Classes continue. Fall season starts October 11.

Happy September! We’re winding up our summer classes with a two week introduction to Collegiate Shag at Style Your Swing on Wednesday, September 11 and 18. Collegiate Shag originated in the 1930s and falls under the umbrella of swing dance, similar to Charleston, Lindy hop, and Balboa. Check out this video of a recent Collegiate Shag competition at Camp Hollywood.

SCHEDULE

    • 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.: Lesson taught by Lindsey Almarode & Bailey Keefe
    • 8:15 – 9:00 p.m.: Practice & dancing to DJed music

Class is held at Odd Fellows Hall and there is a suggested donation of $5.

First Dance of Fall

Our fall season begins Friday, October 11 with our first Friday OSU Swing Dance of the academic year.

Schedule

    • 7:45 p.m.: Doors open
    • 8 – 9 p.m.: Beginner 6-count Lindy hop lesson
    • 9 – 11 p.m.: Dancing to DJed music

We’ll be at the Women’s Building our OSU venue, and cover for the evening is $5.

Lindy 1 Lesson Series

Join us on Mondays, October 21 – November 18 at 7 p.m. for our premiere lesson series. Lindy 1 will cover basic 8-count Lindy hop footwork, connection, swing-out, turns, and other fun moves.

Registration is available for $45 in advance at the following link: corvallisswing.com/o/lindy-1-fall2019/

Track Town Throwdown

Our friends at Track Town Swing our holding their first ever weekend event on October 4 – 6, the Track Town Throwdown. They’ve got a stellar lineup of international instructors, plus the amazing Stealin’ Apples Jazz Band featuring Jen Hodge.

The event features two days of workshops, two nights of dancing to live music, competitions, and daytime activities. Workshops are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Registration is available at: tracktownthrowdown.com/registration/

Save the Date!

We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a weekend event of our own. The Corvallis Swing Weekend is January 31 – February 1, 2020. It’s a three day affair with live bands, special guest DJs, evening and late night dances, and more. Details will be revealed soon.

Other Notes

    • We have volunteer opportunities at every dance and in between. Contact us if you’d like to help out. πŸ™‚

Style Your Swing. Summer Swing Events.

Style Your Swing

Join us Wednesdays at 7:30 this summer to learn new dance skills, or fine tune the ones you already have! Style Your Swing alternates lessons and practica for the first 45 minutes each week, followed by 45 minutes of dancing to DJed music.

Weekly Topics

  • July 24: Practica: Connection/Frame
  • July 31: Lesson: Chatleston
  • August 7: Practica: Mixing Lindy and Charleston
  • August 14: Lesson: Six-Count Lindy
  • August 21: Practica: Stealing
  • August 28: Lesson: Solo Jazz
  • September 4: Practica: Musicality
  • September 11: Lesson: Collegiate Shag
  • September 18: Practica: Wrap-Up

We’ll be at Odd Fellows Hall our downtown venue. $5 suggested donation.

Swing Family Picnic

Thursday, August 15th, we’ll have our annual Swing Family Picnic. We’ll have food, games, dancing, and live music from local band Swangle. This is a potluck style event, bringing food or games is encouraged but not required. This event is free, so bring your friends and family out for a fun night of live music, food, and friends.

We’ll be at Starker Arts Park, located at 4485 SW Country Club Dr

Swing Dance in Independence

Sunday, September 8th, we’ll be hosting a dance at Maxine’s Ballroom in Independence. There will be carpools leaving from Corvallis if anyone is in need of transportation. Our aim is to share the culture of Swing dance a broader group of folks in surrounding areas, so come join for a night of lessons, dancing, and meeting new people.

Schedule

  • 6:20 p.m.: Carpool to Independence
  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Intro Lesson
  • 9 – 11 p.m.: Dancing to music DJed by Corvallis Swing DJs

We’ll be at Maxine’s Ballroom in Indepedence, and cover for the evening is $5.

Upcoming events

Other notes

  • We have volunteer opportunities at every dance and in between. Contact us if you’d like to help out. πŸ™‚

Dance Saturday. Summer events.

Photo credit: Amanda L. Smith Photography

Our final downtown dance of the season is this Saturday, June 8.

This month, we have guest teachers and DJs from Eugene, OR. Nika Jin and Nick Davis of Track Town Swing Club will be teaching the introductory lesson. Kristin Buxton will be DJing alongside Nick.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:45 p.m.: Doors open
  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Beginner swing lesson with Nika & Nick
  • 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.: Dancing to music DJed by Nick & Kristin

We’ll be at Odd Fellows Hall, and cover for the evening is $7-10, sliding scale.

Style Your Swing Returns

Join us on Wednesday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. starting July 17 for a weekly lesson/practica, followed by social dancing to DJed music. We’ll be alternating between formal lessons and practice sessions each week.

