Downtown Swing Dance

The following post is an archive of a past event from 2019.

Date Saturday, February 23
Intro Lesson 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Dance 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Venue Odd Fellows Hall
Cover $7-10

This month at our downtown swing dance, we’re celebrating Black History Month. Lindy hop swing dancing began in the African-American neighborhood of Harlem, NY in the late 1920s and was innovated by folks like Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, “Shorty” George Snowdon, Al Minns, Leon James, and Willa Mae Ricker. Learn more history at our dance!

We’re excited to have OSU dance instructor Marc Green teach the beginning lesson. Marc took classes from Frankie Manning himself in the 1990s and 2000s.

In addition, we have two guest DJs from Eugene, Nick Davis and Kristin Buxton. Nick, the founder of Track Town Swing Club, has DJed at prestigious dance events such as Herrang (Sweden), Camp Jitterbug (Seattle), and Midwest Lindy Fest (Minneapolis). Kristin has been DJing at swing and blues events around the country regularly since 2001.


7 – 8 p.m. Beginner swing lesson with OSU instructor, Marc Green

8 – 10:30 p.m. Dancing to music DJed by Nick Davis and Kristin Buxton


    • All ages and open to the public. Individuals and partners welcome.
    • Volunteer opportunities available.

Photo credit: Sophie Thompson