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May 16th, 2018

This week in Jam

TUESDAY! 5/22/18!

Classes, all 8-9pm: It's Week TWO of FOUR in:

  • Intro Swing Lesson: Michael and Annabel
  • Swing 1B (Beginner 8-count Charleston) with Jason and Caroline
  • Swing 2 (Solo Jazz — Dean's Shim Sham!) with David and Kate

Dance, 9-11:30 pm: with DJ John Mortenson! From the sky!

The Not Too Distant Future in Jam and Co

Sun, May 20: Sunday Swing in Dupont (1-3 PM) – Adrian from Lindybots and Emily will co-DJ!

Fri-Sun, May 25-27: Richmond Lindy Exchange! For more information, check out their website: www.richmondlx.com

Tues, May 29: DJ Emily Yang! From DC BUT NOT FOR TOO MUCH LONGER SO GET AT THIS WHILE YOU CAN

February 22nd, 2018

No Jam Cellar on 2/27, series shifting back, other awesome stuff (deets inside)

Illustrious friends, jokes on hold for a moment to let you know about one bummer thing but also some seriously cool things happening in Jam Cellar programming. Bummer thing: We regret to inform you that we are unable to use Josephine Butler Parks Center next week, and therefore our beloved dance is cancelled for 2/27. We'll bump the series classes back accordingly!

Seriously cool thing: We should have been louder about this during Black History Month, but to celebrate it, DJ Mike Marcotte a couple weeks ago DJed only songs where the lead artist was African American. DJ John Mortenson spun a similar set. DJ Dylan Kilpatrick, slated for 2/27, will use a future set to spotlight African American band leaders. We'll keep you posted on when that is so we can continue to appreciate the brilliance of these Black artists from whom we humbly learn this dance.

Other seriously cool thing: To celebrate Women's History Month, in March when we start the March series on 3/13, we're featuring all women instructors, who will incorporate themes around strong lead/follow listening and, historically, follow-inspired moves. As always, all genders are encouraged to take classes (and social dance too obvs) in either dance role.

NEXT TIME WE SEE YOU in Jam!

TUESDAY! 3/6/18!

Classes, all 8-9pm: It's Week FOUR of FOUR in:

Intro Swing Lesson: Annabel and Omar
Swing 1 (Lindy): Gretchen and David
Swing 2 (Charleston): Suzanne and Michael

Dance, 9-11:30 pm: LADY COMBO DJs Suzanne Ducker and Emily Yang!

THE FUTURE!

March 2: Local musicians (including Craig Gildner, Brooks Tegler, and David Jellema) playing CHC Speakeasy Gala at Eastern Market (http://thecapitolhillchorale.simpletix.com/EventDetails/33044/Time/76533/#.Wo7qJRPwbzJ for tickets!)
March 13: DJ Nicole Zonnenberg!
March 13-April 3: March Class Series: Swing 1B Charleston & Swing 2 Lindy Hop @ The Jam Cellar featuring all female instructors!

Intro Swing Lesson: Lexi (lead) and Gretchen (follow)
Swing 1B (Charleston): Suzanne (lead) and Annabel (follow)
Swing 2 (Lindy): Caroline (lead) and Kate (follow)

February 16th, 2018

This one has a lot of Olympic puns

To set the ski-ne: You're luging around at home, nothing do to. "I'm snowboard," you complain. "Oh wait, it's Tuesday though, I figure I can ring in mid-week by dancing!" You rally your team: "Let's gold, curls. SLEIGH." You speed on over to Josephine Butler Parks Center where, when you go win, you already feel on top of the world.

This Week in Jam!

TUESDAY! 2/20/18!

Classes, all 8-9pm: It's Week THREE of FOUR in:

Intro Swing Lesson: Annabel and Jason
Swing 1 (Lindy): Gretchen and David
Swing 2 (Charleston): Suzanne and Michael

Dance, 9-11:30 pm: DJ John Mortenson!

THE FUTURE!

Feb 27: Next week at The Cellar, DJ Dylan Kilpatrick!
March 6-27 March Class Series: Swing 1B Charleston & Swing 2 Lindy Hop @ The Jam Cellar featuring all female instructors!

