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October 6th, 2014

Plato once said

Helene Horowitz DJs!



Charleston Starts!



Musicality starts!

Plato once said "the beginning is the most important part of a work." Finishing is sweet too, but let's go with Plato because we're celebrating new beginnings all over the Jam Cellar this week. On Tuesday, Jeff and Kelly will kick off the next four-week Beginner Charleston series while David and Caroline will be spicing up the intermediate level with four weeks of Musicality brought to you by popular request.



In other fresh starts, social dance entry will now cost $8 a pop due to rent increase. We heard that grumble. Remember folks, it's just an extra dollar. There's plenty you CAN'T get for a dollar. Think about it – vending machine sodas are now a $1.25. Gum is somewhere around $1.08 for generic or $2.25 for the fancy. Dollar menu at any fast food chain? Lies! It ends up being at least $1.13 after tax. Pencils, you say? Well, sure, the old-school ones that have to be manually sharpened, but then you have to buy a sharpener to go with it so, wrong again!



Don't worry, there's still plenty of the comfy classic left to offset the new. All lessons, including the free beginner drop-in, begin at 8 p.m. followed by the dance at 9 p.m. Excellent tunes and the colorful myriad of ice pops will be ample as usual. New and old, we'll see you there!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. Jeff & Kelly, Begins Oct 7th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Musicality w. DAvid & Caroline, Begins Oct 7th.

Special: Thriller! Oct 2nd- 23rd.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA, Nov 15th.

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 1st, 2014

Pssst

We miss you. What are you doing later? We heard of this Thriller class being held at The Dance Institute of Washington starting at 8:45. Meet you there – it's a date.

September 29th, 2014

11 undeniably persuasive reasons to invite your people to Jam Cellar

Kate Hedin DJs!



New Blood Night!



Aerials!

This Tuesday is one of our favorite nights at the Jam cellar. It's our New Blood night, our Spread the Love event, our Bring-One-Get-One, our Free Samples giveaway. This week only, bring a friend who has never been to the Jam Cellar and you both get into the dance for free. To accommodate the loads of soon-to-be-lindy-addicts, we will have two free drop-in beginner lessons. One will start at 8 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. If you're still on the fence about inviting your people, we've got 11 undeniably persuasive reasons why it should be a done deal.



1. Fall television hasn't gotten THAT exciting yet. Plus, we never watch when it airs anyway.

2. You can finally show your co-workers why you look hungover on Wednesdays.

3. It's a fantastic way to impress the hot ones in your life. We like skills – bowhunting, log running, dancing, etc.

4. There's an evangelist in all of us waiting to come out.

5. The bent iphone conversations are getting old. This event is your chance to steer the water cooler groupies into far more stimulating discussion.

6. It's a perfect opportunity to ask that cute guy/gal out. Think about it – formalized interactions, romantic music, excuses to be close. You'll probably have to get his/her number to coordinate details. It's a win.

7. Those millennials among us need to remember how to do stuff like that – or just simply interact with people.

8. Shopping at Urban Outfitters or H&M doesn't make you a hipster. Neither will this. But it's less mainstream than what most people do on a given Tuesday.

9. They've Facebook stalked you and think your dancing photos are badass. Give them the chance to one day be as cool as you.

10. Dancing produces endorphins. Endorphins make people happy. And happy people are far less likely to go on a rampage. Just think of the implications. You might win the Nobel Peace Prize.

11. Did we mention it's free?



How could you not be convinced? We'll see you (both) there!



P.S. Regulars, we haven't forgotten about you. We will be holding an intermediate aerials class upstairs at the usual 8 p.m. Bobby and Kate will be tag-teaming with Jeff and Kelly to make sure everyone has ample instruction. Bring your own partner and sense of confidence, but if you both bring a new friend the evening will only cost you $15.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. Jeff & Kelly, Begins Oct 7th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Aerials w. Bobby & Kate and Jeff & Kelly, Begins Sept 30th.

Special: Thriller! Oct 2nd- 23rd.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA, Nov 15th.

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 22nd, 2014

'cause this is THRILLER!

Paul Roth DJs Tuesday at The Jam Cellar!


Thriller in October!

It's that time of the year, ladies and gents! Along with pumpkins, cardigans and Starbucks' fall menu, it's now socially acceptable to celebrate your obsession with zombies instead of hiding it in the dark corners of the internet or your reading habits.

If you don't naturally have a thing for the living dead, maybe we can still convince you to mark the fall equinox and the coming Hallow's Eve by joining Jam Cellar's epic Thriller series. Our in-house MTV star Jeff Booth and curly-headed siren Kelly Pavao will take you through the entire original choreography – none of that watered-down stuff – in four 1.5 hour classes. We'll be holding it at Washington Dance Center in Columbia Heights on Thursdays, starting on October 2 (Because we know you have plans on Tuesdays, aren't we so nice?). Here's the recap:

What: Four 1.5 hour classes of Thriller choreography
Where: Washington Dance Center, Columbia Heights
When: Thursdays, October 2 – 23 from 8:45 to 10:15 p.m.
Cost: $75

This Tuesday, we'll be closing out week four of our jam class and beginner 8 count. Same time, same place, more fun. See you there!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. Jeff & Kelly, Begins Oct 7th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Aerials w. Bobby & Kate and Jeff & Kelly, Begins Sept 30th.

Special: Thriller! Oct 2nd- 23rd.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA, Nov 15th.

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 15th, 2014

a-bomb-i-nable

John Mortenson DJs Tuesday!

