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June 8th, 2014

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This week DJ Paul Roth paints the town red!

First week of Chelsea and David Lee's Shag series and the next round of Kelly Pavao and Jason Niesz's 6-Count beginner classes start!

Our next class series start this week! Chelsea and David Lee will introduce you to the fancy footwork and playful rhythms of Collegiate Shag as well as the Charleston-like St. Louis Shag in just four short weeks. At the same time, Kelly Pavao and Jason Niesz will be dancing beginners through our famous introductory 6-count lindy course. Our usual prerequisites stand.

Also this week, DJ Paul Roth-ko takes us back to the easel to re-examine the classics. Blending bold strokes of jazz with subtler hues of swing, he'll be out at the Jam Cellar this Tuesday night to help us see the bigger picture.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with Jason & Kelly, Begins June 10th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Shag! with David & Chelsea , Begins June 10th.

Next Glen Echo dance: The Craig Gildner Big Band, July 19th.

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

June 1st, 2014

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programmingÂ… with a SWING OUT CLINIC

This week DJ David Soltysik lights up the Jam Cellar!

Jeff Booth and Kate Hedin present a one-week int/adv Swing Out Clinic!


Our new class series will start June 10th!

On June 3rd we will be holding a SWING OUT CLINIC for INT/ADV dancers. Jeff Booth and Kate Hedin will troubleshoot, fix, tweak, and polish, so bring your swing out, questions and concerns. Prerequisites: our 8-count beginner series or equivalent.

Bobby & Kate Mini Workshop Lindy & Balboa

Bobby and Kate not only help run the Jam Cellar and often teach classes, they also teach swing dance around the world. And, they've now been dance partners for 10 years. So, they're putting on a workshop to celebrate. The workshop will cover some of their favorite moves they've created throughout the years.

The workshop is 2 to 5 pm Sunday June 8 (this Sunday) at Embassy of Dance, 4908 Wisconsin Ave NW, 20016.
Lindy Hop — 2 pm – 3:30 pm ($15)
Balboa — 3:30 pm – 5 pm ($15)
Also, come join us for Mexican food afterwards next door.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with Jason & Kelly, Begins June 10th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Shag! with David & Chelsea , Begins June 10th.

Next Glen Echo dance: The Craig Gildner Big Band, July 19th.

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

May 25th, 2014

DJ Michael Quisao is bringing the best ingredients to the Jam Cellar this Tuesday!

This week, DJ Michael Quisao* debuts on primetime at the Jam Cellar!

Saturday May 31st, the Jam Cellar dishes out Craig Gildner and the DC Allstars at Glen Echo Park.

New classes start June 3rd! Sample shag with David and Chelsea or take a taste of 8-count with Jason and Kelly.

Follow up this tuesday's piping hot new DJ with a serving of Craig Gildner and the DC Allstars out at historic Glen Echo Park. This combo of DC locals wants to fill you up with a healthy helping of classic jazz and big band. We're looking forward to seeing out friends, family and even our in-laws out of the floor this saturday! For more informations see: http://www.glenechopark.org/calendar/2014-05?field_event_type_value=dances

*Michael Quisao (Born April 15, 19??) is an American culinary expert, adventurer and lindy hop personality. With well over a thousand foursquare check-ins at desirable and delicious looking locations around the world, he is known for his sense of humor, fleet feet, and excellent taste in everything from bowties to cocktails.

Not formally a chef or television reviewer of fine foods, Michael's non-existent 2009 program "Without Reservations," has left us all glued to his social media activities as he has danced both at and on the best tables around the country. Traveling from coast to coast, DJ Quisao comes fresh from the Balboa Experiment 2014, and primed for his appearance on "Top DJ" here at the Jam Cellar this tuesday!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with Jason & Kelly, Begins June 3rd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Shag! with David & Chelsea , Begins June 3rd.

Next Glen Echo dance: Craig Gildner and the DC All-Stars, May 31st.

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

May 19th, 2014

Covering your basics!

