LIVE JAZZ


JOE SMITH & THE SPICY PICKLES

Denver, CO
The Spicy Pickles Jazz Band brings it all: high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic sound and look. This band is sure to keep you on the dance floor.

Friday Night, September 11 8:00 p.m. – $15
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha

Saturday Late Night, September 12 – $15
Simply Ballroom
2679 Farnam Street #204, Omaha

FALTY & THE DEFECTS FEATURING AURORA NEALAND

Seattle, WA
Falty & the Defects like to play good old fashioned, hard swinging jazz and blues music for listening, or preferably, ass shaking audiences. They have an infectious energy that spreads from the stage to the audience from the first down beat. Special guest Aurora Nealand is a New Orleans soprano sax player and vocalist and is the reincarnation of Sidney Bechet.

Friday Late Night, September 11 – $15
Simply Ballroom
2679 Farnam Street #204, Omaha

Saturday Night, September 12 8:30 p.m. – $15
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha



THE STREET RAILWAY CO. DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND

Omaha, NE
Omaha's favorite dixieland and trad jazz band always delights audiences with their fast and loose style.

Sautrday Lunch, September 12
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha

LITTLE HARPER BIG BAND

Omaha, NE
Without fail, Stan Harper comes through with a tight, full, hard-swinging big band playing music perfect for dancing. Rene Harper's fantastic vocals are a perfect addition to this wonderful band.

Sunday Breakfast Dance, September 13 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast included in price of admission – $15
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha

WORLD-CLASS INSTRUCTION

Emelie

EMELIE DECAVITA

Stockholm, Sweden
Emelie and Rebecka have been making a name for themselves on the international lindy hop scene with their endless enthusiasm and passion for the dance and their high-energy, delightful dancing. As instructors Emelie and Rebecka strive to teach good technique in a way that is positive, humorous and effective.


Rebecka

REBECKA DECAVITA

Stockholm, Sweden
Rebecka and her sister Emelie are known for their ability to deliver clear, engaging instruction that makes dancing accessible to students of all experience levels. They particularly value the interaction between the leader and the follower, believing that both dancers must inspire each other and together form the dance.


Mike

MIKE FALTESEK

Seattle, WA
This year will mark Falty's thirteenth year with this event. His midwestern sensibility combined with his gift of making complex ideas easy to understand make this internationally-acclaimed dancer, teacher, choreographer, and musician a perfect fit for this down-home event.


Mia

MIA HALLORAN

New Orleans, LA
Mia (Goldsmith) has taught at Jamborama many times before, and she has always been a hit! This Champion Balboa dancer is known for her highly impressive footwork, improvisation, and individual approach to the dances of the Jazz Age. Her strength in the classroom has helped countless follows find their voice in the dance.


Shauna

SHAUNA MARBLE

Denver, CO
Shauna's attention to detail is unmatched. She has a deep understanding of the concepts, movements, and patterns of the dance and how they relate to and build from one another. This year she'll be sharing this deep understanding along with her high energy and enthusiasm with the dancers in the Beginner Track.


Jeremy

JEREMY OTTH

Orange County, CA
Jeremy has been long known for his fearlessness in dance. His deep understanding of lines, movement, and syncopation make him popular both on the dance floor and in the classroom. He is in high demand internationally amongst both Lindy and Balboa dancers.


Laura

LAURA KEAT

Orange County, CA
We're happy to see Laura return to the Jamborama teaching team after a 10-year absence. Laura's strong technical foundation in both Lindy and Balboa along with her charming individual style and clear instruction have made her a favorite the world over.


Peter

PETER LOGGINS

New Orleans, LA
As the foremost researcher on American Jazz Dance, Peter brings a first-hand historical approach to his classes. Combining his knowledge of music with the history handed down from the original dancers of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s he imparts his students with a greater appreciation and understanding of the dances' context.


