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July 20th, 2014

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Brad Nathanson is back from NC to DJ Tuesday at the Jam Cellar!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with David & Chlesea, Begins August 5th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: TBA w. TBA, Begins August 5th.

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

July 13th, 2014

Just the facts Ma'am.

John Mortenson is back to DJ Tuesday at the Jam Cellar!


Jam Cellar presents Craig Gildner's Big Band Saturday at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with David & Chlesea, Begins August 5th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: TBA w. TBA, Begins August 5th.

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

July 6th, 2014

Put a spring in your Kick-step

DJ Kate Hedin is behind the booth!


This week marks the start of new classes!


July 19th we have the Craig Gildner Big Band on the stage at historic Glen Echo Park!

Starting this week, Jeff and Kelly are here to move you through some new twists and turns of classic partnered Charleston. In this summer heat, these moves will keep you going longer, helping you slow down some of the faster songs, or stretch out your movements and partnered cooperation for the slower ones. Always fun, Charleston steps are a great way to break up your swingouts and break out some flashy footwork patterns.

We will also be offering our dependably delightful 8-count beginner session for those of you graduating on from 6-count or for returning students looking for a refresher!
As usual our standing pre-requisites of having taken 6 and 8 count for the Int/Adv dancers and that beginners have attended at least one introductory lesson.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with David & Chelsea, Begins July 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Charleston with Jeff & Kelly, Begins July 8th.

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 29th, 2014

I dont care about the title.

This week DJ Jerry Almonte!

Get excited for the next round of classes starting on July 8th and our dance at Glen Echo Park with the Craig Gildner Big Band on July 19th!

Come out and wrap up the last week of this class series with DJ Jerry Almonte! Now, we haven't had Jerry back behind the booth in a couple of months and we were starting to get antsy. Beyond his witty reflections on lindy hop, Jerry shares his passion for our community not only in his compiled archives, blogs, video interviews and event organizing, but in his excellent taste in danceable music. We can't wait to get him back behing our booth and you all out on our floor.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with David & Chelsea, Begins July 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Charleston with Jeff & Kelly, Begins July 8th.

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 22nd, 2014

We like you all, so we organized a thing.

This week DJ Adam Bean!

Upcoming: The Jam Cellar hosts the Craig Gildner Big Band at Glen Echo Park Saturday July 19th

Alright folks, you know the drill, we are bringing an awesome local band out to the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo just for you.

Yeah, we like you that much.

Gildner (As we so affectionately refer to him) is a swing addict. He personally leads at least three individually strong groups of swing and jazz musicians in the DC Area. For us however, he's brought together many of our local favorites to put the Craig Gildner Big Band on the GE stage. With a strong repertoire that will please both the ear and the feet, these fine folks are sure to be a treat. Included in the admission is a beginning swing dance lesson from 8 to 9 pm, followed by some seriously awesome dancing until midnight. Be there.

In the meantime, you'll have to deal with Bean on tuesday. We like him too, we guess.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with Jason & Caroline, Begins July 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Charleston with Jeff & TBA , Begins July 8th.

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 15th, 2014

Kate Hedin is trending

This week DJ Kate Hedin returns to the Jam Cellar!

While you won't be seeing her shining face in our classes this series, this week you can catch Ms. Hedin out on the floor and behind the notional turntables. Fresh back from a weekend DJing at All Bal, she is primed and ready to go. Follow up Chelsea and David Lee's Shag course, our Beginner 6-Count class or even our beginner Drop-in with an excellent night of high quality swing music from one of our favorite DJs.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with Jason & Caroline, Begins July 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Charleston with Jeff & TBA , Begins July 8th.

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 8th, 2014

[Insert abstract expression of new class series here]

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