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July 10th, 2016

Free food on Saturday!

Mike Marcotte DJs Tuesday!

Just kidding. But we can get you into our dance on Saturday night for free! Just loan us an hour of your time and we'll set you up with a night of live music and the dances that pair oh-so-nicely with it. Email Al Mattei at harvard88@gmail.com and tell him this impeccably convincing email sent you.

Wait, what's on Saturday?

THIS SATURDAY – did we say Saturday? That's July 16 – we've got Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. Halley's three-horn front line and rhythm section specialize in New Orleans style jazz and swing music with a healthy dose of clarinet feature. Everyone is welcome. We'll even give beginners a crash course lesson at 8 p.m. because we're so nice. The band starts at 9 p.m. and will only set you back $18 cash at the door….unless you volunteer….

We'll see you on Tuesday at the regular gig for our usual sort of goodness. Lessons start at 8 p.m. and music swells at 9 p.m. in that swanky mansion across from Meridian Park.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 8-Count w. Jeff & Kelly, wk 4
Intermediate Series: Fast Lindy w. Jason & Caroline, wk 4

Coming Soon:

Glen Echo: Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet, July 16th
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle starts July 19th.
Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Big Band, August 6th
Intermediate Series: SoCal Swing w. Jeff & Annabelle starts August 16th

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 5th, 2016

red, white and we're back!

Omar Myers Flew in from Korea to DJ for us and boy are his arms tired!

Amidst the least patriotic weather we've had in the DMV since Snowzilla, we took a break from our standard motivational email on Monday, but the fireworks are still on at the Jam Cellar tonight!

At 8 p.m. sparks will fly as our Fast Lindy series marches on and the beginner series will continue to finesse your Bring Your Own Basic. Omar will fire up the DJ grill at 9 p.m. with a vast array of tunes better than yesterday's potluck selections.

Wear whatever colors you want, you freedom fighters. See you soon!

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 8-Count w. Jeff & Kelly, wk 3
Intermediate Series: Fast Lindy w. Jason & Caroline, wk 3

Coming Soon:

Glen Echo: Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet, July 16th
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle starts July 19th.
Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Big Band, August 6th
Intermediate Series: SoCal Swing w. Jeff & Annabelle starts August 16th

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 26th, 2016

oh hey Halley hey

Tony Vergara DJs this Tuesday!

Save the date for Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet on the hot eve of Saturday, July 16. We'll circle up and circle round in Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom for some serious business of Lindy Hop served over live music. Halley's three-horn front line and rhythm section specializes in New Orleans style jazz and swing music with a healthy dose of clarinet features from Halley herself.

We'll give beginners a crash course lesson at 8 p.m. so that anyone could make a night of it at 9 p.m. when the musical main course begins. Bring us a Tubman and we'll give you $2 back.

See you on Tuesday for our usual gig.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 8-Count w. Jeff & Kelly, wk 2
Intermediate Series: Fast Lindy w. Jason & Caroline, wk 2

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: Dean Collins Style, starts July 19th
Glen Echo: Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet, July 16th
Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Big Band, August 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

June 20th, 2016

I like to move it, move it.

John Mortenson DJs & New Classes Start!

All right, let's make this quick. Real quick. As quick at the beats you'll get used to during our fresh, intermediate Fast Lindy series by Jason and Caroline. We've got four rapid-fire weeks of the skills you need to tackle the songs that put you out of breath and make you look like a pro. Across the hall, Jeff and Kelly will take it down a notch for beginners with the essence of an eight-count basic gently spread out over four weeks of standard tempo.

Spoiler Alert: The ever-charming John Mortenson will be spinning theoretical discs with his sidekick vintage outfit. That starts at 9 p.m. and the above starts (quickly) at 8 p.m. Don't let it sneak up on you. Or do. Your call.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 8-Count w. Jeff & Kelly, wk 1

Intermediate Series: Fast Lindy w. Jason & Caroline, wk 1

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 13th, 2016

Party of 19?

Jason Niesz DJs Tuesday!

Our longtime friend humidity has come to town for summer sabbatical and it already feels like he's overstayed his welcome. Naturally, we're going to dance despite the uncomfortable situation.

In addition to our regularly scheduled display of public affection for Lindy Hop, remember the number 19. No, not the number of Tony's Hamilton (basically) won, but Sunday, June 19. We're joining forces with the ever epic Urban Artistry dance crew for their Juneteenth celebration at Lincoln Memorial. Come for the whole day but mark your calendar for the afternoon as the Jam Cellar will be coming out with Urban Artistry to share our mutual love of dance and historic appreciation. We'll be talking about the culture and climate from whence Lindy Hop originated and where it's gone. And as if that's not enough we'll also demo hallmark group dances and signature partner moves. Keep your eyes on our social media for the exact time and space.

