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…
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Lindy hop and authentic jazz dancer, teacher and performer
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. After being awarded the Eurostar ‘Spirit of Lindy Hop’ award at ESDC 2013, Cat trained for 6 months in pedagogy with Swing Step Heidelberg, and went on to compete in the biggest contests in the USA and Europe.
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 also an acting member of improvisational theatre company Impropriety, and brings this creativity and unique style of performing straight into her dance.
Known for her infectiously fun style, Cat wears her heart on her sleeve and tries to bring fellow dancers into her world. She strives to bring out individuality, positivity and energy from her students, and believes that laughter really is the best medicine.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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
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.
I teach in London with Swing Patrol at Solo classes on Wednesdays approximately every other month, at Vauxhall on Tuesdays and co-lead SP London’s prestigious Skyliners troupe. I also teach private classes, create bespoke choreographies for stage or wedding first dances and can offer online coaching.
You can also find me at these events:
8th-9th: Become Your Own Lead/ Solo Jazz workshop, Newcastle- Solo
15th-16th: Berlin Swing Festival, Germay- with Benjamin Cook
28th-30th: Swing O’Mania, Nuremberg- with Cam Mitchell
6th-7th: Braunschweig Workshop, Germany- Lindy Hop
12th-14th: Hülly Hop Swing Farm, Germany- with Cam Mitchell
19th-21st: Lancaster Swing Workshop, UK- with Cam Mitchell
27th: Strictly Nugent Fundraising event- Project Coordinator and Head Choreographer
28th Liverpool “Impropriety” Improvathon, 33 hour long improvised soap opera in association with Die Nasty.
1st-4th: Lindy Shock, Budapest- with Cam Mitchell
11th-12th: “The Wallflower” Dance/ Theatre Show at Dreyton Arms London
16th-18th: Cirque Du Solo, Berlin- Solo
14th-23rd: Arts Council England International Development Fund trip to Seoul, South Korea to attend Authentic Jazz Weekend!
25th-27th: DJam, Durham- with Cam Mitchell
2nd-3rd: Palm Swings Torquay- with Cam Mitchell
15-17th: Glasgow Fast Feet Festival- with Cam Mitchell
2nd-3rd: Nottingjam, UK- with Cam Mitchell
15th-17th: University of Swing, Edinburgh UK- with Cam Mitchell
29th-31st: Swing Roar, Lyon France- with Cam Mitchell
19th-21st: Bristol Swing Festival, UK- with Cam Mitchell
26th-28th: Ibiza Swing Fun Fest, Spain- with Cam Mitchell
3rd-5th: SwingZeit Tübingen Germany- with Cam Mitchell
10th-12th: Lindy in the Sky (with Diamonds), Liverpool UK- with Cam Mitchell
24th-26th: Spring Out, Hannover Germany- with Cam Mitchell
31st May-2nd June: Silesia Swing Festival, Katowice Poland- with Cam Mitchell
14-16th: Juni Jazz, Oslo Norway- Solo