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.


A favorite event

Hello. Thank you for reading our newsletter and being involved in our community. This is a good note to read if you’ve been meaning to go out dancing more often, perhaps waiting for the perfect occasion.

In one year, our group has grown from hosting a monthly dance, with outside help, to running a weekly venue with 14 DJs and 16 instructors from Corvallis. For our monthly swing and blues collaboration, people travel from 14 cities throughout the valley to attend. Thank you for your time and enthusiasm, as building a swing community is the work of many.

Some excellent events are approaching, but we are only going to write about one:

Portland Lindy Exchange 2011: March 4-6

If you attend one dance in your lifetime, please attend the Portland Lindy Exchange next weekend. A Lindy exchange is the pinnacle of swing dancing, with its focus on community, great music and fun.

Without this event, the Corvallis Swing Dance Society would not exist. The Portland exchange is an inspiration, an exhibition of what is possible in a dance community. People from across the country will be making the trip. It is the closest event of its kind, and it only happens every-other year.

We have a group of 20 heading up for the occasion. Contact us if you would like to be part of our carpool.

If you can only get away for a day, we recommend going up on Saturday, March 5. Furthermore, because we will all be in Portland, our Sunday, March 6 dance is canceled.

Saturday schedule


  • Free dance at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Live music. 1-4 p.m.
  • Main event at Bossa Nova. Two bands. 7:30 p.m. - Midnight. $20.
  • Late night at Scottish Rite. Live music. Midnight - 5 a.m. $10.
    • There will be a blues room at the Scottish Rite, too.

Upcoming events


  • Nothing important! Go to Portland, March 4-6.

Lesson today; dance Saturday

This Saturday, you are invited to our evening of swing and late-night blues at Odd Fellows Hall. Portland’s Syncopated Rhythms will be teaching an intro lesson at 7 p.m. and DJing swing music from 8 until 10. OSU Blues will be DJing blues music from 10 until close, at 11:30. The theme is Mardi Gras, and we will be dressing up for the evening. Cover is $5-7. [RSVP on Facebook]

Lesson series, starting today

Today, February 16, Marc Green will be teaching an introduction to Lindy hop lesson at the OSU ballroom club dance, starting at 7 p.m. in the OSU Women’s Building, room 116.

The second part of the series will be next Wednesday, February 23, same time and place.

Schedule changes

  • No dance this Sunday, February 20. Instead, there is a free ballroom dance in the OSU Memorial Union ballroom, with an introduction to basic swing starting at 6 p.m.

  • Possibly no dance on Sunday, March 6, due to the Portland Lindy Exchange (see below). We will vote on the matter.

Significant events, coming soon

  • The best Portland event of the year is coming up. With 7 bands, 22 hours of live music, and 4 evenings of dancing, the Portland Lindy Exchange invites dancers from around the world to have good times the weekend of March 4-6.

    The Portland Lindy Exchange is the real thing. Please make every effort to attend. We will be forming a large carpool for this event.

  • Seattle's Camp Jitterbug is Memorial Day weekend in May, but often sells out in April, and prices will increase 20% by then. This event has 3 days of workshops taught by 19 world-class instructors, with 6 different skill levels, and 3 nights of dancing with live music. If you're looking for premier workshops, this is the place to start.

Contacting us

We recently fixed the contact form on our website. If you’ve written to us and never heard back, please write again.

Swing dance, Saturday evening; blues late

This Saturday, please join us for an evening of swing and a night of blues in downtown Corvallis.

Special guests Karly & Byron from Eugene’s Ella Swing Dance Club will be teaching an introductory lesson and DJing swing for the evening.

At 10 p.m., the music will flow from swing to blues, with Dustin and Erik from OSU Blues DJing into the night.

We will be dressing up for the occasion; the room setup will be similar to that of our live music events, with tables for seating, low lights and cozy atmosphere. Cover for the entire evening is $5-7. [RSVP on Facebook]

DateSaturday, January 22
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 our dances are for all ages. Our Sunday swing dance will continue this week in the OSU Women’s Building.

