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November 16th, 2015

Back Away Slowly

Mike Marcotte DJ's Tuesday @ The Cellar!

Hey, Hello? You! HEY!

Hi. (Finally.)

Now, back away from the screen and look away from Fallout 4…just for a second… you'll be fine….

We know you've been enjoying the gamer paradise of post-apocalyptic Boston, but you need a shower and change of scenery. Pretend it's 2008 and visit the Capital Wasteland again. Let's interact. How about Tuesday? We'll have the usual Jam-Cellar-tested, clientele-approved lessons at 8 p.m. and the one and only Mike "super mutant" Marcotte in the booth at 9 p.m.

That's it. And grab some rad-away for the redness around your eyes.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-count w. Jason & Caroline, Nov 3rd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Crazytown Charleston w. Jeff & Kelly Nov 3rd.

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

November 9th, 2015

Hatless Men.

Kate Hedin DJ's Tuesday @ The Cellar!

Many of us artists have day jobs that pay the bills so we can do the stuff we actually love that doesn't.

It's a shame that most colleagues know our alias and don't ever see us fight dance villains by night. It's time that was no longer the case and that's why we'll be hosting a New Dancer night on Tuesday.

Invite your co-workers and friends that have always wanted to come out, but never have and you both get in for $5. Bring them to the free drop-in beginner lesson at 8 p.m. and keep them around for the especially cordial staff and intrinsically sweet music at 9 p.m.

See you – and your friend – then.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-count w. Jason & Caroline, Nov 3rd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Crazytown Charleston w. Jeff & Kelly Nov 3rd.

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

November 2nd, 2015

Gang's all here

November Classes start!

Tony Vergara DJ's Tuesday @ The Cellar!

Welcome to November and your simmering in/decline to the holidays. We'll try to keep you sane – who better qualified than your quirky, messed-up dance friends with who you actually like spending time?

Our next intermediate series heralds from the genius of Jeff & Kelly. They'll be taking you to Crazytown Charleston with a quiver full or new tricks and variations a tempo. And between us and you, this is one of our most requested classes, so popular demand ain't no joke. Meanwhile, Caroline & Jason are bringing 6 count to the beginner people for the next four weeks.

Speaking of the loveably insane, we've got Tony Vergara in the DJ booth, so you know it's going to be unpredictably good. We'll see you for the lessons at 8 p.m. and the music at 9 p.m.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-count w. Jason & Caroline, Nov 3rd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Crazytown Charleston w. Jeff & Kelly Nov 3rd.

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 26th, 2015

Hello, Goodbye

John Mortenson DJ's Tuesday @ The Cellar!

Hello Halloween! In typical Jam Cellar fashion we invite all of Tuesday's attendees to bring out their outrageous, tacky and borderline atrocious clothing masquerading as costumes. We know you've been looking for a place to put it to good use, so here's your chance! Come out dressed like a fool and dance like one too. In addition, our Thriller students will be serving up a steaming plate of badass as they screen their past month of choreography work. So, get excited.

Goodbye, Bobby and Kate! Mhm, you heard us. International Lindy Hop & Balboa instructors will throw one last Lindy Hop workshop on Sunday, November 15, that features their favorite material. It's sure to leave dancers inspired for months, years, and possibly even the rest of their lives. As usual, there will be plenty for both leaders and followers. It'll take place from 5-8 pm at the US Embassy Of Dance (formerly DC Dance Collective) 4908 Wisconsin Ave NW 20016 and cost $30 per person – a small price for such a historical event.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. David & Caroline, Oct 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Kelly Oct 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

October 19th, 2015

Countdown

Michael Quisao DJ's Tuesday @ The Cellar!

Five, Six, Seven, Eight.

As convinced as you are that you receive your creative prowess from one bad-at-math side of the brain (not naming any names), let us remind you that numbers play an especially potent role in dancing.

You're familiar with 6 and 8, but that's just the beginning. There are hundreds of other numbers involved – numbers like 12, 72, 24, 36.5 – and they all have one thing in common. They are part of the illustrious group of numbers we like to call the countdown, the countdown of hours until the next time we get to dance with you.

So from now on when you're thinking of your Lindy Hop lovin, don't forget to keep track of the most important number, the countdown. We'll see you in…whatever your number is… at 8 p.m. for lessons and 9 p.m. for the dance. Geez, there's just numbers everywhere.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. David & Caroline, Oct 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Kelly Oct 6th.

Next Glen Echo dance: Craig Gildner Big band, Oct 24th.

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 11th, 2015

Family Reunion

Jason Niesz DJ's Tuesday @ The Cellar!

If your relatives danced, a family reunion would be hard to distinguish from a dance exchange.

Think about it. We travel from far and wide in economical methods to gather in an oversized venue and catch up with people we haven't seen in forever – or have never met at all. The rumpled, yet sage uncle tells stories of yore and and the distant cousin sits in the corner shrouded in more rumors than tattoos. Drama makes it's way to every crevice. There's music and unhealthy gorging of potlucks and adult beverages. We're exhausted by the end. Who knows why, but we are.

