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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

May 11th, 2014

When this baby hits 88 BPM Marty, we're really going to take off!

This tuesday marks the return of the ever lovely, DJ Kate Hedin!

Back from the future, or the past, or some other reality that totally has a way more complicated design aesthetic than just glueing gears on things, DJ Kate will have songs to make you want to speed it up a la Bobby and Caroline in their Speed Lindy series, or bring it back to those strong Eight-Count Basics David and Chelsea have been covering in their current classes.

And let's not forget! May 31st, the Jam Cellar presents Craig Gilder and the DC All-stars in the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. We look forward to seeing everyone, from our newest students to those regulars we haven't been able to shake for a decade (myself for example), out on the floor to swing out with these fabulous local musicians!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with TBD, Begins June 3rd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: TBD, 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 5th, 2014

Don't sweat the fast stuff! (But really bring an extra shirt, because you will)

This week DJ Dustin Spicuzza and our May class series!

Kicking off the month of May we have two new class series one of our great local DJs. Speed Lindy with Bobby White and Caroline Seipp for int/adv dancers will help get you through those fasters songs in one piece, while David and Chelsea Lee are looking to take beginners through the world of Eight-Count Lindy.

The usual prerequisites apply. We respectfully ask that int/adv students have taken both our world-class six and eight count courses and that beginners have attended at least one free lesson before.

On top of these two great series, we have the perfect DJ for your evening of May 6th. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, what is so special about May 6th. You remember May Day (1st), May the Fourth (be with you) (4th), Cinco de Mayo (5th) and of course International Tuba Day (2nd, Narrowly missed), but what is there to celebrate on the 6th? There's quite the list, actually. For National Oyster Day, No-Diet Day, Beverage Day, National Teacher's Day, National Nurses Day, we have the fabulous Dustin Spicuzza to DJ quite the party down at the Jam Cellar.*

* Carefully omitted from this list is National Tourist Appreciation Day, which we, as Washington D.C. residents, decline to observe until there is an open posting of foot traffic laws posted in all metro stations, stairwells and other transportation centers.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with David & Chelsea, Begins THIS WEEK.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Speed Lindy with Bobby White & Caroline Seipp, Begins THIS WEEK.

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

April 27th, 2014

A bloody mary with a sax solo please

This week DJ Jerry Almonte takes the reins.

Next Week! Fast lindy with Bobby White & Caroline Seipp for int/adv! Get that edge on those 260 BPM songs with a class that will satisfy your need for speed. Series starting on May 6th. Also debuting is another round of our famous 8-count lindy courses. Remember that both the 6 and 8 count lindy courses are prerequisites for our int/adv series.

Has DCLX left you swungover? Looking to piece the weekend together from behind a convenient pair of sunglasses? Searching for that wild follow that knocked your tooth out at late night? Trying to remember which of your guests might have left a tiger in your bedroom? Still haven't figured out who that other "Alex" was who claimed your precious bacon, egg and cheese on croissant at Steak & Egg on Saturday?
Well, DJ Jerry Almonte has the cure you downtown at the Jam Cellar this Tuesday night.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with TBA, Begins May 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Speed Lindy with Bobby White & CArolne Seipp, 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 21st, 2014

the queen is back!

This week, prepare yourself for DJ Jason Karol Niesz!

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound in what appear to be inhumanly skinny jeans, Jason is leaping behind the DJ booth this week to spin some hip tunes. You may know Jason from his current class series F#$^&ing Hard moves, taught with the incomparable Caroline Seipp. If you thought his taste in tips and tricks for the dance floor were excellent, you're sure to enjoy his musical selections.

In two weeks!

Our next challenging intermediate/Advanced course will be Speed Lindy. Here, you will tricks and moves to help you be one with fast music, grasshopper. By the way, your new Lindy hopping name is grasshopper.

Wax on, wax off. Get on the dance floor.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with TBA, Begins May 6th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Speed 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 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