For more information, visit: corvallisswing.com/style-your-swing

Summer Events

We’re hosting one event per month this summer in addition to Style Your Swing. Check out the event listing below or on our website at: corvallisswing.com/events.

Other notes

Live Music. May Lessons and Dances.

We’ll be having a dance Saturday, May 11th with live music from the Stealin’ Apples Jazz Band from Eugene

May Downtown Swing Dance

Join us for our May Downtown Swing Dance Saturday, May 11th at Odd Fellows. We’ll be having live music from the Stealin’ Apples Jazz Band.

Schedule

  • 6:45 p.m.: Doors open
  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Beginner Charleston lesson taught by Bailey Keefe and Mark Mills
  • 8 – 10:30 p.m.: Social dancing and live music from Stealin’ Apples Jazz Band

We’ll be at Odd Fellows Hall our downtown venue, and cover for the evening is $7-10.

Lindy 1: Introduction to Lindy Hop

This 3 week lesson series will run Mondays, May 6 – 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. This series will cover the basics of Lindy Hop: 8-count footwork, swing-out, Lindy circle, turns, footwork variations and more. This class is open to all ages and all levels. Individuals or partners welcome. Willingness to rotate partners is required. Cost for this lesson is $35 during pre-registration or $45 at the door. Registration is open on our website.

For more information and to register, visit: corvallisswing.com/lindy-1

Friday Swing Dance at OSU

We’ll be having our OSU Swing Dance on Friday, May 31st at OSU. This will be the final OSU dance of Spring Term, so we hope to see you all there.

Schedule

  • 7:45 p.m.: Doors open
  • 8 – 9 p.m.: Beginner swing lesson with Lindsey Almarode and Mark Mills
  • 9 – 11 p.m.: Dancing to music DJed by Tiana and Dakota

We’ll be at the Women’s Building our campus venue, and cover for the evening is $5.

Upcoming events

Other notes

  • We have volunteer opportunities at every dance and in between. Contact us if you’d like to help out. πŸ™‚

Dance Friday. Upcoming Dances and Live Music.

Coming up this Friday, January 11, we’re hosting our Swing Dance at OSU

Friday Dance at OSU

Join us for our Swing Dance at OSU January 11th in the Women’s Building.

Schedule

  • 7:45 p.m.: Doors open
  • 8 – 9 p.m.: Beginner 6-count swing lesson taught by Lindsey Almarode and Anthony Maggio
  • 9 – 11 p.m.: Dancing to music DJed by Chuck Dee, Amanda Lachner, and John Schlender

We’ll be at the Women’s Building, our campus venue, and cover for the evening is $5.

9th Anniversary Dance

Join us as we celebrate Corvallis Swing Dance Society’s 9th Anniversary! There will be a beginning lesson from Phil Manijak, one of the founders of the Corvallis Swing Dance Society, along with long time community member and volunteer, Hannah Murley. After the lesson there will be social dancing with live music from the local band Swangle. We hope to see you all there!

Schedule

  • 6:45 p.m.: Doors open
  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Beginner swing lesson from Phil Manijak and Hannah Murley
  • 8 – 10:30 p.m.: Social dancing and live music from Swangle

We’ll be at the Odd Fellows our downtown venue. This dance will be free and open to all. No experience or partner necessary.

Upcoming Events

Other notes

  • Want to get involved? Email us and we’ll let you know how you can help. πŸ™‚

Swing Dance Workshops. November Dances and Lessons.

There are Swing Dance Workshops coming up Saturday November 17th, followed by out monthly downtown swing dance with live music from the Cherry Blossom Orchestra! The dance kicks off with a beginner lesson at 7 p.m.

Swing Dance Workshops & Live Music Dance

Join us for our Fall Swing Dance Workshops on Saturday, November 17 at Odd Fellows. There will be lessons for all levels of dancers. After the workshops we will be having our signature downtown swing dance with live music from the Cherry Blossom Orchestra

Schedule

  • 12:15 p.m.: Doors open/Warm up at Odd Fellows Hall
  • 12:30 – 2 p.m.: Beyond Beginner Lindy with Rachel and Mark
  • 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.: Solo Jazz Musicality with Rachel (All levels)
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.: Intermediate Lindy with Rachel and Mark
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.: Beginning Lindy with Denise Steele and Tiana Tom
  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Drop-in beginner swing lesson from Denise Steele and Tiana Tom
  • 8 – 10:30 p.m.: Downtown Swing Dance and live music from the Cherry Blossom Orchestra

We’ll be at the Odd Fellows our downtown venue. Registration is currently live. Pre-registration is $40, registration at the door is $45. Registration includes all workshops and entrace to the dance which will feature live music from the Cherry Blossom Orchestra. Resgister here. Entrance to the beginner lesson and dance is $12-15.

