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Jitterbug Jamborama 2019: Omaha Jazz & Swing Dance Festival

September 6, 2019 @ 11:00 amSeptember 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm CDT

$15 – $200

JITTERBUG JAMBORAMA is a celebration of swing dancing and music organized by and for the Omaha, Nebraska swing dance community. Omaha Jitterbugs invites dancers and non-dancers from around the region to join us as we celebrate and explore the history, community, and art of swing dance with workshops, contests, performances, live music, and dance parties.

Your Masters of Ceremonies for the weekend are Laurel Ryan & Michelle Stokes from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

DANCE TO AWESOME LIVE MUSIC:

Dance to soul-satisfying, live swing music from Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles (Denver, CO) — BOTH Friday & Saturday Nights — on the best dance floors in the city!

WORLD-CLASS INSTRUCTION:

Valerie Salstrom (Cleveland) & Jacob Wigger (Los Angeles)

Alexis Davila (Cleveland) & Cyle Dixon (Cleveland)

Gary Grimm (Des Moines) & Katie Leatherberry (Minneapolis)

Laurel Ryan (Tulsa) & Tomasz Przytycki (Poland)

Michele Stokes (Tulsa) & Yusuke Toyama (Japan)

WORKSHOPS FOR EVERY LEVEL:

5 Levels of workshops including Juniors and Absolute Beginners!

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Junior

New this year! This is an introductory-level track for young people grades 5–9 (ages 10–15 or so). Students will learn to dance the basics of the Lindy Hop, a popular athletic swing dance from the 1930s & 1940s. This track includes four hours of classes on Saturday (plus admission to the Friday & Saturday night dances). $50/STUDENT  • 30 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Level 1 (Absolute Beginner)

This is an introductory level track geared toward those with little or no experience. Students will learn to dance the basics of the Lindy Hop, a popular athletic swing dance from the 1930s & 1940s. Don’t worry about bringing a partner, we will be rotating in class. This track includes four hours of classes on Saturday (plus all the dances).

Level 2

Dancer is comfortable dancing Lindy at medium tempos, has taken some classes, and regularly attends social dances. You are comfortable with fundamental Lindy basics: swing outs, tuck turns, and basic Charleston; basic swing rhythms: triples, steps, and holds; and regularly integrate 6 and 8 count patterns. You are ready to add more variation to your repertoire.

Level 3

Dancer is comfortable with dancing to a variety of tempos and has started to travel to events outside of their home scene. You are starting to explore other genres outside of Lindy, including many styles of Charleston, Shag, Balboa, and Authentic Jazz movement. Concepts like connection, communication, and musicality are important to you, and you understand the importance of continuing to develop and refine these skills.

Level 4

Dancer is comfortable with all tempos and is familiar with a variety of dance styles. You incorporate Charleston, Balboa, Authentic Jazz, Shag, and Blues movement into your dancing in response to what you hear in the music. Musicality, creativity,personal expression, and improvisation are all important concepts to you, and you have traveled extensively to learn from a variety of instructors.

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DANCE CONTESTS:

Lead & Follow, Any-Swing Goes, Solo-Jazz, Showcase, plus our annual Corn Eating Relay

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Any Swing Goes | $30 (per couple)

Friday, September 6

Grab a partner and cut a rug! Competitors will be judged on technique, musicality, and teamwork. This is intended to be an improvisatory dance, highlighting both partners’ ability to respond spontaneously to a variety of music. In the preliminary round, couples will all-skate to songs of varying tempos. Dancers selected for the finals will warm up in an all-skate format and then spotlight to live music.

Each competitor must pay the $15 contest fee and hold a full weekend, Lindy Hop NOW!, or party pass.

Solo Jazz | $15 (per person)

Friday, September 6

Show off your best moves! Individuals will dance to at least two songs and will have the chance to showcase their individual technique and style. Competitors will be judged on creativity, quality of movement, and authenticity.

Competitors must pay the $15 contest fee and hold a full weekend, Lindy Hop NOW!, or party pass.

Showcase Competition | $30 (per entry)

Saturday, September 7

10 Entries Only! Register Now!

Wow the audience with your prepared routine and compete for a cash prize! Competitors can enter as a soloist, pair, or group. Anything goes! Routines are limited to 3 minutes, and dancers will be judged both as individuals and (if applicable) as a group on technique, musicality, and creativity.

Competitor must pay the contest fee ($30 per entry of any size) and all competitors must hold a full weekend, Lindy Hop NOW!, or party pass.

Lead & Follow | $15 (per person)

Saturday, September 7

Everybody dance! For the preliminary round, leaders and followers will be randomly paired with partners, dance to songs of varying tempos, and be judged as individuals. Dancers selected for the finals will be randomly assigned a partner and judged as a couple. The finals will be spotlight format. Dancers will be judged on technique, musicality, and connection with their partners.

Each competitor must pay the $15 contest fee and hold a full weekend, Lindy Hop NOW!, or party pass.

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HISTORY / COMMUNITY / AMENITIES:

LindyTalks, Itsy Bitsy Jitterbugs in School, Dance Photography Exhibition, Junior Jitterbugs Workshops, Scholarship Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities, Roller Skating Party, Corn Eating Contest, Catered Lunches on-site, Event hotel close to venues, FREE event T-shirt with early registration.

