Archive for the 'This Week In Jam' Category

sprint to the finish

Monday, December 11th, 2017

sprint to the finish

Dancers to your mark! We've got a quick two week, half-price sprint to finish out your helluva year.

We're hosting a crash course for beginners who wanna learn the Shim Sham (why you wanna?). For intermediates, we're sharing two weeks worth of fancy turns and tricks. Both classes will make you look real good once you're done, so plan to make it happen.

See you for the grooving at 8 p.m. and the moving at 9 p.m. with your host Omar Myers. Oh! And! Tell your people about our FREE drop in lesson. We got em covered, just get em here.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: Omar Myers!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. ulia & Michael!
Level One: Shim Sham w. Gretchen & Dylan, wk 1 of 2!
Level Two: Turns & tricks w. Annabel & Jason, wk 1 of 2!

THE FUTURE!
Dec 26 & Jan 2: winter break
Jan 16: Vinyl Nite w. Russ Wilson

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

help yourself

Monday, December 4th, 2017

help yourself

It's clinically proven that dance is the best form of self help. Ok, maybe not clinically proven, but 9 out of 10 dancers would strongly recommend the livelihood improvement directly proportional to choosing dance as your hobby. Who are we to say the experts are wrong?

So, help yourself this Tuesday as we wrap up classes with our final week of the series and Jason takes over your musical remedy. We'll see you at 8 p.m. for the moves and 9 p.m. for the music per usual.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: Jason Niesz!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Suzanne & Dylan!
Level One: Lindy A (Swingouts) w. Caroline & Jason, wk 3!
Level Two: Balboa w. Annabel & David, wk 3!

THE FUTURE!
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

Rhymes with Apricot

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Rhymes with Apricot

Helluva DJ for you this week because we love you so. Mike Marcotte will be in the booth spinning his favorites for you and a friend from 9 pm until 1130 proper. It's our way of saying welcome back, we sure did miss you while you were away, hun.

Also, get ready because in two weeks we're bringing you crowd pleasing mini series. Oh, yes! We'll charge half the fare for half the length but same punch – one track will focus on shim sham, the other on super flashy fun stuff you've always wanted broken down. Further details to follow but for now, that's the important part.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: Mike Marcotte!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Suzanne & Dylan!
Level One: Lindy A (Swingouts) w. Caroline & Jason, wk 3!
Level Two: Balboa w. Annabel & David, wk 3!

THE FUTURE!
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

yes, we're open

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

yes, we're open

Turkey Day never stopped us from a little swing sesh. We will in fact be open on Tuesday with the usual pomp and circumstance of Lindy Hop love. We even have a super energetic DJ lined up to help pregame that extra holiday-induced caloric intake.

Tony's Thanksgiving Tuesday Takeover is coming to you live from the Jam Cellar. It'll be good. Maybe even better than the feast that awaits on Thursday – but we shan't get too cocky.

Classes at 8:00, dance at 9:00. You know the drill. See you then!

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: Tony Vergara!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Suzanne & Dylan!
Level One: Lindy A (Swingouts) w. Caroline & Jason, wk 2!
Level Two: Balboa w. Annabel & David, wk 2!

THE FUTURE!
Nov 25: DCLX presents Blue sky Five @ The Spanish
Ballroom!

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

tune in

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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

are you bal-curious?

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

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

treat or treat!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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

ALIVE music

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

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

Classes start TONIGHT!

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017


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

3 weeks notice

Monday, October 9th, 2017

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