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September 18th, 2017

Tranky Doo and Dont's

The Tranky Doo and Dont's

The Tranky Doo and Don'ts

DO: Join us for one of our most fun solo jazz classes! In our next intermediate series, Dylan and Kate will teach the original Tranky Doo Jazz routine. (
You can see it here, performed by OG crew Al Minns and Leon James.) Solo dancing is a necessary tool for your dance arsenal and we'll only charge you $60 for 4 weeks, including the dances.

DO: Come to our Lindy A if you're brand new to Lindy Hop or want a refresh on the basics of swingout and form. This series will be led by Michael Quisao and Gretchen Midley. Likewise: $60 for 4 weeks, including the dances.

DON'T: Show up late, for your own sake! You don't want to miss any of the goodness. We'll start lessons at 8 p.m. and the music at 9 p.m.

DO: Put next week on your social calendar because we are BRINGING OUT THE VINYL back by popular request.

DON'T: Forget that we always have a FREE drop-in lesson at 8 p.m. for those who just want to know what this swing dance thing is all about. Tell your friends, your neighbors, your family – or don't tell your family, but definitely tell someone about it and share the love.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Jason Karol Niesz!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Julia & Jason !
Level One: Lindy A (swingouts) w. Michael & Gretchen, wk 1 !
Level Two: Tranky Doo w. Dylan & Kate Feldman, wk 1!

THE FUTURE!
Sept 26th: Vinyl Night w. Craig Gildner & Suzanne Ducker @ The Jam Cellar.
Sept 30th: Brooks Tegler's Six Miners & a Canary @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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

September 11th, 2017

DJ TBD

TBD // An Inspired Poem

They Better Decide
To Bring Damn
Terrific Beats Down
There By Designated
Time Because Dancers
Think Before Driving
Toward Bearings. Distinctive
Tunes Bloody Determine
The Bliss Digested
That Baked Date!

That said: we got it figured out now. Don't you worry. Come out for your last week of lessons before we begin a brand new series and mark your calendar for our next Vinyl Night because that date is no longer TBD.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Tony Vergara!
Level One: Lindy B, final week!
Level Two: Level 2 Swingouts, final week!

THE FUTURE!
Sept 16th: Chelsea Reed & The FairWeather Five @ The Spanish Ballroom.
Sept 19th: Lindy A plus Tranky Doo ft Dylan & Kate Feldman.
Sept 26th: Vinyl Night @ The Jam Cellar.
Sept 30th: Six Miners & a Canary @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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

September 5th, 2017

Tuesdays that feel like Mondays

Tuesdays that feel like Mondays

We're going to take the house-favored bet and guess your Tuesday feels a lot more like Monday. Good news is, it's not Monday and you've got a great option for your first evening of Pumpkin Spice season: come see us!

We're in week 3 of all lesson series(es? i? whatever- all of them). Those start at 8 p.m. sharp as does our free come-as-you-are beginner lesson. Music prime for social dancing begins at 9 p.m.

P.S. Mark your calendars now for our next Glen Echo dance end of the month. We're introducing a new combo – and we bet you're gonna love 'em.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: John Mortenson!
Level One: Lindy B, wk 3!
Level Two: Level 2 Swingouts, wk 3!

THE FUTURE!

Sept 26th: Vinyl Night @ The Jam Cellar.
Sept 30th: Six Miners & a Canary @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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 29th, 2017

real talk for sec?

real talk for sec?

Let's just take a moment – take a moment to relish the reality that in this world of tumult still exists the capability to share 3(ish) minutes connected to someone the Facebook algorithm would never suggest for you.

Thanks to this dance we love, we temporarily suspend the vocality of our social media feeds and we ever so slightly loosen grasp of our causes and our labels. And we dance. We listen to the same music, and, together, we create something, each needing the other to succeed.

Maybe we could do that – both literally and metaphorically, both on and off the dance floor – more often.

That being said, if you don't come dance on Tuesday after that rousing thought experiment, you have no soul. See you for the lessons at 8 p.m. and the music at 9 p.m.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Michael Quisao!
Level One: Lindy B, wk 2!
Level Two: Level 2 Swingouts, wk 2!

THE FUTURE!

Sept 26th: Vinyl Night @ The Jam Cellar.
Sept 30th: Six Miners & a Canary @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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 21st, 2017

FREE ECLIPSE GLASSES

FREE ECLIPSE GLASSES

Now that we have your short attention, stay alert to the following update lest it be eclipsed by all the solar hubbub. Highlights this week:

  • Greg is DJing: Come to this if you like good music.
  • level one Lindy-B begins: Come to this if you just finished Lindy A or our Drop-In.
  • level two Intermediate Swingoutss begins: Come to this if you've finished both Lindy-A & B.

Classes start at 8 p.m. Music starts at 9 p.m. See you then, sunshine.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: greg stasiewicz!
Level One: Lindy B, Start!
Level Two: Level 2 Swingouts, Start!

THE FUTURE!

Sept 26th: Vinyl Night @ The Jam Cellar.
Sept 30th: Six Miners & a Canary @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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, 2017

Writer's block

Writing is hard

Real Hard. It's a hard thing to do. That is to say it isn't easy. It's especially hard at 4AM after a weekend of (fill-in) writer's block.