2011 swing dance schedule

Saturday dances: Monthly

Our monthly dance at Odd Fellows Hall has moved to Saturday evenings, a proper time for swing dancing downtown, with low lights, tables for seating and evening attire. Our format remains the same, often with guest instructors and DJs for these special occasions.

Dates for the evening dances in 2011 are: Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 12, Apr 16, May TBA, Jun 25, Jul 23, Break, Oct 1, Nov 19 and Dec 17.

Dances start with a lesson at 7 p.m. followed by music from 8 until 10 p.m.

Sunday dances: Weekly

Our weekly dances are at OSU on Sunday evenings, in the Women's Building, room 116. These will continue to be a casual affair, with different DJs, teachers and lessons each week. Our first dance of the year will be this Sunday, January 9.

Lessons begin at 7 p.m., followed by music from 8 until 10 p.m. Lessons at the weekly dance change — there is beyond-basic instruction for regular attendees, while the monthly, Saturday dance lessons focus on beginners.

Due to university closure, there will be no dance on: Jan 16, Mar 20 or Jun 12. Our event calendar is kept up to date.

Cover charges

As the good people of Corvallis and Oregon continue to have a range of income levels, cover charges will continue to be variable in 2011. We will suggest a range at the door and ask that you pay what you think is appropriate for your situation.

On Sundays, we request you pay nothing or contribute up to $5. On Saturdays, we request something in the neighborhood of $5 to $7.

Upcoming carpool events

Sunday dance, 2010 schedule

We are dancing the afternoon of November 14 at Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Corvallis.

DateSunday, Nov 14
Lesson2 p.m. by Jason Isbell
Dancing3 - 5 p.m.
Cover$5
VenueOdd Fellows Hall; 223 SW 2nd

The honorable Jason Isbell from Portland will be teaching an intro lesson at 2 p.m. and DJing from 3 ’til 5. Jason is a professional instructor at the Ballroom Dance Company in Tigard; he has taught many workshops in the past, including one in Corvallis last March, and has organized the best events around, including the Portland Lindy Exchange and Bridgetown Swing.

We have variable pricing at this event, requesting $5 from travelers, $6 from vagabonds and $7 from ramblers. This is our last dance of the year with an out-of-town instructor.

Upcoming Corvallis events


  • November
    • 14 : Afternoon dance at Odd Fellows Hall.
    • 21 : No dance. We invite you to attend the OSU ballroom club dance that evening.
    • 28 : Afternoon dance at Odd Fellows Hall.
  • December
    • 5 : Evening dance at OSU Women's Building.
    • 12 : Afternoon dance at Odd Fellows Hall.

The December 12 dance is our last event of the year.

Live music, dance this week

Our biggest dance of the year is this Sunday at Odd Fellows Hall, featuring the Company B Jazz Band, live and in person!

Special guest Coyle Parker from Portland will be teaching an intro lesson at 2 p.m. Music and dancing to follow at 3 p.m.

Traveling from Vancouver, B.C. to perform 1930s jazz, Company B is comprised of vocalists Shannon Scott, Juhli Conlinn & Emily Lyall, guitarist David Taylor, bassist Jennifer Hodge and Jens Christiansen on clarinet and saxophone.

VenueOdd Fellows Hall in Corvallis [Info | Map]
DateSunday, October 24
Lesson2 p.m.
Dancing3 – 5:30 p.m.
Cover$7 – $15 (choose your price)

We’re introducing variable pricing at this event, requesting $7 for travelers, $10 for vagabonds and $15 for ramblers. [Facebook RSVP]

Upcoming Corvallis events


  • Sunday, Nov 14. Afternoon swing dance at Odd Fellows Hall.
  • Weekly evening swing dances at OSU: Oct 31, Nov 7, 28, Dec 5.

