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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

September 19th, 2016

New kid on the block

Jason Niesz DJs Tuesday!

Michael Quisao DJs DCBC Wednesday!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Make our little cousin feel welcome as she makes her debut. DC Balboa Club will enter center stage promptly at 8 p.m. this Wednesday, September 21. You've got questions, we've got answers:

When? Every Wednesday! Intermediate classes from 8 pm to 9pm with award-winning instructors David & Chelsea Lee. Beginner classes from 9 pm to 10pm with the legendary Michael & Annabel Quisao. DJ Dance 10pm to 11pm.

Where? 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC 20010

How much? $60 for a four week series + dance OR $15 per class / $5 Dance

Wait, what's Balboa again? Balboa is a swing dance that originated in Southern California during the 1930s and '40s. It is a partnered dance that focuses on connection, footwork, and shared rhythms. Balboa is danced to music at a variety of tempos, but super helpful for those fast jams and tight spaces.

But what about Lindy on Tuesday's? Yes, yes. That's still a thing. Same time, same place. We'll see you for lessons at 8 and dance at 9 whether you like it or not.

This Weeks Classes:

Tuesday!
Beginner Series: 8-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 2
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & Annabel, wk 2

WEDNESDAY!
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 1
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 1

Coming Soon:

Balboa: Beginner & Intermediate Balboa classes start THIS WEDNESDAY @ St Stephens.
Solo: Thriller! Starts Sept 26th @ St Stephens
Intermediate Lindy: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David, oct 11th.
Advanced Lindy: Something Something Class, 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

September 12th, 2016

DCA to STL

Yulai Liu DJs & classes start Tuesday!

This may come as a shock considering the USA is such a homogenous bunch, but during those early decades of the swing craze, each region of the country developed its own version of social dance style.

This intermediate series David and Annabel give you the St. Louis jitterbug and shag, the energetic swing style that the fine folks of – you guessed it – St. Louis invented. It's an uptempo dance full of kicks, triples, and rotation. Simply put, it's a knockout addition to any dance arsenal. Our beginner track will focus on a basic 8-count. For those of you brand new to the swing neighborhood, this is the perfect place to get started. Both classes begin at 8 p.m. and the social dancing serenade by DJ begins at 9 p.m.

Oh, and DCBC is officially 10 days away from takeoff. Not that we're excited or anything.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 8-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 1
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & Annabel, wk 1

Coming Soon:

Balboa: Beginner & Intermediate Balboa classes start Sept 21st @ St Stephens.
Solo: Thriller! Starts Sept 26th @ St Stephens
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 5th, 2016

P.S.

Tony Vergara DJs Tuesday!

P.S. The typical Tuesday festivities will proceed as planned after your day of non-labor celebrating labor. Lessons continue at 8 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. No advanced workshop this week.

P.P.S. DC Balboa Club begins their weekly Wednesday gig on September 21. Get excited. The awesome link of awesomeness

P.P.P.S. Our Thriller series will throw down on Monday, September 26. Get even more excited.
The other awesome link of awesomeness

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 4
Intermediate Series: SoCal Lindy w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 4

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th
Balboa: Beginner & Intermediate Balboa classes start Sept 21st @ St Stephens.
Solo: Thriller! Starts Sept 26th @ St Stephens
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

August 29th, 2016

ILHC You Later

Laura Glaess DJs & Meg Teaches an ADV workshop Tuesday!

Balboa classes start in September along with our yearly Thriller series!

Listen up, fine folks, because this published proclamation packs a punch.

1. Throwback to Modern Classics Workshop on Tuesday August, 30. It's a tad ironic to call any class we teach a throwback as we specialize in a dance forged scores ago, but we're doing it anyway. In this one-time offer you'll see cameo appearances from moves popular in the early 2000s. Bring your well-versed swingouts and partnered charleston to get the most out of this class. Meg's back for one night teaching with Jason for this advanced class from 9:15- 9:45 at our place and it'll only set you back $8 for the workshop and $12 for the workshop dance combo.

2. Thriller starts Monday, September 26! Not ready for pumpkin spice anything yet? Too bad! We're letting you know early that our Thriller series is on the way and it's going to be strong. Our own MTV star Jeff Booth will teach the original choreography from Michael Jackson's classic music video on Mondays from 7:45 – 9:15 at St. Stephen's of the Incarnate starting 9/26 through 10/17. It's a well-spent $60 for new students and only $30 for those returning from previous years. BONUS: Guest appearances from the one and only Tasha of Urban Artistry to give us the grit on movement quality.

3. BFD BREAKING NEWS: We give you the DC Balboa Club (DCBC). It's a brand new venture starting every Wednesday at St. Stephen's of the Incarnate. We launch on Wednesday, September 21 and wrap up when Armageddon begins to get unbearable. More details to come, but we'll run an Intermediate Track from 7:30-8:30, a beginner track. 8:30-9:30, then let you have at it in an open practice from 9:30-10:30.

4. Adieu, LHC 2016! Kudos to all the recent owners of trophies, medals and international bragging rights. Literally. If you're still in town, we'd love to share one last dance with you so come on by for the open dance at 9:00 p.m.

5. That's all.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 1
Intermediate Series: SoCal Lindy w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 1
Advanced Class: Modern Classics w. Jason & Meg, one night

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th
Balboa: Beginner & Intermediate Balboa classes start Sept 21st @ St Stephens.
Solo: Thriller! Starts Sept 26th @ St Stephens
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.

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

August 22nd, 2016

ILHC You There

Dustin Spicuzza DJs Tuesday!

You better watch out, you better not cry, ILHC is coming to town!! Starting Thursday, the world-famous competition will be in our hood and we'll be around to welcome you with more pomp and better water than Olympic Host committee.

Locals, hoping to see you at the festivities and out-of-towners, you should swing by our place if you're in the area early! Our beginner 6-count and intermediate SoCal Lindy classes continue in their strong second week AND after ILHC Jason and Meg will showcase a lovely, onetime advanced workshop on Modern Classics. All of that fun stuff starts at 8 p.m. and the really fun stuff starts at 9 p.m. as Dustin ushers in some DJ delight. See you there!

PS. Did you know other people now think we're pretty cool too? Yeah, you click that link. Look out for 26.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 1
Intermediate Series: SoCal Lindy w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 1

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th
Advanced Class: Modern Classics w. Jason & Meg on August 30th

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