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March 28th, 2017

Norma Miller is bae

Norma Miller is bae

Big day, ladies and gents! You shan't regret opening this email and we promise not to use the word "bae" more than is absolutely necessary. Here's the bae-sic idea.

For the next 3 weeks, LaTasha Barnes is offering our advanced track students a shot at a rare-find, BRAND NEW TO US, dance routine created by Queen Normal Miller herself. The Queen Swings Basie series will major step up your solo jazz performance game. No, it's not Trickeration – for you know-it-alls – it's a routine Norma created for her dancers in 1940 and didn't share again until Herrang Dance Camp 2016 in a secret workshop given by herself and Chester Whitmore. As far as Norma knows, this was not a wiretapped lesson, so you definitely have to come here first if you want a piece of this routine set to Rock-a-bye Basie.

These will run Tuesdays at 9pm on 3/28, 4/4, 4/11 and set you back a mere $45. Yeah, $45 to dance history. That's a bargain. A very strong knowledge of Lindy Hop and intermediate styling is required.

Our usual business will go down too, from the free beginner drop-in lesson at 8 p.m. to the sweet sounds of digital musical intrigue at 9 p.m. P.S. You do know DCLX is just around the river bend, right? April 7 – 9, the district will play host to dancers and musicians from all over the world. It'd be a shame to miss it.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ:John Mortenson
Beginner Series: Lindy A, w. Jeff & LaTasha, wk 2!
Intermediate Series: Charleston w. Jason & Caroline, wk 2!
Advanced Series:Norma Miller Dancers routine w LaTasha, wk 1! @9pm

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Glen Echo: Save the Date: April 29th!

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

March 21st, 2017

Is it spring yet?

Is it spring yet?

All right, we should be done with snow for a bit. Probably. Maybe.

In case you missed it, we had an epic weekend. We hosted our inaugural Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships. Students from across the country competed and we danced alongside them Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

This weekend's winners!

Newcomer Jack and Jill:
3rd place- Jennifer Anne Fanelle and Hannah Golden
2nd place- Ally Kowalski and Zoe Hall
1st place- Megan Clark and Andy Lee

Showcase: Ally Kowalski and Catherine Castagna

Open Leads:
3rd place- Shane Gifford
2nd place- Hussain Jaffery
1st place- Andy Lee

Open Follows:
3rd place- Megan Clark
2nd place- Ally Kowalski
1st place- Catherine Castagna

Congrats to all and thanks for dancing with us!!

Normalcy resumes on Tuesday with new classes for our Lindy A track. Jeff and Tasha will teach the basic structure and historical legacy of the dance we love – perfect for beginners or those wanting a refresher on form. Our intermediate track will focus on Charleston with focus on style only Jason and Annabel can swing. Music by Omar Myers will start at 9 p.m.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ:Omar Myers
Beginner Series: Lindy A, w. Jeff & LaTasha, wk 1!
Intermediate Series: Charleston w. Jason & Annabel, wk 1!
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. Michael & Annabel, wk 3! @9pm

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Glen Echo: Save the Date: April 29th!

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

March 17th, 2017

This weekend in Jam

The Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships

We've got a full day,for ya folks. Workshops start bright and early at the crack of 10 with world-renowned instructors David and Chelsea. If you're not the workshopping type, our drop-in beginner lesson starts at 7:30 before Craig Gildner's Big Band sets the building on fire at 8:30 pm. Literally. During the band breaks, we will have the finals of the Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships themselves, so come watch underage kids battle to the death. Think of it as the Hunger Games: Lindy Hop Edition.

We'll be in the Caldwell Auditorium on the campus of Catholic University of America. 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064.

https://www.cua.edu/res/docs/cuamap.pdf Dance at C12 Park at D12

For further location, parking, pricing and everything you've ever wanted to know about us go to http://collegelindyhop.com

March 7th, 2017

March your calendar

March your calendar

In case you missed it, March is a big month for us and the Catholic University Swing Dance Club. It'll be a lucky weekend for everyone this St. Patrick's Day because it will be the first night of the Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships. Check out the line-up below and join us. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday 3/7 – Thursday 3/16: Enter that "Win a Year to the Jam Cellar" raffle.
Friday 3/17: DJ'd Welcome Dance
Saturday 3/18: Workshops with David Lee and Chelsea Bromstad Lee, competitions, dancing with The Craig Gildner Big Band
Sunday 3/19: Afternoon outdoor dance

We'll be serving up the usual Lindy goodness on Tuesday. Come for lessons at 8 p.m. and David Sotlysik DJs at 9 p.m.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ:David Soltysik
Beginner Series: Lindy B, w. Jeff & Caroline, week 4!
Intermediate Series: Turning Lindy Hoppers into dancers, w. Jason & Tasha, week 4!
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea! @9pm wk 2!

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

February 28th, 2017

And the Oscar goes to…

And the Oscar goes to…

We won't take the time to Oscar you with any bad puns or golden speeches, but…

Be sure to register for workshops at our very own Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships! Nope, you don’t have to be in college to join us for two levels of classes with David and Chelsea Lee and Dylan Kilpatrick and Gretchen Midgley, as well as our dance with the fantastic Craig Gildner Big Band on March 18th. Sign up right here: www.collegelindyhop.com. Go on.

Bonus: We're raffling off a year’s admission to all Jam Cellar dances! Raffle entries are 5 for $5 or 25 for $20 and will be on sale the next two weeks. Proceeds will go to a local college swing dance club, so support a good cause and enter to win!

