Swing workshop with Andrew Sutton, dance Saturday

World-class instructor Andrew Sutton will be teaching a workshop on Saturday, March 15 in downtown Corvallis.

Andrew has placed first at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, and has been teaching dance around the world for over 12 years. The workshop will focus on improvisation, follow expression, arm connection, and stealing games.

Workshop schedule

  • 10:00 a.m. Doors open
  • 10:30 a.m. Advanced lesson. Matching the 9 arms. $15
  • 11:40 a.m. All-levels lesson. Stealing games. $5
  • 12:40 p.m. Lunch break
  • 2:00 p.m. Intermediate lesson. Follow expression. $10
  • 3:10 p.m. Intermediate lesson. Improvisation with a partner. $10
  • 4:30 p.m. Doors close

The evening dance is free if you take three classes. The dance starts with a beginning lesson at 7 p.m. (taught by Andrew), with music and dancing from 8 until midnight. Andrew will be DJing the swing half of the evening, with blues to follow by OSU Blues.

The dance is at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis, and cover is $5-7.

For the workshop, you can show up at the door any time after 10 a.m. To reserve your spot before then, we have a form on our website: http://corvallisswing.com/portfolio/andrew-sutton-2014/.

Please contact us if you have any questions: http://corvallisswing.com/contact/.

Upcoming events

  • Saturday evening dances at Odd Fellows: April 12, May 17, June 7
  • Swing 178: 5-week, intermediate lesson series on Mondays. Starts April 14.

Dance Saturday; lesson series next week

This Saturday, our dance will be a local affair, with Corvallis DJs and instructors hosting the evening.

We're beginning at 7 p.m. with an intro lesson by Hannah and Phil, followed with music and dancing at 8 p.m., going until midnight.

Music for swing dancing will be played during the first half of the evening, with music for blues dancing until close. Hannah, Jeff, Laurel, Martin, Phil, Renee and Sophie will be DJing.

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

Lesson series next week

Our winter lesson series start next week. We have two: Swing 141 is for everyone, especially beginners. If you've been to a couple dances, Swing 142 is for you.

Both series are on Thursdays at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis at 115 SW 2nd St. Each class is an hour, and we meet for five weeks. The schedule for each evening is:

  • 6:30 p.m. Swing 142: Intro to Lindy hop
  • 7:30 p.m. Swing 141: Beginning swing
  • 8:30 p.m. Casual dance

The casual dance at 8:30 p.m. is free and open to the public, and will go for about an hour.

Admission for each five-week series is $28, and includes passes to two dances. Registration is open on our website at: http://corvallisswing.com/portfolio/swing141-142-winter-2014/.

Classes are February 20th through March 20th.

You can also register at the front desk at our Saturday dance, or contact us to save your spot; you can pay in person on the first day of class, February 20th.

Both series are free for Swing 171 graduates. No partner is required for any of our lessons or dances.

Upcoming events

Thank you for making our 4th anniversary last month a great success. Portland is hosting a similar weekend-long event in a few weeks, known as the Portland Lindy Exchange, from February 28th through March 2nd. Their website is at http://pdxlx.com/.

  • Feb 21: Swing dance at the OSU Women's Building. 8 p.m.
  • Mar 15: Swing workshops with Andrew Sutton at Odd Fellows. Dance in the evening. Save the date.

Winter 2014 schedule

Our largest event of the year is Swing & Blues Weekend, with six dances and four bands over the weekend of January 24-26th. We'll be celebrating our 4th anniversary and our 100th dance.

Friday, January 24

  • Swing & blues at OSU, 8:30 p.m. Walker T Ryan. $12.
  • Swing & blues at Majestic, Midnight. Breakers Yard. $15.

Saturday, January 25

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

Sunday, January 26

  • Casual dance at Old World Deli, 1 p.m. Free.
  • Fusion dance on the Majestic Main Stage, 8 p.m. $10.

Weekend passes are $50, and can be purchased at our special-event site, http://swingandblues.org.

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

Intro series, Swing 106

Our beginning lesson series starts on Friday, January 17th, at 8 p.m. in the OSU Women's Building, Rm 116. It is $15 for four classes, and includes admission to the dances the same evenings.

You can register on our website, at http://corvallisswing.com/lessons/swing106/, or at the front desk on the 17th.

