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November 24th, 2014

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Michael Quisao DJ's Tuesday at the Jam Cellar!

Tis the season for turkey stuffing and stuffing your face – unless you're a foodie that's *nose in the air* above dry bird and Stoufers or you're just averse to the gluten and animal protein in the Earth. Either way, we celebrate your method of reaching the inevitable moment you gorge yourself with the product of your choosing. We know most of you in D.C. are transplants and will choose to experience that moment and the coming treasured holidays with those that birthed or fed you at the start, but be advised, we'll miss you. No one can take your place. We'll be here – waiting, most ardently, for your return. Eagerly anticipating the arrival of your feet on our golden floors. And we're certainly not being dramatic about it. At all. Nope.

Before you depart, give us this Tuesday to remember you by. Michael Quisao will be DJ starting at 9 p.m. and you don't want to miss his musical selection or his fine fashion. We're finishing up our classes series at 8 p.m. this week and can't wait to tell you what's coming up next series, but we shall wait anyway. Because *nose in the air* we're too busy stuffing turkey.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-count Lindy Hop w. Jeff & Caroline, Begins Dec 2nd

Next Inter/Adv Class: Holiday Grabbag w. Bobby & Kate, Begins Dec 2nd.

Next Glen Echo dance: 2015.

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 17th, 2014

To dance, or not to dance?

Tony Vergara DJ's Tuesday at the Jam Cellar!

To dance, or not to dance? That is the question. We all go through it; you're not alone. Sometimes you're gobbled by the monsters of work or scholastic studies. Sometimes you're plateauing or just not feeling it. Sometimes it's below freezing with a wind chill of -12 and you want to curl up and read a book. We're not saying you'll be tempted to do that on Tuesday when the weather magicians predict a polar vortex will descend upon the district; we're just saying the only reason you shouldn't dance is because you have a cold, not because, baby, it's cold outside.

We'd like to apologize for some of the content of last week's email. It's not our intention to use humor to demean or denigrate and we see that we crossed a line this week. One of the goals of the Jam Cellar is to build an open and welcoming community which includes being open and receptive to criticism. We realize that what we said in our email was offensive and we apologize that we didn't recognize that fact during the writing and editing process. We will take more care creating future content, and continue to strive to provide a community that is welcoming to everyone. Thank you again for your criticism and for helping us work toward that goal.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-count Lindy Hop w. Jeff & Caroline, Begins Dec 2nd

Next Inter/Adv Class: Holiday Grabbag w. Bobby & Kate, Begins Dec 2nd.

Next Glen Echo dance: 2015.

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 17th, 2014

To dance, or not to dance?

Tony Vergara DJ's Tuesday at the Jam Cellar!

To dance, or not to dance? That is the question. We all go through it; you're not alone. Sometimes you're gobbled by the monsters of work or scholastic studies. Sometimes you're plateauing or just not feeling it. Sometimes it's below freezing with a wind chill of -12 and you want to curl up and read a book. We're not saying you'll be tempted to do that on Tuesday when the weather magicians predict a polar vortex will descend upon the district; we're just saying the only reason you shouldn't dance is because you have a cold, not because, baby, it's cold outside.

We'd like to apologize for some of the content of last week's email. It's not our intention to use humor to demean or denigrate and we see that we crossed a line this week. One of the goals of the Jam Cellar is to build an open and welcoming community which includes being open and receptive to criticism. We realize that what we said in our email was offensive and we apologize that we didn't recognize that fact during the writing and editing process. We will take more care creating future content, and continue to strive to provide a community that is welcoming to everyone. Thank you again for your criticism and for helping us work toward that goal.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-count Lindy Hop w. Jeff & Caroline, Begins Dec 2nd

Next Inter/Adv Class: Holiday Grabbag w. Bobby & Kate, Begins Dec 2nd.

Next Glen Echo dance: 2015.

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 10th, 2014

straight up, no chaser

John Mortenson DJs Tuesday!

Blue Crescent Syncopators play Saturday!

Not that we condone drinking at this hour, but we've got two shots that should make you feel pretty happy.

1. The clock strikes Veteran's Day on Tuesday and whatdaya know, that's our dance night. If you are active or retired military personnel, we'd love to treat you. Just tell the folks at the front desk and the night's dance is on us. The Jam Cellar is thankful for your selfless service to this country and your countrymen (countrywomen too, don't get all angsty, you hyper-feminists).
2. The year is almost over! We are hosting our last live band dance of 2014 at Glen Echo Park this Saturday, November 15! Craig Gildner's Blue Crescent Synchopators will be there to tantalize your tiptoes. Bring yourself, bring your friends, bring people you want to be your friends – it'll be a great night.

Potent, huh? We said no chaser, but if you need a bit of citrus or soda after that –> LindyHop LevelUp and six count basic continue up the grand staircase at 8 p.m. followed by John Mortenson's tunes at 9 p.m. Cheers to that!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-count Lindy Hop w. Jason & Caroline, Begins Nov 4th

Next Inter/Adv Class: LindyHop LevelUp w. Jeff & Kelly, Begins Nov 4th.

