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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

August 15th, 2016

That's soCal

Suzanne Ducker DJs & classes start Tuesday!

We're gathering inspiration from the other coast for our next series. Home of happy cows, the happiest place on Earth and hippies who are always happy, southern California is also responsible for a smoother style of Lindy Hop that makes us happy. Jeff and Annabelle will spend 4 weeks teaching the technique, aesthetics and movement of Lindy made popular in SoCal by Dean Collins and his posse.

For beginners, we'll take you through the usual 6-count classic one can find on either coast or anywhere in between. Bring your shoes, bring your friends, and bring $8 if you plan to just come to the dance that starts at 9 p.m. Suzanne will be in the DJ booth heating up the floor even more than the humidity – which is saying a lot.

Bonus: Mark your calendar for Aug 30 as we'll have an advanced, one-time workshop brought to you by Jason and Meg focused on modern classic moves.

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

August 8th, 2016

but what do I wear?

David Soltysik DJs Tuesday!

We're pretty good at aggressively oversharing, but every now and again people ask us questions – probably because they like the sound of our voice and definitely not because we leave out details.

One of the most common FAQs we get is "What should I wear to the Jam Cellar?" To which we will matter-of-factly respond, "either black tie or a giraffe onesie." What we mean by that comment dripping with sarcasm is, wear whatever you want. You will see a wide range of get-ups, but the most common and strategic options include secure shoes with a slide-y sole and whatever you don't mind sweating in.

Join us in your garments of choice on Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. Week four of our current series will wrap up real nice and the social dance will commence at 9 p.m. on the nose. Bonus points if you actually do show up in a giraffe onesie.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Caroline, wk 4
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 4

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: SoCal Swing w. Jeff & Annabelle starts August 16th
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th

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 1st, 2016

there's a thing

John Mortenson DJs Tuesday!

We've got Saturday night covered. You're welcome.

Join us at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom on August 6th for The Craig Gildner Big Band. It's a 13 piece orchestra handpicked from DC's deep bench of talent featuring the crisp, energetic style of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Artie Shaw. It starts at 9 p.m. and we'll even throw in a free beginner lesson from our top notch instructors at 8 p.m. It'll set students back just $15 and you older, wiser patrons only $20.

We'll see you then and on Tuesday for the regular jig – er, gig. Both? Come dance with us.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Caroline, wk 3
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 3

Coming Soon:

Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Big Band, August 6th
Intermediate Series: SoCal Swing w. Jeff & Annabelle starts August 16th
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th

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

July 25th, 2016

What's sleep?

Brad Nathanson DJs Tuesday!

Dancers are notorious for working the post meridiem hours and we rarely regret the precious z's we trade for a moment more moving the music we so adore.

Plan your Tuesday accordingly. At 8 p.m. we strike up our classes where they left off last week. Not in a class series? Never fear. Our evergreen, everawesome free drop-in lesson is open to anyone at anytime – as long as that time is 8 p.m. on Tuesday. At 9 p.m. we begin the beguine with music from Brad Nathanson's digital library.

Save the date for Saturday, August 6. We've got another live band dance coming your way and its a big one, a Craig Gildner Big Band one to be exact. You won't want to miss it!

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Caroline, wk 2
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 2

Coming Soon:

Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Big Band, August 6th
Intermediate Series: SoCal Swing w. Jeff & Annabelle starts August 16th

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

July 18th, 2016

checking in

New Classes Start & Jerry Almonte DJs Tuesday!

You there? Cool. We're starting a new thing. It'll last four weeks. They're similar to dance lessons, except cooler because they're our dance lessons.

Jeff and Annabelle are leading a swingout clinic. Bring your vanilla, beginner swingout and we'll add the intermediate chocolate sauce and sprinkles. Nothing to bring to that potluck? We can work with that. David and Caroline will be teaching beginner Charleston. So, start there.

Or skip it all and come for the music at 9 p.m. You've got options! We'll see you there.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Caroline, wk 1
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 1

Coming Soon:

Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Big Band, August 6th
Intermediate Series: SoCal Swing w. Jeff & Annabelle starts August 16th

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