February 9th, 2018

Enter LEAD, and FOLLOWER appears above at a window

But, soft! who hit those yonder 8-count breaks?
It is the lead, and foll'wer is the sun.
Arise, fair suns, swing out til ~midnight loom
With leads already jazzed and hype to dance;
That DJ Mike art far more fair than we.

Be not too shy, since we are boisterous,
Please ask whomever but do not fear "no"—
For none but fools there dismay; cast it off!
Dance is a gift, O, it is a joy!

Dear Valentines, please accept this partial sonnet as a symbol of our love for you / enthusiastic dances. See you Valentine's Eve.

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TUESDAY!

Classes, all 8-9pm: It's Week TWO of FOUR in:

Intro Swing Lesson: Annabel and Omar
Swing 1 (Lindy): Gretchen and David
Swing 2 (Charleston): Suzanne and Michael

Dance, 9-11:30 pm: DJ Mike Marcotte!

THE FUTURE!

Feb 10: Flying Feet presents The Red Dress Ball with the Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra @ Glen Echo Ballroom followed by a late night dance sponsored by Capital Blues. Proceeds from the evening go to the American Heart Association.
Feb 16-18: Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships with Craig Gildner Big Band and Bobby and Annabel @ Catholic U!
March 6-27 March Class Series: Swing 1B Charleston & Swing 2 Lindy Hop @ The Jam Cellar featuring all female instructors!

With apologies to the Bard.

February 1st, 2018

Tongue in Cheek live at the Jam Cellar!

We're not being tongue in cheek…

These folks are! Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band is based out of Baltimore and we're very lucky to have them playing for us on February 6 at 9pm. Admission is $15 (or $10 with student or military ID) or $25 if you want to take one of the lessons before the dance.

Speaking of lessons, our Swing 1A (Lindy Hop) and Swing 2 (Charleston) series classes begin next week as well. $65 for the full series, which includes admission to the dances after the classes.

This Week in Jam

TUESDAY!
Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band!
Band break DJ: Emily Yang!
Intro Swing: 6 count FREE drop-in w/ Annabel & Omar!
Swing 1A: Lindy Hop w/ David & Gretchen, week 1!
Swing 2: Charleston w/ Suzanne and Michael, week 1!

For more information and updates about the dance, check out the event page on Facebook.

THE FUTURE!
Feb 10: Flying Feet presents The Red Dress Ball with the Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra at Glen Echo Ballroom followed by a late night dance sponsored by Capital Blues. Proceeds from the evening go to the American Heart Association.
Feb 16-18: Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships with Craig Gildner Big Band and Bobby and Annabel @ Catholic U!
March 6: Swing 1B Charleston & Swing 2 Lindy Hop @ The Cellar!

January 31st, 2018

Tongue in Cheek live at the Jam Cellar!

We're not being tongue in cheek…

These folks are! Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band is based out of Baltimore and we're very lucky to have them playing for us on February 6 at 9pm. Admission is $15 (or $10 with student or military ID) or $25 if you want to take one of the lessons before the dance.

Speaking of lessons, our Swing 1A (Lindy Hop) and Swing 2 (Charleston) series classes begin next week as well. $65 for the full series, which includes admission to the dances after the classes.

This Week in Jam

TUESDAY!
Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band!
Band break DJ: Emily Yang!
Intro Swing: 6 count FREE drop-in w/ Annabel & Omar!
Swing 1A: Lindy Hop w/ David & Gretchen, week 1!
Swing 2: Charleston w/ Suzanne and Michael, week 1!

For more information and updates about the dance, check out the event page on Facebook.

THE FUTURE!
Feb 10: Flying Feet presents The Red Dress Ball with the Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra at Glen Echo Ballroom followed by a late night dance sponsored by Capital Blues. Proceeds from the evening go to the American Heart Association.
Feb 16-18: Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships with Craig Gildner Big Band and classes with Bobby White and Annabel Quisao @ Catholic U!
March 6: Swing 1B Charleston & Swing 2 Lindy Hop @ The Cellar!

January 30th, 2018

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Gee, wow! Thanks for opening! We know you get lots of stuff in your inbox so that was pretty cool what you just did there.

Here's the deal: classes wrap up this week, next Tuesday we've got a live combo coming down from Charm City and we'll also start a brand new series. We're saving the details for our next chat so you've got something to look forward to.