Kyle

KYLE HANKINS

Denver, CO
Kyle's clear sense of the lead and follow relationship allows him to be both clear and spontaneously creative in his dancing; his dancing creates space for both partners to shine. He brings these important concepts with him to the classroom where connection and communication are key.


photos by Steve Hwan

DANCE WORKSHOPS

Workshop schedule subject to change (updated August 19, 2015).



September 11

FRIDAY



10 AM
Shag 1—ALL—Laura & Jeremy—Eagles Downstairs
Southern California Swing—ALL—Peter & Mia—Eagles Upstairs

11:15 AM
Intro to Balboa—BEG—Laura & Jeremy—Eagles Downstairs
Solo Jazz—ALL—Mia—Eagles Upstairs

12:20 PM — LUNCH
Historical Lecture—ALL—Peter—Eagles Upstairs

2:15 PM
Tricks—BEG—Laura & Jeremy—Simply Ballroom 1
Tricks—INT/ADV—Emelie & Rebecka—Simply Ballroom 2
Musicality (or teacher's choice)—ALL—Mike & Mia—Eagles Upstairs

3:30 PM
Collegiate Style (quickstep)—ALL—Peter & Mia—Eagles Upstairs
Harlem Style Lindy—INT—Emelie & Rebecka—Simply Ballroom 2
Lindy Hop—ADV—Laura & Jeremy—Simply Ballroom 1
September 12

SATURDAY



10 AM
Intro to Lindy - Part 1—BEG—Shauna & Kyle—Eagles Downstairs
Fast Lindy—INT—Emelie & Rebecka—Eagles Upstairs
Flash & Jam—ADV—Laura & Jeremy—Simply Ballroom 1
Balboa—INT—Peter & Mia—Simply Ballroom 2

11:15 AM
Intro to Lindy - Part 2—BEG—Shauna & Kyle—Eagles Downstairs
Solo Jazz—ALL—Mike—Eagles Upstairs
Musical Interpretation—INT/ADV—Laura & Jeremy—Simply Ballroom 1
Balboa—ADV—Peter & Mia—Simply Ballroom 2

12:30 PM — LUNCH
Live Music & Open DancingStreet Railway Co. Dixieland Jazz Band

2:15 PM
Intro to Lindy - Part 3—BEG—Shauna & Kyle—Eagles Downstairs
New Orleans Flavor—INT—Peter & Mia—Eagles Upstairs
Clean: Expert Technique—ADV—Emelie & Rebecka—Simply Ballroom 2
Balboa—ADV—Laura & Jeremy—Simply Ballroom 1

3:30 PM
Intro to Lindy - Part 4—BEG—Shauna & Kyle—Eagles Downstairs
LA Style Classics—INT/ADV—Peter & Mia—Eagles Upstairs
Interactive Creativity—ADV—Laura & Jeremy—Simply Ballroom 1
Charleston for Two—INT—Emelie & Rebecka—Simply Ballroom 2


September 13

SUNDAY




10 AM — BREAKFAST
Swing on the Silver Screen (Video presentation)—ALL—Peter—Eagles Upstairs

11 AM — BREAKFAST
Breakfast Dance with Little Harper Big Band

2:15 PM
Lindy Role Reversal—INT—Emelie & Rebecka—Eagles Upstairs

3:30 PM
Room to Play—INT/ADV—Emelie & Rebecka—Eagles Upstairs

COMPETITIONS


JACK & JILL CONTEST

Enter as an individual dancer, either a lead or a follow, and strut your social stuff with a variety of partners to a variety of tempos.

Friday Night, September 11 – 11:00 p.m.
Prelims – 8:00 p.m. sharp Registration closes Friday 7:15 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha


Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places

ANY-SWING GOES CONTEST

Anything goes - just make it awesome. Lindy, East Coast, Balboa, Lifts, tricks, whatever you have in your pocket is fair game. Enter with your partner and throw down!

Saturday Night, September 12 – 11:00 p.m.
Prelims if needed – 8:30 p.m. Registration closes 8:00 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha


Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places



TEAM CONTEST

New this year, we have added a team division. Teams of 3 or more compete with choreography less than 4 minutes in length.

