What is Jitterbug Jamboree? It's eight great dance events with Gottaswing, that's what! We've got dances with Los Angeles' Phat Cat Swinger, local fav's Falty and the Defects, and our home-town big band, the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. We've got two days of dance workshops with Carla Heiney and Marty Lau, two phenomenal talents who are known throughout the world Lindy community. We've got the 3rd Annual Virginia State Jitterbug and Lindy Hop Competition. We've got our annual Thanksgiving Day dance at the Kennedy Center, and putting the icing on the cake, a visit from Lindy legend Jean Veloz. To find out more, all you have to do is click on the links below.
Jean Phelps Veloz, the icon of the Hollywood-Style Lindy to new generations of swing dancers, provides a living bridge from the Los Angeles dance scene of the 1940s to the present-day Lindy Hop revival that has swept the United States and the rest of the world since the late 1990s. See JeanVeloz.com.
Carla Heiney has been teaching Lindy Hop and other forms of swing dancing for over 15 years. She lays claim to some of the most prestigious competition titles including American Lindy Hop Champion, US Open Lindy Hop Champion, World Lindy Hop Champion, and International Lindy Hop Champion. Carla choreographed for the hit TV dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” Learn more about Carla and her events at LindyCentral.com.
Marty Lau is well-known throughout the international Lindy scene, particularly for his excellence in Balboa.
FRIDAY, NOV 18
NATTY BEAUX at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport. Meet our guest instructors, Carla and Marty, and enjoy dancing to one of our favorite bands. We'll also be treated to a dance performance by our guest instructors. See Calendar.
SATURDAY, NOV 19
Three great classes with Carla and Marty at the Ballroom Backroom at Glen Echo Park. See Saturday Classes.
• Connection Perfection, 12noon-1pm
• Swing-Out Technique, 1:20-2:20pm
• Flow-mentum and Redirection, 2:40-3:40pm
SATURDAY, NOV 19
Los Angeles's PHAT CAT SWINGER and the 3rd ANNUAL VIRGINIA STATE JITTERBUG AND LINDY HOP COMPETITION at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. See Calendar.
SUNDAY, NOV 20
Three great classes with Carla and Marty at the Ballroom Backroom at Glen Echo Park. See Sunday Classes.
• Mixing Rhythms, 12noon-1pm
• Improvisation, Styling, and All That Jazz!, 1:20-2:20pm
• Building a Dance, 2:40-3:40pm
MONDAY, NOV 21
We'll be celebrating Debra's birthday with FALTY AND THE DEFECTS at Chevy Chase Ballroom! See Calendar.
THURSDAY, NOV 24
It's our annual Thanksgiving Day swing dance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with Los Angeles' PHAT CAT SWINGER and special guest JEAN VELOZ. See Calendar.
FRIDAY, NOV 25
PHAT CAT SWINGER at the Stacy C. Sherwood Center with special guest JEAN VELOZ. See Calendar.
SATURDAY, NOV 26
TOM CUNNINGHAM ORCHESTRA with special guest JEAN VELOZ at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. See Calendar.