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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

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