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Cowtown Jamborama Lite 2022: Omaha Jazz & Swing Dance Festival

Eagles FOE #38 – 201 S 24th St, Omaha, NE 68102

September 23 @ 5:30 pm September 25 @ 2:00 am America/CDT

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COWTOWN 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, live music, and dance parties.

DANCE TO AWESOME LIVE MUSIC:

Dance to soul-satisfying, live swing music on Saturday Night on the best dance floor in the city!  Local band Moon River Steamboat, featuring Kyla Jerousek and Jordan Smith, will play jazz standards and some not so standards and they will swing them hard.  For $50, you can purchase VIP tickets to get reserved seating and 2 drink tickets. 

REGIONAL INSTRUCTORS:

Laura Keat (Denver) & Ceth Stifel (Denver) — Intermediate Level Classes

LAURA KEAT began her swing dance career in Denver when she joined the award-winning Lindy Hop performance team, 23 Skidoo! She immediately developed a passion for the art of swing dancing. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national titles and gaining recognition as a championship lindy hop follow with an independent style and point of view. She loves dancing with a wide variety of leads with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities as a follow. 

CETH STIFEL is a champion level tap dancer, Lindy Hopper, and a master choreographer. He has performed on the award winning Lindy Hop team, 23 Skidoo, since its inception in 1999.  As a dancer, Ceth is known for his solo movement, rhythmic footwork and creativity.

Larry and Rae Mullica (Des Moines) — Lindy Hop NOW for Absolute Beginners

LARRY & RAE MULLICA are favorites among the students in the Central Iowa Swing dance scene.  Known for their fun and energetic approach to teaching, they have inspired many new Hepcats to continue their education about the Swing dance culture.  

Larry and Rae had the wonderful opportunity to teach with Frankie Manning in 2006 at the Frank Manning Workshop in Fairfield, Iowa.  They have also taught at Hawkeye Swing Festival and helped organized and bring Heartland Swing Festival to Des Moines in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Larry and Rae are known for their fun, smooth style, and flair to perform.  They love teaching all forms of Swing and continue to look for new and creative ways to teach and get people dancing. 

WORKSHOPS FOR BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED BEGINNERS:

2 Levels of workshops 

Level 1 Lindy Hop Now! (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.

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LOCATION

Cowtown Jamborama will be held at 201 South 24th Street, Omaha Nebraska 68104.

COVID GUIDELINES

We are asking all attendees to monitor their daily health. While we cannot guarantee zero risk at the event, we are working to provide a safe and meaningful event and trust that attendees will do the same. We recommend that all attendees take a COVID-19 at-home test prior to arrival on the day of the event. You will not be required to provide test results to attend. Please do not attend if you have tested positive or are experiencing symptoms.

HISTORY / COMMUNITY / AMENITIES:

Scholarship Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities, Corn Eating Contest, Catered Lunch on-site, Catered Midnight Breakfast on Saturday night, Event hotel close to venue, FREE event T-shirt with registration if you register by September 9, 2022.

T-Shirts | $15

Get a super-soft tri-blend t-shirts for FREE with a full weekend pass purchased before September 9. Unisex and Womens sizing available.

Pre-Order Deadline: September 9, 2022

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

Meals | $10 each

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

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

Saturday Lunch  (12:30 pm – 1:30 pm): Indian Buffet with gluten free and vegan options

Saturday Midnight Breakfast (11:30 pm – 12:30 am): Scrambled eggs | Pancakes | Biscuits & Gravy | OJ, Milk, and Coffee

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Hotel | $139/night ($164.24 with taxes and fees)

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

EVEN Hotels | 2220 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102

Phone: 402.345.3836 |

ROOM RESERVATIONS PROCEDURE 

Reserve a room and pay at this link.   Note: the default dates are for three nights.  If you click on “Change Search” on the right side of the black bar, you can customize which nights you want to spend at the hotel.

CUTOFF DATE

Reservations must be received by the Hotel on or before 5PM on August 23 2022. At the Cutoff Date, Hotel will review the reservations for the Event and release any unreserved rooms for general sale.

Limited Host Housing

Limited space is available for free housing with local dancers.  E-mail Nancy at jitterbugs@jitterbugs.org if you are willing to host a dancer or if you want to find a host in Omaha.

Reservation Deadline: September 9, 2022

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Friday

5:30 – 6:30 Lindy Workshop 

6:45 – 7:45  Lindy Workshop  

8:15- 9:00  Beginner Lesson at the Dance

9 -10:30  Dance with DJ Music

10:30 – 11  Corn-Eating Relay Contest

11 – midnight  Dance  

 

Saturday

10 -11  Lindy Workshop/ Lindy Hop Now Workshop

11:15 – 12:15  Lindy Workshop/Lindy Hop Now Workshop

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break (purchase a catered lunch for $10, optional)

1:30 – 2:30  Workshop – Balboa Workshop/Lindy Hop Now Workshop

2:45 – 3:45  Workshop – Balboa Workshop/LIndy Hop Now Workshop

8 – 11:30  Dance with Live Music

11:30 – midnight Break  (purchase a catered Midnight Breakfast for $10, optional)

12:00 – 2:00 Late Night with DJ

CLASS SCHEDULE / DESCRIPTIONS:

More detailed schedule coming soon.

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VOLUNTEERS:

Active JIVE members and JAMBORAMA event volunteers working at least 4 hours save 33%.  Contact Nancy at jitterbugs@jitterbugs.org to inquire or sign up to work

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Full and partial scholarships available based on need or service. Email Nancy at jitterbugs@jitterbugs.org if you want more information.

EVENT PRICING:

  • Full Weekend Pass: $200
    • Earliest-bird pricing until August 21:  $150
    • Early-bird pricing until September 9:  $175
    • After September 9:  $200
    • Individual classes: One-Hour Class: $30
  • Absolute Beginner’s Pass (Lindy Hop Now): $100
  • Party Pass | Dances Only: $30
    • Friday Night Dance (8:00 – 11:30): $10
    • Saturday Night Dance, including Late Night: $25
    • Saturday Night Dance, VIP Seating:  $50
    • Lunch & Midnight Breakfast 
      • Saturday Lunch only: $10 prepay, $12 day of
      • Saturday Midnight Breakfast: $10 prepay, $12 day of
  • Corn-Eating Competition: FREE (team of 4)
  • Event T-shirt: $15 at the door, limited availability

REGISTRATION:

Registrants must agree to adhere to our Code of Conduct .

Online registration closes on Thursday morning (9/22/22). After this time, please bring payment with you and register at the event.

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