Upcoming carpool events


  • Nov 10. Kim Massie and the Solomon Douglas Swingtet. Eugene. [Facebook]
  • On most Thursdays we travel to Portland to dance at the PPAA.

Weekly lessons, dances in fall

We are having a meeting — with homemade cookies — this Sunday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. If you want to play a non-dancing role in Corvallis Swing, this is your chance. We will be taking signups for DJs, teachers and cookie masters.

As a DJ you will find and play swing music, probably from your laptop. If you are new, you’ll start with 30-minute blocks; if you’re experienced, blocks will be an hour in length.

As a teacher you will head the instruction of a pre-dance lesson, or you will be the instructor’s dance partner. The teachers will conspire to craft a teaching plan for the fall.

As a cookie master you will make and present delicious baked goods for one dance.

The meeting will be in the OSU Women’s Building, on the couches in the lobby. After the meeting, there will be swing lesson in room 116 at 7 p.m. and dancing from 8 until 10 p.m.

In summary:

  • Live music on Sunday, October 24 in Odd Fellows Hall at 2 p.m.
  • Weekly lesson, Sundays at OSU (except the 24th) at 7 p.m.
  • Weekly dance, Sundays at OSU (except the 24th) until 10 p.m.

If you can’t make the 6:30 meeting, and would like to participate in your own fashion, email us.

Here is a map of where we will be: http://goo.gl/Hybm.

Sept 12: Swing dance

On Sunday, September 12, swing dancing will return to downtown Corvallis.

VenueOdd Fellows Hall in Corvallis [Info | Map]
DateSunday, Sept 12
Lesson2 p.m.
Dancing3 – 5 p.m.
Cost$5

The talented Linda Brown from Corvallis Swing will be teaching a shim sham lesson at 2 p.m.

All ages. [RSVP]

Upcoming Corvallis events


  • Sunday, October 24. Live music, dance. The Company B Jazz Band from Vancouver, B.C.
  • All other Sundays in October: Swing dance at OSU. Women’s Building, Rm 116. 7-9 p.m. $1.

Upcoming carpool events


  • Friday, September 3. Intermediate swing lessons in Eugene. [Facebook | Web]
  • Saturday, September 11. Beginning balboa and shag lessons in Portland. [Facebook | Web]
  • September 17-20. San Francisco Lindy Exchange.
  • Friday, October 8. Salem Big Band dance in Salem. [Web]

Summer

Thank you. Our evening of live music with the Stolen Sweets [as seen in the Entertainer] was probably the best swing dance our town has ever seen. We had over 170 guests in attendance — a feat some had said was not possible.

The night was a reflection of our welcoming, vibrant community; more than 30 citizens built that evening with their bare hands and hearts — you created that.

And now, a new season is upon us. Take note, our summer scheme is of three parts:

Part 1 : Tuesday evening swing.

Our society will be dancing every Tuesday, in the OSU Women’s Building [map], Rm 116, starting at 9 p.m. We might stop around 10 p.m.

Swing music and dancing will follow the OSU Ballroom Club social dance, which starts at 7 p.m. in the same room and features a mix of ballroom, swing and Latin music.

Part 2 : Weekly delectation.

Summer is the time of many goings-ons in Corvallis and Oregon. The Hilltop Big Band performs in Central Park. Saturday Market begs to have swing dancing in the morning sun. Portland and Eugene continue to host their own excellent evenings of swing dancing.

Each week, we will spotlight a particularly fun event. The website will update as we make plans, and attending Tuesday dances will keep you in the know.

Part 3 : You. The important part.

Think of what events you would like to include in your summer. We are a fine social club for dancing the Lindy hop and other street dances of the proletariat. We are a society. We are a community of many honorable, upstanding citizens.

As the summer progresses, please discuss and announce your ideas at the Tuesday dances. There is one rule, that it must involve swing dancing.

Upcoming events