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January 24th, 2017

dance therapy

Dance therapy

Raise your hand if you're still recovering from the weekend!

Unanimous? Great. Come have a little dance therapy.

We'll be prescribing the usual lessons at 8:00 p.m. and tunes at 9 p.m. They've got the power to numb whatever you need to be numbed and awaken only the good syncopated feelings.

Teaser: We've got a fun little surprise coming your way in March and it's bigger than our usual surprises. We'll fill you in next week. Don't change that dial!

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Helene Horowitz
Beginner Series: Lindy a, Jeff & Caroline, week 2!
Intermediate Series: Playing with Rhythms and Shapes, w. Jason & annabel, week 2!

Wednesday!
DJ: Suzanne Ducker
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Annabel & Jon, wk 4!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Annabel & Michael, wk 4!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special:CLHC ft. Craig Gildner's Big Band. March 17th-19th 2017

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 9th, 2017

Nin(j)a lessons

Nin(j)a lessons

Calling all advanced dance warriors! We've got a special doodad of a lesson for you this week. Nina and Jeff will be teaching partner dialogue in this month's workshop. They'll show follows how to interpret a lead without backleading and leads how to influence without dictating. You'll wanna be there, trust us. It begins at 9 p.m. Only dancers who've been through 2+ intermediate course need apply please.

Not quite your speed? Never fear. The courses we began last week will still be in full swing as will the musical deluge by Greg that begins at 9 p.m.

P.S. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @thejamcellar if you haven't already. It's the best decision you'll make on the Internet.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Greg Stasiewicz
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Annabel, week 4!
Intermediate Series: Solo Jazz, David & Caroline, week 2!
Advanced Class: Partner Dialogue w. Jeff & Nina @ 9pm!

New Blood Night Wednesday!
DJ: Lukasz Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Annabel & Jon, wk 2!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Annabel & Michael, wk 2!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Unsung Heroes, Jan 14th!
Catholic U:CLHC ft. Craig Gildner's Big Band. March 17th-19th 2017

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 3rd, 2017

Hello gorgeous

Hello gorgeous

Lookin' at you, 2017! Time to move up and swing out. Here's what's going on with the Jam Cellar and DC Balboa Club post hiatus.

Our beginner track will continue its course with two more weeks covering the basics of Lindy Hop. We know you forgot everything you learned. It's ok; we'll go easy on you. For our intermediate track David and Caroline will lead a short two weeks on solo jazz moves, featuring the Jive and Mama Stew. Mmm-mmm good. Don't forget: our free beginner drop-in lessons are always free, that's why they're called free drop-in lessons. They're really great for all those folks that resolved to learn some new and adventurous hobby in 2017 – or at least the first 2 months of it.

In the world of Balboa, NEW BLOOD NIGHT!
A whole FREE evening of lessons and DJ music for those that have never been before… which is pretty much all of you. An intermediate lesson starts at 8, a beginner lesson starts at 9, and the music begins at 10. It's hosted on the slick floor of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Columbia Heights.

Tuesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Annabel, week 3!
Intermediate Series: Solo Jazz, David & Caroline, week 1!

New Blood Night Wednesday!
DJ: DJ TBD
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Annabel & Jon, wk 1!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Annabel & Michael, wk 1!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Advanced Lindy:A woman named Nina walks into a mansion to teach. Jan 10th 2017
Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Unsung Heroes, Jan 14th!
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

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

December 27th, 2016

Can't. Move.

Can't. Move.

We overate. Can't move. Won't move. Stay home and do whatever you do in the week between Christmas and New Years.

We'd tell you to think of us fondly when you sing Auld Lang Syne, but, pretty convinced we're already one of the better things that happened in 2016.

See you in January, dancers!

December 19th, 2016

Not throwin' away my shot

Not throwin away my shot

It's closing time! Your last shot at dancing with us in 2016 is on the auctioneer's block and moving quick! Last call – going once, going twice! SEE YOU TUESDAY!

Remember, lessons will continue as usual at 8 p.m. with Lindy B making a strong comeback in January. We'll close out the iconic swingout intermediate series as we close out for the year. In case our clever turn of phrases aren't conveying the point, we are, indeed, open this week and are, indeed, closed the following. Oh and, DCBC is on hiatus until 2017.

Do not throw away your shot.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Suzanne Ducker
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Annabel, week 2!
Intermediate Series: Iconic Swingouts, David & Caroline, week 2!

Wednesday!
Stay Home. Binge netflix. Revisit BtVS.

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Intermediate Series: Solo Jazz, David & Caroline, Jan 3rd!
The Balboa: DCBC returns, Jan 4th!
Advanced Lindy:A woman named Nina walks into a mansion to teach. Jan 10th 2017
Glen Echo: Craig Gildner's Unsung Heroes, Jan 14th!
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

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

December 12th, 2016

Closing time…almost

Closing time…almost

WE'VE ONLY GOT TWO WEEKS LEFT. SO MAKE 'EM COUNT.

