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March 2nd, 2015

The Legend Of The Lost Year

Michael Quisao DJs Tuesday!

10th Anniversary coming soon!

Some of you may have heard – certainly not from us – a vicious rumor that this year is our ten year anniversary at Josephine Butler Parks Center. Ok, so maybe you heard it from us, but as with most errors in basic math, we have good reason.

We leave all serious numbers-heavy decisions in Bobby's capable hands. Unfortunately his degree in English Literature didn't help much when jet lag left him incapable of determining what year it was. Nor does it help that Curtis was lost for six weeks exploring the fabled fifth floor at Josephine Butler Parks Center in search of a lost city of gold. This explains why our archivist was running off the Mayan calendar. Thankfully, Jeff's background in music allowed him to count accurately and determine our actual ten year anniversary is next year.

As long as our team doesn't get stuck in El Dorado within the next 300 days or so, we'll be ready to celebrate ten years properly when it comes around for real. Tuesday, we'll celebrate the usual way with lessons starting at 8 p.m. and the dance at 9 p.m. See you there! (Unless YOU find El Dorado. In which case, you should probably just stay there and start your own dance.)

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 8-Count w. David & Chelsea, Begins mar 17th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Tranky Do's and Dont's w. Jason & Caroline, Begins Mar 17th.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA.

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 23rd, 2015

and the Oscar goes to…

Kate Hedin DJs Tuesday!

10th Anniversary coming soon!

Psych! You can read all the snarky commentary about Neil Patrick Harris' underwear, the fact that Jared Leto still looks like Jesus and the beautiful moment of Glom Gazingo elsewhere.

All we have here is the belief that Julie Andrews is a still a goddess and a straightforward, honest-to-goodness promise that our show will go on this week! We're not closing our doors for that nasty sludge so bring your dancing shoes and longing hearts. The series lessons will pick up where they left off beginning at 8 p.m. and we'll see you on the floor at 9 p.m.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count w. Curtis & Kate, Begins Feb 10th

Next Inter/Adv Class: The Shapes of Lindy Hop w. Jason & Chelsea, Begins Feb 10th.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA.

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 17th, 2015

CLASSES AND DANCE CANCELLED

Not all days of the week are created equally. It seems Tuesday's special talent is dance-prohibiting weather. We're closing shop tonight for your safety, but classes will be made up next week and continue through March 10th. Unless there's more snow. In which case classes will finish sometime before the heat death of the universe. Stay Tuned!

February 17th, 2015

CLASSES AND DANCE CANCELLED

Not all days of the week are created equally. It seems Tuesday's special talent is dance-prohibiting weather. We're closing shop tonight for your safety, but classes will be made up next week and continue through March 10th. Unless there's more snow. In which case classes will finish sometime before the heat death of the universe. Stay Tuned!

February 16th, 2015

Mab Lib Valentine

Helene Horowitz DJs Tuesday!

February classes start!

Whether you spent Valentine's Day in affection, anguish or apathy towards your fellow

homo sapiens, you probably forgot to reflect on your love for Lindy Hop. It's a few days

late, but love knoweth no bounds of time or space, right? Enjoy your romantic journey

down memory lane with this ab lib love letter (and refresher on elementary grammar):

______ (Salutation) Lindy Hop,

Through the ___ (number) months/years we've spent together, it's been a most _____

(adjective) time. I remember the first time we met — it was ________ (place). You ____

(verb) my body and ______ (verb) my soul. That memory is matched only by the time I fell

in love with you at ______ (place). There you inspired me to treat this relationship with

the utmost care. It's been no cakewalk; we've had to work on our craft, especially that

one time when ______ (event). There were times you left me feeling both ____ (adjective)

and ____ (adjective). At times I even wanted to ____ (verb) you ________ (adverb). It's

been a _______ (adjective) journey, my dearest Lindy, and I look forward to the years to

come. Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Sincerely,
(Name)

P.S. I heard you celebrated your 10 year anniversary at the Cellar last week,

congratulations! Please know I will be there to partake in the festivities once the staff

announces their grand plans. For now, I will settle for the usual 8 p.m. classes and 9

p.m. dance – you make Tuesdays so delightful, my love.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count w. Curtis & Kate, Begins Feb 10th

Next Inter/Adv Class: The Shapes of Lindy Hop w. Jason & Chelsea, Begins Feb

10th.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA.

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 9th, 2015

Shape it Up

Lindsay Kelly DJs Tuesday!

February classes start!

Look up. No, really. Look up. Not to get all mathematical on you, but everything you just saw was constructed by shapes. Shapes are the building blocks of all things in life – and dancing is no exception.

As February blossoms, Jason & Chelsea will take you on a journey to geometrically proof (too punny?) just that with a series mysteriously titled "The Shapes of Lindy Hop." The course will focus on a different shape each week – not triangles, octagons or parallelograms – but rather, investigate how you can dance in different orientations, including side-by-side, front-to-back and spirals. It's a core technique, but instructor-guaranteed to improve creativity by expanding your vocabulary of moves. Just across the grand staircase, the alliterative power couple Curtis & Kate will christen the next beginner series focused on 6-count. If you've been getting your feet wet, but waiting for a chance to jump in the pool of Lindy Hop, 6-count is the perfect place for you.

For those who heard rumors, the Tranky Doo class is still headed your way; it's just taking a detour. We'll be ready for it just like every week. New classes begin at 8 p.m. and the dance at 9 p.m. Be there or be square – get it, shapes!

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count w. Curtis & Kate, Begins Feb 10th

Next Inter/Adv Class: The Shapes of Lindy Hop w. Jason & Chelsea, Begins Feb 10th.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA.

