Every Thursday evening, 11 classes, 90 minutes each starting at 7 pm.
Located in the heart of uptown Waterloo, accessible by bus and LRT.
185 King Street South, Waterloo, ON, N2J 1P7
online or at any City of Waterloo recreation facility. We have drop in rates, be sure to arrive early.
The Hep Cat Hoppers were a bunch of young, enthusiastic and crazy Lindy Hopping cats from 2009. Performing classic vintage solo jazz and partner swing dance routines. They successfully created a community, operated a sustainable swing dance studio uptown Waterloo, and was nominated by Waterloo Region's Arts Award for artistic excellence, sustained development and impact on the Waterloo Region community. After 2015, they all went their own way. Some stayed in the community and continue to contribute to the local scene, while others moved away to start new lives and endeavours. Some went off to study jazz music and to play with traveling swing bands.
This September 2017, a new team have been assembled to offer weekly lessons and play live dance-able swing jazz and blues music. A new traditional jazz band is ready to perform live music, making themselves affordable and accessible to the all the surrounding dance communities. Dance instructors who are musicians, and musicians who are dancers provide a recipe for excellent social gatherings.
-- David Trinh, Owner & Founder
The dance troupe began hosting local weekly dances with live music by local musicians. Soon, introductory dance lessons and beginner Lindy Hop, Charleston, West Coast Swing, Balboa and Blues classes were being taught weekly. They also hosted a weekly Swing and Blues radio show on the FM airwaves to reach out to those who couldn't attend but could listen in.
The Hep Cat Hoppers raised enough capital to open up their own swing era studio and dance hall. They soon were offering several classes each night of the week, with regular social dancing and jazz music jam sessions with two in house swing and blues bands. While priming successors to operate the club and preparing for a sustainable scene.
The community members of the local swing dance and music scene formed a not for profit organization and the Hep Cat Hoppers began phasing out their operations. As part of their vision to create a sustainable swing era community, they successfully implemented a two year succession plan that allowed this transition to take place.
In 2011, The Hep Cat Hoppers were awarded for
"The excellence in maintaining
the spirit and history of swing dancing
in the Region of Waterloo"
-- Toronto International Swing Dance Championships
In 2016, The Hep Cat Hoppers was nominated for artistic excellence, sustained development and impact on the Waterloo Region community.
Building a Sustainable Swing Scene. Watch a video of how The Hep Cat Hoppers created a sustainable swing era community in six years starting in 2009.Can't see the video, copy and paste this link into your web address bar youtu.be/rSt3ZXjNd_g
Nominated in the performing arts category for artistic excellence, sustained development and impact on the Waterloo Region community.Can't see the video, copy and paste this link into your web address bar youtu.be/3FSj9yT5FC4