Jumptown Jam

'Put some Jam on it!'


The Jumptown Jam has a triple serving of social dancing on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. There will be live music on Saturday night, awesome DJs from around the country, performances and a Jack n Jill competition (Saturday night).

Friday Night – The Jam Cellar

  • When: 6pm to 12:30am, 15 April 2016
  • Where: Folk Dance Canberra, 114 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT
  • Cost: $35 or included with a Gold, Silver or Social Pass
  • Class: 6:30 to 7:30pm, Jarrod Bates and Kathryn Kelly
  • Class: 7:30 to 8:30pm, Peter Strom and Naomi Uyama
  • Classes will be ‘all levels’ welcome
  • Social Dancing from 8:30pm
  • Music: Top DJs
  • Floor: Sprung wooden floor
  • Dress: Casual, or whatever makes you dance better
  • Catering: There will be hot dogs, a vegetarian option, and some other goodies plus a bar service for purchase. No BYO

The Jam Cellar kicks off with a lesson from Jarrod Bates and Kathryn Kelly (Melbourne).  This will be a relaxing casual evening to ease into the weekend. Come along and meet the teachers, chat to some of our Jam regulars and other interstate guests.

Saturday Night – The Jam Factory

  • When: 7:30pm to 1:00am, 16 April 2016
  • Where: National Film and Sound Archive, 1 McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT
  • Cost: $45 or included with a Gold, Silver or Social Pass
  • Music: Live band Andrew Dickeson’s Blue Rhythm Band, plus Top DJs
  • Floor: Sprung wooden floor
  • Dress: This is the night to dress up vintage or just ready to Jam
  • Catering: This venue has its own café and bar service. No BYO
  • Comp: The Jam Jack n Jill competition
  • Entertainment: Performances from our guest teachers and the Jumptown Jammers

The Jam Factory will be something special at this magnificent art deco venue. Time to check out the Jack n Jill potentials and try some of the new stuff you have learnt from the weekend.   Bust out to the Andrew Dickeson’s Blue Rhythm Band from Sydney.  A solid five piece band for dancers who do what Basie did.


Sunday Night  – Soul & Blues Jam 

  • When: 7:00pm to late, 17 April 2016
  • Where: The Duxton ‘The Loft’ Cnr of Sargood and Macpherson St’s O’Connor
  • Cost: $25 or included with a Gold, Silver or Social Pass
  • Music: Top Blues and Soul DJs feat. guest DJ Peter Strom (US)
  • Floor: Wood
  • Dress: Whatever you are comfortable in
  • Catering: The Duxton Pub is a great place to have dinner and has a full bar upstairs at The Loft
  • Please order your meals and drinks up-stairs as we have a minimum spend

We normally finish the Jam weekend with a Blues cool down kind of feel.  However this year we want to sprinkle some Soul berries into the Blues chilled swing mix.  We have found a great new venue to get the recipe just right for the Soul Train express.