This week, DJ Mike Marcotte is in the house!

A new round of classes starts June 3rd! Come Shag with David and Chelsea or explore the wide world of 6-count with Jason and Kelly!

The Jam Cellar presents Craig Gildner and the DC Allstars at Glen Echo Park March 31st!

Kicking off our third week of Speed Lindy and 8-Count, we have DJ Mike Marcotte crossing over once again to light up the Jam Cellar with his unique mix of traditional Jazz and big band classics as well as edgy yet danceable swing tunes. The Jam Cellar is super excited to bring back this DCLX and Capital Blues coordinator for the second time this year.

Even more so, however, we can't wait for the next session of our four week classes which starts June 3rd.

David and Chelsea Lee are coming in with a shag course designed to take you from Collegiate to St. Louis. Two weeks of the energetic Collegiate shag will highlight fancy footwork, playful rhythms, and creative combinations between you and your partner, while the second two weeks will cover the rhythmic descendant of Charleston, St. Louis Shag, which uses a series of triple steps and kicks as its 8-count basic. As usual, we ask that you have taken both our 6 and 8 count beginner courses before signing up for our int/adv courses.

And that's not all! On May 31st we'll be hosting our second dance of the year in the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Come out and hear local musicians Craig Gildner and the DC All Stars! You can find more information in our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/613732398712560/

Seriously though guys, there is so much fun to be had. We can't even.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with Jason & Kelly, Begins June 3rd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Shag! with David & Chelsea , Begins June 3rd.

Next Glen Echo dance: Craig Gildner and the DC All-Stars, May 31st.

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

May 11th, 2014

When this baby hits 88 BPM Marty, we're really going to take off!

This tuesday marks the return of the ever lovely, DJ Kate Hedin!

Back from the future, or the past, or some other reality that totally has a way more complicated design aesthetic than just glueing gears on things, DJ Kate will have songs to make you want to speed it up a la Bobby and Caroline in their Speed Lindy series, or bring it back to those strong Eight-Count Basics David and Chelsea have been covering in their current classes.

And let's not forget! May 31st, the Jam Cellar presents Craig Gilder and the DC All-stars in the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. We look forward to seeing everyone, from our newest students to those regulars we haven't been able to shake for a decade (myself for example), out on the floor to swing out with these fabulous local musicians!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with TBD, Begins June 3rd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: TBD, Begins June 3rd.

Next Glen Echo dance: Craig Gildner and the DC All-Stars, May 31st.

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

May 5th, 2014

Don't sweat the fast stuff! (But really bring an extra shirt, because you will)

This week DJ Dustin Spicuzza and our May class series!

Kicking off the month of May we have two new class series one of our great local DJs. Speed Lindy with Bobby White and Caroline Seipp for int/adv dancers will help get you through those fasters songs in one piece, while David and Chelsea Lee are looking to take beginners through the world of Eight-Count Lindy.

The usual prerequisites apply. We respectfully ask that int/adv students have taken both our world-class six and eight count courses and that beginners have attended at least one free lesson before.

On top of these two great series, we have the perfect DJ for your evening of May 6th. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, what is so special about May 6th. You remember May Day (1st), May the Fourth (be with you) (4th), Cinco de Mayo (5th) and of course International Tuba Day (2nd, Narrowly missed), but what is there to celebrate on the 6th? There's quite the list, actually. For National Oyster Day, No-Diet Day, Beverage Day, National Teacher's Day, National Nurses Day, we have the fabulous Dustin Spicuzza to DJ quite the party down at the Jam Cellar.*

* Carefully omitted from this list is National Tourist Appreciation Day, which we, as Washington D.C. residents, decline to observe until there is an open posting of foot traffic laws posted in all metro stations, stairwells and other transportation centers.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with David & Chelsea, Begins THIS WEEK.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Speed Lindy with Bobby White & Caroline Seipp, Begins THIS WEEK.

Next Glen Echo dance: Craig Gildner and the DC All-Stars, May 31st.