So on behalf of the Jam Cellar I want to thank our writers who week after week make this look easy. Some retired and one current(ly on vacation): Andy Reid, Robert White, Anne Williams & Lauren Devoll. Thank you all for making us look good.

Next Week We'll be back with new classes and our usual light hearted writing.

Oh! Btw, we're dancing Tuesday. Hope to see you there.

DJ: Jason Niesz!
Beginner Series: Lindy A, wk 4!
Intermediate Series: Charleston, wk 4!

THE FUTURE!
Aug 22nd: New Classes Start!
Sept 26th: Vinyl Night @ The Jam Cellar.
Sept 30th: Six Miners & a Canary @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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, 2017

rebound

rebound

We can't live up to last week. We just can't. Chelsea made our night, then broke our heart by leaving. But we can offer you a heckava rebound guy! Mike Marcotte will be in the DJ booth with his delightful demeanor and playful tunes starting at 9 p.m. and we promise it will heal your aching soul.

It's also week 3 of all our classes. You already paid for them so make good on your investment.

If you're wondering if you have to wait two whole weeks before joining a class: never! We always have a free drop-in lesson every week at 8 p.m. We'll see you Tuesday!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Mike Marcotte!
Beginner Series: Lindy A, wk 3!
Intermediate Series: Charleston, wk 3!

THE FUTURE!
Sept 26th: Vinyl Night @ The Jam Cellar.
Sept 30th: Six Miners & a CAnary @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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 31st, 2017

SEA you there?


CHELSEA AND THE FAIR WEATHER FIVE LIVE ON TUESDAY.

Well, technically they're live the rest of the week's days too, but they will be live with us at the Jam Cellar on Tuesday night! Chelsea designed her band especially for swing dancers. She loves singing her favorite songs for an audience that gets giddy over early jazz just as much as she does. She may even grace us with selections from her band's brand-spankin' new album Spreadin' Rhythm Around.

Class will continue as usual at 8 p.m., but the live jams at 9 p.m. will cost you a little – but well-worth-it, extra. $15 at the door ($10 student/military).

Rain or shine, come get you some fair weather.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

BAND: Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Five!
Beginner Series: Lindy A, wk 2!
Intermediate Series: Charleston, wk 2!

THE FUTURE!
Sept 26th: Vinyl Night @ The Jam Cellar.
Sept 30th: Six Miners & A Canary @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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, 2017

Not 1, but 2, LIVE BANDS

Not 1, but 2, LIVE BANDS

You're not seeing double. We've got TWO great nights of live music coming up for you in the next two weeks. First up, on Saturday, July 29 we're taking over the ballroom at Glen Echo – rather, Dan Levinson and Craig Gildner, are taking over with sweet sounds from their hand-picked all-star musicians.

Levinson is s a NYC-based specialist in traditional jazz and swing who spent 21 years becoming one of the most prolific musicians in the scene today. He'll be headlining a DC crew with our local outstandings including our aforementioned Craig Gildner. It'll be $20 at the door ($15 for students) and we'll even throw in a free lesson at 8 p.m. to get you started with the main show launching at 9 p.m.

Speaking of Tuesdays, we begin a whole new series of classes this week. For everyone who has completed our drop-in and wants to go further, we've got Lindy A. It teaches the fundamental 8-count patterns of Lindy Hop, such as the iconic swing-out and Lindy circle. For Intermediates who have completed Lindy A & B, you'll learn to kick-step your way to more fluency and flash with the Charleston. Be ready for lots of bouncing, lots of kicking, and lots of fun. Both classes are $60 for 4 weeks and – bonus – the dance is included in that price. Yawelcome!

AND FINALLY, on Tuesday, August 1 we are bringing the live jams straight to you at the Jam Cellar with Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five. Mark your calendar and let's make it date.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Suzanne Ducker!
Beginner Series: Lindy A, START!
Intermediate Series: Charleston, START!

THE FUTURE!
July 29th: Craig Gildner ft. Dan Levinson @ The Spanish Ballroom.
July 29th: Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five @ The Jam 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

July 18th, 2017

A swingout of ice and fire

A swingout of ice and fire

If you're hoping this email will be filled with GoT references you will be sorely disappointed to realize that they're coming as slow as the next book.

Come out Tuesday for the final week of our current class series at 8 p.m. and a DJ session from lemon cake expert Michael Quisao at 9 p.m.

Thanks for the feedback on Vinyl Night btw. We love you too and will keep you posted on the next one we set on the calendar, which – spoiler alert – will be sooner than when Winter comes.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Michael Quisao!
Beginner Series: Lindy B, w. Michael & Annabel, wk 4!
Intermediate Series: Dance like what?!!! w. David & Latasha, wk 4!

THE FUTURE!
July 22nd: Craig Gildner Big Band @ The Bumper Car Pavilion.
July 25th: New class series, Lindy A & Intermediate Charleston.
July 29th: Craig Gildner ft. Dan Levinson @ The Spanish Ballroom.

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