CGOA’s “The Last Chance Dance”

With the Jazz Collective Big Band

Summer’s winding down, so in celebration of the season’s end, the CGOA Jazz Collective Big Band invites audiences to enjoy an evening of tuneful swing and jazz at the LAST CHANCE DANCE. The event is Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 PM at the Hood River Elks Lodge.

This is the fourth dance the Jazz Collective has hosted, and each one brings out dozens of swing dancers and lovers of classic big band music of all ages. “You don’t even need to know how to dance,” said CGOA Artistic Director and Jazz Collective conductor Mark Steighner. “We’ll have free swing dance instruction at 7 PM. But you can always just come and listen to the music and enjoy the show.”

Big Band Jazz was, of course, the dominant form of popular music from the 1920s through the early 1950s and so the set list will lean heavily on classics from the period as well as more “modern” arrangements. “We do a really wide variety of music,” Steighner said. “All very fun stuff to dance to or listen to.”

Tickets for the Last Chance Dance are $20 Adults, $15 for CGOA Members, and $5 for youth ages 10-17. Kids under 10 are free. Tickets are available at the door and through