May 23: Swing dance

On Sunday, May 23 we are hosting a swing dance at OSU.

VenueOSU Women’s Building, Rm 116 [Map]
DateSunday, May 23
Dancing6 – 8 p.m.
CostSuggested donation of $1

The talented Michelle Jordan from Corvallis Swing will be DJing for the evening.

All ages. There is no formal lesson, but our fine society has a number of citizens specialized in the art of welcoming newcomers — we’ve all started from humble beginnings. [RSVP]

Upcoming events

  • The Ben & Melina West Coast swing workshop this weekend has our highest recommendation, though it is not swing dancing. These are world-class instructors; their teaching tour goes from Seattle, to Los Angeles, to Spain, to Corvallis, to Atlanta, to Australia, and on. Info at the OSU West Coast Swing Club site. A Saturday pass costs $30 for students and $60 for everyone else.

    If you would like a personal, one-on-one lesson with Ben Morris — he is a great Lindy hop dancer — please contact us immediately.

  • Pajama swing dance in Portland. Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. [Info]
  • The Harlem Hot Shots, from Sweden, are teaching an advanced workshop next week in Portland [Info]
  • Our last dance of the season is Sunday, June 13, at Odd Fellows Hall. 2-5 p.m. [RSVP]

Summer swing

We will be hosting weekly dances at OSU during the summer. We are in the planning stage; if particular days work or don’t work for you, let us know.

May 9: Swing dance

Our upcoming Corvallis swing dance is on Sunday, May 9 — Mother’s Day!

All mothers are invited to attend, for free.

VenueOdd Fellows Hall in Corvallis [Info | Map]
DateSunday, May 9
Lesson2 p.m.
Dancing3 – 5 p.m.

Josh & Binky from Portland’s Syncopated Rhythms will be returning to our fine town, to instruct and spin their favorite swing music from the DJ booth. [RSVP]

Josh & Binky are true exemplars. They played the main role in making our first dance in January a grand success; we are inviting them for a second appearance, to thank them for what they helped create.

Lindy hop beginners lesson series

We have four spots left in our intro to Lindy hop series taught by Rian & Michelle. It is Sunday, May 2 and Saturday, May 15. It costs $5, and includes admission to the May 9 dance:

Upcoming events

  • Our last, second-Sunday dance of the season is June 13. [RSVP]
  • Camp Jitterbug is May 28-31. A group of seven is heading up to Seattle for this weekend event full of world-class instruction and great dancing. Talk to us about it!

April 11: Swing dance

Our distinguished society will be hosting its third swing dance on Sunday, April 11.

The March dance was honored in a front-page story in the Gazette-TImes. Thank you!

VenueOdd Fellows Hall in Corvallis [Info | Map]
DateSunday, April 11
Lesson2 p.m.
Dancing3 – 5 p.m.

Jason Isbell, of Portland fame, will be providing his finest music and high-class instruction for the lesson before the dance at 2 p.m. — the lesson will be appropriate for everyone, including your friends who “don’t know how to dance.” [RSVP]

Jason is skilled in the art of dance instruction. If you would like a personal, one-on-one lesson with Jason, before or after the Sunday dance, please write to us. He is giving you a discounted rate, because he loves Corvallis and learned to dance here.

Lesson series: Lindy hop basics

Phil & Michelle will be teaching an intro to Lindy hop series in May.

The lessons are tailored for Corvallis folks who enjoy swing dancing and are excited to learn the Lindy hop! The series is perfect for you if have a little bit of (any) dance experience and want to get started Lindy hopping, or if you want to be more comfortable dancing to faster music.

To keep the quality of the instruction high, we’re limiting the class size to 20 people.

For $5 you get:

  • Lesson 1 on Sunday, May 2, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission to our May 9 swing dance.
  • Lesson 2 on Saturday, May 15 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

To reserve your place, please write to us or sign up at The series will be held in Odd Fellows Hall.

We canceled the April lessons we previously advertised, as Easter is not a good time to host a lesson.

Upcoming events

  • Our next swing dances will be on second Sundays: May 9 and June 13.
  • Live band at a benefit swing dance on Saturday, April 24 from 6:45 to 10 p.m. at the Corvallis Senior Center. [More info]
  • Camp Jitterbug is May 28-31.

A special, top-class dance workshop is being put on by the OSU West Coast Swing Club on May 21-23. The instructors, Ben Morris and Melina Ramirez, are world class, top tier, and we are very excited to have them in town. [More info]

This is a West Coast swing workshop, which is a bit different from Lindy hop. However, the WCS club has been saving up for years to host such a workshop, and we highly recommend it.

Free swing dance #2

We’re hosting another free swing dance on Sunday, March 14.

Our first dance was an honorable success, with the likes of 90 fine citizens from Corvallis, Portland, Eugene, Salem and Newport!

VenueOdd Fellows Hall in Corvallis [Info | Map]
DateSunday, March 14
Lesson2 p.m.
Dancing3 – 5 p.m.

Like we’ve done at all our dances, there will be an intro lesson starting at 2 p.m. — so bring your friends, family, and associates you want to impress!

Special guests Drew and Catherina from Eugene Swing will be providing the lesson instruction and manning the DJ booth. [RSVP]

Workshop: Lindy hop fundamentals

Jason Isbell will be escaping from Portland to school our fine society in the art of swing dancing. This workshop is tailored for citizens well versed in the basic rhythms of the swing out, who wish to obtain a more cultured understanding of the street dance we call Lindy hop.

VenueOdd Fellows Hall in Corvallis [Map]
DateSunday, March 7
Time2 – 5 p.m.

The workshop will be in three, one-hour parts, and probably run casually late, because we take our time to do things well. [RSVP]

For absolute beginners, we’re plotting an April event.

Upcoming events

A prestigious collection of swing dances will be happening in Oregon in the coming weeks. It might be a year until a series of events like this happens again within our state:

  • Feb 25. Live band at the PPAA in Portland. [more info]
  • Feb 26-28. Seaside Jazz Festival. 12 bands. 3 days. [more info]
  • March 7. Two live bands at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. We will be carpooling. [more info]

Free swing dance

We’re hosting a free swing dance on Sunday, January 31. This is the first swing dance Corvallis has seen in years!

VenueOddfellows Hall in Corvallis [Map]
DateSunday, January 31
Lesson2 p.m. — taught by Josh & Binky from Portland’s Syncopated Rhythms
Dancing3 – 5 p.m.

For the entertainment of our guests, a beginner’s lesson will be held before the dance.

If you are new to swing dancing — or have never had the pleasure — do come! You will not be alone, and it will be a grand occasion.

If you’re a dancer, we’re suitably excited to know you’re coming already: RSVP on Facebook.

To exhibit the variety that is great, swinging jazz music, this dance will have disc jockeys manning the sound. The first set will be DJ’d by our special guests, Josh & Binky from Portland’s Syncopated Rhythms, and the second set will be DJ’d by Phil from Corvallis.