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

Live music Friday. Workshop with Andrew Sutton.

Andrew Sutton Workshop

World-class instructor Andrew Sutton will be in Corvallis on Saturday, March 16. He is teaching four classes: one for everyone, two at an intermediate level (e.g., Swing 171 graduates), and one at an advanced level.

Andrew’s style is a perfect fit with the Corvallis scene, sharing our penchant for mixing Lindy hop, blues, and whatever is fun on the dance floor. He has been teaching for over 10 years, has won national swing dance competitions, and is a social dance pioneer, as an organizer of the Fusion Exchange, one of the largest dance events in the country.

For an example of his teaching style, please enjoy this lesson recap.

To RSVP for the workshop, please visit http://corvallisswing.com/portfolio/andrew-sutton-2013/. March 16 is the same day as our downtown dance, and if you take three classes ($25 in total), you’ll get into the dance for free.

Live music at OSU, Friday

This Friday, March 8, we are kicking off our collaboration with OSU’s jazz improv group, hosting Manhattan on the Rocks at our dance in the Women’s Building. Jeff is leading the intro lesson at 8 p.m., with music and dancing starting at 9 and going ’til 11 p.m. Cover is $5.

Spring break

After March 16, our next dance will be Saturday, April 13, at Odd Fellows Hall.

Dance Saturday at Odd Fellows. Feb 16.

Saturday is our February dance at Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Corvallis (223 SW 2nd St). We are keeping it local this month, with Michelle and Phil starting the lesson at 7 p.m., followed by swing music from Michelle and Jeff at 8 p.m., going into blues from Phil and Jeff until midnight.

Thank you

With over 90 guests from 14 cities in Oregon, Swing and Blues Weekend happened because of you. Thank you for joining us to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. We have a short event survey, for both guests and those who could not attend.

Save the date

We are hosting Andrew Sutton on Saturday, March 16. Andrew is a world-class dance instructor, having taught in over a dozen countries. He is an inspiration to our scene, and will be teaching a workshop that day; please save the date.

Upcoming carpool events

Corvallis Swing & Blues Weekend: Jan 25-27

This month is the third anniversary of the Corvallis Swing Dance Society, and to celebrate, we are holding our biggest event of the year:

The Corvallis Swing and Blues Weekend, January 25-27th.

We are hosting three straight evenings of swing dancing, three straight evenings of blues dancing, and four bands: Frim Fram, the Rae Gordon Band, Gumbo, and Portland’s Worth.

We are so excited for this event, we gave it its own website, Corvallis Swing & Blues Weekend.

We are so excited, we made custom t-shirts.

We are so excited, we started working on it six months ago to ensure the event is of the highest quality.

But we are not the only ones making this event possible; over thirty of you have volunteered your time to put the weekend together. Twenty of you have already signed up to host dancers from out of town. Thank you so much for being a supportive community.

To make your reservation, please find our form here: http://swingandblues.org/rsvp/. We’ve sold about 45% of our available weekend passes, which are $40. The price increases to $50 on January 15.

We look forward to celebrating with you.