Jam Sessions are Back!

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JAMmers busting a move at Versa-Style Dance Company’s hip-hop JAM in East LA!

By Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones

Associate Program Manager

We’re pretty excited about the2016 JAM Session series and we hope you will be too! For this year’s JAM lineup, we tried to include the perfect balance of the new and the familiar. One of our newest: a Tropicál Dance JAM with Andrea Rodriguez who will show you dance moves that originated in Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region and Panama, set to the hip-swaying beats of local bandBuyepongo. Other new art forms to explore this year include Brazilian forró dance, Celtic dance and a not-to-be-missed Funk Dance Party. And, of course, the most exciting part of all is that you will have the opportunity to get up and dance on the Ford’s newly renovated stage! All good things come to those who wait, so they say, so set an August reminder for JAMs at the Ford. (Specifics on the Ford’s reopening summer season coming soon.)

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CONTRA-TIEMPO’s salsa JAM taking over Newhall!

Because we know that waiting is hard, we’re continuing JAMs at sites throughout LA County. This year, you can get your JAM on in NewhallSan Fernando and Pomona, with some fantastic new local artists such asKalakeke Pacific Island Dance CompanyThe GR818ERS andTradición Dance Company. One of our goals is to cultivate the growth of local artists in the communities where JAMs take place, so we’re thrilled to share these new artists and art forms with you.

For your dose of the familiar, you can look forward to the following JAMs returning: Bollywood dance, swing dance, Japanese folk dance, Mexican folk dance, salsa, hip-hop dance and more!

JAMs have already begun – the next one is March 26 – so click FordJamSessions.org for more details. Can’t wait to JAM with you this summer!

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