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February 14th, 2017

the DJ battle for your heart

New Classes!

A dance on Valentine's Day* only means one thing: we're playing the corny love game hardcore. Oh yeah, we're going there. Suzanne and Dylan will be hosting a DJ battle for your heart. Two will push play. You will vote. One will win. May the best DJ win.

As if that wasn't enough to get you there, starting at 8 p.m., Jeff and Caroline begin their 4 week Lindy B series, Jason and Tasha embark on their advanced track "Turning Lindy Hoppers Into Dancers" where they'll help you take the confidence and deliberation that makes a successful solo performer and add it to your partner dancing. Learn how improvise and take use space to make your lindyhop unique and fun.

BONUS: Next week, back by popular demand – Jeff and Nina will teach an extra advanced workshop at 9 p.m. focused on, well, does it really matter? It's Jeff and Nina. (p.s. its Princely moves and Vintage classics.)

We'll also be hosting a pop up Aris Allen shoe shop on the 21st. Limited stock this time so if you're interested drop us a line and we'll tell you if we've got your size. That's it!

*Valentine's Day: a day devoted to people being more annoying on social media than they already are and/or a good day to eat chocolate. (Editor's note: My writer is a silly. VDay is fun.)

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ Battle 4R Hearts: Suzanne Ducker & Dylan Kilpatrick
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Caroline, week 1!
Intermediate Series: Turning Lindy Hoppers into dancers, w. Jason & Tasha, week 1!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

ADV:Jeff & Nina 2/21
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea. 2/28

Special:CLHC ft. Craig Gildner's Big Band. March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

February 6th, 2017

sportsball!

sportsball!

The Super Bowl happened last night. In case you missed it, the Patriots got behind on purpose and then won it in a historic overtime. Because everyone loves an underdog story about a 5-time Super Bowl winning collection of millionaires.

Don't worry, we're very tolerant of your NFL alliance. Unless you're a Patriots fan. Come collectively lament over some Lindy Hop on Tuesday. Lessons are at 8 p.m. and dancing begins at 9 p.m. Let's win this thing.

Disclaimer: NFL affiliation not required to attend. Most of us "watched" it for the junk food.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Beginner Series: Lindy a, Jeff & Caroline, week 4!
Intermediate Series: Playing with Rhythms and Shapes, w. Jason & annabel, week 4!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special:Return of the DJ Battle for our Hearts. 2/14
ADV:Jeff & Nina 2/21
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea. 2/28

Special:CLHC ft. Craig Gildner's Big Band. March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

January 31st, 2017

your MOM goes to college!

your MOM goes to college!

Big news. Big day. Look alive, people!

We're excited to announce our first workshop weekend in six whole years, The Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships! No, you don't have to be a college student to attend. From March 17-19, we'll feature a day of workshops with local rockstars David and Chelsea Lee, three days of dancing – including Saturday night with the Craig Gildner Big Band – and exciting competitions with prizes. Get more details and register at www.collegelindyhop.com.

In other big, big news, starting this Tuesday we're selling raffle tickets to win an entire year's free admittance to all the Jam Cellar dances! SAY WHHHA! Yeah, for real. A whole year. Here's the deal: The proceeds from the raffle will go towards to Golden Sneaker Award, a monetary prize for the winner of the CLHC Showcase division that will benefit their college swing dance club. Tickets are 5 for $5 or 25 for $20.

Told you this was big. Our normal Tuesday gig will happen amidst all said excitement so don't you worry about a thing. We'll see you at 8 p.m. for the lessons and 9 p.m. for the dancin.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Omar Myers
Beginner Series: Lindy a, Jeff & Caroline, week 3!
Intermediate Series: Playing with Rhythms and Shapes, w. Jason & annabel, week 3!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special:Return of the DJ Battle for our Hearts. 2/14
ADV:Jeff & Nina 2/21
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea. TBD!

Special:CLHC ft. Craig Gildner's Big Band. March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

January 24th, 2017

dance therapy

Dance therapy

Raise your hand if you're still recovering from the weekend!

Unanimous? Great. Come have a little dance therapy.

We'll be prescribing the usual lessons at 8:00 p.m. and tunes at 9 p.m. They've got the power to numb whatever you need to be numbed and awaken only the good syncopated feelings.

Teaser: We've got a fun little surprise coming your way in March and it's bigger than our usual surprises. We'll fill you in next week. Don't change that dial!

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Helene Horowitz
Beginner Series: Lindy a, Jeff & Caroline, week 2!
Intermediate Series: Playing with Rhythms and Shapes, w. Jason & annabel, week 2!

Wednesday!
DJ: Suzanne Ducker
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Annabel & Jon, wk 4!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Annabel & Michael, wk 4!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special:CLHC ft. Craig Gildner's Big Band. March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

January 9th, 2017

Nin(j)a lessons

Nin(j)a lessons

Calling all advanced dance warriors! We've got a special doodad of a lesson for you this week. Nina and Jeff will be teaching partner dialogue in this month's workshop. They'll show follows how to interpret a lead without backleading and leads how to influence without dictating. You'll wanna be there, trust us. It begins at 9 p.m. Only dancers who've been through 2+ intermediate course need apply please.

Not quite your speed? Never fear. The courses we began last week will still be in full swing as will the musical deluge by Greg that begins at 9 p.m.

P.S. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @thejamcellar if you haven't already. It's the best decision you'll make on the Internet.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Greg Stasiewicz
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Annabel, week 4!
Intermediate Series: Solo Jazz, David & Caroline, week 2!
Advanced Class: Partner Dialogue w. Jeff & Nina @ 9pm!

