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August 11th, 2014

It'll be a Circus

Kate Hedin DJ's!

Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! Our resident trapeze artist Kate Hedin will fly through her playlist with the greatest of ease. No safety net here! There's no point having her on a tight rope since she knows how to soar. (Yeah, we're done, thanks for hanging in there.)

It's week two of the Big Apple. Shout out to Lexie Briggs for video-posting the routine in our Facebook group – no excuses, people. We'll see you then.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: tba, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Inter/Adv Class: tba, Begins Sept 2nd.

Next Glen Echo dance: Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sept 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

August 4th, 2014

Dance history for $500, Alex

The Jam Cellar presents our newest DJ Lindsay Kelly!


Jason & Caroline teach The Big Apple!

In the crisp fall of 1937 a group of lindyhoppers from Harlem were in Cali on set of the Judy Garland film 'Everybody Sings.' While prepping for their dance number, one of the dancers received a telegram from the Big Apple Club in South Carolina gushing about a particular east coast dance craze.

That dancer was Frankie Manning; and Frankie being Frankie was able to recreate the dance from the description and choreograph a scene featuring the Big Apple routine.

The scene was ultimately cut from 'Everybody Sings,' – stupid producers – but performed again for the 1939 movie 'Keep Punchin.' There it became the classic we all love and YouTube to this day.

The legend continues back on the east coast this Tuesday as Jason & Caroline start teaching a four-part Big Apple series. Post lesson tunes will be spun by newly local sweetheart Lindsey Kelly starting at 9 p.m.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with David & Chelsea, Begins August 5th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: The Big Apple with Jason & Caroline, Begins August 5th.

Next Glen Echo dance: Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sept 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

July 27th, 2014

Billy Mays here.

This week Dustin Spicuzza DJs at the Jam Cellar!


Next Week our new class series start including the Big Apple!

Too soon? But wait, there's more we need to say. Ready to lose those spare 5lbs and sweat out the toxins dragging you down? Summer at the Cellar is the thing for you.



It's Summer and the Cellar's unique ventilation system and high intensity cardio intervals are what make the magic happen. And unlike that red eye latte (no whip please, we prefer swingouts) in your hand, it's actually healthy and guilt free.

You won't get these results or find a community more cultish than Cross Fit anywhere else! So come down to the Cellar on Tuesday Night.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with David & Chlesea, Begins August 5th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: The Big Apple with Jason & Caroline, Begins August 5th.

Next Glen Echo dance: Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sept 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

July 20th, 2014

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Brad Nathanson is back from NC to DJ Tuesday at the Jam Cellar!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with David & Chlesea, Begins August 5th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: TBA w. TBA, Begins August 5th.

Next Glen Echo dance: Mint Julep Jazz Band, Sept 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

July 13th, 2014

Just the facts Ma'am.

John Mortenson is back to DJ Tuesday at the Jam Cellar!


Jam Cellar presents Craig Gildner's Big Band Saturday at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with David & Chlesea, Begins August 5th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: TBA w. TBA, Begins August 5th.

Next Glen Echo dance: The Craig Gildner Big Band, July 19th.

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 6th, 2014

Put a spring in your Kick-step

DJ Kate Hedin is behind the booth!


This week marks the start of new classes!


July 19th we have the Craig Gildner Big Band on the stage at historic Glen Echo Park!

Starting this week, Jeff and Kelly are here to move you through some new twists and turns of classic partnered Charleston. In this summer heat, these moves will keep you going longer, helping you slow down some of the faster songs, or stretch out your movements and partnered cooperation for the slower ones. Always fun, Charleston steps are a great way to break up your swingouts and break out some flashy footwork patterns.

We will also be offering our dependably delightful 8-count beginner session for those of you graduating on from 6-count or for returning students looking for a refresher!
As usual our standing pre-requisites of having taken 6 and 8 count for the Int/Adv dancers and that beginners have attended at least one introductory lesson.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with David & Chelsea, Begins July 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Charleston with Jeff & Kelly, Begins July 8th.

Next Glen Echo dance: The Craig Gildner Big Band, July 19th.

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 29th, 2014

I dont care about the title.

This week DJ Jerry Almonte!

Get excited for the next round of classes starting on July 8th and our dance at Glen Echo Park with the Craig Gildner Big Band on July 19th!

Come out and wrap up the last week of this class series with DJ Jerry Almonte! Now, we haven't had Jerry back behind the booth in a couple of months and we were starting to get antsy. Beyond his witty reflections on lindy hop, Jerry shares his passion for our community not only in his compiled archives, blogs, video interviews and event organizing, but in his excellent taste in danceable music. We can't wait to get him back behing our booth and you all out on our floor.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with David & Chelsea, Begins July 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Charleston with Jeff & Kelly, Begins July 8th.

Next Glen Echo dance: The Craig Gildner Big Band, July 19th.

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 22nd, 2014

We like you all, so we organized a thing.

This week DJ Adam Bean!

Upcoming: The Jam Cellar hosts the Craig Gildner Big Band at Glen Echo Park Saturday July 19th

Alright folks, you know the drill, we are bringing an awesome local band out to the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo just for you.

Yeah, we like you that much.

Gildner (As we so affectionately refer to him) is a swing addict. He personally leads at least three individually strong groups of swing and jazz musicians in the DC Area. For us however, he's brought together many of our local favorites to put the Craig Gildner Big Band on the GE stage. With a strong repertoire that will please both the ear and the feet, these fine folks are sure to be a treat. Included in the admission is a beginning swing dance lesson from 8 to 9 pm, followed by some seriously awesome dancing until midnight. Be there.

In the meantime, you'll have to deal with Bean on tuesday. We like him too, we guess.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with Jason & Caroline, Begins July 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Charleston with Jeff & TBA , Begins July 8th.

Next Glen Echo dance: The Craig Gildner Big Band, July 19th.

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 15th, 2014

Kate Hedin is trending

This week DJ Kate Hedin returns to the Jam Cellar!

While you won't be seeing her shining face in our classes this series, this week you can catch Ms. Hedin out on the floor and behind the notional turntables. Fresh back from a weekend DJing at All Bal, she is primed and ready to go. Follow up Chelsea and David Lee's Shag course, our Beginner 6-Count class or even our beginner Drop-in with an excellent night of high quality swing music from one of our favorite DJs.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count Lindy with Jason & Caroline, Begins July 8th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Charleston with Jeff & TBA , Begins July 8th.

Next Glen Echo dance: The Craig Gildner Big Band, July 19th.

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 8th, 2014

[Insert abstract expression of new class series here]

This week DJ Paul Roth paints the town red!

First week of Chelsea and David Lee's Shag series and the next round of Kelly Pavao and Jason Niesz's 6-Count beginner classes start!

Our next class series start this week! Chelsea and David Lee will introduce you to the fancy footwork and playful rhythms of Collegiate Shag as well as the Charleston-like St. Louis Shag in just four short weeks. At the same time, Kelly Pavao and Jason Niesz will be dancing beginners through our famous introductory 6-count lindy course. Our usual prerequisites stand.

Also this week, DJ Paul Roth-ko takes us back to the easel to re-examine the classics. Blending bold strokes of jazz with subtler hues of swing, he'll be out at the Jam Cellar this Tuesday night to help us see the bigger picture.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count Lindy with Jason & Kelly, Begins June 10th.

Next Inter/Adv Class: Shag! with David & Chelsea , Begins June 10th.

Next Glen Echo dance: The Craig Gildner Big Band, July 19th.

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