Swing returns. Fall dance schedule.

After a quiet summer, we’re excited to start dancing again.

This fall, we’re looking forward to an updated beginner lesson series; live music at our October Odd Fellows dance; and a weekend of workshops and dancing in November.

First dance of the term

Friday swing returns with snacks, sweet tunes, solo jamming, and the steal circle.

  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm : Beginner lesson focusing on swing connection taught by Ellen and Laurel
  • 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm : Dancing to swing music DJed by Phil, Laurel, and Lindsey

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

Fall 2015 dance schedule

  • Friday dances at OSU: Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4.
  • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: Oct. 17, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12
  • Swing & Tango Weekend: Nov. 13 – 14

Beginning swing lessons for everyone

Swing 106 is an additive beginner swing lesson series. A variety of 6 and 8 count swing movements are taught along with the fundamental concepts of connection, frame, pulse, momentum, and musicality.

Each lesson includes a warm-up activity, new movements, music, and fun.

Lessons are every other Friday starting October 9, from 8 – 9 p.m. in Women’s Building, room 116.

Other notes

  • Save the date: November 13-14 is Swing & Tango Weekend, featuring workshops, dances, and guests from afar.
  • Want to get involved? Email us and we’ll let you know how you can help. :)

Swing Family Picnic this Thursday.

Join us for our third annual Swing Family Picnic on Thursday, August 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Bruce Starker Arts Park. Breakers Yard of Eugene will be joining us to play some live tunes.

We’ll provide fixings for burgers (beef and vegetarian). Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Starker Arts Park is located at 4485 SW Country Club Dr., in Corvallis, and there is no cover for the evening.

RSVP on Facebook.

Fall dance schedule

Our regularly scheduled dances resume on Friday, October 9 at the OSU Women’s Building.

  • Friday dances at OSU: Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, and Dec. 4.
  • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: Oct. 17, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12.
  • Workshop weekend: Nov. 13-14.

Notes

National Dance Day.

On July 25, we’re gathering the greater Corvallis dance community for a day-long celebration of dance at the riverfront.

Corvallis’ first National Dance Day will feature peformances, lessons, and social dancing from tweleve different groups. The celebration will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a performance from Pu’uwai O Ke Kuawa (Heart of the Valley) Hula. We’ll be closing out the night with three hours of swing and blues dancing until 10:00 p.m.

We will be at Howland Plaza, near SW 1st & Madison, all day long.

For a detailed schedule of the day, visit: corvallisdanceday.com.

RSVP on Facebook.

Swing Family Picnic

Join us for our third annual Swing Family Picnic on Thursday, August 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Bruce Starker Arts Park in Corvallis.

We’re celebrating our community with a picnic, live music, dancing, and games. One of our favorite bands, Breakers Yard, will be playing for us.

Notes

    • Both National Dance Day and the Swing Family Picnic are free of charge.

Dance Saturday. Summer events.

This Saturday we’re hosting our final swing and blues dance at Odd Fellows Hall before the summer break.

We’ve lined up three out-of-town DJs for the evening. Rachael Ries from the Portland Lindy Society and Mateo Palfreman from Track Town Swing Club will play two hours of swing music. Starting at 10 p.m., Kristin Pugmire of Portland will DJ blues.

Local dancers, Brad Yentzer and Krista Barzen-Hanson, will teach the beginning swing lesson.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm : Swing lesson
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm : Mostly swing music
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm : Mostly blues music

We’ll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis. RSVP on Facebook.

National Dance Day

On July 25, we’re gathering the greater Corvallis dance community for a day-long celebration of dance at the riverfront. Join us for performances, lessons, and social dancing throughout the day.

We’ll be updating the National Dance Day event page, as we finalize the schedule.

Swing Family Picnic

This August, we’re celebrating our community with a picnic, live music, dancing, and games.

The picnic will be held on a Thursday at Bruce Starker Arts Park in Corvallis. More details to be announced soon.

Notes

Balboa workshop Friday. Dance Saturday.

Balboa workshop

National dance champions, Josh McLaughlin and Emily Ernst, are heading down from Portland to teach an evening of balboa at OSU! Join them for three hours of workshops and dancing Friday, May 15, in the OSU Women’s Building.

Evening Schedule:

7:45 p.m.: Doors open
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Beginning balboa
9:00 – 9:15 p.m.: Snack break
9:15 – 10:15 p.m.: Bal-swing
10:15 – 11:00 p.m.: Dancing to DJ’ed music

Cost is $6 per workshop or $10 for both. Some social dance experience is recommended.