Beginning 6-Count Swing

This 3 week lesson series will go over basic footwork for 6-count swing, technique, and some fun moves. This is a great class for those who looking for an introductory lesson into swing dancing. It will run on Mondays, November 12 – 26, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Each of the remaining classes will be $10

For more information, visit our course catalog

Friday Swing Dance at OSU

Join us for our last Friday Swing Dance at OSU of the term on November 30 at OSU at 8 p.m.

Schedule

  • 7:45 p.m.: Doors open
  • 8 – 9 p.m.: Beginner Charelston Lesson taught by Becca Hicks and John Schlender
  • 9 – 11 p.m.: Swing dancing with music DJed by Becca Hicks, Amanda Lachner, Caitlynn Dougherty, and Lindsey Almarode

We’ll be at the Women’s Building our campus venue. This dance will feature all our Corvallis staples like our beginner lesson and steal circle. No partner or experience necessary. All ages welcome. Cover for this event is $5.

Upcoming Events

Other notes

  • Want to get involved? Email us and we’ll let you know how you can help. πŸ™‚

October Dances. Upcoming Workshops and Lessons.

Coming up next Friday, October 26, we’re hosting our Swing Dance at OSU

Friday Dance at OSU

Join us for our Swing Dance at OSU October 26th in the Women’s Building.

Schedule

  • 7:45 p.m.: Doors open
  • 8 – 9 p.m.: Beginner 6-count swing lesson
  • 9 – 11 p.m.: Dancing to music DJed by Lindsey Almarode, John Schlender, and Dakota Trufant

We’ll be at the Women’s Building, our campus venue, and cover for the evening is $5.

Lindy 2: Intermediate Lindy Hop

This 4 week lesson series will pick up where Lindy 1 left off, adding fun variations of the swing-out. It will run on Mondays, November 5 – 26, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. This series will be $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

For more information, visit our course catalog

Fall Swing Dance Workshops

Join us for our Fall Swing Dance Workshops on Saturday, November 17 at Odd Fellows. There will be lessons for all levels of dancers.

Schedule

  • 12:15 p.m.: Doors open/Warm up at Odd Fellows Hall
  • 12:30 – 2 p.m.: Beyond Beginner Lindy with Rachel and Rod
  • 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.: Solo Jazz Musicality with Rachel (All levels)
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.: Intermediate Lindy with Rachel and Rod
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.: Beginning Lindy with Denise Steele and Tiana Tom
  • 7 – 8 p.m.: Drop-in beginner swing lesson from Denise Steele and Tiana Tom
  • 8 – 10:30 p.m.: Downtown Swing Dance and live music from the Cherry Blossom Orchestra

We’ll be at the Odd Fellows our downtown venue. Registration is currently live. Early Bird Registration lasts until October 17th and is $35. Pre-registration is $40, registration at the door is $45. Registration includes all workshops and entrace to the dance which will feature live music from the Cherry Blossom Orchestra. Resgister here.

Upcoming Events

Other notes

  • Want to get involved? Email us and we’ll let you know how you can help. πŸ™‚

Swing Family Picnic, Style Your Swing Continues.

We’ve got our Swing Family Picnic coming up Thursday August 16th at Starker Arts Park!

Swing Family Picnic

Join us for an fun evening of food, live music, dancing, games, and socializing at our annual picnic at Starker Arts Park!

Schedule

  • 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.: Picnic
  • 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.: Live music from Swangle

We’ll be joined by local band Swangle so make sure you don’t miss this picnic. The picnic is a potluck. Bringing food is encouraged but not required! This event is free.

Style Your Swing

Style Your Swing is still going strong and we’ve got plenty of classes left for dancers of all levels! All weeks of Style Your Swing feature a drop in/beginner lesson as well as an intermediate lesson. Lessons are on Mondays and start at 7:30 p.m.. After the lesson there is guided practice time with DJed music to dance to. There’s something for everyone so come by and check it out! Coming Up we’ll have lessons on 6-count swing, collegiate shag, the Shim Sham, and many more.

For more information visit: corvallisswing.com/style-your-swing

Upcoming events

Other notes

  • We have volunteer opportunities at every dance and in between. Contact us if you’d like to help out. πŸ™‚

Dance Weekend and Charleston Class

Our biggest event of the year is almost here!

Fall Swing Dance Weekend

Join us November 11th and 12th for two days of dancing, learning, and fun with instructors from Portland and Eugene. Saturday’s dance will feature live music from Boy and Bean of Portland.

