Friday evening swing and blues

An invitation to swing and blues Fridays.

Distinguished citizens, thank you for building our grand society. Our monthly dances have become a valley destination, with some guests driving 3 hours to swing and blues dance in downtown Corvallis.

We are bringing that atmosphere to Friday evenings in the OSU Women’s Building.

Partnering with OSU Blues, we will be dancing every Friday for the academic year. On Friday, September 30 there will be a swing dance [RSVP]. On Friday, October 7, there will be a blues dance [RSVP].

We will continue this pattern through May. On Fridays before a dance downtown, we will have a workshop, lab, or something fun.

Every Friday will start with a lesson at 8 p.m., dancing starting at 9 p.m. Cover will be $5.

Upcoming events

  • Sept 30: First Friday dance at OSU. Swing.
  • Oct 7: Second Friday dance at OSU. Blues.
  • Oct 14: Swing workshop at OSU.
  • Oct 15: Swing & blues dance at Odd Fellows Hall.

Carpool events

Last dance of the summer July 23

Our last dance of the summer is this Saturday, July 23.

Once again we will be partnering with OSU Blues to bring you swing music early on and blues into the night.  A special treat this month: the effervescent Catherine Liggett of OSU Blues will be teaching a blues lesson.

Date Saturday, July 23
Lesson 7 p.m. (blues)
Dance 8 - 10 p.m. (swing)
Late night 10 - 11:30 p.m. (blues)
Cover $5 - 7
Venue Odd Fellows Hall; 223 SW 2nd

Summer break

There will be a summer break in August and September. See you in October!

Summer swing dance: June 25 and July 23

This summer, there will be two swing dances in downtown Corvallis: Saturdays June 25 and July 23.

These dances will continue our popular partnership with OSU Blues, with swing music early on and blues into the night. The lesson this month will be taught by the illustrious Rian Pfund and Michelle Jordan from Corvallis.

DateSaturday, June 25
Lesson7 p.m.
Dance8 - 10 p.m. (swing)
Late night10 - 11:30 p.m. (blues)
Cover$5 - 7
VenueOdd Fellows Hall; 223 SW 2nd

All of our dances are for all ages.

Summer break


There will be a summer break in August and September. See you in October!

Corvallis swing and blues dance – May 21st

It’s time again for that irresistible combination – swing and blues!

  • Special guests Coyle and Rachael from Portland will be joining us to teach the swing lesson and DJ the first two hours.
  • And as always, the fabulous people of the Blues Club at OSU will be bringing us into tomorrow, Djing from 10-midnight.

*Special treat*

Coyle and Rachael are available for private lessons before the dance. Use the contact page to inquire about scheduling and rates.

DETAILS

Swing Lesson at 7 p.m.
Mostly swing: 8 – 10
Mostly blues: 10 – midnight
Cover: $5-7

Venue: Odd Fellows Hall

RSVP: facebook

Lesson series: fundamentals of swing

*There is a cap at 14 guests, so if you would like to do us the honor of attending, please RSVP to michelle <at> corvallisswing.com*

What: A 4-week lesson series on the fundamentals of dancing to swing music.

When/Where:

  • Sundays, 7-8pm : April 10, 17, 24 & May 1
  • Women’s Building Room 116

Why:

  • To gather enough tools to have a blast movin and grovin at a swing dance.
  • To improve on the essential swing basics of partner connection and momentum.

Who:

  • No experience necessary.
  • No partner necessary.
  • Partner and experience welcome: even if you already know somethin about somethin, we promise to show you somethin you know nothin about.

Cover:

  • $15/person (entire series)
  • Payable at the 2nd lesson: If you come to the first lesson and don’t have enough fun to want to come back, we are not worthy of your kind donation.

Misc: Each lesson builds on the last, so it is important to attend the entire series.


A favorite event

Hello. Thank you for reading our newsletter and being involved in our community. This is a good note to read if you’ve been meaning to go out dancing more often, perhaps waiting for the perfect occasion.

In one year, our group has grown from hosting a monthly dance, with outside help, to running a weekly venue with 14 DJs and 16 instructors from Corvallis. For our monthly swing and blues collaboration, people travel from 14 cities throughout the valley to attend. Thank you for your time and enthusiasm, as building a swing community is the work of many.

Some excellent events are approaching, but we are only going to write about one:

Portland Lindy Exchange 2011: March 4-6

If you attend one dance in your lifetime, please attend the Portland Lindy Exchange next weekend. A Lindy exchange is the pinnacle of swing dancing, with its focus on community, great music and fun.

Without this event, the Corvallis Swing Dance Society would not exist. The Portland exchange is an inspiration, an exhibition of what is possible in a dance community. People from across the country will be making the trip. It is the closest event of its kind, and it only happens every-other year.

We have a group of 20 heading up for the occasion. Contact us if you would like to be part of our carpool.

If you can only get away for a day, we recommend going up on Saturday, March 5. Furthermore, because we will all be in Portland, our Sunday, March 6 dance is canceled.

Saturday schedule


  • Free dance at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Live music. 1-4 p.m.
  • Main event at Bossa Nova. Two bands. 7:30 p.m. - Midnight. $20.
  • Late night at Scottish Rite. Live music. Midnight - 5 a.m. $10.
    • There will be a blues room at the Scottish Rite, too.

Upcoming events


  • Nothing important! Go to Portland, March 4-6.