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August 22nd, 2016

ILHC You There

Dustin Spicuzza DJs Tuesday!

You better watch out, you better not cry, ILHC is coming to town!! Starting Thursday, the world-famous competition will be in our hood and we'll be around to welcome you with more pomp and better water than Olympic Host committee.

Locals, hoping to see you at the festivities and out-of-towners, you should swing by our place if you're in the area early! Our beginner 6-count and intermediate SoCal Lindy classes continue in their strong second week AND after ILHC Jason and Meg will showcase a lovely, onetime advanced workshop on Modern Classics. All of that fun stuff starts at 8 p.m. and the really fun stuff starts at 9 p.m. as Dustin ushers in some DJ delight. See you there!

PS. Did you know other people now think we're pretty cool too? Yeah, you click that link. Look out for 26.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 1
Intermediate Series: SoCal Lindy w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 1

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th
Advanced Class: Modern Classics w. Jason & Meg on August 30th

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

August 15th, 2016

That's soCal

Suzanne Ducker DJs & classes start Tuesday!

We're gathering inspiration from the other coast for our next series. Home of happy cows, the happiest place on Earth and hippies who are always happy, southern California is also responsible for a smoother style of Lindy Hop that makes us happy. Jeff and Annabelle will spend 4 weeks teaching the technique, aesthetics and movement of Lindy made popular in SoCal by Dean Collins and his posse.

For beginners, we'll take you through the usual 6-count classic one can find on either coast or anywhere in between. Bring your shoes, bring your friends, and bring $8 if you plan to just come to the dance that starts at 9 p.m. Suzanne will be in the DJ booth heating up the floor even more than the humidity – which is saying a lot.

Bonus: Mark your calendar for Aug 30 as we'll have an advanced, one-time workshop brought to you by Jason and Meg focused on modern classic moves.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 1
Intermediate Series: SoCal Lindy w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 1

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th
Advanced Class: Modern Classics w. Jason & Meg on August 30th

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

August 8th, 2016

but what do I wear?

David Soltysik DJs Tuesday!

We're pretty good at aggressively oversharing, but every now and again people ask us questions – probably because they like the sound of our voice and definitely not because we leave out details.

One of the most common FAQs we get is "What should I wear to the Jam Cellar?" To which we will matter-of-factly respond, "either black tie or a giraffe onesie." What we mean by that comment dripping with sarcasm is, wear whatever you want. You will see a wide range of get-ups, but the most common and strategic options include secure shoes with a slide-y sole and whatever you don't mind sweating in.

Join us in your garments of choice on Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. Week four of our current series will wrap up real nice and the social dance will commence at 9 p.m. on the nose. Bonus points if you actually do show up in a giraffe onesie.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Caroline, wk 4
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 4

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: SoCal Swing w. Jeff & Annabelle starts August 16th
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th

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

August 1st, 2016

there's a thing

John Mortenson DJs Tuesday!

We've got Saturday night covered. You're welcome.

Join us at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom on August 6th for The Craig Gildner Big Band. It's a 13 piece orchestra handpicked from DC's deep bench of talent featuring the crisp, energetic style of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Artie Shaw. It starts at 9 p.m. and we'll even throw in a free beginner lesson from our top notch instructors at 8 p.m. It'll set students back just $15 and you older, wiser patrons only $20.

We'll see you then and on Tuesday for the regular jig – er, gig. Both? Come dance with us.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Caroline, wk 3
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 3

Coming Soon:

Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Big Band, August 6th
Intermediate Series: SoCal Swing w. Jeff & Annabelle starts August 16th
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th

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 25th, 2016

What's sleep?

Brad Nathanson DJs Tuesday!

Dancers are notorious for working the post meridiem hours and we rarely regret the precious z's we trade for a moment more moving the music we so adore.

Plan your Tuesday accordingly. At 8 p.m. we strike up our classes where they left off last week. Not in a class series? Never fear. Our evergreen, everawesome free drop-in lesson is open to anyone at anytime – as long as that time is 8 p.m. on Tuesday. At 9 p.m. we begin the beguine with music from Brad Nathanson's digital library.

Save the date for Saturday, August 6. We've got another live band dance coming your way and its a big one, a Craig Gildner Big Band one to be exact. You won't want to miss it!

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Caroline, wk 2
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 2

Coming Soon:

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 18th, 2016

checking in

New Classes Start & Jerry Almonte DJs Tuesday!

You there? Cool. We're starting a new thing. It'll last four weeks. They're similar to dance lessons, except cooler because they're our dance lessons.

Jeff and Annabelle are leading a swingout clinic. Bring your vanilla, beginner swingout and we'll add the intermediate chocolate sauce and sprinkles. Nothing to bring to that potluck? We can work with that. David and Caroline will be teaching beginner Charleston. So, start there.

Or skip it all and come for the music at 9 p.m. You've got options! We'll see you there.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: Charleston w. David & Caroline, wk 1
Intermediate Series: Swingout Clinic w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 1

Coming Soon:

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 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