Dance Friday. 6th Anniversary Celebration.

Our first dance of the winter season is this Friday, January 15 at OSU. It’s got all of our Friday swing staples: snacks, sweet tunes, solo jamming, and the steal circle.

Starting at 8 p.m., Phil and Casey S. will be teaching a lesson on Charleston movement. Corvallis swing DJs Lindsey, Laurel, and Zach will keep the night going with their favorite songs from 9 – 11 p.m.

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

6th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, January 23, we’re celebrating the community we’ve built over the last six years. Join us for an evening of dancing, cake, and memories, old and new.

Our friends, Nika Jin and Mateo Palfreman of Track Town Swing Club, will be teaching the beginning swing lesson. Mateo and Corvallis Swing co-founder, Phil Manijak, will keep the music going for the next three hours.

Evening schedule

  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Beginner swing dance lesson
  • 8 – 11 p.m.: DJed swing music

We’ll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St., and the dance is free of charge.

Winter dance dates

  • Friday swing dances at OSU: Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26 and Mar. 11.
  • Saturday swing dances at Odd Fellows Hall: Jan. 23 and Mar. 5

Other notes

  • Corvallis favorite, Gumbo, now plays every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday at Old World Deli from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • We will be dancing at the Corvallis Arts Walk on Thursday, January 21, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
  • See you on the dance floor! 🙂

Dance Friday. Changes ahead.

After 5 years, the era of swing and blues is coming to a close.

Please join us this Friday, December 4, for our final swing and blues fusion dance at OSU. Our favorite DJs are coming together to blend the genres of swing and blues music. We’ve got the dynamic Rian Pfund and Lindsey Almarode teaching the lesson.

Evening schedule

  • 8 – 9 pm : Beginner lesson on swing and blues dancing taught by Rian and Lindsey
  • 9 – 11 pm : Dancing to swing music DJed by Jason, Phil, Zach, Eileen, Hannah, and Rian

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

Final Downtown Swing & Blues Dance

On Saturday, December 12, we will host our final swing and blues collaboration in downtown Corvallis. We will continue hosting monthly swing dances at Odd Fellows Hall, but the format will be changing.

Evening schedule

  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Swing dance lesson taught by Kelley Hungerford and Tiana Tom
  • 8 p.m. – close: Social dancing with DJed swing and blues music

Thank you for dancing with us!

Winter dance schedule

  • Friday swing dances at OSU: Jan. 15, January 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26 and Mar. 11.
  • Saturday swing dances at Odd Fellows: Jan. 23 and Mar. 5

Other notes

  • The Solo Jazz Step Throwdown, an hour of non-stop solo jazz madness, is happening on Tuesday, December 15, 8 – 9 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall, free of charge.
  • Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerfold are teaching a 10-week Lindy hop series on Tuesdays starting, January 5, 2016. Check out Red Star Dance Studios for the latest info.
  • See you on the dance floor! 🙂

Dance Friday. Swing & Tango Weekend Next Week.

Registration open for Swing & Tango Weekend

It’s less than two weeks until our biggest event of the fall, Corvallis Swing & Tango Weekend.

On Friday, November 13, instructor Noah Brenner and DJ Kella Hanna-Wayne are traveling from Eugene to bring Argentine tango to Corvallis. The evening features two workshops followed by a dance.

Saturday is all about about swing: fast, hot, and slow. National dance champions, Josh and Emily, will cover fast with two balboa workshops. Rising stars, Nika and Mateo, will be teaching Lindy hop. Our own Kelley Hungerford will finish of the afternoon with slow Lindy. The weekend will conclude with a special swing and blues dance, DJ’d by workshop instructors and Mr. Rian Pfund.

Weekend passes are available at swingandtango.org for $40-50, sliding scale. All proceeds go to the instructors.

Check out the full weekend schedule and instructor bios at corvallisswing.com.

Friday Swing at OSU

This week, it’s Christina Neumann’s DJ debut. Phil and Casey S. will be teaching the beginner lesson.

Evening Schedule:
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Intro swing lesson taught by Phil and Casey S.
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.: Dancing to music DJed by Sophie, Christina, Brad, and Phil

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

Upcoming Events

Community Classes

Members of our community are teaching three different series classes at Odd Fellows Hall this November. Hannah and Lindsey are teaching blues while Phil and Kelley are teaching two swing series.

Click on the class titles for more information.

Live music Saturday. Swing & Tango Weekend.

On Saturday, October 17, we're hosting our first swing and blues dance of fall, featuring live music from Corvallis favorite, Swing & Ms.

Our friends from Eugene, Nika and Mateo, will be teaching the intro lesson before the dance. Seasoned blues DJs, Laurel and Mark, will keep the music going until almost midnight.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Intro swing lesson with Nika and Mateo
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.: Live swing music from Swing & A Ms.
10:00 - 11:30 p.m.: Blues music DJ'ed by Laurel and Mark

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, and cover for the evening is $10.

RSVP on Facebook.

Swing & Tango Weekend

We're excited to announce Corvallis' first ever Swing & Tango Weekend on November 13-14, with seven workshops and two nights of dancing.

Friday is Argentine tango night, with two beginning workshops taught by Noah Brenner and an hour of dancing.

Saturday's workshops encompass Lindy hop, balboa, and blues. National dance champions, Josh and Emily, are returning to teach the balboa workshops. In the evening, there's a swing and blues dance, with guest DJs and instructors.

A weekend pass costs $40-50, sliding scale, and includes admission to all workshops and dances.

Upcoming Events

Other notes

  • Phil and Kelley are teaching a 3-week intro to Lindy hop series, Tuesdays, October 13 - 27, 8 - 9 p.m. More info at: http://lindyhoppers.co/
  • See you Saturday!

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