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December 22nd, 2014

Twas the…

Helene DJ's The Last Jam Cellar of 2014!

'Twas the last dance of the year when all through the cellar, said finale brought in all the gals and the fellars.

Dancers sat strung on the stairway with flare, knowing next week they wouldn't be there.

The Grab Bag series by Bobby & Kate occurred while Jeff & Caroline taught in the count of eight.

Then all of the sudden there rose a commotion. Melodies and tunes spilled from the doors like a potion.
Promptly at nine, dancers sprung to the floor – Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and more.
They danced all night through, er, until eleven. (Any later the neighbors consider us felons.)
Helene's last song rang loud and clear, followed by volunteers: "nothing to see here!"

The pleasure is ours, to have shared this adventure, of 2014, it's peaks and fissures.
So cheers to you, your families, your felines, your friends. Merry Holidays to all and to all a good end.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston, Begins Jan 6th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Moves of 2014, Begins Jan 6th.

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

December 15th, 2014

High Seasonal Dancer Index

Valerie Yi Djs Tuesday!

Have you ever noticed that now's the time of year everyone decides they like dancing too? Frank Sinatra rings in the candle-lit air and all the sudden people emboldened by the strength of their eggnog are magically drawn to each other. They hear the mellow beats, start swaying and – boom – they're dancing! Or at least trying to, bless their hearts. In this time of excessively romantic posers, we just want to tell you: we're proud of you. Way to go! Congrats for NOT being one of those seasonal dancers! You've embraced the bewitchment of body and soul by the dance muses. Weather fair or foul, eggnog strong or spoiled, you dance all the year long.

So let's keep dancing. We'll be all standard procedure amidst the sparkly holiday buzz. At 8 p.m. Bobby & Kate will keep playing Santa in our Holiday Grab Bag Series as Jeff & Caroline keep cruising through Beginner 8-count. When the clock strikes 9 p.m., our beloved, prodigal daughter Valerie Yi will warm up the floor with her musical concoction. We'll see you there!

P.S. If you know any of those seasonal dancers that want to learn more, bring them by our free drop-in class at 8 p.m.

P.P.S. Don't bring eggnog. That's just unnecessary and rather gross.

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

December 8th, 2014

Play it Again, Sam

Mike Marcotte DJs!

By now you've probably survived your first round of holiday parties – congratulations. We know that the magnifying glass of holidays past can make the season all the brighter or dismal. That's why we've put together this playlist of thematically therapeutic songs whose titles epitomize the spirit of holiday activities and sentiments, both delightful and dreaded. And of course you can swing to them (opinions may differ – Ed.) ; is there any other kind of music?

Puttin' on the Ritz by The Clevelanders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DknJW87CxMQ

Baby Won't You Please Come Home by Chicago Rhythm Kings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6T56R3kPG4

Hit the Road, Jack by Ray Charles
(Because you'll probably have to in order to "please come home")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Tiz6INF7I

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody by Fergie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phmz9uRG4E8

P.Y.T by Michael Jackson
(Because so many cocktail dresses, so many)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zvS4TppP4I

Crazy in Love by Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY7FGnguvkc

Baby, It's Cold Outside by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnH_RGyzbSU

One Mint Julep by Ana Gasteyer
(But only because it's cold outside)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elU3SJCh95g

Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3EG4olrFjY

Crawfish Pie by Alien Fashion Show
(Because, seriously, what's in that potluck dish?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4XbPoDEWh8

I've Got Plenty to Be Thankful For by Bing Crosby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0O1QhOMz9Y

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Aside from Lindy Focus, obviously)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSq1cez_flQ

You Drive Me Crazy by Brittany Spears
(So maybe it will be difficult to Lindy to this, but worth it)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4VK9_CfOLQ

We can't promise you'll hear these songs on Tuesday (over my dead body – Ed.), but Mike Marcotte will certainly have some fun things up his sleeve. at 8 p.m., Bobby & Kate will continue gifting in their Holiday Grab Bag series as Jeff & Caroline carry forth the 8-count glory. We'll see you then or at 9 p.m. for the dance!

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 30th, 2014

Get Your Holiday Grab Bag!

<strongKate Hedin DJs!

December classes start!

Admit it, there's something magical about a grab bag. Oh, the wide-eyed curiosity – nay, the ravenous thrill – of what possibly might have been gifted your way! Sure, there's some temporary tattoos you have to wade through, but buried underneath that or those rubber wristbands that went out of style 6 years ago, there sits a pleasant surprise that undoubtedly becomes part of your routine for years to come.

For our last intermediate series of the blessed year 2014, we give you a Holiday Grab Bag of Lindy Hop treats: creative moves, fancy footwork, and dedicated playtime. Bobby & Kate are at the helm so it's guaranteed that the goals of fun and learning cool techniques will be met — cool techniques that will undoubtedly become part of your routine for years to come.

Opposite the hall, Jeff & Caroline will provide a solid start to any dancer's repertoire in their Beginner 8-Count series. And don't forget, if you or your friends haven't danced nary-a-bit, but would love to learn, you can always take our free drop-in class. All classes start at the now pitch dark 8 p.m. and the dance floor opens at 9 p.m. with continued greatness from DJ Kate Hedin. We'll see you there!

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 24th, 2014

Exit stage left

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