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November 14th, 2017

tune in

tune in

VINYL NIGHT! And this time we got an extra cool cat guest to partner up with Craig. If you're familiar with that old school hobby called radio, you might even recognize the name: Rob Bamburger, the host of WAMUs Hot Jazz Saturday Night. Together Rob and Craig will be hand selecting your musical delight on Tuesday (date) and you won't want to turn that dial.

Mid month new class series begins this week. For everyone who has completed our drop-in and wants to go further we've got Lindy A teaching the fundamental 8-count patterns of Lindy Hop, such as the swing-out and circle. *ooohh, ahhh* For Intermediates who've completed Lindy A & B, we have Balboa. *read in disclaimer speed* Balboa is considered to be made up of two components: pure balboa and bal-swing. Pure balboa is characterized by a closed, full-body connection, while bal-swing utilizes many turns, twists, and open-position movements. Balboa emphasizes partner connection, rhythm, and fun. Due to its smaller steps compared to the other swing dances, balboa can be danced comfortably at higher tempos. Batteries not included.

Both classes are 60 dollars (cash/check/paypal) for 4 weeks and the dance is included in that price. Boom! Yo welcome! See you then!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
VINYL NIGHT: Rob Bamburger & Craig Gildner DJ!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Suzanne & Dylan!
Level One: Lindy A (Swingouts) w. Caroline & Jason, START!
Level Two: Balboa w. Annabel & David, START!

THE FUTURE!
Nov 25: DCLX presents Blue Sky Five @ Glen Echo!
Dec 12: Shim Sham & Dips'n'tricks mini-session!
Dec 26 & Jan 2: winter break

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

November 7th, 2017

are you bal-curious?

are you bal-curious?

Heard of balboa but never tried it? Take a beginner series years ago and haven't touched it since? When someone asks you to bal, do you respond that you can "fake it?"

Welp. You're in luck! This weekend we've got a fun and quick-paced workshop aimed at those already familiar with partner dancing but new to balboa. The bal-curious, if you will. It'll be led by the international rockstars of our own backyard: David Lee and Annabel Truesdell Quisao at Catholic U! First workshop starts shuffling at 11AM.

The whole weekend will only cost you $75 and if you just want to show your face for the social dancing on Saturday and Sunday, we're cool with that too.

See you there, Bal pals.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: Qui Nguyen!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Annabel & Curtis!
Level One: Lindy B (Charleston) w. Michael & Gretchen, wk 4!
Level Two: Intermediate Charleston w. David & Kate, wk 4!

SATURDAY!
Nov 11th: So You Think You Can't Bal @ Catholic U!

THE FUTURE!
Nov 14th: Lindy A & Balboa start @ the Cellar!
Nov 14th: WAMU's Rob Bamberger DJs our next Vinyl night!

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

October 31st, 2017

treat or treat!

treat or treat!

Lucky us! Halloween falls on Tuesday this year so naturally we'll do the honors of making it worth your spooky while.

We're calling it "Gildner's Goodman Tribute Trio & Costume Contest." This Tuesday will be a night of Benny Goodman small group material and silly outfits. Yep, your costumes will indeed be judged. Both silently and officially.

Classes will continue as scheduled with a decent dose of glucose on site to make it extra peppy and in-theme. We'll see you in full garb at 8 pm for lessons and 9 pm for the Goodman.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
Band: Goodman Tribute Trio!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Annabel & Curtis!
Level One: Lindy B (Charleston) w. Michael & Gretchen, wk 3!
Level Two: Intermediate Charleston w. David & Kate, wk 3!

THE FUTURE!
Nov 11th: So You Think You Can't Bal @ Catholic U!
Nov 14th: Lindy A & Balboa start @ the Cellar!
Nov 14th: WAMU's Rob Bamberger DJs our next Vinyl night!

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

October 22nd, 2017

ALIVE music

ALIVE music

Music from a box is good, but it's better when it's music from a band. We've got a lineup of live goodness coming your way and hhhhhhhhhhere they are:

Saturday, October 28 // Glen Echo Ballroom
We're bringing you Jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein and a crew of his hand-picked, all-star musicians (including the infamous Gildner).Called “the Groucho of the violin” by Tony Bennett, Aaron Weinstein “is rapidly establishing himself as one of his instrument’s rare jazz masters.” Groucho of the violin….just think about that for a second. Be honest: you're curious and you've got to see it.

Tuesday, October 31 // Josephine Butler Center
Lucky us! The hallowed day falls on Tuesday this year so naturally we'll do the honors of making it worth your spooky while. We're calling it "Gildner's Goodman Tribute Trio & Costume Contest." It'll be a night of Benny Goodman small group material and silly outfits. Costumes will be judged. Both silently and officially.

BUT FIRST! Warm up with us during the usual Tuesday getup this week. We're in the second week of our courses and our DJ will keep it fresh – maybe even a little funky. See you then!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: John Mortenson!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Annabel & Curtis!
Level One: Lindy B (Charleston) w. Michael & Gretchen, wk 2!
Level Two: Intermediate Charleston w. David & Kate, wk 2!

