhythm is jumpin’…..

What is the Jump Session?! It is a class format that encourages growth, development, and understanding of not only moves, but overall technique and movement and how to apply them to your dancing. This class is for EVERYONE!! Every month we take a subject within Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag, or Charleston start from the bare bones beginning of the dance (7:30pm-8:00pm), then “stack” the class to challenge those people who arent new to the dance (8:00pm-9:00pm aka the “power hour”), after we have open dancing from 9pm-11pm! Cost is $10 for lesson and dance or $5 for just the dance.

Kats Korner Closed for SOUTHWEST SWING SHOWDOWN June 1st

Kats Korner will be relocating for ONE NIGHT ONLY on June 1st 2019!

Southwest Showdown

May 31st – June 2nd Indy Swing is hosting The Southwest Showdown. There are amazing instructors coming in from all over the world for 3 days of dancing fun! The event boasts 3 levels of classes, competitions with cash prizes, and 3 nights of live music.. even into the late night hours!! For more information on weekend or Saturday evening passes visit:

If you can’t make the entire weekend individual event passes are available.

Join us Saturday night at Arizona Ballroom Champions 1805 E Baseline Rd. Tempe, AZ

There is a solo jazz class taught by Phoenix Local Sean Johnson at 8:00pm, that will be great for everyone and will get you moving and grooving before the dance starts;
Open dancing starts at 8:45pm and goes until 2:00am. as if that weren’t enough for a great time there will be 2 live bands and DJ-ed music for your dancing pleasure!

To attend just the Saturday night event it is ONLY $30!!

AGAIN Kats Korner will not be at the regular location ON JUNE 1ST ONLY. We will be back at the regular spot swinging Saturday nights away on June 8th!

The Kats Korner is your GO TO Saturday Night Swing Dance

With over 14 years of hospitality under our belts, you are sure to have a great time at the Valley of the Sun's longest running Swing Dance Venue! Hosted by Dabney and Karen Hopkins, the only nationally renowned pro-swing dancers in Arizona.
All ages and skill levels are welcome!!  Click Here For More information on our Saturday Night Dance









Hepkats has made it's return to dancing at the Historic Women's Club of Mesa! With a beautiful wood floor and some of the best swing music around it is sure to become a fast favorite! We are now teaching Beginning Lindy Hop every Monday Night!

Come Join us THIS Monday and EVERY MONDAY
200 N Macdonald Mesa, AZ
$7 cover

7:30pm – 8:15pm Lindy Hop Lesson
8:15pm – 10:30pm Dance



Dabney and Karen are proud to bring you some of the best rates in town when it comes to private dance lessons. They are typically one hour and can be up to four people. Shoot them an email at for more information!!


Getting Married??

We are available to DJ, Teach a Swing Dance Lesson to entertain guests, and/or choreograph a first dance!
We have a series of package deals that you can choose from to prepare you for your special Day!! We also have a dance floor and equipment you can rent.
For more information please email us at