Saturday Night, September 12 – 10:00 p.m.
Registration closes Saturday 9:00 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha


Prizes for 1st Place

SOLO JAZZ DANCE CONTEST

Solo jazz, Charleston, Black Bottom, and more! With no partner but the music, you'll need to let your spirit shine to win this battle.

Sunday Brunch, September 13 – 12:00 p.m.
Registration closes Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha


Prize for 1st Place

HOUSING



HOTEL

We've secured a special rate of $99/night for Jamborama guests at the excellent Element Hotel in nearby Midtown Crossing.
RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW
The Element Hotel
3253 Dodge Street, Omaha. (402)614-8080.


HOUSING

Limited housing with Omaha-area dancers is no longer available (closed 8/20)


HOSTS

Thank you to the lovely Omaha-area dancers sharing their space with an out-of-town guest during Jamborama.

EXTRAS

SHIRTS

This is a blue heathered tee with a blue Cowtown Jamborama logo on the front. 60% Cotton + 40% Polyester = 100% Awesome!


LINDY LUNCHES

CATERED LUNCH FOR FRIDAY & SATURDAY
This is lunch for Friday and Saturday catered in to the Eagles Ballroom. So, stick around and enjoy the good food, the good music, and you won't have to worry about getting back in time for your afternoon workshops. These will be available to purchase on site as supplies last, but are available today for your convenience.

This meal plan is not included in your weekend pass.

Light late-night snacks and the Sunday breakfast are included in your weekend pass.


Friday - TBA ($10)

Historical Swing Dance Lecture by Peter Loggins.


Saturday - TBA ($10)

Open Dancing to Live music by The Street Railway Co. Dixieland Jazz Band.


Sunday - Pancakes ($15)

Live music by the Little Harper Big Band. Pancakes are included in admission to the Little Harper Band Dance, and are included in the Full Weekend Pass and the weekend music pass.


CAROL'S VINTAGE CLOSET

Carol stocks a wide range of vintage fashion for both men and women: something for every taste and size. She's got accessories from hats and shoes to handbags and neckties. And best yet, her prices are amazingly cheap!

Vintage clothing and accessories will be for sale throughout the weekend.
Eagles Ballroom.



REGISTRATION

Jamborama 2015 – Full Weekend Pass
$199.00 $169.00 This pass includes all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Workshops and a Weekend Music Pass. September 10-13, 2015 – Omaha, NE
Tiered Pricing: June 1 — $129, July 1 — $149, August 1 — $169, September 1 — $189, Door — $199
Jamborama 2015 – Beginner's Weekend Pass
$129.00 $119.00 This pass includes the Friday Beginner-Level Workshops, the Saturday Beginning Lindy Hop Fast-Track, the Sunday All-Level Workshops, and a Weekend Music Pass. September 10–13, 2015 – Omaha, NE
Tiered Pricing: June 1 — $99, July 1 — $109, August 1 — $119, September 1 — $129, Door — $139
Jamborama 2015 – Weekend Music Pass $75.00 $65.00 This pass includes admission to all of our live music: Friday Night & Late-Night, Saturday Night & Late-Night, and Sunday Breakfast Dance. September 10–13, 2015 – Omaha, NE
Tiered Pricing: June 1 — $65, Door — $75
Lindy Lunches $20.00 This ticket gets you food during the lunchtime live music and open dancing on Friday and Saturday (lunch not included in the weekend pass). Vegan options available.
Contest – Jack & Jill
$10.00 This registers you to compete in the Open Jack & Jill Contest. Enter as an individual dancer, either a lead or a follow, and strut your social stuff with a variety of partners to a variety of tempos. All competitors must purchase a Full Weekend Pass or a Music Pass.
Contest – Any-Swing Goes
$10.00 This registers you to compete in the Any-Swing Goes Contest (your partner must also register). Anything goes - just make it awesome. Lindy, East Coast, Balboa, Lifts, tricks, whatever you have in your pocket is fair game. Enter with your partner and throw down! All competitors must purchase a Full Weekend Pass or a Music Pass.
Contest – Solo Jazz $10.00 This registers you to compete in the Solo Jazz Contest. Solo jazz, Charleston, Black Bottom, and more! With no partner but the music, you'll need to let your spirit shine to win this battle. All competitors must purchase a Full Weekend Pass or a Music Pass.
Contest - Team

