Balboa workshop Friday. Dance Saturday.

Balboa workshop

National dance champions, Josh McLaughlin and Emily Ernst, are heading down from Portland to teach an evening of balboa at OSU! Join them for three hours of workshops and dancing Friday, May 15, in the OSU Women’s Building.

Evening Schedule:

7:45 p.m.: Doors open
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Beginning balboa
9:00 – 9:15 p.m.: Snack break
9:15 – 10:15 p.m.: Bal-swing
10:15 – 11:00 p.m.: Dancing to DJ’ed music

Cost is $6 per workshop or $10 for both. Some social dance experience is recommended.

Downtown swing & blues dance

Emily Ernst is hanging out for another night to teach with Portland’s Rod Stewart at our monthly swing and blues dance on Saturday, May 16, at Odd Fellows Hall. The drop-in lesson begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by DJ’ed swing music at 8:00 p.m., and DJ’ed blues music at 10:00.

Cover is a sliding scale from $5-$7.

RSVP on Facebook.

Solo jazz step throw down

Work up a sweat with an hour of non-stop solo jazz madness! Strut and stroll with hosts Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerford as they lead the class in solo jazz routines designed for minimal talking and maximum dancing.

The throw down will be Tuesday, May 26, from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall. This is a free event open to all skill levels.

RSVP on Facebook.

Upcoming events

  • May 15: Friday balboa workshop. OSU Women’s Buidling. 8 p.m.
  • May 16: Downtown swing & blues. Odd Fellows Hall. 7 p.m.
  • May 23: Gumbo at Imagine Coffee. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • May 29: Swing & blues fusion. OSU Women’s Building. 8 p.m.
  • June 6: Downtown swing & blues. Odd Fellows Hall. 7 p.m.

Dance Saturday. Balboa workshop in May.

Our first swing and blues dance of spring will be Saturday, April 11, at Odd Fellows Hall. Phil and Kelley will be teaching the intro lesson before the dance. Brad and Eileen will DJ swing music followed by blues from Lindsey and others.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Intro swing lesson with Phil and Kelley
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.: Swing music DJ'ed by Brad and Eileen
10:00 - 11:30 p.m.: Blues music DJ'ed by Lindsey and others

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis.

RSVP on Facebook.

Spring 2015 dance schedule

  • Friday dances at OSU: April 24, May 8, and May 29.
  • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: April 11, May 16, June 6
  • Friday balboa workshop at OSU: May 15

Balboa workshop

Guest instructors Josh McLaughlin and Emily Ernst are heading down from Portland to teach an evening of balboa at OSU! Join them for three hours of workshops and dancing Friday, May 15, in the OSU Women's Building.

Doors open at 7:45 p.m. for a beginning balboa workshop at 8:00 p.m. and a beyond basics lesson at 9:15 p.m. Each lesson is an hour long with a snack break in between. DJ'ed music will follow the workshops for anyone wanting to practice.

Cost is $6 per workshop or $10 for both. Some social dance experience is recommended.

Charleston series

Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerford are teaching a 4-week Charleston series for people with social dance experience starting Tuesday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, April 7 - April 21, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 27, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost is $40 for the series. RSVP online to reserve a spot.

Other notes

Free live music this Saturday. Spring schedule.

Local swing band, Gumbo, is returning to Odd Fellows Hall for our monthly swing & blues dance this Saturday, March 14. As part of the Rhapsody in the Vineyard wine walk, the dance will be free of charge.

Avery will be teaching the intro swing lesson before the dance. Zach and Laurel will be our DJs during the band break and the blues set.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm : Swing lesson
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm : Live music from Gumbo
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm : Mostly blues music

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis. RSVP on Facebook.

Spring 2015 dance schedule

  • Friday dances at OSU: April 3, April 24, May 8, and May 29.
  • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: April 11, May 16, June 6
  • Friday workshop at OSU: May 15

Community lesson series

This spring, our community is offering three different swing lesson series.

Brad Yentzer and Krista Barzen-Hanson are teaching two lesson series, running Thursdays, March 19 - April 16.

  • Beginning 6-count east coast swing: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Beginning 8-count Lindy hop: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerford are teaching a 4-week Charleston series, starting Tuesday, April 7 at 8 p.m.

All three lesson series will be held at Odd Fellows Hall.

Other notes

  • Save the date: We're offering a swing dance workshop at OSU on May 15. It will be open to the community.
  • Have a great spring break!

Live music this Saturday.

After winning over the crowds at our Swing & Blues Weekend, Audrey Perkins is returning with Swing & A Ms. for an evening of live music at Odd Fellows Hall this Saturday, February 21.

Veteran swing dancers, Martin and Renee Norred, will be teaching the intro swing lesson before the dance.

Phil Manijak will be DJing swing music during the band break and Zach Wallace will provide tunes for the blues portion of the evening.

Oh, and the theme for the evening is puzzles.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm : Swing lesson
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm : Live music from Swing & A Ms.
10:00 pm - 11:30 pm : Mostly blues music

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis, and cover for the evening is just $5-7. RSVP on Facebook.

Upcoming events

Beginning lindy hop lesson series

Our friends, Phil Manijak and Kelley Hungerford, are teaching a 4-week beginning Lindy hop series, starting Monday, February 23.

To find out more, visit their website, http://lindyhoppers.co/.

Other notes

  • We'll be carpooling down to Eugene for Tracktown Swing's next swing dance on March 7.
  • We're planning intermediate swing workshops for spring term.

