Dance this Saturday

This weekend

We are hosting a swing and blues dance this Saturday, December 15th, at Odd Fellows Hall.

This is our only dance in December, and we’ll be decorating for the season.

At 7 pm, Catherine and Michelle will teach the beginner lesson “Blues for swing dancers”. Your swing DJs will be Jeff and Phil from 8 till 10 pm, and Rian, Catherine, and Michelle will keep the dancing going with blues music until midnight. Cover is $5 – 7. RSVP on Facebook.

Upcoming events

Swing class: Registration open for winter

Our premier lesson series is now open for registration! A winter 2013 session of Swing 171 is upon us.

Swing 171 is our intermediate class offering, crafted to take slightly experienced students to fully educated swing dancers in 10 weeks.

Our goal for the course is that by the end you will be ready, and very excited, for dancing at weekend events like the Portland Lindy Exchange, and the Corvallis Swing and Blues Weekend (25-27 January, 2013).

This is the heart of what we do at the Corvallis Swing Dance Society, and incredible fun. We’re inviting you to join us!

Details

Note, the class is already half full, and the next class will be October 2013.

Upcoming dances

There are two dances before the end of the year:

In January, we are hosting a weekend event with OSU Blues

Dance and workshop this weekend

We are hosting a dance and workshop this weekend, November 3 and 4.

Saturday: Swing & blues dance

On Saturday, Coyle Parker, from New Orleans, will be teaching and DJing at our dance at Odd Fellows Hall. The lesson starts at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 8 until midnight. Cover is $5 – 7. RSVP on Facebook.

Sunday: Swing 172 workshop

On Sunday, Coyle will be joined by Rachael Ries, from Portland, for an advanced workshop.

You would be a good fit for the workshop if you’ve graduated from Swing 171, or have been dancing Lindy hop for a year or more and are confident with swingouts (video).

The workshop is at Odd Fellows Hall, starting at 1 p.m. and ending around 5. RSVP on Facebook. There will be snacks and breaks, and it’s $20.

If you would like a private lesson with one or both of them, we can make that happen. It would be about $40 for an hour. Both Michelle and Phil have done this, and learned a lot, if you want to ask either of them questions.

Upcoming events

Fall schedule; dance this weekend

Welcome to Corvallis Swing in the autumn!

A fun season is in store for you, with 7 dances, 2 workshops, and Swing 171.

Next dance

We’re downtown all day Saturday! Swing 101 — beginning Lindy hop — starts at 1 p.m., with three lessons from Portland’s Jason Isbell, to get you having fun on the dance floor. Details on our website.

The dance starts at 7 p.m. with an intro lesson for everyone, taught by Jason, and dancing from 8 p.m. until midnight.

We’re at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St.

Changes for autumn

Friday-night dances at OSU now start at 8 p.m., starting with a lesson, followed by dancing 9-11 p.m.

Our intermediate lessons have been replaced by Swing 171.

Dance schedule

  • Oct 6: Swing and blues downtown
  • Oct 12: Swing at OSU
  • Oct 26: Swing at OSU
  • Nov 3: Swing and blues downtown
  • Nov 9: Swing at OSU
  • Nov 30: Swing at OSU
  • Dec 15: Swing and blues downtown

Lessons and workshops

  • Oct 1: Swing 171 (10 weeks)
  • Oct 6: Swing 101: Beginning Lindy hop
  • Nov 4: Swing 172: Lindy hop III

We have room for one or two more leads in Swing 171. Come to the 101 workshop if you're interested.

Private lesson opportunities

Jason Isbell will be in town on Saturday, Octber 6. Coyle Parker and Rachael Ries will be here on Sunday, November 4. If you would like a one-on-one lesson with any of them, please contact us.

Upcoming events

Jan 25-27: Corvallis Swing & Blues Weekend, celebrating our 3rd anniversary.

Swing 171 registration open

Swing 171

Registration for fall session of Swing 171 is now open.

Swing 171 is Corvallis Swing Dance Society’s premier lesson series. It is crafted to take the student from beginner to seasoned swing dancer in 10 weeks. Our goal for the course is that by the end you will be ready, and very excited, for dancing at weekend events like the Portland Lindy Exchange, and the Corvallis Swing and Blues Weekend (25-27 January, 2013).

Swing 171 is the heart of what we do at the Corvallis Swing Dance Society, and incredible fun. We’re looking forward to it!

Details
-Mondays
-10 weeks
-7:30-9:30 pm
-Starting Oct 1
-At Odd Fellows Hall
Registration and additional info.