The only difference is a productive, calorie-burning activity – and explaining why you're still single to 4 different aunts doesn't count. So thank you, dancing, for making the family reunions of our world something we actually want to attend.

Speaking of such events, we'll see you on Tuesday at 8 p.m. for our regularly scheduled lessons and 9 p.m. for music by Jason Niesz. Can't wait to see how much you've grown, sweetheart!!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. David & Caroline, Oct 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Kelly Oct 6th.

Next Glen Echo dance: Craig Gildner Big band, Oct 24th.

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 5th, 2015

Knock Knock

Jerry Almonte DJ's & October Classes Start Tuesday @ The Cellar!

Knock knock. Who's there? Your next class series at the Jam Cellar – it's bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and eager to please the in-laws of your dance experience For the next four weeks Jeff and Kelly are leading a Progressive Swingout Clinic. Intermediate lindy-hoppers will be assessed upon the first class and individual attention will be shown accordingly, focused on variations, squeaky-clean technique and enhancing personal style.

Across the hall David & Caroline teach our beginner Charleston series. It's a perfect series for those looking to kick-start their social dance career. Seriously, all the dance bosses will want you after this.

The educational goodness begins on Tuesday at 8 p.m. and the social dance with musical selections from JErry Almonte commences at 9 p.m. We'll see you there!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. David & Caroline, Oct 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Kelly Oct 6th.

Next Glen Echo dance: Craig Gildner Big band, Oct 24th.

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, 2015

That thing at the thing

THRILLER tonight @ Dance Loft on 14!

In case you missed the save-the-date on your fridge and the sticky-note on your desk, we're hitting your inbox one more time to humbly remind you that the best thing you could possibly do tonight is join us for our Thriller series.

What: Four 1.5 hour classes of original "Thriller" choreography
Where: The Dance Loft on 14 | 4618 14th Street NW
When: Thursdays, October 1 – 22 from 8:00 to 9:45 p.m
Cost: $60 ($50 for repeat students)

That's all.

September 28th, 2015

What a thrill.

Kate Hedin DJ's Tuesday @ The Cellar!

THRILLER starts Thursday @ Dance Loft on 14!

And we're back – ladies and gents – back to dancing business and normal rush hour traffic! Thanks Francis. Classes will pick up right where they left off and the dance will begin at 9 p.m. as usual.

More importantly, our "Thriller" class launches this Thursday, October 1. Seasoned instructors of lindy hop, blues, hip hop and funk Jeff Booth and Kelly Pavao teach this series from Michael Jackson's rehearsal videos, choreography instructions and video design to bring us the original, most historically accurate – and epic – version of "Thriller" on the market. The series will be held at Dance Loft on 14th in Georgia-Petworth in the form of four 1.5 hour classes.

Yes, performance opportunities in addition to your local Halloween party will be provided. Oh, you've taken this class before? Repeat students can take the class for $50, instead of the usual $60.

IF YOU'VE IGNORED EVERYTHING UP TO THIS POINT READ THIS:

What: Four 1.5 hour classes of original "Thriller" choreography
Where: The Dance Loft on 14 | 4618 14th Street NW
When: Thursdays, October 1 – 22 from 8:00 to 9:45 p.m
Cost: $60 ($50 for repeat students)

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. David & Caroline, Oct 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Kelly Oct 6th.

Next Glen Echo dance: Craig Gildner Big band, Oct 24th.

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 21st, 2015

Be Blessed


No JAM CELLAR THIS WEEK!

THRILLER STARTS OCT 1st!

Unless you've purposefully been avoiding civilization, it is no news that His Holiness Pope Francis will be blessing Washington D.C. with his presence and closing down 99 of the 102 thoroughfares in the district. Therefore, we're postponing our usual gig and will see you next week – not once, but twice because, drumroll please…

Our annual "Thriller" class series launches Thursday, October 1. Thursdays because we know you have plans on Tuesdays. Aren't we so nice.

Seasoned instructors of lindy hop, blues, hip hop and funk Jeff Booth and Kelly Pavao teach from Michael Jackson's rehearsal videos, choreography instructions and video design to bring us the original, most historically accurate – and epic – version of "Thriller" on the market.



The series will be held at Dance Loft on 14th in Georgia-Petworth in the form of four 1.5 hour classes. Performance opportunities will be provided. Taken this class before? Repeat students can take the class for $50, instead of the usual $60.

Ignoring everything up to this point? READ THIS:

What: Four 1.5 hour classes of original "Thriller" choreography

Where: The Dance Loft on 14 | 4618 14th Street NW

When: Thursdays, October 1 – 22 from 8:00 to 9:45 p.m

Cost: $60 ($50 for repeat students)