Dance this Saturday, new lesson series next week

This Saturday, we're hosting a dance downtown. For the first swing & blues dance of the spring, we are excited to invite Eugene’s Track Town Swing Club to teach and DJ. Nick and Emily will travel to Corvallis on Saturday April 12th to teach the swing drop-in lesson.

Nick and Mateo will then keep the evening going with mostly swing music.

After 10 o’clock, local DJ Jeff will keep the night going with mostly blues music.

Evening Schedule:

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm : Swing Lesson -- taught by Nick and Emily
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm : Mostly swing music -- DJed by Nick and Mateo
10:00 pm - 12:00 pm : Mostly blues music -- DJed by Jeff

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis, and cover for the evening is $5-7. RSVP on Facebook.

Spring lesson series

Our intermediate lesson series, Swing 178, starts on Monday, April 14. It will focus on adding more expression, improvisation and fun into your swing dancing.

Swing 178 is a 5-week series, held on Mondays from April 14 through May 12, at Odd Fellows Hall, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. It's a class for anyone who has been to a dance before.

We're sharing our favorite parts of swing dancing. What makes swing dancing fun? Each class will answer that question in a different way.

The cost of the series is $50, and reservations can be made by replying to this newsletter, talking with us at our April 12th dance, or visiting our registration page: http://corvallisswing.com/lessons/swing-178/.

Upcoming events

  • April 25: Swing dance at the OSU Women's Building. 8 p.m.

Dance Saturday; lesson series next week

This Saturday, our dance will be a local affair, with Corvallis DJs and instructors hosting the evening.

We're beginning at 7 p.m. with an intro lesson by Hannah and Phil, followed with music and dancing at 8 p.m., going until midnight.

Music for swing dancing will be played during the first half of the evening, with music for blues dancing until close. Hannah, Jeff, Laurel, Martin, Phil, Renee and Sophie will be DJing.

We'll be at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in Corvallis, and cover for the evening is $5-7. RSVP on Facebook.

Lesson series next week

Our winter lesson series start next week. We have two: Swing 141 is for everyone, especially beginners. If you've been to a couple dances, Swing 142 is for you.

Both series are on Thursdays at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis at 115 SW 2nd St. Each class is an hour, and we meet for five weeks. The schedule for each evening is:

  • 6:30 p.m. Swing 142: Intro to Lindy hop
  • 7:30 p.m. Swing 141: Beginning swing
  • 8:30 p.m. Casual dance

The casual dance at 8:30 p.m. is free and open to the public, and will go for about an hour.

Admission for each five-week series is $28, and includes passes to two dances. Registration is open on our website at: http://corvallisswing.com/portfolio/swing141-142-winter-2014/.

Classes are February 20th through March 20th.

You can also register at the front desk at our Saturday dance, or contact us to save your spot; you can pay in person on the first day of class, February 20th.

Both series are free for Swing 171 graduates. No partner is required for any of our lessons or dances.

Upcoming events

Thank you for making our 4th anniversary last month a great success. Portland is hosting a similar weekend-long event in a few weeks, known as the Portland Lindy Exchange, from February 28th through March 2nd. Their website is at http://pdxlx.com/.

  • Feb 21: Swing dance at the OSU Women's Building. 8 p.m.
  • Mar 15: Swing workshops with Andrew Sutton at Odd Fellows. Dance in the evening. Save the date.

Fall schedule; Swing 106 / 108

Fall is here! We’ve got a great season full of fun events ahead of us.

Swing 106 / 108

This term we are offering Swing 106: Introduction to swing dance, and Swing 108: Introduction to swing and blues dancing.
Both of these lesson series are for everyone – no experience required. We will be covering the fundamentals of swing and blues movement, and preparing students for having fun at any social dance.
The lessons take place in room 116 in the Women’s Building at OSU, from 8-9pm before each of our Friday dances.

To see a more detailed description of each class, and to pre-register, Click here.

Fall schedule

Our regular dances start back up next week! Take note of these dates:

  • Oct 4: Swing at OSU
  • Oct 19: Swing and blues downtown
  • Oct 25: Swing at OSU
  • Nov 8: Swing at OSU
  • Nov 16: Swing and blues downtown
  • Dec 6: Fusion dance at OSU
  • Dec 14: Swing and blues downtown

Swing at OSU: Introduction lesson at 8pm, dancing from 9-11pm. Takes place in room 116 at the Women’s Building

Swing and blues downtown: Introduction lesson at 7pm, swing music 8-10pm, blues music 10pm-midnight. Takes place at Odd Fellows Hall.

Can’t wait to see you out on the dance floor!

Live music on Saturday; Swing 171 registration open

We are hosting Kevin Selfe and The Tornadoes this Saturday, June 8, at Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, in downtown Corvallis.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with a dance lesson by Portland’s Jae Wilson. Swing music follows at 8 p.m., and Mr. Selfe and his blues band take the stage at 10. Music and dancing go until midnight. Cover for the evening is $10, and you can RSVP on Facebook.

Kevin Selfe has been electrifying audiences nationwide since breaking into the blues scene in 2006. His growing stature as a captivating story teller and passionate performer are surpassed only by his deft mastery of blues guitar. Having relocated to Portland, the Virginia native is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest’s robust blues revival.

Swing 171 registration

Registration for Swing 171 is now open for the fall. Swing 171 is our premier lesson and dance series, with 10, 2-hour classes and 6 dances, on Mondays, Fridays, and a few Saturdays.

Prerequisites are Swing 106, or attendance at three social dances in Corvallis.

It’s $100, and you can register here. We offer this class two times each year, and have about 7 spots remaining for both leads and follows.

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