Winter schedule

  • Friday dances at OSU: Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 21, Mar 7
  • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: Jan 25, Feb 15, Mar 15
  • Swing & Blues Weekend: January 24-26
  • Workshop with Andrew Sutton: March 15

Notes

  • Odd Fellows Hall is at 223 SW 2nd St, Corvallis
  • OSU Women's Building is at 160 SW 26th St, Corvallis
  • Majestic Theatre is at 115 SW 2nd St, Corvallis
  • Swing 106 dates are Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 21, Mar 7
  • We're planning a short, intermediate series for February
  • Thanks!

Swing & Blues Weekend anniversary celebration

Reservations are open for our 4th anniversary celebration, Corvallis Swing & Blues Weekend. We are hosting three straight evenings of music and dancing.

Eugene's Breakers Yard, Walker T Ryan, Corvallis' Gumbo, and Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes will be joining us for the occasion.

We will be dancing at OSU, Odd Fellows Hall, Old World Deli, and the Majestic Theatre, in the evenings, in the afternoon, and until 3 in the morning, on Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26, 2014.

We're inviting our friends throughout Oregon, the West Coast, and our nation to join us, stay in our guest rooms or crash on our couches.

Weekend passes are limited due to venue size, and cover is $50. To make a reservation, please visit our special event site, http://swingandblues.org.

This Saturday

Workshop and dance this Saturday at Odd Fellows Hall. Portland's Rachael Ries and David D are teaching an all-day Lindy hop workshop, for beginners and regulars alike.

Starts at 11 a.m. and is $25 for four classes plus admission to the evening dance. The full schedule can be found at: http://corvallisswing.com/portfolio/swing-101-nov-16/.

Special guest Mr. Dustin Henwood from Portland will be DJing the blues at Odd Fellows tonight. The lesson starts at 7 p.m., and music and dancing goes from 8 p.m. until midnight. Rachael and David will be teaching the intro lesson and DJing swing for the evening.

Upcoming events

  • Friday, December 6 at OSU in the Women's Building. 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14 at Odd Fellows Hall. 7 p.m.

Dance Saturday. Workshop in November.

Dance Saturday

We are hosting our first swing and blues dance of the season this Saturday, October 19, at Odd Fellows Hall.

At 7 p.m., Sam Estrem from Portland will teach the intro lesson. Your swing DJs will be Martin and Renee from 8 ’til 10 p.m., and Catherine and Gretchen will keep the dancing going with blues music until midnight.

Cover is $5–7. RSVP on Facebook.

Swing 101 in November

We are pleased to announce that Rachael Ries and David D from Portland will be teaching a four-class workshop on Saturday, November 16.

To RSVP for the workshop, please visit http://corvallisswing.com/portfolio/swing-101-nov-16/. November 16 is the same day as a downtown dance, and an all-day pass is $25, which includes the workshop and the dance.

Upcoming events

  • Friday, October 25 at OSU
  • Friday, November 8 at OSU
  • Saturday, November 16 at Odd Fellows
  • Corvallis Swing and Blues Weekend; January 24-26

Fall schedule; Swing 106 / 108

Fall is here! We’ve got a great season full of fun events ahead of us.

Swing 106 / 108

This term we are offering Swing 106: Introduction to swing dance, and Swing 108: Introduction to swing and blues dancing.
Both of these lesson series are for everyone – no experience required. We will be covering the fundamentals of swing and blues movement, and preparing students for having fun at any social dance.
The lessons take place in room 116 in the Women’s Building at OSU, from 8-9pm before each of our Friday dances.

To see a more detailed description of each class, and to pre-register, Click here.

Fall schedule

Our regular dances start back up next week! Take note of these dates:

  • Oct 4: Swing at OSU
  • Oct 19: Swing and blues downtown
  • Oct 25: Swing at OSU
  • Nov 8: Swing at OSU
  • Nov 16: Swing and blues downtown
  • Dec 6: Fusion dance at OSU
  • Dec 14: Swing and blues downtown

Swing at OSU: Introduction lesson at 8pm, dancing from 9-11pm. Takes place in room 116 at the Women’s Building

Swing and blues downtown: Introduction lesson at 7pm, swing music 8-10pm, blues music 10pm-midnight. Takes place at Odd Fellows Hall.