SATURDAY!
Oct 28th: Aaron Weinstein @ The Spanish Ballroom!

THE FUTURE!
Oct 31st: Gildner Goodman Tribute Trio @ the Cellar!
Nov 11th: So You Think You Can't Bal @ Catholic U!
Nov 14th: Lindy A & Balboa start @ the Cellar!
Nov 14th: WAMU's Rob Bamberger DJs our next Vinyl night!

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

October 17th, 2017

Classes start TONIGHT!


friends don't let friends miss dances

Only YOU can prevent dance friends from missing dances. You're the reason they come out in the first place. We could pretend it was our charming atmosphere, killer lessons, and rock-solid music selections, but honestly, it's you. You're the one that makes the dance possible. So don't let your friends down, ok?

Real quick – while we're on the topic of our killer lessons – we've got brand new ones coming your way for the next four weeks focused on The Charleston. Kick-step your way to more fluency with this flashy and energetic swing dance first developed in the 1920s. It's a frequent social dance mixer and it will expand your swing dancing vocabulary exorbitantly.

In level one, we'll teach you the bread-and-butter of 8 count Charleston patterns and in level 2 we'll kick it up a notch. Ha, kick. Get it? We're done here. See you Tuesday!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Dylan Kilpatrick!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Annabel & Curtis!
Level One: Lindy B (Charleston) w. Michael & Gretchen, Start!
Level Two: Intermediate Charleston w. David & Kate, Start!

THE FUTURE!

Oct 28th: Aaron Weinstein @ The Spanish Ballroom!
Oct 31st: A Trio with no name for Halloween @ the Cellar!
Nov 14th: WAMU's Rob Bamberger DJs our next Vinyl night!

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

October 9th, 2017

3 weeks notice

3 weeks notice

Because we're extra courteous, we want to send you a special three weeks notice about our Halloween dance… our epic Halloween dance. Mark your calendar, get your costume and don't spend all your fun points before the evening actually arrives.

This week, we'll wrap up our current class series and get you amped for the next one. No spoiler alerts until next email. Classes begin per usual at 8 p.m. and we'll charm you with some music shortly thereafter – because we're proper like that.

See you soon, folks!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Helene Horwitz!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Julia & Jason !
Level One: Lindy A (swingouts) w. Michael & Gretchen, wk 4!
Level Two: Tranky Doo w. Dylan & Kate Feldman, wk 4!

SATURDAY!
Oct 14th: The Boilermaker Jazz band @ The Spanish Ballroom! presented by Flying Feet Enterprises

THE FUTURE!

Oct 17th: Lvl 1 & lvl 2 Charleston!
Oct 28th: Aaron Weinstein @ The Spanish Ballroom!
Oct 31st: A Trio with no name for Halloween @ the Cellar!
Nov 14th: WAMU's Rob Bamberger DJs our next Vinyl night!

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

October 2nd, 2017

we're fallin' hard

we're fallin' hard

October is here and with it all the typical fall things you love or love to hate.

Whatever your seasonal preference, we'll be fallin' hard at the Jam Cellar this month. Mark your pumpkin-patch-peppered calendar with a humdinger ending. We'll be hosting an evening at Glen Echo with Aaron Weinstein on the 28th and lucky you the real festivity falls on a Tuesday this year – and nothing other than your Halloween best will be expected.

Usual gig this week with a free drop-in lesson and series continuation at 8 p.m. followed promptly by crisp, breezy tunes at 9 p.m. See you then!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Omar Myers!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Julia & Jason !
Level One: Lindy A (swingouts) w. Michael & Gretchen, wk 3 !
Level Two: Tranky Doo w. Dylan & Kate Feldman, wk 3!

THE FUTURE!

Oct 17th: Lvl 1 & lvl 2 Charleston!
Oct 28th: Aaron Weinstein @ The Spanish Ballroom!
Oct 31st: A Trio with no name for Halloween @ the Cellar!
Nov 14th: WAMU's Rob Bamberger DJs our next Vinyl night!

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 25th, 2017

The Vinyl Frontier

The Vinyl Frontier

On Tuesday, we're boldly going where DJs have already gone before and warping in retro sounds to bring you the joys of dancing to the Vinyl Frontier. Our first vinyl night was a rousing success and no one complained about our puns. We're back at it this week with another night of antique music in antique format. Once again Craig and Suzanne will be actually spinning discs of music from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

On Saturday, join us at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom for a night of dancing and live music from Brooks Tegler's Six Miners and a Canary (feathers not included). We'll host a beginner lesson at 8 p.m. and let the canary's vocals take flight at 9 p.m. amidst a band of local all-stars. $20 cash at the door; $15 for military or students with ID. We'll spare you further puns and just promise you a gran' ol' time.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Vinyl Night w. Craig Gildner & Suzanne Ducker!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Julia & Jason !
Level One: Lindy A (swingouts) w. Michael & Gretchen, wk 2 !
Level Two: Tranky Doo w. Dylan & Kate Feldman, wk 2!

SATURDAY!
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 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