LindyTalks

Valerie Salstrom (Cleveland) talks about creating safe & inclusive dance communities and about Cleveland’s Junior Jitterbugs program – Saturday afternoon! Purchase the lunch package with your registration or bring your own. 

Junior Jitterbugs

Alexis Davila & Cyle Dixon (Cleveland) teach workshops for kids ages 10 to 15 on Saturday. Scholarships will be made available to students with financial need and to participants of Arts in Motion’s Dancing Classrooms program.

Itsy Bitsy Jitterbugs

Valerie, Alexis, & Cyle will teach lessons for students grades K-6 at Central Park Elementary (Omaha Public School) in North Omaha on Friday.

Dance Photography Exhibition

David & Annette Guy in cooperation with Bill Seidler will organize an exhibit that will be on display all weekend at Bancroft Street Market.

Army of Follows

Katie Leatherberry will once again be teaching and leading a group solo-jazz performance under the name “Army of Follows.” She’ll be teaching the material on Friday, and the group will perform Saturday evening.

Roller Skating After-Party

This year’s event concludes with a roller-skating after party at Hope Skate | 2200 N 20th Street, Omaha, NE 68110

T-Shirts | $15

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Get one of these super-soft tri-blend t-shirts for FREE with a full weekend pass purchased before August 10. Men’s, Women’s, & Children’s sizing available.

Pre-Order Deadline: August 8, 2019

Purchase at the door for $15 per shirt; limited availability.

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Lunches | $20

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$20 Includes food on BOTH Saturday and Sunday!

Save yourself the time and hassle of running out for lunch; let us bring lunch to you!

Purchase at the door for $12 per lunch; limited availability.

Saturday: Veena’s: Chana Masala / Aloo Gobi / Buttered Chicken

Sunday: Oasis Falafel: Falafel Sandwich / Hummus / Veggies / Fries

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Hotel |  $99/night

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Book a room at the partner hotel, right next door to the main venue.

EVEN Hotels | 2220 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102

Online: Booking Page | Group Code: OJB

Phone: 402.345.3836 | Mention: Omaha Jitterbugs

Reservation Deadline: August 8, 2018

ROOM RESERVATIONS PROCEDURE

-Calling EVEN Hotel directly at 402-345-3836 or our toll free number at 402-345-3836 and ask for the Omaha Jitterbugs group rate.

-Logging onto www.evenhotels.com/omahadowntown and use the GROUP NAME 3-digit code: code will be provided after the execution of this agreement.

-Or through One-Click URL Link that is specific to Omaha Jitter Bugs: link will be provided after the execution of this agreement. EVEN Hotel Reservation Site

-When making reservations, your attendees must identify themselves as having a special group rate, specifically stating they are with Omaha Jitterbugs. In the case that your attendees do not identify themselves as a member of your group, the rate will not be offered and may not be available at a later time.

CUTOFF DATE

Reservations must be received by the Hotel on or before 5PM on 08/09/19. At the Cutoff Date, Hotel will review the reservations for the Event and release any unreserved rooms for general sale.

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Limited Host Housing

Limited space is available for free housing with local dancers.

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Reservation Deadline: August 8, 2019

Offer to Host FormHousing Request Form 

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EVENT SCHEDULE:

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CLASS SCHEDULE / DESCRIPTIONS:

A schedule of classes during the weekend.

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VOLUNTEERS:

Active JIVE members and JAMBORAMA event volunteers working at least five hours save 35% with coupon code JIVE2019 —— Contact Nancy, our volunteer coordinator, to inquire or sign up to work

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Full and partial scholarships available based on need or service. —— link to the scholarship form.

DISCOUNTS:

Groups of 5 or more save 20% using coupon code GROUP2019

Event Volunteers (5 hours or more) save 35% with code JIVE2019

Coupons cannot be combined

EVENT PRICING:

  • Full Weekend Pass: $200
    • Earliest-bird pricing: First 25 tickets: $150
    • Early-bird pricing: Next 25 tickets: $175
    • Individual classes: One-Hour Class: $30
  • Absolute Beginner’s Pass (Lindy Hop Now): $80
  • Junior Pass: $50
  • Party Pass / Dance Pass / Competitor’s Pass: $70
    • Friday Night Dance: $15
    • Friday Late Night: $10
    • Saturday LindyTalks: FREE
    • Saturday Night Dance: $20
    • Saturday Late Night: $10
    • Sunday Roller Skating Party: $10
  • Lunch Bunch (Saturday & Sunday Lunch): $20
    • Saturday Lunch (at LindyTalks): $12
    • Sunday Lunch (at Corn Eating Contest): $12
  • Lead & Follow Competition: $15 (per person)
  • Solo Jazz Competition: $15 (per person)
  • Any Swing Goes Competition: $30 (per couple)
  • Showcase Competition: $30 (per entry)
  • Corn-Eating Competition: FREE (team of 4)
  • Event T-shirt: $15

REGISTRATION:

Registrants must agree to adhere to our Code of Conduct .

Online registration opens at noon (CST) on Saturday (6/8/19), and closes on Thursday morning (9/5/19). After this time, please bring payment with you and register at the event.

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Start:
September 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am UTC-5
End:
September 8, 2019 @ 8:00 pm UTC-5
Cost:
$15 – $200
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Website:
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Venue

Omaha,
Phone:
402-208-3006

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