Can’t wait to see you out on the dance floor!

Family picnic, live music on Thursday

Our family picnic is this Thursday, August 29.

Please join us for a full day of food, games, music, and dancing outside, at one of the nicest parks in town.

We're hosting Gumbo, our favorite Corvallis swing band, at this free, family-friendly event. We'll be in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, at 4905 NW Walnut Blvd, Corvallis (Map), having a good time near the large, converted barn.

This is a community event. Invite any friends and neighbors you'd like, and bring any games you would like to play. At the park, there are paths for walking, a small playground, horseshoe pits, and a lot of grass.

It's a potluck. We'll have a couple of grills going. If you're bringing a dish or something to cook, please email us or post to the Facebook event.

The day starts at 1 p.m. Gumbo will start around 6, going until 9 or so. Plenty of people are joining us after work, and many are taking the day off, so stop by and say hello when you can. We'll be DJing music, and there will be food and dancing throughout.

  • Time: 1-9 p.m.
  • Venue: MLK Park, 4905 NW Walnut Blvd, Corvallis (Map)
  • Live music: 6 p.m.
  • Cover: Free
  • RSVP on Facebook

Live music on Saturday; Swing 171 registration open

We are hosting Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes this Saturday, June 8, at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in downtown Corvallis.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with a dance lesson by Portland’s Jae Wilson. Swing music follows at 8 p.m., and Mr. Selfe and his blues band take the stage at 10. Music and dancing go until midnight. Cover for the evening is $10, and you can RSVP on Facebook.

Kevin Selfe has been electrifying audiences nationwide since breaking into the blues scene in 2006. His growing stature as a captivating story teller and passionate performer are surpassed only by his deft mastery of blues guitar. Having relocated to Portland, the Virginia native is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest’s robust blues revival.

Swing 171 registration

Registration for Swing 171 is now open for the fall. Swing 171 is our premier lesson and dance series, with 10, 2-hour classes and 6 dances, on Mondays, Fridays, and a few Saturdays.

Prerequisites are Swing 106, or attendance at three social dances in Corvallis.

It’s $100, and you can register here. We offer this class two times each year, and have about 7 spots remaining for both leads and follows.

Dance and workshop next Saturday

Stefan & Bethany workshop

Internationally renowned instructors Stefan Durham and Bethany Powell are teaching a Lindy hop workshop on Saturday, May 18.

They are leading three classes in this 101-style workshop for people who are new to swing, have taken a few fundamentals lessons, or just want to learn the perspective of this influential couple.

Here's a clip of them dancing at Frankie Manning's 95th birthday festival.

Doors at Odd Fellows Hall open at 12:45 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes a ticket to our evening dance. You can make a reservation on our website, or let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Dance on May 18

The same day as our workshop, our swing and blues dance will start with a lesson at 7 p.m., and music and dancing from 8 until midnight. Cover is $5 - 7.

Dancing at Saturday market

We have been dancing to Gumbo at the Corvallis Saturday Market the past couple weeks. Please join us around 10 a.m. for a casual gathering in this beautiful weather. Specific plans are typically discussed in our Facebook group.

Upcoming events

  • Saturday, May 18 at Odd Fellows
  • Friday, May 24 at OSU
  • Saturday, June 8 at Odd Fellows
  • Saturday, July 27 at Odd Fellows; our last dance of the season

Dance and workshop this Saturday

Swing 104 workshop

Portland’s Jae Wilson will be in town on Saturday, April 13. He is teaching a 101-style workshop for people who are new to blues, have taken a few fundamentals lessons, or just want an in-depth basics review with one of the country’s most renowned dancers and instructors.

The workshop starts at 1 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall, with three lessons going until 4:30 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes a ticket to our evening dance.

Dance Saturday evening

Jae will be teaching the intro lesson in the evening at 7 p.m. Music and dancing will follow, starting at 8 p.m. and going until midnight. Michelle, Rian, Phil and Jae will be DJing. Cover is $5 – $7.

We’ll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St., downtown Corvallis.

Upcoming events

Our dances for the next few months are:

  • Friday, April 19 at OSU
  • Friday, May 3 at OSU
  • Saturday, May 18 at Odd Fellows
  • Friday, May 24 at OSU