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Jitterbug Jamborama 2018: Omaha Jazz & Swing Dance Festival

September 7, 2018 @ 11:30 amSeptember 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm CDT

$5 – $200

JITTERBUG JAMBORAMA 2018 Jazz & Swing Dance Festival in Omaha, Nebraska
Our 16th year of swing dance workshops, swing dance contests, and lots of social dancing to great music and live jazz.

Jitterbug Jamborama is a festival 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.

Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles (Denver) – Friday & Saturday Nights!

LindyTalks – Kyle Smith celebrates the 80th anniversary of Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert – Saturday afternoon!-
Sponsored in part by a Grant from Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Mikey Pedroza & Natalia Eristavi
Bobby White & Kate Hedin
Gary Grimm & Katie Leatherberry
Laura Keat & Kevin Brinkley
Laurel Ryan & Michelle Stokes
Kate Hazen

Level 1 (Absolute Beginner)
This is an introductory level track geared toward those with little or no experience. Don’t worry about bringing a partner, we will be rotating in class. Includes classes on Saturday only (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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Free t-shirts with full weekend pass purchase.


  • Full Weekend Pass: $200
  • Early-bird pricing: First 25 tickets: $150 | Next 25 tickets: $175
  • Absolute Beginner’s Pass (Lindy Hop Now): $80
  • Dance & Competition Pass (Party Pass): $70
  • Individual classes: One-Hour Class: $30 | 90 Minute Class: $40
  • Friday Night Dance & After-Hours: $35
  • Saturday Night Dance: $30
  • Saturday Late Night: $15
  • Lunch: $15 ea, or $20 for both Sat & Sun

Active JIVE members and JAMBORAMA event volunteers working at least five hours save 35% with coupon code JIVE2018 —— Contact our volunteer coordinator to inquire or sign up to work

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

Online registration closes on Thursday morning (9/6/18). After this time, please bring payment with you and register at the event.
Groups of 5 or more save 20% using coupon code GROUP2018
Event Volunteers (5 hours or more) save 35% with code JIVE2018
Coupons cannot be combined

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Registrants must agree to adhere to our Code of Conduct .


September 7, 2018 @ 11:30 am CDT
September 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm CDT
$5 – $200
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