Other events

The first Swing and Blues dance of the term is Saturday, October 6th, 7 pm, Odd Fellows Hall. Let us know you’re comming.

Jason Isbell of Portland will be teaching an intro to swing workshop before the dance on October 6th, 3 classes, 1-5 pm.
RSVP

Dance Saturday at Odd Fellows. July 21

Our last dance of the summer is tomorrow, Saturday, July 21.

We will be at Odd Fellows Hall, starting at 7 p.m. with a swing lesson, followed by swing music from 8 until 10, and closing with blues music until midnight.

Michelle and Ben will be teaching the lesson. Phil, Rian and Jeff will be DJing swing. The blues DJs will be a mystery!

Cover is $5-7. RSVP on Facebook. Flowers will be the decor.

See you there!

Dance Saturday at Odd Fellows. June 23.

We are hosting two swing dances in Corvallis during the summer: Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, July 21.

Please join us for dancing at Odd Fellows Hall. A dance lesson for everyone will be at 7 p.m., followed by swing music from 8 until 10 p.m., with blues dancing until midnight.

Our events are for all ages. Cover is $5-7.

Additional summer events

Any additional events will be organized by the community in an ad hoc manner. A number of people enjoy dancing at the Saturday market over the summer, and we will continue to coordinate using our Corvallis Swing Dance Society Facebook group.

Summer break

We will not be hosting dances in August or September; our next dance will be October 6. The calendar on our website is always up to date, at corvallisswing.com/events/calendar/.

Save the date

We will be hosting a large event the weekend of January 25-27, 2013. Book your calendars, today.

Free dance this Friday

Our dance this Friday will be free.

Come celebrate the end of the season at our OSU venue in the Women’s Building this Friday, June 8.

Schedule

7:30 p.m. : For Swing 171 students and experienced swing dancers, Martin & Renee will be leading a workshop on musicality.

8:15 p.m. : For everyone, Michelle & Ben will be leading the main dance lesson.

9:00 p.m. : Music and dancing goes until 11 p.m. Phil & Michelle will be DJing.

RSVP on Facebook.

Notes

  • Yes, there will be cookies.
  • Our Friday dances are normally $5. This one is free.
  • Open to the public. All of our events are for all ages.

Summer dances

We will be at Odd Fellows Hall on Saturdays June 23 and July 21. Then we will be on summer break until October 6.

Dance tonight. Live music May 19.

Our Friday dance is tonight, May 11, in the OSU Women’s Building.

Phil will be leading the intermediate lesson at 7:30, and Michelle the beginner at 8:15, and two of Corvallis’s finest DJs, Tiffany and Rian, will share their favorite tracks with you from 9 until late. Cover is $5.

Live music

Please join us for an evening of swing music and dancing with Frim Fram on Saturday, May 19 at Odd Fellows Hall.

You can usually hear Frim Fram holding down the monthly swing jam at Squirrel’s in downtown Corvallis, with Jacques Gabriel and Bill Pfender on swing fiddle and clarinet, Paul Regan and Sam Holmes on guitar, and Barb Barry-Doyle on standup bass.

Frim Fram is just over a year old, but the individual band members have each been part of the Willamette Valley music scene for many years, playing a range of music from jazz to swing to bluegrass to folk in the bands Muddy River, Confluence, the Taylor Sisters, Tuxedo Cafe, Melange and Prairiedog Backfire, to mention a few.

Doors open just before 7 p.m. Suggested cover is $10.

Dance lessons

Portland instructors Coyle & Rachael, in town for the May 19 dance, will be teaching private lessons in the afternoon. If you would like to sign up for an hour of one-on-one instruction from either of these great dancers, please contact us to reserve your spot.

Dance tomorrow – Friday, April 27

We are hosting the first Friday swing dance of the spring tomorrow.  Please be our guest and enjoy an evening of great music, dancing, and people.

The beginner lesson is at 8:15 pm, taught by the effervescent Tiffany and enigmatic Xuan.  Local DJs Michelle and Xuan will provide some of the finest classic and contemporary swing music from 9pm till 11pm, or until they kick us out.

If you know how to do a swingout, come to the intermediate lesson at 7:30 p.m. where Michelle will share her swingout styling secrets.

Schedule

Intermediate lesson – 7:30 p.m. (pre-rec: ability to do a swingout)
Beginner lesson – 8:15 p.m.
Dance – 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
rsvp

 

Info

  • Cover: $5
  • Swing 171 students get in free
  • As always, there will be cookies

Friday evening dances are held at the OSU Women’s building