Before we slam the door in the face of 2016 and give a little chuckle as we walk away, come get a few more dances. Fair warning: do it before December 27 and 28, because we won't be around then.

In other news, we're adding a new beginner track to our lesson collage. On Tuesday at 8 p.m. we'll start Lindy B – our brilliant beginner series that focuses on Charleston basics with Jeff and Annabel. It'll span 4 weeks and two years as it will cross over the holiday break and resume in 2017. For more info on how the new arrangement works, take a looksy here.

Our intermediate lesson will also be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, but only last for our remaining two weeks. David and Caroline will be teaching Iconic Swingouts, a course laser-focused on the different styles of swingouts from some of the "greats." Let's just say Frankie Manning, Shorty George, and Big Bea would be proud.

AND for our final piece of riveting updates, we finally joined Tindr for hobbies! Swipe right or just Check it out and pass it on. Now you can tell people how great we are in be- er, in bestowing fun!

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Mike Marcotte
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Annabel, week 1!
Intermediate Series: Iconic Swingouts, David & Caroline, week 1!

Wednesday!
DJ: Luke Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 4!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Betsy & Luke, wk 4!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Advanced Lindy:A woman named Nina walks into a mansion to teach. Jan 10th 2017
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

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

December 5th, 2016

For tension headache relief, try…

For tension headache relief, try…

Headaches. Pesky or mammoth ailments of life that seem to infiltrate when you least expect it. No one is immune to their unpredictable strike. You can't avoid their omnipresence. We're all allergic to headaches. Sometimes they're contagious.

Thankfully, we specialize in the best clinically tested, over-the-hardwood bandaid drug. At the Jam Cellar we offer you over 2 hours of back-to-back 3ish minute quick-fixes to relieve your tension headaches. Side affects may include addiction, but who cares, the high is worth it.

If you can't wait till Tuesday, you're in luck because CUA is hosting a dance of healing proportion Monday night. Of course, we'll host the usual appointment with lessons at 8 p.m. and music therapy at 9 p.m. Because we care.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: John Mortenson
Beginner Series: Lindy A, Jeff & Annabel, week 4!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, David & Caroline, week 4!

Wednesday!
DJ: Luke Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 3!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Betsy & Luke, wk 3!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

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 29th, 2016

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations! You made it through the first major holiday of the season without breaking any major appendages (hopefully?). Your psychic health could be another story, but we really only care about the mobility in your legs. Put them to proper use during this there's-a-good-excuse-to-eat-anything time of year.

Lessons carry forth without skipping a beat at 8 p.m. and our music begins beating at 9 p.m. Also, tell your friends we give away FREE lessons to anyone who wants a shot at the basics of swing.

P.S. On Wednesday, DCBC will be back in business with their standard routine and anyone is welcome. They don't bite. Usually.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Jason Niesz
Beginner Series: Lindy A, Jeff & Annabel, week 3!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, David & Caroline, week 3!

Wednesday!
DJ: Luke Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 2!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Betsy & Luke, wk 2!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special: Balboa house party!, Dec 3rd, The Crossover.
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

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 21st, 2016

Yes, we're open Tuesday

Yes, we're open Tuesday

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled day for a couple of quick service announcements. For all the fans clamoring to know, yes, we will indeed be open this pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday. Lessons will proceed per usual and the dancing with have a special New York twist via Claire the crazy kitten lady. So come gorge yourself on crazy delicious Lindy Hop. See you at 8 p.m. for appetizers and 9 p.m. for the turkey – metaphorically speaking.

BUT! Lest you predict DC Balboa Club carry on as normal Thanksgiving Eve, you have been forewarned such is NOT the case. They will postpones dance festivities until the following week. Hard stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Claire Lorman
Beginner Series: Lindy A, Jeff & Annabel, week 2!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, David & Caroline, week 2!

Wednesday!
NO DANCE, see you next week!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special: Balboa house party!, Dec 3rd, The Crossover.
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

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 14th, 2016

New Classes This Week!

Keep calm and dance on

Tuesday we're bringing you all-new classes sponsored by the Keep Calm meme. David and Caroline will spend the next four weeks teaching intermediate students the ins-and-outs of complex rhythm and intentional musicality while Jeff and Annabel will break down the basics of Lindy swingouts for our beginners. Both series start at 8 p.m. and are followed by a dance curtesy of Omar Myer's musical library starting at 9 p.m.

Bonus: DC Balboa Club starts a new round of legit lessons this week. Come for the skills, stay for the hump day dance and check out details on Facebook.

Let's enjoy Life, Lindy and the Pursuit of Happy Steps.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Omar Myers
Beginner Series: Lindy A, Jeff & Annabel, week 1!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, David & Caroline, week 1!

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 1!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa w. Betsy & Luke, wk 1!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special: Balboa house party!, Dec 3rd, The Crossover.
Special:A Big Band & A Comp walk into a bar. Save the Date, March 17th-19th 2017

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