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November 29th, 2016

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations! You made it through the first major holiday of the season without breaking any major appendages (hopefully?). Your psychic health could be another story, but we really only care about the mobility in your legs. Put them to proper use during this there's-a-good-excuse-to-eat-anything time of year.

Lessons carry forth without skipping a beat at 8 p.m. and our music begins beating at 9 p.m. Also, tell your friends we give away FREE lessons to anyone who wants a shot at the basics of swing.

P.S. On Wednesday, DCBC will be back in business with their standard routine and anyone is welcome. They don't bite. Usually.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Jason Niesz
Beginner Series: Lindy A, Jeff & Annabel, week 3!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, David & Caroline, week 3!

Wednesday!
DJ: Luke Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 2!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Betsy & Luke, wk 2!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special: Balboa house party!, Dec 3rd, The Crossover.
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

November 21st, 2016

Yes, we're open Tuesday

Yes, we're open Tuesday

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled day for a couple of quick service announcements. For all the fans clamoring to know, yes, we will indeed be open this pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday. Lessons will proceed per usual and the dancing with have a special New York twist via Claire the crazy kitten lady. So come gorge yourself on crazy delicious Lindy Hop. See you at 8 p.m. for appetizers and 9 p.m. for the turkey – metaphorically speaking.

BUT! Lest you predict DC Balboa Club carry on as normal Thanksgiving Eve, you have been forewarned such is NOT the case. They will postpones dance festivities until the following week. Hard stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Claire Lorman
Beginner Series: Lindy A, Jeff & Annabel, week 2!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, David & Caroline, week 2!

Wednesday!
NO DANCE, see you next week!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special: Balboa house party!, Dec 3rd, The Crossover.
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

November 14th, 2016

New Classes This Week!

Keep calm and dance on

Tuesday we're bringing you all-new classes sponsored by the Keep Calm meme. David and Caroline will spend the next four weeks teaching intermediate students the ins-and-outs of complex rhythm and intentional musicality while Jeff and Annabel will break down the basics of Lindy swingouts for our beginners. Both series start at 8 p.m. and are followed by a dance curtesy of Omar Myer's musical library starting at 9 p.m.

Bonus: DC Balboa Club starts a new round of legit lessons this week. Come for the skills, stay for the hump day dance and check out details on Facebook.

Let's enjoy Life, Lindy and the Pursuit of Happy Steps.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Omar Myers
Beginner Series: Lindy A, Jeff & Annabel, week 1!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, David & Caroline, week 1!

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 1!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Betsy & Luke, wk 1!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special: Balboa house party!, Dec 3rd, The Crossover.
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

November 7th, 2016

Get Out The Vo(te)dka

Get Out The Vo(te)dka

Here's the deal. We're not dancing on Tuesday because the nation is choosing a new leader of the free world – or something, but we do have options for you.

Monday: Go dance at Catholic University. They've got Jam-Cellar-approved Suzanne Ducker spinning tunes on campus from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. and it'll only set you back $5.

Tuesday: ….and DRINK… lots of water.

Wednesday: Keep drinking (water) and go dance at St. Stephen's with the DC Balboa Club. Anyone is welcome to join the fun. No experience necessary.

After that you're on your own. We'll touch base next week to let you know what's happening for our next lesson series. Until then, good luck and godspeed.

This Week in Jam:

Monday!
Suzanne Ducker DJs @ CUA!

Tuesday!
NO DANCE!

Wednesday!
DJ: Lukasz Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 4
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 4

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Beginner Series: Lindy A, Nov 15th, The Cellar!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, Nov 15th, The Cellar!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa, Nov 16th, DCBC!
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorations, Nov 16th, DCBC
Special: Balboa house party!, Dec 3rd, The Crossover.

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

October 30th, 2016

scary

scary

Happy Hallow's Eve! Hope you're spending a few important moments prepping for the most scary day of the year: November 8th. There's been plenty of "nasty" tricks and "hyuge" treats leading up to it, but – much like your hangover after that one costume party – you're ready for it all to be over.

We get it. Come retreat from the scary state of our nation and dance with us on Tuesday. We'll do the usual lessons at 8 p.m. and music at 9 p.m. Don't forget to bring friends. We'll teach 'em up good at our free drop-in lesson for anyone of any dance level.

P.S. Speaking of Election Day, this is your last shot at us till after that fateful Tuesday. We'll be drinki – er, watching – results realtime and you should do the same.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Dylan Kilpatrick
Beginner Series: Charleston w. Jeff & Annabel, wk 4
Intermediate Series: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, wk 4

Wednesday!
DJ: Lukasz Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 3
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 3

Coming Soon:

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

October 24th, 2016

Meh-smerizing

Meh-smerizing.

We put the "meh" in mesmerizing. Doesn't sound like much of a bonus, but if you think about it, we bring mesmerizing to bear so often some might consider it oh, commonplace. Not you, per se, just some people. And for that, we'll never apologize.