Downtown swing & blues dance

Emily Ernst is hanging out for another night to teach with Portland’s Rod Stewart at our monthly swing and blues dance on Saturday, May 16, at Odd Fellows Hall. The drop-in lesson begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by DJ’ed swing music at 8:00 p.m., and DJ’ed blues music at 10:00.

Cover is a sliding scale from $5-$7.

RSVP on Facebook.

Solo jazz step throw down

Work up a sweat with an hour of non-stop solo jazz madness! Strut and stroll with hosts Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerford as they lead the class in solo jazz routines designed for minimal talking and maximum dancing.

The throw down will be Tuesday, May 26, from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall. This is a free event open to all skill levels.

RSVP on Facebook.

Upcoming events

  • May 15: Friday balboa workshop. OSU Women’s Buidling. 8 p.m.
  • May 16: Downtown swing & blues. Odd Fellows Hall. 7 p.m.
  • May 23: Gumbo at Imagine Coffee. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • May 29: Swing & blues fusion. OSU Women’s Building. 8 p.m.
  • June 6: Downtown swing & blues. Odd Fellows Hall. 7 p.m.

Dance Saturday. Balboa workshop in May.

Our first swing and blues dance of spring will be Saturday, April 11, at Odd Fellows Hall. Phil and Kelley will be teaching the intro lesson before the dance. Brad and Eileen will DJ swing music followed by blues from Lindsey and others.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Intro swing lesson with Phil and Kelley
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.: Swing music DJ'ed by Brad and Eileen
10:00 - 11:30 p.m.: Blues music DJ'ed by Lindsey and others

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis.

RSVP on Facebook.

Spring 2015 dance schedule

  • Friday dances at OSU: April 24, May 8, and May 29.
  • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: April 11, May 16, June 6
  • Friday balboa workshop at OSU: May 15

Balboa workshop

Guest instructors Josh McLaughlin and Emily Ernst are heading down from Portland to teach an evening of balboa at OSU! Join them for three hours of workshops and dancing Friday, May 15, in the OSU Women's Building.

Doors open at 7:45 p.m. for a beginning balboa workshop at 8:00 p.m. and a beyond basics lesson at 9:15 p.m. Each lesson is an hour long with a snack break in between. DJ'ed music will follow the workshops for anyone wanting to practice.

Cost is $6 per workshop or $10 for both. Some social dance experience is recommended.

Charleston series

Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerford are teaching a 4-week Charleston series for people with social dance experience starting Tuesday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, April 7 - April 21, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 27, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost is $40 for the series. RSVP online to reserve a spot.

Other notes

Free live music this Saturday. Spring schedule.

Local swing band, Gumbo, is returning to Odd Fellows Hall for our monthly swing & blues dance this Saturday, March 14. As part of the Rhapsody in the Vineyard wine walk, the dance will be free of charge.

Avery will be teaching the intro swing lesson before the dance. Zach and Laurel will be our DJs during the band break and the blues set.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm : Swing lesson
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm : Live music from Gumbo
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm : Mostly blues music

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis. RSVP on Facebook.

Spring 2015 dance schedule

  • Friday dances at OSU: April 3, April 24, May 8, and May 29.
  • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: April 11, May 16, June 6
  • Friday workshop at OSU: May 15

Community lesson series

This spring, our community is offering three different swing lesson series.

Brad Yentzer and Krista Barzen-Hanson are teaching two lesson series, running Thursdays, March 19 - April 16.

  • Beginning 6-count east coast swing: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Beginning 8-count Lindy hop: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerford are teaching a 4-week Charleston series, starting Tuesday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

All three lesson series will be held at Odd Fellows Hall.

Other notes

  • Save the date: We're offering a swing dance workshop at OSU on May 15. It will be open to the community.
  • Have a great spring break!

Live music this Saturday.

After winning over the crowds at our Swing & Blues Weekend, Audrey Perkins is returning with Swing & A Ms. for an evening of live music at Odd Fellows Hall this Saturday, February 21.

Veteran swing dancers, Martin and Renee Norred, will be teaching the intro swing lesson before the dance.

Phil Manijak will be DJing swing music during the band break and Zach Wallace will provide tunes for the blues portion of the evening.

Oh, and the theme for the evening is puzzles.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm : Swing lesson
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm : Live music from Swing & A Ms.
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm : Mostly blues music

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis, and cover for the evening is just $5-7. RSVP on Facebook.

Upcoming events

Beginning lindy hop lesson series

Our friends, Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerford, are teaching a 4-week beginning Lindy hop series, starting Monday, February 23.

To find out more, visit their website, http://lindyhoppers.co/.

Other notes

  • We'll be carpooling down to Eugene for Tracktown Swing's next swing dance on March 7.
  • We're planning intermediate swing workshops for spring term.

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!