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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

March 31st, 2014

Neo Swing and rockabilly night.

This week DJ Jerry Almonte is in the booth!

One of our favorite recurring local DJs, Jerry is coming in to close out the last week of classes and get all of you pumped for the start of an entirely new series on April 8th.
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 next week with Jason Niesz and Caroline Seipp, #$&!ing hard moves. If you you agent 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: 6-Count Lindy with Jeff and Kelly, Begins April 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: F*#$&%! Hard Moves with Jason and Caroline, Begins April 8th.

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

March 24th, 2014

This week DJ Kate Hedin!

This week DJ Kate Hedin!

Barring the interruption of yet another b$@^%& snow day, April 8th marks the start of our new spring series!

In ""F*#$&%! Hard Moves,"" Jason Niesz and Caroline Siepp intend to teach you how to swing out through flaming hoops, jazz step across crocodile filled moats and Charleston your way to the moon. THE MOON. This series will cover a variety of complex, challenging, and yet completely socially leadable pattern sequences designed to elevate your dancing. As a pre-requisite we ask that if you started dancing in the last year, you've already explored our classes regarding the jungle of 8-count beginner moves and the rainforest of 6-count beginner moves.

If you haven't had the opportunity yet though, now's the time! Also offered is our 6-count Beginner Course. Jeff Booth and Kelly Pavao are looking to get you through the basics and put you on the dance floor with confidence, a variety of 6-count moves, and a strong framework to build off of in the future. We kindly ask that you have attended our drop-in class once or twice before enrolling, so get out there this Tuesday and get pumped!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy, Begins April 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: F*#$&%! Hard Moves with Jason and Caroline begins April 8th.

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

March 17th, 2014

Look, up in the air!

This Tuesday The Jam Cellar has Paul Roth DJing!

This Saturday The Jam Cellar is proud to present David Sager's Pie in the Sky Jazz Band at The Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom!

This is the first of the Jam Cellar's five dances this year in Glen Echo Park's atmospheric art deco Spanish Ballroom. Let's go back in time to an era when sweet sounds of big bands filled these halls and people of all ages lost their worries on the dance floor.

Oh wait, we still do that.

Saturday, March 22nd, the Jam Cellar is bringing out Grammy Nominee and Curator of the National Jukebox, David Sager and his seven piece Pie in the Sky Jazz Band to fill the Spanish Ballroom with the hot tunes of the Prohibition era.
A DC local, Sager has played out his love of classic old-style jazz at festivals, symphony orchestras and dance events everywhere from the Parisian Opera Comique to New Orleans. This dance band plays everything from chunky Charleston to dynamic bal-swing.

The low-down:

Entrance: A smooth 18 clams

Beginner lesson runs from 8:00-9:00
Then we rock out from nine 'til midnight. So prep your dance shoes because we look forward to seeing all of our denizens, new and old, students and general cohorts, out on the floor.

Coming up:
Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy, Begins April 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: *Expletive deleted* Hard stuff with Jason and Caroline begins April 8th.

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

March 9th, 2014

a motorcyclist walks into a bar.

This Week we've got the start of Lindy Musicality!

Plus our first 8 count beginner series of the year!

Last, but far from least, New York's Adam Lee DJing!

This week DJ Adam Lee takes us around the world in 80 songs. Opening this week is our brand-spanking-new Musicality with David and Chelsea as well as our brand new beginner series with Jeff and Kate. These two series will get you on your feet, moving your feet and reinventing your dance in no time.

Our 8-Count beginner series covers the basic 8-count foundations of the dance and works with combining them with 6-count movements. Prerequisite: Students should have attended a few of our free beginner classes, which set the foundation for our 8-count series. This class is a prerequisite for our fantastic inter/adv classes.

Speaking of inter/adv classes! This week is the beginning of Musicality with David and Chelsea. What does "Musicality" mean exactly? This collection of practical strategies for developing your musical creativity will help you build your own interpretation of this vital element of Lindy Hop. No matter who you're dancing with, once you've unlocked these skills you'll have at least five times more fun than you have ever had before. Prerequisite: Students who have begun dancing in 2014 should have taken both our 8-count and 6-count Beginner series in order to qualify for Inter/Adv series series.

Kicking it in the second city on his 4200 mile motorcycle trip across America, Adam Lee is looking to make our feet move. Lee has DJed in 4 of the 5 most populous cities in the world and led swing scenes across several continents. This Tuesday, let's welcome him to our friendly establishment!

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

March 3rd, 2014

Baby, it may be cold outside…

We can't have So-Cal weather, but DJ David Soltysik's hot tunes are sure to keep us warm this tuesday down at the Jam Cellar!

This week wraps Kate Hedin and Jeff Booth's So-Cal Lindy Course. Took their course? Come out and wrap things up with some strong slot-based swingouts. Missed out on all the fun? Come out and prep for the start of next week's feature on Lindy Musicality with David and Chelsea Lee. It's a win-win situation here.

Or you could stay home alone and be sad and stuff.

See you on the floor!

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

February 24th, 2014

From a far off land.

This week DJ Brad Nathanson!

Hailing from the distant shores of one of the Carolinas, Brad's eclectic yet ebullient taste in music and eccentric personality promise that this week's set will be electric. And no, we don't just mean modern. This exuberant fellow will energize, excite and enspire an excellent night on the floor. Or at least we told him to shoot for entirely new, exhaustingly fun, utterly enjoyable and all around entertaining. Now spot the word that doesn't actually begin with e.

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

February 17th, 2014

To serve man swing.

This week we're putting DJ Kate Hedin on, er, behind the table.

At the Jam Cellar this tuesday we're mixing up a lo-cal So-Cal night with our fresh young DJ and this season's produce grown on our very own little plot here on 15th Street. We started preparations weeks ago by planting the seeds of rhythm and strong body movements.
Through partnership and community participation we laid down a crop of budding enthusiasts, ripe and eager for harvesting. Lately we've begun hand processing these eager shoots. They've been cooked with nice, light dressing house-made from chopped conventional lindy routines which have been stripped down to their natural connections.
Mixed with the meat of our community, their organic experience really stands out positively. No worries about the health and happiness of our produce folks, they are given a full four acres to roam free, fed a healthy diet and seem to develop strong relationships. Prepared and ready to hit the hardwood, we're bringing in local talent, DJ Kate Hedin, to season them on the floor with some sweet and spicy tunes. "

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

February 10th, 2014

My so called email!

This week we've got the start of SoCal Lindy hop!

And our first beginner 6-count lindy hop series of the year!

And we've got DJ Adam Bean in the booth!

Darn skippy.

Jeff Booth and Kate Hedin open out our dynamic new series on SoCal Lindy Hop. New techniques, styling, and patterns will take you and your partner out of the drama of the high school hallways and smoothly out on the floor. This class will lend you a new emphasis on the follow, and build connection through strong swivels, turn timing and polishing the visual impact of your dancing.

If you're new to school or looking to back up your basics, Bobby White and Kelly Pavao will make your six count classics look like anything but art history with their revamped version of our general education requirement. This six count series will explore partnership and connection, as well as the technique that will come to define your Lindy Hop. Additional vocabulary will cover Lindy Hop Charleston and playing with your movements on the floor.

Our DJ, by contrast, will emerge briefly from his adolescent malaise to share some of the swinging music which he feels really expresses his currently raging emotions. Without the help of Buffalo Tom or the local Manic Panic, he's hanging in there and will get you out on the floor and practicing your SoCal dancing this Tuesday. This isn't your grandmother's after school special.

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