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November 7th, 2016

Get Out The Vo(te)dka

Get Out The Vo(te)dka

Here's the deal. We're not dancing on Tuesday because the nation is choosing a new leader of the free world – or something, but we do have options for you.

Monday: Go dance at Catholic University. They've got Jam-Cellar-approved Suzanne Ducker spinning tunes on campus from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. and it'll only set you back $5.

Tuesday: ….and DRINK… lots of water.

Wednesday: Keep drinking (water) and go dance at St. Stephen's with the DC Balboa Club. Anyone is welcome to join the fun. No experience necessary.

After that you're on your own. We'll touch base next week to let you know what's happening for our next lesson series. Until then, good luck and godspeed.

This Week in Jam:

Monday!
Suzanne Ducker DJs @ CUA!

Tuesday!
NO DANCE!

Wednesday!
DJ: Lukasz Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 4
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 4

THE SEMI-DISTANT FUTURE!:

Beginner Series: Lindy A, Nov 15th, The Cellar!
Intermediate Series: Musicality & rhythm, Nov 15th, The Cellar!
Beginner Series: Fundamentals of Balboa, Nov 16th, DCBC!
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorations, Nov 16th, DCBC
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

October 30th, 2016

scary

scary

Happy Hallow's Eve! Hope you're spending a few important moments prepping for the most scary day of the year: November 8th. There's been plenty of "nasty" tricks and "hyuge" treats leading up to it, but – much like your hangover after that one costume party – you're ready for it all to be over.

We get it. Come retreat from the scary state of our nation and dance with us on Tuesday. We'll do the usual lessons at 8 p.m. and music at 9 p.m. Don't forget to bring friends. We'll teach 'em up good at our free drop-in lesson for anyone of any dance level.

P.S. Speaking of Election Day, this is your last shot at us till after that fateful Tuesday. We'll be drinki – er, watching – results realtime and you should do the same.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Dylan Kilpatrick
Beginner Series: Charleston w. Jeff & Annabel, wk 4
Intermediate Series: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, wk 4

Wednesday!
DJ: Lukasz Hall
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 3
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 3

Coming Soon:

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

October 24th, 2016

Meh-smerizing

Meh-smerizing.

We put the "meh" in mesmerizing. Doesn't sound like much of a bonus, but if you think about it, we bring mesmerizing to bear so often some might consider it oh, commonplace. Not you, per se, just some people. And for that, we'll never apologize.

Come gather more of this humble attitude and the good ol' steady routine you can count on. This Tuesday the intermediate series continues to tackle THE Al and Leon's Shim Sham while the beginners take Charleston to town. Adam Bean will be in the DJ booth by 9 p.m. and we'll be dancing without hesitation. Meh.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Adam Bean
Beginner Series: Charleston w. Jeff & Annabel, wk 3
Intermediate Series: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, wk 3

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 2
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 2

Coming Soon:

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

October 17th, 2016

Let's levitate

Let's levitate.

Lev-i-tate: to rise or cause to rise and hover in the air, especially by means of supernatural or magical power

We're bringing the magical Dan Levinson's hand-picked, all-star musicians to Glen Echo's Bumper Car Pavilion on Saturday, October 22. Rise to the occasion and it'll be a supernatural experience for all.

Details? Levinson's a NYC-based specialist in traditional jazz and swing. He's spent 21 years becoming one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today, an "in-demand reedman" one might say. He'll be headlining a DC crew with our local outstandings including our favorite Craig Gildner. It'll be $18 at the door and we'll even throw in a free lesson at 8 p.m. to getcha in the groove. The main show starts at 9 p.m. – just like the usual Tuesday gigs. See you there for the magic.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: Tony Vergara
Beginner Series: Charleston w. Jeff & Annabel, wk 2
Intermediate Series: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, wk 2

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 4
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 4

Saturday!
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner

Coming Soon:

Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

October 11th, 2016

Make it stop.

Make it stop.

America is weird. You're weird. Let's dance it off.

We've got a really sweet setup for you this week. Gotta learn the Shim Sham? Come on over! (Hilarious, aren't we.) David and Tasha will be taking on 4 weeks of Al and Leon's Shim Sham in our intermediate series starting on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jeff and Annabel will break down Charleston for our beginners.

We'll even throw in a free drop-in lesson like we always do, because we're awesome like that.That all starts at 8 p.m. and the music swells sweetly from the DJ booth beginning at 9 p.m.

Enjoy your questionable holiday. Cheers to weirdness.

This Week in Jam:

Tuesday!
DJ: David Soltysik
Beginner Series: Charleston w. Jeff & Annabel, wk 1
Intermediate Series: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, wk 1

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 4
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 4

Coming Soon:

Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

October 3rd, 2016

shut the f –

shut the f –

Shut the FFFRONT DOOR! We've got the most honestly-named advanced workshop you've seen coming right at you this week. In addition to our rock-solid ongoing series courses, we give you "F***ing Hard Moves." Starting at 9 p.m., it'll be an hour of difficult/intricate/exciting/(insert additional buzzword) moves that Jason and Caroline have never, ever taught – the kinda moves that make jam circles jealous. The whole shebang will only set you back $12($15 w .the dance).

The remainder of usual proceedings will proceed as usual so come out for a night that promises to be way better than Tim Kaine's and Mike Pence's.

And don't forget Wednesday! DCBC is a hella good hump day high note.

This Week in Jam:

Monday!
Solo: Thriller! wk 2, Drop-ins welcome @ St Stephens

Tuesday!
DJ: Suzanne Ducker
Beginner Series: 8-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 4
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & Annabel, wk 4
Advanced Lindy: F***ing Hard Moves!, w. Jason & Caroline oct 4th only @ 9pm.

