The Jam Cellar is taking an indefinite break, so our weekly dances and lessons will not be happening after 31 July. However, we're excited to see you at our 4 August dance at Glen Echo. For more information about swing dancing in the DC area, please check out the DC Swing Dancers group on Facebook.

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January 8th, 2018

…And we're back

how about a duet?

Hark! We have a dynamite surprise for you dancing divas – it's a DJ duo designed to dizzy you into delight. Mary and Suzanne will be playing off each other's brilliant musical ideas this week so don't you dare dodge your decision to dance to their distinct disco.

ALSO THIS WEEK, brand new classes for all!

Beginners, join us for our Charleston series with all-star instructors – no really, they're big-time award winners – Caroline and Jason. They've got moves and they'll show you how to make them your own. Intermediates, BIG series ahead brought to you by our other epic instructors David and Kate. The Big Apple is a famous, energetic group dance that catches eyes every time. The class will teach you the routine meanwhile enhancing your technique for both solo jazz and partner flair. Feel free to join us again if you've taken this series before, but your memory has fallen off the log. (If you don't get that, come to this class to figure out why it's funny.)

And finally, next week we've got another Vinyl Night! Bandleader, drummer extraordinaire and last, but not least, DJ Russ Wilson will be coming up to spin for us . It's tons of fun. Wouldn't lie to ya.

As always join us at 8:00 pm for the schooling and 9 p.m. for the moving.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
DJ: Michael Quisao!
Level zero: 6-ct DropIn w. Michael & Annabel!
Level One: Lindy B Charelston w. Jason & Caroline!
Level Two: The Big Apple w. David & Kate!

THE FUTURE!
Jan 16: Vinyl Nite w. Russ Wilson
Jan 20: DCLX presents Halley's Hot Gumbo Swingtet!
Jan 27: Craig Gildner presents The Craig Gildner Big Band @ Glen Echo…. a Craig Gildner production… ft. Craig Gildner!
Feb 6: Tongue in Cheek Jazz band @ The 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

December 26th, 2017

See ya in 2018

Thanks for a great year

2017's been a blast and the Jam Cellar hopes you had as much fun as we did. We're taking a two week break to prepare ourselves for the new year. We'll be coming back strong with new classes, new bands and new silly ideas.

See ya in the future.

This Week in Jam:

TUESDAY!
NUTHIN!

THE FUTURE!
Dec 26 & Jan 2: winter break
Jan 9: Lindy B: Charleston & The Big Apple series START!
Jan 16: Vinyl Nite w. Russ Wilson
Jan 27: Craig Gildner presents The Craig Gildner Big Band @ Glen Echo…. a Craig Gildner production… ft. Craig Gildner!
Feb 6: Tongue in Cheek Jazz band @ The 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

December 19th, 2017

last call folks

last call folks

We got one more big one and then that's all she wrote, folks. Help us close out 2017 fine and dandy this Tuesday with the second half of our two week specialized class set and music a lá Quisao.

Little teaser for next year? Heck, why not. We'll start out with a bang. Beginners will begin their Charleston journey and we'll serve up a course on The Big Apple for intermediates and anyone who wants a refresh on this cool social jig. Bonus: Vinyl Night will quickly follow on January 16 thanks to famed band leader Russ Wilson.

Lessons at 8. Music at 9. 2018 right after that. Let's go!

This Week in Jam:

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

THE FUTURE!
Dec 26 & Jan 2: winter break
Jan 9: Lindy B & Big Apple series START
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

December 11th, 2017

sprint to the finish

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

December 4th, 2017

help yourself

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

November 27th, 2017

Rhymes with Apricot

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

November 19th, 2017

yes, we're open

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

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