Classes start at 8 p.m. and music begins at 9 p.m. But you already knew that.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: David Soltysik!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Michael & Annabel!
Level One: Lindy B Charelston w. Jason & Caroline, wk4!
Level Two: The Big Apple w. David & Kate, wk4!

THE FUTURE!
Feb 6: Lindy A & Lvl 2 Charleston @ The Cellar!
Feb 6: Tongue in Cheek Jazz band @ The Cellar!
Feb 16-18: Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships with Craig Gildner Big Band and Bobby and Annabel @ Catholic U!

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 22nd, 2018

Can't shut this down!

Omar DJs!

The government may be in question, but they can't shut us down! Oh yeah, we went there…

We provide more joy and satisfaction than they do anyway and if it was put to a poll, we'd bet on us to have a higher approval rating. Not #FakeNews.

We've got Omar in the DJ booth this week spinning tunes for all you dancing folk – and non-dancing folk, whatever your preference. That will start promptly at 9 p.m. after the usual foray of lessons wraps up. Those start at 8 p.m. The whole affair goes until the neighbors complain.

Until then, Furlough! Er, Farewell!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: Omar Myers!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Michael & Annabel!
Level One: Lindy B Charelston w. Jason & Caroline, wk3!
Level Two: The Big Apple w. David & Kate, wk3!

THE FUTURE!

Jan 27: Craig Gildner presents The Craig Gildner Big Band @ Glen Echo…. a Craig Gildner production… ft. Craig Gildner!
Feb 6: Lindy A & Lvl 2 Charleston @ The Cellar!
Feb 6: Tongue in Cheek Jazz band @ The Cellar!

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 22nd, 2018

Can't shut this down!

Omar DJs!

The government may be in question, but they can't shut us down! Oh yeah, we went there…

We provide more joy and satisfaction than they do anyway and if it was put to a poll, we'd bet on us to have a higher approval rating. Not #FakeNews.

We've got Omar in the DJ booth this week spinning tunes for all you dancing folk – and non-dancing folk, whatever your preference. That will start promptly at 9 p.m. after the usual foray of lessons wraps up. Those start at 8 p.m. The whole affair goes until the neighbors complain.

Until then, Furlough! Er, Farewell!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: Omar Myers!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Michael & Annabel!
Level One: Lindy B Charelston w. Jason & Caroline, wk3!
Level Two: The Big Apple w. David & Kate, wk3!

THE FUTURE!

Jan 27: Craig Gildner presents The Craig Gildner Big Band @ Glen Echo…. a Craig Gildner production… ft. Craig Gildner!
Feb 6: Lindy A & Lvl 2 Charleston @ The Cellar!
Feb 6: Tongue in Cheek Jazz band @ The Cellar!

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 16th, 2018

Vinyl Nite is Nigh!

He’s got a cool stack!

Welcome back?! We recently upgraded our mass mailing software because we realized a lot of users weren't getting our messages. As a result, you might be getting this email for the first time in a while – or perhaps ever! We hope this finds you well and, of course, if you are no longer interested in being on the mailing list, please feel free to click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the page.

This week Bandleader, Drummer, & DJ extraordinaire Russ Wilson will bring us jazz fiends a cool stack of his time-honored faves for dancers. You can’t miss vinyl night. It’s our favorite texture of nights and our second favorite pant right after pleather. It’ll start promptly at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

But before all that: Our classes will continue at 8 p.m. Per usual, they’ll be laced with rock solid skills and rigorous charm. P.S Don’t forget to tell your friends, acquaintances, maybe even parents, that they can easily fulfill their New Year’s resolution “to try something new,” with our FREE drop in lesson also at 8 p.m. They’re guaranteed to like it or their money back. HA! (Get it?)

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: inyl Nite w. Russ Wilson!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Michael & Annabel!
Level One: Lindy B Charelston w. Jason & Caroline, wk2!
Level Two: The Big Apple w. David & Kate, wk 2!

THE FUTURE!
Jan 20: DCLX presents Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet!
Jan 27: Craig Gildner presents The Craig Gildner Big Band @ Glen Echo…. a Craig Gildner production… ft. Craig Gildner!
Feb 6: Tongue in Cheek Jazz band @ The Cellar!

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