Lindy hop and authentic jazz dancer, teacher and performer

About Cat

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Cat Foley is a Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz dancer, teacher and performer based in the United Kingdom.

Cat has been Lindy hopping since 2005. After teaching in her University scene and locally in Newcastle, Cat moved back to Liverpool and established Mersey Swing and remains creative director of this fast growing scene.

Cat is currently London based, working with Swing Patrol teaching solo jazz and lindy hop and travelling worldwide to teach with her dance partner Cam Mitchell. She is an actor and theatre maker, working with ‘Swing Sister Swing’ on brand new narrative swing dance works, and has a one woman show ‘The Wallflower, which uses the partnered nature of swing dance to address social exclusion. Cat’s improv comedy experience with Impropriety, and theatre background bring extra life to her teaching and performing.

Known for her infectiously fun style, Cat wears her heart on her sleeve and strives to bring out individuality, positivity and energy from her students. Laughter really is the best medicine.

Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz and Schools Programmes

What I Teach

Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop

Lindy hop. The complicated stuff down to the bare necessities. Cat’s got your back.

Cat has been teaching lindy hop for ten years. She teaches beginner to advanced-level classes at large international events across the UK and worldwide, and in her current home scene with Swing Patrol London. She loves sharing this incredible dance with as many people as possible and brings an infectious joy and energy to her classes. See where she’s teaching next on her Calendar!

Cat’s dance partner is the equally incredible Cam Mitchell, and together they have created a unique and hilarious teaching partnership to get all your students laughing and learning in equal measure. Find out more about Cat & Cam here!

Solo Jazz

Solo Jazz

Cats are notoriously solitary animals. So naturally, Cat has solo jazz well covered.

Cat discovered the joys of solo jazz roots soon after starting swing dancing and she hasn’t looked back since! Cat was one of the first dancers in the north of England to champion solo jazz ten years ago, and today is an internationally recognised jazz instructor. She runs weekly solo classes in London and regularly teaches solo jazz tracks at festivals across Europe. Her classes combine a love of the history of the dance with a strong focus on technique, creativity and improvisation.

Cat believes solo isn’t just for routines – it’s for life!

Private classes

Private classes

Let Cat help you take the drama out of your dancing!

Does your lindy hop or solo jazz need a bit of fine tuning? Swing outs more like ming outs? Too much rock and not enough step? Cat can help!

Whether it’s just you, a couple or a small group, email Cat to discuss what private classes she can offer!

Schools Programmes

Schools programmes

Engaging students with performing arts through dance and drama workshops

Cat has a wealth of experience in engaging primary and secondary school students in the performing arts, with a particular focus on dance and drama. She provides extra-curricular opportunities for students across the UK via both structured weekly programmes and one-off taster sessions.

Click here to find out more about what Cat can offer your school

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Testimonials

Cat is an extremely gifted teacher. We had consistently amazing feedback about her classes at Girl Jam. Not only is she incredibly talented and knowledgable but she is a warm and approachable person who makes learning accessible and achievable. I have worked with many solo jazz teachers over the years and few have Cat’s ability to impart their knowledge in such an inspiring and empowering way.
— Laura Knight, event organiser

Cat has taught workshops for Lindy Jazz and DJam for a numbers of years. She has been asked to come back again and again because we love her! Cat is incredibly professional; she works hard to bring her students the best possible classes and she inspires us with her natural humour. Cat brings joy and real energy to DJam.
— Joo-Lee Stock, event organiser

Cat frequently invents new, fun, simple exercises that greatly challenge your rhythm and balance. She has changed the way I think about dance improvisation.
— Tim, student

Lindy hop teaching team

Cat and Cam

Photo by Sara PIsta

Photo by Sara Pista

Cat and Cam are a team who love sharing the history, creativity and fun of lindy hop with students all over the world.

Get ready to laugh your pants off whilst swingin’ the frig out! With 25 years combined teaching experience between them and a similarly ridiculous sense of humour, Cat and Cam are dedicated to helping their students improve and to working to a high standard, whilst not taking themselves too seriously. After teaching for the first time together in 2014, they have not looked back!

They love social dancing. They love throwing the hell down Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers style at 300bpm. They love teaching, helping people discover new talents and achieve their perceived impossibles. Most of all, they love making bad jokes. Also Jungle Speed (the greatest game ever). They love that too.

Cat and Cam recently won the Fast and Furious division at London Swing Festival, took first place in the Strictly Lindy at Chase Festival in Heidelberg, Germany, and made the finals in the Classic Showcase at the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, DC.

Want to hire Cat & Cam for your event?

Get in touch!

Calendar

I teach in London with Swing Patrol at Vauxhall on Tuesdays and Waterloo on Thursday. I also teach private classes, create bespoke choreographies for stage or wedding first dances and can offer online coaching.

Here is my calendar, so you can see what I’m up to:

November 2019

30th Oct-4th November: Lindy Shock, Budapest – with Cam Mitchell
9th-10th: Swing Tyne Workshop, Newcastle
15th-18th: Cirque Du Solo – Solo
22nd-24th: Stir It! Zurich – Solo
30th: Leicester Workshop

December 2019

7th-8th- Not Available
14th/15th- Available

January 2020

4th-5th- Not Available
11th/12th/18th/19th- Available
24th-26th- DJam, Durham UK – Solo

February 2020

1st-2nd- Palm Swings, UK – with Jeff Tong
8th/9th- Available
15th/16th- Glasgow Fast Feet Festival – with Cam Mitchell
21st-24th- Swing Roar, Lyon France – with Cam Mitchell
29th-1st March- Not available

March 2020

7th-8th- Tbc
14th- Brighton Charleston Workshop- Solo
16th-22nd- Mother City Hop, Cape Town- Solo
23rd-29th- Attending Maputo Afro Swing Exchange!

April 2020

3rd-5th- Swing Revloution, Leeds – with Cam Mitchell
10th-14th- Bristol Swing Festival, UK – with Cam Mitchell
18th/19th- Not available
24th-26th- Hülly Hop, Germany – with Cam Mitchell

May 2020

1st-3rd- Malmö Spring Jump- with Michaela Delmonte
8th-10th- VE Day events in London
16th-17th- Available
22nd-24th- Hullzapoppin, UK – with Cam Mitchell
29th-31st- Not available

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Latest News

Teaching at the very lovely Lindy Corner in Freiburg

Cat and Cam – Five Years of Partnership

Completely by accident, we appear to have stumbled into our 5th year of teaching together. Hitting this arbitrary ‘milestone’ has put us in a reflective mood and the result is …

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Teaching and the Comfort Zone

I imagine a student enters the class inside a bubble: their comfort zone. It may be large or small. It may be flexible or fragile. Either way, we all have a bubble…