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Our intermediate lessons have been replaced by Swing 171.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.
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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

 

Workshop and Dance Tomorrow, 14 April

Portland’s Jason Isbell will be joining us tomorrow for an afternoon of workshops specially crafted to introduce you to our favorite dance, the Lindy hop.

In the evening, we cordially invite you to attend our monthly swing dance. We’ll kick things off with an intro lesson by Jason at 7pm, and keep the dancing going into the night.

Workshop
3 classes, 1-5pm
$7/class or $20 for all 3 plus admission to the dance
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Dance
Lesson – 7pm
DJ music – 8pm-late
$5, or free with workshop attendance
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All events are held at our favorite venue, Odd Fellows Hall.

Swing 171 starts next week

Spring session of our Lindy hop class, Swing 171, starts next week, April 3rd.

If you want to learn how to Lindy hop, moving beyond basic swing, this is your class. Our inaugural session of Swing 171 this winter was a success, welcoming 10 graduates into the community, and we are excited to offer the class again.

Swing 171 is being lead by Corvallis’s premier swing teachers, with guest instructors from the greater Willamette Valley. This is a 10-lesson series, being held on Tuesday evenings at Odd Fellows Hall in Corvallis.

We have 2 spots remaining for follows, and 5 for leads.

Email us to reserve your spot, or register online.

If price is an issue, we can exchange labor instead of dollars — we will be happy to give you a few projects to work on. The important thing is to take the class if you’re excited about swing dancing.

 

 

Live music this Saturday

This Saturday, the Roaring River Jazz Band will be performing at our swing & blues dance at Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Corvallis. Roaring River is the first guest in our local, live music series, featuring swing bands from Corvallis and the surrounding area.

A dance lesson will begin the evening, at 7 p.m., lead by Drew Laiche of Eugene Swing. Live music will follow from 8 until 10:30 p.m., and a blues-dance late night will continue until 12:30 a.m.

Our suggested cover for this evening is $10. The event is free for Swing 171 students.

For your convenience, we have a Facebook event you can add to your calendar.

Swing 171 registration is open

Our premier lesson series is back for the spring season. If you love swing dancing, and have been itching to learn more Lindy hop, this is your class. We had 9 students from our winter class attend the Portland Lindy Exchange, the largest swing dance in Oregon.

We have spots for 10 men and women. It is a ten-week series, on Tuesdays at Odd Fellows Hall. The first class is April 3, and the last is June 5.

Please register here: http://corvallisswing.com/lessons/registration/.