Dancers speak a different language. No, that's not a metaphor for the beautiful communication of momentum and connection. It means that sometimes it's really hard to explain to your co-workers the intensity of being swungover* or how hard you've been working on your swivels. In honor of the struggle, we'd like to introduce another piece of verbiage you can use in 0.7 percent of your vernacular.

a-bomb-i-nable:

əˈbäm(ə)nəbəl/ adjective: Used to describe an event that easily lends itself to lindy-bombing**
"The H street festival is on Saturday. It's totally abombinable. Wanna go?"

Synonyms: awesome, brilliant, instantaneous fun
Antonyms: terrible, why would you even

In case you were wondering, the H Street festival is this Saturday, September 20 and yes, it's abombinable and yes, we're going. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of walking the most endearingly eclectic street in the city, now is the time – live music, tons of food, and all the quirky you could want. Prep for the blessed event as Bobby and Kate close out the last two weeks of our badass jam class on Tuesday. See you then (and Saturday)!

*swungover: the condition of body and mind after an epic dance, usually marked by exhaustion and/or mild depression.
**lindybomb: unsolicited, spontaneous rupture of lindyhopping in a public place.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston, Begins Oct 7th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Aerials, Begins Sept 30th.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA, Nov 15th.

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 8th, 2014

wow, you look…

Jerry Almonte DJs Tuesday!

"You look tired" tops the chart for worst unsolicited commentary. Even if delivered in the most caring of tones the translation is "I just want you to know I care enough to ask why you look like hell."

They may actually be right about your lack of REM cycles, but how's one to respond to such forthright attack? We've got some snark-lutions for you that will make them feel as uncomfortable as they should. When they say, "you look tired," try:

1. Yeah, my dog died last night.
2. Sweet! I have my photo shoot with lifestyle of the Hungover And Haggard later!
3. So coffee on you today?
4. I just got this new makeup.
5. Your outfit looks tired today.
6. Say nothing and just grin until he/she gets uncomfortable.
7. In your best Taylor Swift impression shout "cause the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate!"

Chase that shot of charm and wit down with an invite to Jam Cellar this Tuesday. (I mean, how could they turn you down after that display?) Free drop-in beginner lesson per usual and the upstairs series hit week two. Intermediates, you've got Jason and Kelly showing their tricks this week. We'll see you there.

And hey, you look great.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston, Begins Oct 7th

Next Inter/Adv Class: TBA, Begins TBA.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA, Nov 15th.

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 1st, 2014

Mint Juleps for lunch…hic

Helene Horowitz DJ's this Tuesday!

8-count Lindy Hop and Jams, Tricks, & performance dancing start this Tuesday!

The Mint Julep Jazz Band this Saturday!

We like our brunches in D.C., especially those buffet ones with the bottomless mimosa option. That almost scandalous feeling of how much delicious variety you're about to consume for only $39.99 is simply thrilling.

We're not saying our next series is going to be like that, we're saying it's going to be better. For four weeks we've got a smorgasbord of competition-winning teachers showcasing their best jam advice, trick steps and performance stunners. Try a little bit of everything and walk away stuffed with limitless potential.

P.S. Come hungry. You'll have plenty of time to digest the bounty before imbibing

Mint Juleps on Saturday at Glen Echo.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-count, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Jams, Tricks, Performance dancing, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Glen Echo dance: Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sept 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

August 25th, 2014

RE: postcards from the edge of the floor

This Tuesday Baltimore's Adam Bean DJs at the Jam Cellar!

Next Tuesday Jams, Tricks, and Performance dancing begins!

My Dear Sister Sugar,

Alas! My heart writhes in anguish. My international friends departed yesterday evening and what a bittersweet departure ensued. We danced in Alexandria the entirety of week's end and yet, I never grew weary of the physical demand or pleasant company. I eagerly anticipate their collective arrival again next year.

In the interim, I must indulge in the only reasonable alternative for my craving. On Tuesday I shall travel to the Heights of Columbia to dance with the locals. I must confess – while I would never divulge the feeling among those present – attending their gathering post my illustrious festivity resembles recovery after the permanent goodbye from a delicious lover.

However, the week following our dear Mr. Booth shall be giving his instruction in ostentatious footwork to those at the hall. Perhaps my soul shall be further mended by that time.

Thank you for your postcard. I promise to visit your western shores soon. They do thrill me at times – as long as your friends control their spirits.

Yours Truly,
Lindey

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-count, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Jams, Tricks, Performance dancing, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Glen Echo dance: Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sept 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

August 17th, 2014

Postcards from the edge of the floor.

Mike Marcotte DJS Tuesday!

My Dearest Sister Lindey,

I comprehend not thy disdain for the western coast. My time here brims with pleasantries and exotic scenery. I spend daylight among smooth, rhythmic waves under a beaming sun. My evenings are exercises in improvisation. I follow wherever the Pacific breezes tempt my step, within slot of reason, I assure you.

If my memory dost not deceive me, I believe this week ends in your annual party. I remember how it always thrilled your heart to host your international friends in Alexandria. I hope most ardently you spend an evening in the arms of many foreign and talented gents.

I shall return to your beloved eastern shores within the fortnight, before the sun sets on the Mint Julep Jazz band. By then you will have danced in the musical bliss of Mr. Marcotte. I've heard-tell he possesses the most delightful chortle.

Yours Sincerely,
Sugar

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-count, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Jams, Tricks, Performance dancing, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Glen Echo dance: Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sept 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

August 11th, 2014

It'll be a Circus

Kate Hedin DJ's!

Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! Our resident trapeze artist Kate Hedin will fly through her playlist with the greatest of ease. No safety net here! There's no point having her on a tight rope since she knows how to soar. (Yeah, we're done, thanks for hanging in there.)

It's week two of the Big Apple. Shout out to Lexie Briggs for video-posting the routine in our Facebook group – no excuses, people. We'll see you then.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: tba, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: tba, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Glen Echo dance: Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sept 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