See you Tuesday at 8:00 for our final week of this series and at 9:00 for music by the back-by-popular-demand Jason Niesz. Got it? Good.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-Count w. Jeff & Kelly, wk 4

Intermediate Series: Charleston is the Best Dance w. Jason & Caroline, wk 4

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 6th, 2016

Something something emoji

Suzanne Ducker DJs Tuesday!

The reason we use emojis is the same reason we dance: there are just some things that cannot be conveyed through words. (Mhm, meditate hard about how insightful we are.) Words simply cannot replace the elation of hitting a stop at the height of a break or the ambiguity of a yellow, side-eye smile.

In addition to more of our air-tight metaphors, you can grab some of those dances and delights with us at the usual spot on Tuesday. We'll start teaching the people at 8 p.m. and dancing with them at 9 p.m.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-Count w. Jeff & Kelly, wk 3

Intermediate Series: Charleston is the Best Dance w. Jason & Caroline, wk 3

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 23rd, 2016

Making Waves

Dylan Kilpatrick DJs & New Classes Start Tuesday!

Merry Monday and welcome back to your regularly scheduled week of dancing. We're back in business since our venue boo found itself and realized we were perfect all along. *cue music crescendo*

This week we're serving up two brand-spanking-new courses. Jeff and Kelly will do what they do best in our beginner 6-count series. It's a perfect course for those wanting to get comfy with the foundational movements of swing. For our intermediate track, we've got a fun twist! Jason and Caroline will teach a choreographed routine focused on advanced Charleston technique. The class is designed around a particular song choice, but teaches elements easily manipulated for individual lead and follow usage outside of the routine. A solid knowledge of basic Charleston is humbly requested.

We see you Tuesday then, ya? Lessons when the clock strikes 8 p.m. and music by Dylan when it slides to 9 p.m.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-Count w. Jeff & Kelly, wk 1

Intermediate Series: Charleston is the Best Dance w. Jason & Caroline, wk 1

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 16th, 2016

So about Tuesday

NO DANCE THIS WEEK!

Find alternate plans this week because we've been kicked out. Not saying any names but the client competition rhymes with Funny or Pie so our faithful love has been booted for a fantasy one night stand with someone (probably) a lot like Will Ferrel.

Whatever. It's cool.

We'll be back in business next week with two brand-spanking new courses. Jeff and Kelly will do what they do best in our beginner 6-count series. It's a perfect course for those wanting to get comfy with the foundational movements of swing. For our intermediate track, we've got a fun twist! Jason and Caroline will teach a choreographed routine focused on advanced Charleston technique. The class is designed around a particular song choice, but teaches elements easily manipulated for individual lead and follow usage outside of the routine. It's, like, sweet and spicy.

Remember, that's next week. Not this week. Because we won't be there this week. Bye Felicia.

May 9th, 2016

lost in translation

Jerry Almonte DJs Tuesday!

Here comes the sun, little darling. Here comes the sun and I'll say it's all right. (It's been so dreary, we hope you got to play outside over the weekend.)

Even though every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven. (Not that we'd complain about needing sweaters in May, nah, not at all.)

Shake it off and let the players play, play, play. (We're gonna dance no matter what, so the weather doesn't really matter.)

You've got a piece of me and honestly my life would suck without you. (Direct translation compliments of Kelly.)

I don't dance, but here I am, spinning you round and round in circles. (Oh, you think you can't dance? Come anyway. We'll teach you at 8 p.m. There's a free beginner lesson and week three of those classes you paid for keeps going strong.)

Girl, put your records on. Tell me your favorite song, go on ahead, let your hair down. (Music starts at 9 p.m. Hairstyle is up to you. We won't judge.)

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Chelsea, wk 4

Intermediate Series: Something, Something, SWingouts w. Jason & Caroline, wk 4

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 2nd, 2016

National Treasure

Adam Bean DJs Tuesday!

As a DC-based entity, it's amazing we've made it this far without a reference to Nicholas Cage or stealing the Declaration of Independence. Even though what we offer is a true national treasure, our authentic hipster status pervades us from eliciting help from cheap pop culture references. (Ok, fine. We just couldn't figure out how to incorporate Hamilton, Game of Thrones, Beyoncé or the pending Civil War into this one. Bluff called.)

Mainstream isn't our mainstay, but we maintain as May remains giving us Tuesdays. This week we've got a DJ who elicits the best of pun-spiration. Adam "Whereya" Bean is in the house and will sprout up some gaseous tunes for us at 9 p.m. Come around at 8 p.m. for our always-classy, free drop lesson and week three of our series classes.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Chelsea, wk 3

Intermediate Series: Something, Something, SWingouts w. Jason & Caroline, wk 3

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