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/.

Workshop and dance this weekend

We have a lot going on in the coming weeks:

Workshop: February 18

Josh & Emily McLaughlin have won national balboa competitions and have taught thousands of people how to swing dance. They are teaching a workshop, in Corvallis, this Saturday, February 18.

It will be in the afternoon at Odd Fellows, before our swing & blues dance. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. Details and registration are here: Corvallis Swing, balboa workshop.

Swing & blues dance: February 18

Josh & Emily will be staying in town after their workshop to DJ and teach the intro lesson at the Odd Fellows Hall dance. Lesson is at 7 p.m., with swing music from 8 until 10 p.m.

Jeff & Catherine from OSU Blues will be keeping us dancing until midnight.

Cover is $5-7, free to Swing 171 students, and free to full-workshop attendees.

Save the date

Free dance this Friday

This Friday, we are hosting a free swing dance!

It is our 2nd anniversary! It is our 50th dance! Come celebrate with us at our OSU venue in the Women’s Building this Friday, January 27.

Schedule

7:30 p.m. : For Swing 171 students and experienced swing dancers, Michelle will be leading a workshop on connection, balance, and styling, centered around the swingout.

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

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

RSVP on Facebook.

Dress nice.

Notes

  • There may or may not be 200 glow sticks provided at this event.
  • Yes, there will be cookies.
  • Our Friday dances are normally $5. This one is free.
  • All of our events are for all ages.

Swing 171 starts today

Our Lindy hop class, Swing 171, starts today. If you want to learn how to Lindy hop, moving beyond basic swing, this is your class.

It is being lead by Phil Manijak and Michelle Jordan, two of Corvallis’ best, each having taught hundreds of people how to dance. Additionally, we will feature guest instructors specializing in the finer aspects of the dance. This is a 10-lesson series, being held on Tuesday evenings at Odd Fellows Hall in Corvallis.

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

To register, come to Odd Fellows Hall today, at 7:30 p.m., with $20, or register online and show up next week. After January 17 we will no longer take new students.

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.

Upcoming events

There is live music this Friday.

Lesson series next month; dance Saturday

Dance Saturday, December 17

It’s Martin Norred’s birthday. And Renee’s is 3 days before! And Avery’s is 3 days after!

Come dance, relax and have a good time as the Corvallis scene is running the show this month at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd. The lesson at 7 p.m. will be “blues for swing dancers,” and dancing is from 8 ’til midnight. Cover is $5-7.

In honor of Martin, we are having a “no trad jazz” swing evening, followed by whatever the swing crew decides is “blues” to finish out the night. Dress up to match our festive decor. [RSVP]

Lesson series: Swing 171

Are you excited to get into the swing scene, and you’re ready for more than intro lessons? Our Swing 171 lesson series starts on Tuesday, January 10.

The series is designed to welcome you into the Corvallis scene and prepare you for events like the Portland Lindy Exchange [Video]. This is the only formal lesson series we are offering this winter season.

Please contact us if you would like to be notified when registration opens. The series will be on Tuesday evenings at Odd Fellows hall, from January 10 through March 13, or ten weeks.

Live music, January 13

The Company B Jazz Band from Vancouver, Canada will be appearing, live and in person, at Odd Fellows Hall on Friday, January 13, 2012. This will be their second showing in Corvallis; you probably remember they gave us our best dance of 2010, when they visited last October. In case you missed out, here is a sample of Company B Jazz Band performing in their home town.

Upcoming events

  • Swing 171 lesson series begins. Corvallis. Tuesday, January 10.
  • Live music at Odd Fellows Hall. Corvallis. Friday, January 13.
  • Portland Lindy Exchange. Portland. March 2-4.
  • Camp Jitterbug. Seattle. May 25-28.