Come gather more of this humble attitude and the good ol' steady routine you can count on. This Tuesday the intermediate series continues to tackle THE Al and Leon's Shim Sham while the beginners take Charleston to town. Adam Bean will be in the DJ booth by 9 p.m. and we'll be dancing without hesitation. Meh.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Adam Bean
Beginner Series: Charleston w. Jeff & Annabel, wk 3
Intermediate Series: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, wk 3

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 2
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 2

Coming Soon:

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

October 17th, 2016

Let's levitate

Let's levitate.

Lev-i-tate: to rise or cause to rise and hover in the air, especially by means of supernatural or magical power

We're bringing the magical Dan Levinson's hand-picked, all-star musicians to Glen Echo's Bumper Car Pavilion on Saturday, October 22. Rise to the occasion and it'll be a supernatural experience for all.

Details? Levinson's a NYC-based specialist in traditional jazz and swing. He's spent 21 years becoming one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today, an "in-demand reedman" one might say. He'll be headlining a DC crew with our local outstandings including our favorite Craig Gildner. It'll be $18 at the door and we'll even throw in a free lesson at 8 p.m. to getcha in the groove. The main show starts at 9 p.m. – just like the usual Tuesday gigs. See you there for the magic.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Tony Vergara
Beginner Series: Charleston w. Jeff & Annabel, wk 2
Intermediate Series: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, wk 2

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 4
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 4

Saturday!
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner

Coming Soon:

Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

October 11th, 2016

Make it stop.

Make it stop.

America is weird. You're weird. Let's dance it off.

We've got a really sweet setup for you this week. Gotta learn the Shim Sham? Come on over! (Hilarious, aren't we.) David and Tasha will be taking on 4 weeks of Al and Leon's Shim Sham in our intermediate series starting on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jeff and Annabel will break down Charleston for our beginners.

We'll even throw in a free drop-in lesson like we always do, because we're awesome like that.That all starts at 8 p.m. and the music swells sweetly from the DJ booth beginning at 9 p.m.

Enjoy your questionable holiday. Cheers to weirdness.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: David Soltysik
Beginner Series: Charleston w. Jeff & Annabel, wk 1
Intermediate Series: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, wk 1

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 4
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 4

Coming Soon:

Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

October 3rd, 2016

shut the f –

shut the f –

Shut the FFFRONT DOOR! We've got the most honestly-named advanced workshop you've seen coming right at you this week. In addition to our rock-solid ongoing series courses, we give you "F***ing Hard Moves." Starting at 9 p.m., it'll be an hour of difficult/intricate/exciting/(insert additional buzzword) moves that Jason and Caroline have never, ever taught – the kinda moves that make jam circles jealous. The whole shebang will only set you back $12($15 w .the dance).

The remainder of usual proceedings will proceed as usual so come out for a night that promises to be way better than Tim Kaine's and Mike Pence's.

And don't forget Wednesday! DCBC is a hella good hump day high note.

This Week in Jam:

Monday!
Solo: Thriller! wk 2, Drop-ins welcome @ St Stephens

Tuesday!
DJ: Suzanne Ducker
Beginner Series: 8-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 4
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & Annabel, wk 4
Advanced Lindy: F***ing Hard Moves!, w. Jason & Caroline oct 4th only @ 9pm.

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 3
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 3

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Lindy: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, oct 11th.
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

September 26th, 2016

The light is on.

Last night, we lost one of our beloved "old timers." Dawn Hampton, was not only a dancer, but a musical performer at the Savoy Ballroom. Her musicality was legendary, as was her personality and spirit. The light is on. Thank you Dawn.

Quick reminder – Thriller starts

Monday, September 26 – that's tomorrow/tonight for those of you keeping score at home. Sure, there's a big reality tv show debut between the presidential candidates, but you'll retain far more sanity if you tune into our class at 7:45 p.m.

Here's the deal, our own MTV star Jeff Booth and internationally acclaimed (no, really, we're serious) instructor LaTasha Barnes will teach the original choreography from Micheal Jackson's classic music video "Thriller!" on Mondays from 7:45 – 9:15 at St. Stephen's of the Incarnate starting. It'll go through Monday 10/17. It's a well-spent $60 for new students and only $30 for those returning from previous years.

BONUS: We'll even give you the opp to perform your hard-earned choreography just in time for Hallow's Eve.

We'll get together per usual on Tuesday at 8 p.m. for lessons and 9 p.m. That's it! See you Monday!

This Weeks Classes:

Tuesday!
Beginner Series: 8-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 3
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & Annabel, wk 3

WEDNESDAY!
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 2
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 2

Coming Soon:

Solo: Thriller! Starts THIS MONDAY @ St Stephens
Intermediate Lindy: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David, oct 11th.
Advanced Lindy: The Return of F'n Hard Stuff, w. Jason & Caroline oct 4th.
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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