There will be workshops for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers. A range of swing dance styles will be represented, including Lindy hop, balboa, and solo jazz.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Saturday, November 11

  • 10:45 a.m.: Doors open/ Warm-up at Odd Fellows Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Lindy footwork and rhythm variations (Intermediate) with Nika and Nick:
    Experiment with fitting unconventional footwork and new rhythms into shapes you already know.
  • 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.: Slow Lindy (Intermediate) with Kali & Austin:
    Test your dance fitness by slowing your roll, filling the void with smart movement choices, and grasping a deeper connection to your partner.
  • 1:10 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.: Lunch Break
  • 2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.: Musicality (Beyond Beginner) with Kali & Austin:
    This class will help you channel your creative energies in a way that better matches and responds to the music. Learn how to build the story of your dancing through a musical phrase.
  • 3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.: Solo Jazz (All levels) with Nika:
    This class will cover traditional solo jazz movements, as well as styling options and tips on experimenting if you are more comfortable with the material.
  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Drop-in beginner swing lesson
  • 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.: Downtown Swing Dance with live music from Boy and Bean
  • Sunday, November 12

  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Beginning Balboa with Emily & Rod:
    Learn the basics about connection and footwork, as well as the “come around,” ad libs, and paddles.
  • 2:40 – 3:40 p.m.: Balboa-Swing (Beyond Beginner) with Emily & Rod:
    Learn the basics of balboa-swing, including the send out, lollies, and crossovers.
  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Afternoon Swing Dance with DJs Emily & Rod
  • VENUE

    Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St.

  • Note: Sunday’s dance will be in the north hall (up the stairs, to the left), while all other events will be in the main hall (up the stairs to the right).
  • RESERVATIONS

  • An all-access pass includes all workshops and admission to both dances. The cost is $40 in advance, $45 at the door.
  • A Saturday-only pass includes the daytime workshops and the evening dance. The cost is $30.
  • A Sunday-only pass includes both balboa workshops and the afternoon dance. The cost is $20.
  • Visit this page to make a reservation. If you register before Sunday, November 5, you will receive a FREE PINT GLASS with your admission.

    New Charleston Class Starting This Coming Week!

    Charleston 1: Beyond Basic Charleston

    Starting the week of November 6.
    This 4-week lesson series will cover basic Charleston footwork, stalls, gear turns, and hand-to-hand Charleston.

  • Dates: Mondays, November 6 – 27, 8 – 9 p.m.
  • Location: Odd Fellows Hall
  • Cost: $35 (advanced), $40 (door)
  • Prereqs: Have attended a social dance.
  • Registration is available HERE
  • Other Upcoming Events

  • Friday, November 10: Track Town Swing’s monthly dance with Live Music from Calamity Jazz.
  • Friday, November 17: Swing Dance at OSU.
  • Friday, December 1: Swing Dance at OSU.
  • Fall Dance Schedule & Classes.

    The fall season is finally upon us and with that brings the return of our regular dance schedule.

    Friday Swing Returns

    Join us on Friday, September 29 for our first swing dance back at OSU.

    • 7:45 p.m.: Doors open
    • 8 – 9 p.m.: Beginner 6-count swing lesson
    • 9 – 11 p.m.: Dancing to music DJed by Annie, Tiana and Dakota

    We’ll be at the OSU Women’s Building, room 116, and cover for the evening is $5.

    Fall 2017 dance schedule

    • Friday dances at OSU: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, and Dec. 1.
    • Saturday dances at Odd Fellows: Oct. 21, Nov. 11, and Dec. 16

    Upcoming Classes

    This fall, we’ve revamped our lesson structure to make it easier to progress from a beginner to an intermediate dancer.

    Swing 1: Beginning 6-count Swing & Charleston

    Our beginner drop-in classes start from the basics and cover a new set of moves each time. The aim is to get you comfortably moving and having fun on the dance floor.

    This class is offered before every dance (see schedule above).

    Lindy 1: Introduction to Lindy Hop

    Starting Monday, October 2, we’re offering a 5-week Lindy hop lesson series. The class will cover basic 8-count footwork, promenade, swing-out, Lindy circle, and turns.

    For more information and advanced registration, visit: corvallisswing.com/lindy-1

    Charleston 1: Beyond Basic Charleston

    Starting the week of November 6, join us for a 4-week partner Charleston series. The class will cover basic Charleston footwork, stalls, gear turns, and hand-to-hand Charleston.

    This class is great for beginners or anyone who wants to go beyond our basic Charleston lessons.

    Other notes

    • Save the date: On November 10 – 11, we’re bringing in guest instructors to teach Balboa, Lindy hop, and solo jazz workshops.
    • We’ll be at the Beaver Community Fair on campus on Wednesday, September 20, from 12 – 4 p.m. Drop by to dance with us!