Anniversary Weekend. Dance tomorrow.

2015 marks the 5th year of the Corvallis Swing Dance Society. We're proud to have come this far, so we're celebrating by throwing a party. Everyone is invited, whether you've come to a dance, taken a lesson series, or visited from another town.

The Corvallis Swing & Blues Weekend is for you. We're saying thank you for helping us create this community.

Swing & Blues Weekend: At a glance

Full details on the schedule can be found here: http://swingandblues.org/schedule/.

Weekend passes are $50, and can be purchased at http://swingandblues.org. A la carte pricing is available, dependent on venue capacity.

OSU Swing - January 9

We're back from the holiday break and excited to be dancing again! Lindsey and Hunter will be teaching a beginner lesson focused on the concept of connection. Students will learn basic Charleston footwork.

Evening schedule:

  • 8 p.m.: Intro lesson taught by Lindsey and Hunter
  • 9 - 11 p.m.: Dancing to music DJed by Zach and Eileen

Venue: OSU Women's Building, Room 116

Notes

  • The deadline to apply for Weekend housing is January 12.

Swing & Blues Weekend. Winter schedule.

Over the past five and half months, we've been putting together the Corvallis Swing & Blues Weekend. It's our largest and favorite event of the year, with six dance events, five live bands, DJs from around the state, community activites, and late night food.

We've got friends coming from around the Pacific Northwest as well as the local community. The event is part dance exchange, part festival, and part family reunion.

Check out the weekend schedule below:

Friday, January 23

  • Swing & blues at OSU, 8:30 p.m. Cherry & the Lowboys. $12.
  • Swing & blues at Majestic, doors at midnight. Breakers Yard. $15.

Saturday, January 24

  • Swing & blues at Odd Fellows, 7 p.m. Lesson. Gumbo and Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes. $15.
  • Swing & blues at Majestic, doors at midnight. $12.

Sunday, January 25

  • Casual dance at Imagine Coffee, 2 p.m. Swing & a Ms. Free.
  • Fusion dance on the Majestic Main Stage, 8 p.m. $10.

Weekend passes are $50, and can be purchased at http://swingandblues.org. 150 passes are available.

Full details on the schedule can be found here: http://swingandblues.org/schedule/.

Winter 2015 dance schedule

  • Friday dances at OSU: Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 27, Mar 6.
  • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 14.
  • Swing and Blues Weekend: Jan 23-25.

Notes

  • The deadline to buy a shirt with a Weekend pass is December 30.
  • Due to space limitations, we recommend reserving a Weekend pass to ensure entrance to all venues.
  • See you in January!

Dance Saturday. Festival in January.

Our November swing and blues dance is this Saturday, in downtown Corvallis at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. It will feature a blues-dance lesson for all ages at 7 p.m., taught by professional instructor Catherine Liggett.

Dancing begins at 8 p.m., going until midnight, with music from Corvallis DJs Martin, Renee, Jeffrey, Catherine, Zach and Rian. Cover is $5-7. The decor for the evening will be birds, and the event is open to the public.

5th anniversary in January

Thank you for being a part of Corvallis Swing this past year. To celebrate our 5th anniversary, we are hosting a weekend-long festival at the end of January, named Swing and Blues Weekend.

The event, now in its 3rd year, will feature five performances, live and in person, from Oregon swing and blues musicians, 15 DJs from across the state, and visitors from across the country. It is our signature event.

A weekend pass for three nights of dancing is $50, and can be purchased on our event website, https://swingandblues.org. Making reservations in advance is encouraged, as attendance is limited to 150 guests. The weekend is January 23-25.

Upcoming events

  • Dec 5: Fusion (swing and blues) dance in OSU Women's Building. 8 p.m.
  • Dec 13: Swing & blues at Odd Fellows Hall. 7 p.m.
  • Jan 23-25: Swing and Blues Weekend.

Upcoming community events

OSU Swing this Friday, Workshop Weekend Oct. 17th-18th

OSU Swing - October 3rd.

Swing is back! Join us this Friday, October 3rd, for our first swing dance this fall!

Evening Schedule:

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm : Beginner lesson focusing on swing connection -- Taught by Zach Wallace
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm : DJed swing music -- DJs TBA

We'll be at the OSU Women's Building, in room 116, and cover for the evening is $5. RSVP on Facebook.

Swing & Blues Workshop Weekend - October 17th and 18th

Two days of workshops and dancing in the heart of the Willamette Valley. We're bringing together instructors from Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis for a weekend of dancing, learning and fun. Guest instructors include Dustin Henwood (Portland), Nick Davis (Eugene), Nika Jin (Eugene), Mateo Palfreman (Eugene), and Haven Sundstrom (Eugene). The weekend will also feature two nights of dancing to music from the valley's finest DJs.

Weekend Workshop Schedule

Friday, October 17 - A la carte pricing: $5 per workshop.
    • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: Beginning swing: 6-count patterns & tuck turns, taught by Nika and Mateo
    • 8:30 - 9:30 pm: Beginning blues: Connect up: beginning blues with connection and tone, taught by Haven Sundstrom
Saturday, October 18 - A la carte pricing: $8 per workshop.
    • 10:30 am - 11:30 am: Advanced swing: Charleston swingouts, taught by Martin and Renee Norred
    • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Intermediate swing: Tandem Charleston, taught by Phil Manijak
    • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Intermediate blues: Ebb and Flow: how to create a continual flow of energy within a partnership from one movement into the next, taught by Dustin Henwood
    • 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Intermediate blues: Dancing small: subtle dancing with space and pauses within close embrace, taught by Jeffrey Anderson and Haven Sundstrom
    • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Intermediate lindy: Changing with the music, taught by Nick and Nika

Weekend Dance Schedule

Friday, October 17
    • 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm: Swing & blues dance - Free
Saturday, October 18
    • 7:00 pm: Drop-in beginner swing lesson taught by Nick Davis & Tiana

Venues

Friday: OSU Memorial Union, East Wing Multi-Purpose room (ground floor), 2501 SW Jefferson Way

Saturday: Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St.

In addition to a la carte pricing, reservations are available for the weekend, which includes all workshops and admission to both nighttime dances. The cost is $40. All-access pass reservations available here.

Upcoming events

  • October 3rd: Swing dance at the OSU Women's Building. 8 p.m.
  • October 17th and 18th: Swing & Blues Workshop Weekend.
  • October 18th: Downtown Swing & Blues Dance at Odd Fellows Hall. 7 p.m.
  • October 24th: Swing dance at the OSU Women's Building. 8 p.m.
  • January 23rd, 24th, and 25th: Swing & Blues Weekend