Lindy Hop is an improvisational jazz dance innovated by African Americans in Harlem during the late 1920s. It evolved from other Black vernacular jazz dances, notably Charleston and tap. Lindy Hop dancing grew in popularity during the 1930s and 40s in tandem with big band jazz music. At the same time, other swing dance forms such as Balboa and Collegiate Shag emerged in other regions of the country. Influential figures include Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Al Minns, Leon James, and many more.
Corvallis Swing Dance Society was established in 2010 by a group of passionate community members to spread the joy of Lindy Hop and share the knowledge of the dance. We continue to serve the local community through teaching regular series classes, hosting monthly dance events, and supporting live music in Corvallis, Oregon.
Our team is volunteer led with a central council and supporting volunteers. Members take on various roles including teaching, DJing, and organizing event logistics. We encourage everyone to get involved and be a part of the community- come dance with us!