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

April 27th, 2014

A bloody mary with a sax solo please

This week DJ Jerry Almonte takes the reins.

Next Week! Fast lindy with Bobby White & Caroline Seipp for int/adv! Get that edge on those 260 BPM songs with a class that will satisfy your need for speed. Series starting on May 6th. Also debuting is another round of our famous 8-count lindy courses. Remember that both the 6 and 8 count lindy courses are prerequisites for our int/adv series.

Has DCLX left you swungover? Looking to piece the weekend together from behind a convenient pair of sunglasses? Searching for that wild follow that knocked your tooth out at late night? Trying to remember which of your guests might have left a tiger in your bedroom? Still haven't figured out who that other "Alex" was who claimed your precious bacon, egg and cheese on croissant at Steak & Egg on Saturday?
Well, DJ Jerry Almonte has the cure you downtown at the Jam Cellar this Tuesday night.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with TBA, Begins May 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Speed Lindy with Bobby White & CArolne Seipp, Begins May 6th.

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

April 21st, 2014

the queen is back!

This week, prepare yourself for DJ Jason Karol Niesz!

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound in what appear to be inhumanly skinny jeans, Jason is leaping behind the DJ booth this week to spin some hip tunes. You may know Jason from his current class series F#$^&ing Hard moves, taught with the incomparable Caroline Seipp. If you thought his taste in tips and tricks for the dance floor were excellent, you're sure to enjoy his musical selections.

In two weeks!

Our next challenging intermediate/Advanced course will be Speed Lindy. Here, you will tricks and moves to help you be one with fast music, grasshopper. By the way, your new Lindy hopping name is grasshopper.

Wax on, wax off. Get on the dance floor.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with TBA, Begins May 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Speed Lindy with TBA, Begins MAy 6th.

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

April 14th, 2014

Tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the hipper.

This week DJ John "The Hipper" Mortenson pours on the groove juice & Urban Artistry will perform as part of 2014's International Soul Society Festival!

Kicking off the second week of classes we have our All-American spinning some hot tunes to keep you cool.

While this hep cat certainly knows what's hip, this week we're bringing in some outside inspiration as well!

As part of their International Soul Society Festival for 2014, Urban Artistry is returning to the roots of urban vernacular jazz dance this Tuesday at the Jam Cellar. Prepped to pop more than turns, they celebrate the history, culture and community of urban dance This week long festival brings the full spectrum of hip-hop influences into focus through workshops, dances and cultural events. So, come out and welcome these fellow dancers, and check out their demo that's designed to inspire you on the dance floor.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with TBA, Begins May 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Fast Lindy with TBA, Begins MAy 6th.

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

April 7th, 2014

New Classes and a New DJ this week at the Jam Cellar!

New Classes and a New DJ this week at the Jam Cellar!

Colorado's Shana Worel will be joining us to DJ this week!

Plus our April series begin this week with Jeff & Kelly teaching our Beginner 6-count

series and Jason & Caroline Teaching F#@$ing hard stuff!

Jeff Booth and Kelly Pavao will be kicking of their 6-Count

Beginner course, the companion class to our 8-Count Beginner class. Both are

required for our int/adv classes like the one starting this week with Jason Niesz

and Caroline Seipp, #$&!ing hard moves. If you haven't had had a chance to take

one of our series yet, we just kindly ask that you attend one or two of our drop-in

lessons ahead of time. So come out this Tuesday!

In this #$&!ing awesome course, you will challenge yourself, elevate your dancing, and

learn new ways to connect to your partner, all by studying the hardest moves that

Jason and Caroline know. You won't just learn new steps in this class,

you'll learn new types of jazz motion that will take your dancing in exciting and

innovative directions. Come in with a swing out and leave with a fresh appreciation for

the myriad ways of expressing swing music through your body. Everything is guaranteed 100%

socially leadable.

Come dance with us!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with TBA, Begins May 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Fast Lindy with TBA, Begins MAy 6th.

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