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 2nd, 2015

Super Bowl vs. Jam Cellar

Mike Marcotte & greg Stasiewicz DJ Tuesday @ The Cellar!

In the spirit of cultural relevance, we spent some time in deep analysis comparing and contrasting the Super Bowl with dancing at the Jam Cellar. What we found may shock you. C'mon, you'd click on that Facebook link.

At the Jam Cellar, we don't (usually) interrupt the entertainment with a colorful lip-synch performance. After you purchase an evening at the Jam Cellar, there will be no Twitter snark following your creative marketing choice — and you won't pay millions for it either. After a night at the Jam Cellar, the next day is Wednesday, not Monday. You will not have to break for commercials in between dances at the Jam Cellar. There will be no one to commentate via national television on your missed opportunities. It hurts a lot less to get stepped on by taped-up Keds than cleats. Game-winning interceptions? Well, suppose that depends on who's cutting in.

We don't want to rule out your interpretation, but it looks like – aside from the lack of chips and queso – dancing with us might be better than the Super Bowl. Our freezer will be ice pop stocked per usual and the fun will proceed as planned. Bring your A-game for classes at 8 p.m. and we'll see you on the field – er, floor at 9 p.m.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count w. Curtis & KAte, Begins Feb 10th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Tranky Do and solo jazz w. Jason & Chelsea, Begins Feb 10th.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA.

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

January 29th, 2015

An important message to the community

Many of you have probably read or heard that several dancers around the world have come forward over the past week to report instances of sexual assault and rape committed against them by someone who has been an influential teacher and dancer in the Lindy Hop and swing dance community for more than 30 years. He used his position and prestige to assault these women.

It shouldn't need to be said, but this is unacceptable. We offer our support to these women, and to those who have not come forward, as they deal with what was done to them. We, as teachers and organizers, have an obligation to the community to make our events into safe places where everyone can be free from harassment and discrimination of any kind.

We are in the process of putting together a formal code of conduct regarding our policies because we want the Jam Cellar to be a place where everyone can come, make new friends, enjoy great music, and learn and love to dance. The basic principle will be this: "Do not harass anyone, for any reason." On or off the dance floor, if someone tells you (verbally or nonverbally) to stop doing something because it hurts them or because it makes them uncomfortable, stop.

If we find out that you have violated the code of conduct, we will tell you to leave. If we feel it is necessary, we will also tell you that you will not be allowed into any of our other events.

While we encourage you to dance with everyone, you have no obligation to dance with anyone. You have the right to stop dancing at any point and leave the dance floor. If someone hurts you or makes you uncomfortable–again, on or off the dance floor–we encourage you to let one of us know. We will treat the situation seriously and discreetly. We want you to know that we will always, ALWAYS, listen if you have something to tell us.

If you have questions, thoughts, or concerns about anything, we are more than happy to talk because we want to make the Jam Cellar the best it can be.

January 26th, 2015

Even our memes are retro

Jason Niesz DJs!

Remember that iPhone commercial about the limitless potential of apps available to you in 3G glory – "there's an app for that." Wouldn't it be great if dances worked that way too…

Significant other seeming distant (or nonexistent)? Well, there's a dance for that. So low in groceries dinner becomes a Chopped episode? There's a dance for that. Thrilled about that new promotion? There's a dance for that. Looking around every nook and cranny for the job itself? There's a dance for that. Are you chain-eating ALL the carbs? There's a dance for that. Still haven't gotten a text back after your date on Friday? There's a dance for that. Have you scrolled through Facebook for the 15th time in 2 hours out of sheer compulsion? There's a dance for that. Did you see that your ex has gone from 'in a relationship' to 'it's complicated' and you're a teensy bit gleeful? There's a dance for that too.

Yep, there's a dance for just about anything. Not to brag, but we've got all those dances in stock this week at the Jam Cellar. So join us, and together in our spectrum of trial to bliss, let's dance. We'll see you Tuesday at the usual 9 p.m. and if you're working on your skills, all classes start at 8 p.m.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: 6-Count w. Curtis & KAte, Begins Feb 10th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Tranky Do and solo jazz w. Jason & Chelsea, Begins Feb 10th.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA.

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

p.s. If you got this twice, sorry. Technical difficulties abounded the first time around.

January 19th, 2015

DTR

Kate Hedin DJs!

It's time we had the DTR talk. Before you old souls go to Urban Dictionary or you government staffers wonder what acronym you could have possibly missed, we'll just tell you. It's time we talk and Define The Relationship – between us and college students.

We know it can be confusing territory. We say we like having you around. We dance and smile, but when it comes to taking that next step, we've been tentative. Not anymore. Here it is. *dramatic pause* We love college students. There. We said it. But actions speak louder than words, you say? Great, we'll prove it to you too.

Starting this week all college students receive entry to dances for $5 instead of the usual $8 when they show their college ID. Yes, that's every week. If you're a college student and you've got the ugly orientation day mug shot to prove it, you're in the door for $5. Because! We love you and we're serious about our relationship. So we'll see you this week. Greatest Hits and Charleston series progress as usual starting at 8 p.m. And that now-$5-for-college-students dance will begin at 9 p.m.

Coming up:

Next Beginner Class: Charleston w. Jeff & Caroline, Begins Jan 6th

Next Inter/Adv Class: Moves of 2014 w. David & Kelly, Begins Jan 6th.

Next Glen Echo dance: TBA.

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

p.s. If you got this twice, sorry. Technical difficulties abounded the first time around.