Wednesday!
DJ: Michael Quisao
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 3
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 3

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Lindy: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David & Tasha, oct 11th.
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

September 26th, 2016

The light is on.

Last night, we lost one of our beloved "old timers." Dawn Hampton, was not only a dancer, but a musical performer at the Savoy Ballroom. Her musicality was legendary, as was her personality and spirit. The light is on. Thank you Dawn.

Quick reminder – Thriller starts

Monday, September 26 – that's tomorrow/tonight for those of you keeping score at home. Sure, there's a big reality tv show debut between the presidential candidates, but you'll retain far more sanity if you tune into our class at 7:45 p.m.

Here's the deal, our own MTV star Jeff Booth and internationally acclaimed (no, really, we're serious) instructor LaTasha Barnes will teach the original choreography from Micheal Jackson's classic music video "Thriller!" on Mondays from 7:45 – 9:15 at St. Stephen's of the Incarnate starting. It'll go through Monday 10/17. It's a well-spent $60 for new students and only $30 for those returning from previous years.

BONUS: We'll even give you the opp to perform your hard-earned choreography just in time for Hallow's Eve.

We'll get together per usual on Tuesday at 8 p.m. for lessons and 9 p.m. That's it! See you Monday!

This Weeks Classes:

Tuesday!
Beginner Series: 8-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 3
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & Annabel, wk 3

WEDNESDAY!
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 2
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 2

Coming Soon:

Solo: Thriller! Starts THIS MONDAY @ St Stephens
Intermediate Lindy: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David, oct 11th.
Advanced Lindy: The Return of F'n Hard Stuff, w. Jason & Caroline oct 4th.
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

September 19th, 2016

New kid on the block

Jason Niesz DJs Tuesday!

Michael Quisao DJs DCBC Wednesday!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Make our little cousin feel welcome as she makes her debut. DC Balboa Club will enter center stage promptly at 8 p.m. this Wednesday, September 21. You've got questions, we've got answers:

When? Every Wednesday! Intermediate classes from 8 pm to 9pm with award-winning instructors David & Chelsea Lee. Beginner classes from 9 pm to 10pm with the legendary Michael & Annabel Quisao. DJ Dance 10pm to 11pm.

Where? 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC 20010

How much? $60 for a four week series + dance OR $15 per class / $5 Dance

Wait, what's Balboa again? Balboa is a swing dance that originated in Southern California during the 1930s and '40s. It is a partnered dance that focuses on connection, footwork, and shared rhythms. Balboa is danced to music at a variety of tempos, but super helpful for those fast jams and tight spaces.

But what about Lindy on Tuesday's? Yes, yes. That's still a thing. Same time, same place. We'll see you for lessons at 8 and dance at 9 whether you like it or not.

This Weeks Classes:

Tuesday!
Beginner Series: 8-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 2
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & Annabel, wk 2

WEDNESDAY!
Intermediate Series: Balboa Explorers w. Chelsea & David, wk 1
Beginner Series: Balboa Pioneers w. Annabel & Michael, wk 1

Coming Soon:

Balboa: Beginner & Intermediate Balboa classes start THIS WEDNESDAY @ St Stephens.
Solo: Thriller! Starts Sept 26th @ St Stephens
Intermediate Lindy: Al & Leon's Shim Sham w. David, oct 11th.
Advanced Lindy: Something Something Class, w. Jason & Caroline oct 4th.
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

September 12th, 2016

DCA to STL

Yulai Liu DJs & classes start Tuesday!

This may come as a shock considering the USA is such a homogenous bunch, but during those early decades of the swing craze, each region of the country developed its own version of social dance style.

This intermediate series David and Annabel give you the St. Louis jitterbug and shag, the energetic swing style that the fine folks of – you guessed it – St. Louis invented. It's an uptempo dance full of kicks, triples, and rotation. Simply put, it's a knockout addition to any dance arsenal. Our beginner track will focus on a basic 8-count. For those of you brand new to the swing neighborhood, this is the perfect place to get started. Both classes begin at 8 p.m. and the social dancing serenade by DJ begins at 9 p.m.

Oh, and DCBC is officially 10 days away from takeoff. Not that we're excited or anything.

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 8-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 1
Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & Annabel, wk 1

Coming Soon:

Balboa: Beginner & Intermediate Balboa classes start Sept 21st @ St Stephens.
Solo: Thriller! Starts Sept 26th @ St Stephens
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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

September 5th, 2016

P.S.

Tony Vergara DJs Tuesday!

P.S. The typical Tuesday festivities will proceed as planned after your day of non-labor celebrating labor. Lessons continue at 8 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. No advanced workshop this week.

P.P.S. DC Balboa Club begins their weekly Wednesday gig on September 21. Get excited. The awesome link of awesomeness

P.P.P.S. Our Thriller series will throw down on Monday, September 26. Get even more excited.
The other awesome link of awesomeness

This Weeks Classes:

Beginner Series: 6-ct w. Curtis & Julia, wk 4
Intermediate Series: SoCal Lindy w. Jeff & Annabelle, wk 4

Coming Soon:

Intermediate Series: St. Louis Jitterbug & Shag w. David & TBD starts Sept 13th
Balboa: Beginner & Intermediate Balboa classes start Sept 21st @ St Stephens.
Solo: Thriller! Starts Sept 26th @ St Stephens
Glen Echo: The Dan Levinson All Stars Ft. Craig Gildner, Oct 22nd.
Special: Save the Date, March 18th 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