Jam Cellar Blog ...

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

July 10th, 2017

It's the Vinyl Countdown

It's the Vinyl Countdown

It's here! It's vinyly here! The Tuesday you've all been waiting for: VINYL NIGHT!

We're going to post up Suzanne Ducker and Craig Gildner in the booth and they will come equipped with the most vinyly vinyl you ever did let your pretty little ears hear.

Come ready to play and hear them play at 9 p.m. or come at 8 p.m. to wrap up your final lesson of this class series. Or! If you've never been to our part of town before, join us at 8 p.m. for the FREE drop-in lesson to pick up the basics.

See you Tuesday!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Viny Night w. Suzanne & Craig!
Beginner Series: Lindy B, w. Michael & Annabel, wk 3!
Intermediate Series: Dance like what?!!! w. David & Latasha, wk 3!

THE DISTANT FUTURE!
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

July 4th, 2017

HBD USA

HBD USA

We're closed Tuesday. Go celebrate what you love most about our imperfect yet beautiful country and our historically impressive original Brexit.

We'll come back stronger than screeching eagles next Tuesday July 11 with our long-awaited Vinyl night featuring selections by yours truly, Craig Gildner and Suzanne Ducker. That starts at 9 pm and week three of our classes begins at the usual 8 pm.

GET READY for July 29. We're taking over Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom and letting Craig Gildner and Dan Levinson play a couple of little tunes. GET EXCITED.

TUESDAY!

We're taking a night off

THE DISTANT FUTURE!
July 11th: Vinyl Night w. Craig Gildner & Suzanne Ducker
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

June 27th, 2017

wait fourth it

wait fourth it

We won't be around next Tuesday for obvious patriotic reason so make sure you get some dances in this week.

Classes continue as scheduled starting at 8 p.m. and the music will certainly be present from 9 p.m. 'til we say it's over.

Spoiler alert: Mark your calendars for July 11. Craig Gildner will pair up with the luminous Suzanne to bring us music from the sweet lands of vinyl. It'll be real good and you're just gonna have to wait fourth it.

See you Tuesday!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!

DJ: Omar Myers!
Beginner Series: Lindy B, w. Michael & Annabel, wk 2!
Intermediate Series: Dance like what?!!! w. David & Latasha, wk 2!

THE DISTANT FUTURE!
July 4th: We're taking a night off
July 11th: Vinyl Night w. Craig Gildner & Suzanne Ducker
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

June 19th, 2017

dance like whhhhaaaat?

dance like whhhhaaaat?

It's a brand new day – er, night, at the Jam Cellar on Tuesday.

We're starting a fresh Lindy B track with your hosts the Quisaos. Known for their culinary prowess and impeccable charm, they're also award-winning dancers who will help beginners get a good grip on this swing dancing business.

If you're ready for the intermediate track, we give you "dance like what!?" If you've ever wanted to learn moves with names like "angry fishtail" or "floating tacky annie" now's your big break! David and Tasha will explore new jazz movements and teach how to get creative with their execution. Be prepared for both solo and partnered moves because why the heck not.

Not sold yet? Dylan is DJing.

Mhm, thought you might be interested. See you for lessons at 8 p.m. and music at 9 p.m.

This Week in Jam:

DJ: Dylan Kilpatrick!
Beginner Series: Lindy B, w. Michael & Annabel, wk 1!
Intermediate Series: Dance like what?!!! w. David & Latasha, wk 1!

THE DISTANT FUTURE!
July 4th: We're taking a night off
July 29th: Save the Date for Glen Echo.

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 13th, 2017

proud of you


proud of you

No matter who you dance with or love, we're proud of you and we hope you celebrated in full color this weekend.

Don't stop the party on our account. Come out for more dancing and how-tos on dancing this Tuesday. The lessons begin at 8 p.m. and the DJ dance starts at 9 p.m. at the Josephine Butler Center for the Arts in Colombia Heights. Find Meridian Park, then look for the mansion with music blasting from the windows. Or use google maps. Your choice.

We'll see you then!

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!

DJ: Tony Vergara!
Beginner Series: Lindy A, w. Michael & Annabel, wk 4!
Intermediate Series: Swingout Level-Up w. Jeff & Latasha, wk 4!

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