*cut-off music begins**

And! And! we're starting Slow Balboa! You need this in your 2017 repertoire. The class will explore the history and components of slow Balboa, with a focus on the lead-follow dynamic and adapting key figures to create a beautiful dance. You will build lyrical shapes across the floor and explore subtle rhythms with your partner. This class is appropriate for dancers with any swing dance experience—previous experience with Balboa is helpful, but not required.

*whilst being dragged off stage*

Laurie's coming back with more shoes. Drop us a line to make sure she brings your size!

And thank you to the Academy!

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ:Jason Niesz
Beginner Series: Lindy B, w. Jeff & Caroline, week 3!
Intermediate Series: Turning Lindy Hoppers into dancers, w. Jason & Tasha, week 3!
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea! @9pm

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

February 21st, 2017

Three Things!

three things

1. At 9 p.m. on our usual gig night, Jeff and Nina will present their advanced workshop "Princely Moves and Vintage Classics." It takes us back to 1999 and delves into the hottest moves when the pair started dancing. They may be old, but they can still impress – the dance moves, not Jeff and Nina, of course. BYO purple rain.

2. We'll be hosting Aris Allen Shoe Shop. If you need some new dancing shoes, bring some extra dough and drop us a line to make sure they bring your size.

3. We are politely commandeering the local CUA night life with our own form of high on Thursday at the Dew Drop Inn. We'll teach some basic moves and then basically just dance. Come join us at 9 p.m.!

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ:Tony Vergara
Beginner Series: Lindy B, w. Jeff & Caroline, week 2!
Intermediate Series: Turning Lindy Hoppers into dancers, w. Jason & Tasha, week 2!
Advanced:Princely moves and Vintage classics w. Jeff & Nina! @9pm

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea. 2/28

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

February 14th, 2017

the DJ battle for your heart

New Classes!

A dance on Valentine's Day* only means one thing: we're playing the corny love game hardcore. Oh yeah, we're going there. Suzanne and Dylan will be hosting a DJ battle for your heart. Two will push play. You will vote. One will win. May the best DJ win.

As if that wasn't enough to get you there, starting at 8 p.m., Jeff and Caroline begin their 4 week Lindy B series, Jason and Tasha embark on their advanced track "Turning Lindy Hoppers Into Dancers" where they'll help you take the confidence and deliberation that makes a successful solo performer and add it to your partner dancing. Learn how improvise and take use space to make your lindyhop unique and fun.

BONUS: Next week, back by popular demand – Jeff and Nina will teach an extra advanced workshop at 9 p.m. focused on, well, does it really matter? It's Jeff and Nina. (p.s. its Princely moves and Vintage classics.)

We'll also be hosting a pop up Aris Allen shoe shop on the 21st. Limited stock this time so if you're interested drop us a line and we'll tell you if we've got your size. That's it!

*Valentine's Day: a day devoted to people being more annoying on social media than they already are and/or a good day to eat chocolate. (Editor's note: My writer is a silly. VDay is fun.)

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ Battle 4R Hearts: Suzanne Ducker & Dylan Kilpatrick
Beginner Series: Lindy B, Jeff & Caroline, week 1!
Intermediate Series: Turning Lindy Hoppers into dancers, w. Jason & Tasha, week 1!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

ADV:Jeff & Nina 2/21
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea. 2/28

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

February 6th, 2017

sportsball!

sportsball!

The Super Bowl happened last night. In case you missed it, the Patriots got behind on purpose and then won it in a historic overtime. Because everyone loves an underdog story about a 5-time Super Bowl winning collection of millionaires.

Don't worry, we're very tolerant of your NFL alliance. Unless you're a Patriots fan. Come collectively lament over some Lindy Hop on Tuesday. Lessons are at 8 p.m. and dancing begins at 9 p.m. Let's win this thing.

Disclaimer: NFL affiliation not required to attend. Most of us "watched" it for the junk food.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Beginner Series: Lindy a, Jeff & Caroline, week 4!
Intermediate Series: Playing with Rhythms and Shapes, w. Jason & annabel, week 4!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special:Return of the DJ Battle for our Hearts. 2/14
ADV:Jeff & Nina 2/21
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea. 2/28

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 31st, 2017

your MOM goes to college!

your MOM goes to college!

Big news. Big day. Look alive, people!

We're excited to announce our first workshop weekend in six whole years, The Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships! No, you don't have to be a college student to attend. From March 17-19, we'll feature a day of workshops with local rockstars David and Chelsea Lee, three days of dancing – including Saturday night with the Craig Gildner Big Band – and exciting competitions with prizes. Get more details and register at www.collegelindyhop.com.

In other big, big news, starting this Tuesday we're selling raffle tickets to win an entire year's free admittance to all the Jam Cellar dances! SAY WHHHA! Yeah, for real. A whole year. Here's the deal: The proceeds from the raffle will go towards to Golden Sneaker Award, a monetary prize for the winner of the CLHC Showcase division that will benefit their college swing dance club. Tickets are 5 for $5 or 25 for $20.

Told you this was big. Our normal Tuesday gig will happen amidst all said excitement so don't you worry about a thing. We'll see you at 8 p.m. for the lessons and 9 p.m. for the dancin.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Omar Myers
Beginner Series: Lindy a, Jeff & Caroline, week 3!
Intermediate Series: Playing with Rhythms and Shapes, w. Jason & annabel, week 3!

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Special:Return of the DJ Battle for our Hearts. 2/14
ADV:Jeff & Nina 2/21
Balboa:Slow Balboa w. David & Chelsea. TBD!

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 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