Next Glen Echo dance: BLue Crescent Syncopators, 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

November 3rd, 2014

can I get a side of alliteration?

Dustin Spicuzza DJs!

LindyHop LevelUp starts!

As the candy wrappers rotate from orange and black to green and red, we're talking transitions too. Musicality class is moving on and morphing into more mastery. Our next two series takeoff Tuesday and we're specially psyched for the following fortnights.

Intermediate and advanced dancers, we've labeled this lab "LindyHop LevelUp." Provide your own full-fledged fundamentals for Jeff and Kelly to finesse and fine-tune. They'll help you shape up your swingouts, tighten tricky turns and sharpen those swivels. Beginner dancers, Jason and Caroline will commence a cool six-count class 'cross the hall.

In the spirit of civic duty and events you only execute every few years, while you're voting on Tuesday, carefully consider inviting your specials sapiens to step into the scene of swing. It's terrific timing to tempt friends with free fun. Our drop-in lesson is always free of charge and full of greatness. Dustin Spicuzza will be disc spinner this week and we positively promise he sounds a lot less like Dr. Seuss. We'll see you dance junkies at 8 p.m. for the lesson(s) and 9 p.m. for the dance!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-count Lindy Hop w. Jason & Caroline, Begins Nov 4th

Next Inter/Adv Class: LindyHop LevelUp w. Jeff & Kelly, Begins Nov 4th.

Next Glen Echo dance: BLue Crescent Syncopators, 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 27th, 2014

with apologies to Michael Jackson

Jerry Almonte DJs!

Thriller Performance!

Candy!

[to be sung to the tune of Thriller]

It's close to Tuesday.
And something epic's lurking in the park.
Under the moonlight,
you see a sign outside that stops your heart.
You're filled with glee,
'cause you thought you might be too late, but you made it.
You climb the stairs;
turn the corner; hear the music; look inside.
You're totally psyched.

Cause it's the Cellar!
Halloween's nigh.
So bring your costumes, get your candy, and we'll celebrate it right.
And we'll dance thriller,
it'll be so tight!
Almonte will be our DJ
and we'll get down, get down that night.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-count Lindy Hop w. Jason & Caroline, Begins Nov 4th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Kelly, Begins Nov 4th.

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 21st, 2014

Now Gluten Free!

Kate Hedin DJs!

There are three things you can always expect when you come to the Jam Cellar: good music, sweat and ice pops. You can probably visualize how those work in tandem, but just in case, here's the breakdown. When you give dancers good music, they dance. When they dance, they sweat. When they sweat, they crave something delightfully refreshing. And when they crave something delightfully refreshing – you get the point.

Tradition of the endearing ice pop treat now synonymous with the Jam Cellar experience began untold summers ago. It seemed the anticipation of amplified sweat from a sweltering summer eve without air conditioning was going to outweigh even the best of musical selection. To combat the enemies of dance, Bobby White plopped down an entire case of cherry popsicles on the staircase on said evening. The sweeping move of brilliance stuck and the people demanded its continuation. The packaging has evolved somewhat since that night, but now costs us less dollars and you only 25(ish) calories – you're welcome.

Although the cooler temperatures are beginning to make their debut in the District, we still plan on having good music and therefore expect you dancers to dance and sweat. We'll have the ice pops waiting for you in the freezer after our series classes and our free drop-in lesson starting at 8 p.m. See you then!

Southern California Lindy Hop Workshop w. Peter Flahiff!

Next weekend, come out for a one-time-only Lindy Hop workshop event in DC: special guest instructor Peter Flahiff and Kate and Bobby teaching dancing technique and styling found in the Southern California Lindy Hop Greats! Peter's a 100% raw organic instructor from actual Southern California! Saturday, Oct. 25th 4-7 p.m. American Embassy of Dance, 4908 Wisconsin Ave NW,
DC 20016

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-count Lindy Hop w. Jason & Caroline, Begins Nov 4th

Next Inter/Adv Class: TBA w. Jeff & Kelly, Begins Nov 4th.

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 13th, 2014

#instagood times

Lindsay Kelly DJs Tuesday!

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We're #blessed to have such #beautiful people and places at the #jamcellar. It's about time we brag to the instagram world. We made our official faux #hipster debut last week and would like for you to join in our @thejamcellar #selfies and #lindyhop love.

You won't see any #basic latte art, but be on the lookout for our #totesadorbs #tbt shots and incredible #swingoutshoutouts. Feel free to #retrotag @thejamcellar in your favorite pictures or #latergram some of your Jam Cellar gems. #nojudgezone #shamelessplug

Classes carry on per usual this #transformationtuesday at 8 p.m. followed by #danceparty at 9 p.m. #yolo in #washingtondc so we'll see you there. #yesweredoingthisonpurpose

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 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.