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.

Saturday: Swing & blues dance downtown

This weekend we have two events! Special guests from Eugene Swing will be here Saturday!

  1. Friday: Workshop. OSU Women's Building. 8 p.m. $5. [Facebook]
  2. Saturday: Swing & blues dance. Odd Fellows Hall. 7 p.m. $5. [Facebook]

Upcoming events

  • Swing and blues dances at Odd Fellows Hall
    • Nov 19
    • Dec 17

Upcoming carpool events

  • Oct 22. Andy & Nina workshop. Portland. [Facebook]
  • Mar 2-5. Portland Lindy Exchange. [Facebook]

Friday evening swing and blues

An invitation to swing and blues Fridays.

Distinguished citizens, thank you for building our grand society. Our monthly dances have become a valley destination, with some guests driving 3 hours to swing and blues dance in downtown Corvallis.

We are bringing that atmosphere to Friday evenings in the OSU Women’s Building.

Partnering with OSU Blues, we will be dancing every Friday for the academic year. On Friday, September 30 there will be a swing dance [RSVP]. On Friday, October 7, there will be a blues dance [RSVP].

We will continue this pattern through May. On Fridays before a dance downtown, we will have a workshop, lab, or something fun.

Every Friday will start with a lesson at 8 p.m., dancing starting at 9 p.m. Cover will be $5.

Upcoming events

  • Sept 30: First Friday dance at OSU. Swing.
  • Oct 7: Second Friday dance at OSU. Blues.
  • Oct 14: Swing workshop at OSU.
  • Oct 15: Swing & blues dance at Odd Fellows Hall.

Carpool events

Last dance of the summer July 23

Our last dance of the summer is this Saturday, July 23.

Once again we will be partnering with OSU Blues to bring you swing music early on and blues into the night.  A special treat this month: the effervescent Catherine Liggett of OSU Blues will be teaching a blues lesson.

Date Saturday, July 23
Lesson 7 p.m. (blues)
Dance 8 - 10 p.m. (swing)
Late night 10 - 11:30 p.m. (blues)
Cover $5 - 7
Venue Odd Fellows Hall; 223 SW 2nd

Summer break

There will be a summer break in August and September. See you in October!

Summer swing dance: June 25 and July 23

This summer, there will be two swing dances in downtown Corvallis: Saturdays June 25 and July 23.

These dances will continue our popular partnership with OSU Blues, with swing music early on and blues into the night. The lesson this month will be taught by the illustrious Rian Pfund and Michelle Jordan from Corvallis.

DateSaturday, June 25
Lesson7 p.m.
Dance8 - 10 p.m. (swing)
Late night10 - 11:30 p.m. (blues)
Cover$5 - 7
VenueOdd Fellows Hall; 223 SW 2nd

All of our dances are for all ages.

Summer break


There will be a summer break in August and September. See you in October!

Corvallis swing and blues dance – May 21st

It’s time again for that irresistible combination – swing and blues!

  • Special guests Coyle and Rachael from Portland will be joining us to teach the swing lesson and DJ the first two hours.
  • And as always, the fabulous people of the Blues Club at OSU will be bringing us into tomorrow, Djing from 10-midnight.

*Special treat*

Coyle and Rachael are available for private lessons before the dance. Use the contact page to inquire about scheduling and rates.

DETAILS

Swing Lesson at 7 p.m.
Mostly swing: 8 – 10
Mostly blues: 10 – midnight
Cover: $5-7

Venue: Odd Fellows Hall

RSVP: facebook

Lesson series: fundamentals of swing

*There is a cap at 14 guests, so if you would like to do us the honor of attending, please RSVP to michelle <at> corvallisswing.com*

What: A 4-week lesson series on the fundamentals of dancing to swing music.

When/Where:

  • Sundays, 7-8pm : April 10, 17, 24 & May 1
  • Women’s Building Room 116

Why:

  • To gather enough tools to have a blast movin and grovin at a swing dance.
  • To improve on the essential swing basics of partner connection and momentum.

Who:

  • No experience necessary.
  • No partner necessary.
  • Partner and experience welcome: even if you already know somethin about somethin, we promise to show you somethin you know nothin about.

Cover:

  • $15/person (entire series)
  • Payable at the 2nd lesson: If you come to the first lesson and don’t have enough fun to want to come back, we are not worthy of your kind donation.

Misc: Each lesson builds on the last, so it is important to attend the entire series.