$20.00 This registers your group to compete in the Team Contest (only one contest registration necessary per team). New this year, we have added a team division. Teams of 3 or more compete with choreography less than 4 minutes in length. Limited to 8 teams. All competitors must purchase a Full Weekend Pass or a Music Pass.
Jamborama T-shirt (blue)
$15.00 This is a blue heathered tee with a blue Cowtown Jamborama logo on the front. 60% Cotton + 40% Polyester = 100% Awesome!

WHERE & WHEN

Schedule subject to change (updated August 19, 2015)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
8:00 p.m. Sugarfoot Stomp at House of Loom (welcome dance) — Featured artist: Duke Ellington. (free admission, 21+)


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Swing Dance Classes
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime Lecture by Peter Loggins at Eagles’ Ballroom — TBA Lunch available for $10
7:15 p.m. Jack & Jill Contest registration closes
8:00 p.m. Jack & Jill Contest Prelims
8:20 p.m. Beginning Jitterbug Lesson
9:00 p.m. Joe Smith & Spicy Pickles (Denver CO) ($15 at the door, included with pass)
10:00 p.m. / 1st Band Break: Instructor Performances
11:00 p.m. / 2nd Band Break: Jack & Jill Contest Finals
12:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. Late Night: Simply Ballroom – Falty & the Defects (Seattle WA) featuring Aurora Nealand (New Orleans LA) ($15 at the door, included with pass) (light snacks included while they last).


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Swing Dance Classes
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime jam at Eagles’ Club w Street Railway Co. Dixieland Jazz Band (Omaha NE) — TBA Lunch available for $10
8:00 p.m. Any-Swing Goes Contest registration closes
8:30 p.m. Any-Swing Goes Contest Prelims if needed
9:00 p.m. Team Contest registration closes
9:00 p.m. - Midnight: Falty & the Defects (Seattle WA) featuring Aurora Nealand (New Orleans LA) ($15 at the door, included with pass)
10:00 p.m. / 1st Band Break: Team Contest
11:00 p.m. / 2nd Band Break: Any-Swing Goes Contest Finals
12:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. Late Night at Simply Ballroom, with Joe Smith & Spicy Pickles (Denver CO) ($15 at door, included with pass) (light snacks included while they last).


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
10:00 a.m. Breakfast and Video Presentation by Peter Loggins (included in admission to Breakfast Dance)
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Breakfast Dance featuring Little Harper Big Band- ($15 at the door, included with pass) (breakfast buffet included)
11:30 a.m. Solo Jazz Dance Contest registration closes
12:00 p.m. / 1st Band Break: Solo Jazz Dance Contest
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Classes/Lecture

STAFF

Special and attention and appreciation is due to this year's wonderful organizers and volunteers. Thank you.


nate

EVENT COORDINATOR

NATE WOODHAMS

Omaha, NE
Nate has been president of Omaha's only swing non-profit for the past ten years, and has been at the helm of Jamborama since its inception thirteen years ago.


ruth

REGISTRATION

RUTH BAHR

Omaha, NE


billy

DESIGN / WEB

BILLY SOBCZYK

Omaha, NE


tessa

MASTER OF THE CEREMONIES

TESSA AUZA

Chicago, IL


eric

FOOD / SUPPORT

ERIC ADAMSHICK

Omaha, NE


kara

HOUSING COORDINATOR

KARA PENNISTON

Omaha, NE


kelly

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

KELLY KAPPEN

Omaha, NE


josie

CONTESTS

JOSIE LANGBEHN

Omaha, NE


lindsay

OPERATIONS

LINDSAY SOBCZYK

Omaha, NE