New Blood Night Wednesday!
DJ: Lukasz Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Annabel & Jon, wk 2!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Annabel & Michael, wk 2!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Unsung Heroes, Jan 14th!
Catholic U:CLHC ft. Craig Gildner's Big Band. March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

January 3rd, 2017

Hello gorgeous

Hello gorgeous

Lookin' at you, 2017! Time to move up and swing out. Here's what's going on with the Jam Cellar and DC Balboa Club post hiatus.

Our beginner track will continue its course with two more weeks covering the basics of Lindy Hop. We know you forgot everything you learned. It's ok; we'll go easy on you. For our intermediate track David and Caroline will lead a short two weeks on solo jazz moves, featuring the Jive and Mama Stew. Mmm-mmm good. Don't forget: our free beginner drop-in lessons are always free, that's why they're called free drop-in lessons. They're really great for all those folks that resolved to learn some new and adventurous hobby in 2017 – or at least the first 2 months of it.

In the world of Balboa, NEW BLOOD NIGHT!
A whole FREE evening of lessons and DJ music for those that have never been before… which is pretty much all of you. An intermediate lesson starts at 8, a beginner lesson starts at 9, and the music begins at 10. It's hosted on the slick floor of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Columbia Heights.

Tuesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Annabel, week 3!
Intermediate Series: Solo Jazz, David & Caroline, week 1!

New Blood Night Wednesday!
DJ: DJ TBD
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Annabel & Jon, wk 1!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Annabel & Michael, wk 1!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Advanced Lindy:A woman named Nina walks into a mansion to teach. Jan 10th 2017
Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Unsung Heroes, Jan 14th!
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

December 27th, 2016

Can't. Move.

Can't. Move.

We overate. Can't move. Won't move. Stay home and do whatever you do in the week between Christmas and New Years.

We'd tell you to think of us fondly when you sing Auld Lang Syne, but, pretty convinced we're already one of the better things that happened in 2016.

See you in January, dancers!

December 19th, 2016

Not throwin' away my shot

Not throwin away my shot

It's closing time! Your last shot at dancing with us in 2016 is on the auctioneer's block and moving quick! Last call – going once, going twice! SEE YOU TUESDAY!

Remember, lessons will continue as usual at 8 p.m. with Lindy B making a strong comeback in January. We'll close out the iconic swingout intermediate series as we close out for the year. In case our clever turn of phrases aren't conveying the point, we are, indeed, open this week and are, indeed, closed the following. Oh and, DCBC is on hiatus until 2017.

Do not throw away your shot.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Suzanne Ducker
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Annabel, week 2!
Intermediate Series: Iconic Swingouts, David & Caroline, week 2!

Wednesday!
Stay Home. Binge netflix. Revisit BtVS.

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Intermediate Series: Solo Jazz, David & Caroline, Jan 3rd!
The Balboa: DCBC returns, Jan 4th!
Advanced Lindy:A woman named Nina walks into a mansion to teach. Jan 10th 2017
Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Unsung Heroes, Jan 14th!
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

December 12th, 2016

Closing time…almost

Closing time…almost

WE'VE ONLY GOT TWO WEEKS LEFT. SO MAKE 'EM COUNT.

Before we slam the door in the face of 2016 and give a little chuckle as we walk away, come get a few more dances. Fair warning: do it before December 27 and 28, because we won't be around then.

In other news, we're adding a new beginner track to our lesson collage. On Tuesday at 8 p.m. we'll start Lindy B – our brilliant beginner series that focuses on Charleston basics with Jeff and Annabel. It'll span 4 weeks and two years as it will cross over the holiday break and resume in 2017. For more info on how the new arrangement works, take a looksy here.

Our intermediate lesson will also be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, but only last for our remaining two weeks. David and Caroline will be teaching Iconic Swingouts, a course laser-focused on the different styles of swingouts from some of the "greats." Let's just say Frankie Manning, Shorty George, and Big Bea would be proud.

AND for our final piece of riveting updates, we finally joined Tindr for hobbies! Swipe right or just Check it out and pass it on. Now you can tell people how great we are in be- er, in bestowing fun!

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Mike Marcotte
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Annabel, week 1!
Intermediate Series: Iconic Swingouts, David & Caroline, week 1!

Wednesday!
DJ: Luke Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 4!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Betsy & Luke, wk 4!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Advanced Lindy:A woman named Nina walks into a mansion to teach. Jan 10th 2017
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com

December 5th, 2016

For tension headache relief, try…

For tension headache relief, try…

Headaches. Pesky or mammoth ailments of life that seem to infiltrate when you least expect it. No one is immune to their unpredictable strike. You can't avoid their omnipresence. We're all allergic to headaches. Sometimes they're contagious.

Thankfully, we specialize in the best clinically tested, over-the-hardwood bandaid drug. At the Jam Cellar we offer you over 2 hours of back-to-back 3ish minute quick-fixes to relieve your tension headaches. Side affects may include addiction, but who cares, the high is worth it.

If you can't wait till Tuesday, you're in luck because CUA is hosting a dance of healing proportion Monday night. Of course, we'll host the usual appointment with lessons at 8 p.m. and music therapy at 9 p.m. Because we care.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: John Mortenson
Beginner Series: Lindy A, Jeff & Annabel, week 4!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, David & Caroline, week 4!

Wednesday!
DJ: Luke Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 3!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Betsy & Luke, wk 3!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

Lastly, Wanna Volunteer?

Want to get in free to events? Get discounts on classes? Get a better understanding of the interconnectedness of all things? Volunteer! Just email huh@thejamcellar.com