LIVE JAZZ


ROBERT BELL UPTOWN SWING COMBO

Robert Bell's hot guitar will thrill swing dancers and jazz lovers alike. Robert's groups are known for swinging hard and they never disappoint.

Friday Night, September 12
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)


Saturday Late Night, September 13
The Quality Inn - 2808 South 72nd St

FALTY & THE DEFECTS

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 almost from the first down beat.

Saturday Night, September 13
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)


Friday Late Night, September 12
The Quality Inn - 2808 South 72nd St

LITTLE HARPER BIG BAND

Stan Harper has compiled the best musicians in the Omaha area to play your favorite classic big band swing.

Sunday Brunch, September 14
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

WORLD-CLASS INSTRUCTION

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SHARON DAVIS

London, UK
Sharon specialises in Jazz Age dances - Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston and Burlesque. She holds numerous 1st place titles at the most prestigious swing dance competitions and battles around the world. She has choreographed for stage shows and music videos on four continents, and she is the Director of the annual European Swing Dance Championships.


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MIKE FALTESEK

Seattle, WA
Falty has traveled to instruct, compete, and perform all over the globe, from Harlem to Los Angeles, Canada to Korea, and all throughout Europe. Approachable and passionate about authentic jazz dance and music, Falty conveys ideas and movements explicitly, making him a popular instructor wherever he goes. This will be his twelfth year at Cowtown Jamborama.


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JAMIN JACKSON

Tulsa, OK
Jamin’s skills are widely recognized and praised for his focus on principles and his positive charismatic style. His love and determination for empowering dancers with the gift of LINDY HOP has driven him to train more than 2700 hours in a short 3 years.


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GRACE DURANT

Fort Worth, TX
Grace is known as a true follow. Her dancing, as her name indicates, is often described as graceful, classy, and elegant. In the classroom, she focuses on follow technique and movement. She is excited to share her knowledge and love of the dance.


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JENNY SHIRAR

St Louis, MO
Jenny and Christian are known for their ability to deliver clear, engaging instruction that makes dancing accessible to students of all experience levels. Their thoughtful approach to teaching creates a learning experience that challenges students to experiment, explore rigorous concepts, and never go too long without laughing and having fun.


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CHRISTIAN FROMMELT

St Louis, MO
The well dressed Christian and Jenny have expertise in a wide range of topics that vary from traditional lindy hop (swing and jitterbug), Charleston, St. Louis Shag, two-step in swing, solo jazz improvisation, classic routines, and more.


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BRADLEY SMITH

Champaign, IL
Patient and attentive, Bradley excels at breaking down material and making the unfamiliar familiar. His enthusiasm and humor go a long way to keeping students engaged and excited.


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CASSIE STOA

Minneapolis, MN
Cassie's dancing is fun and responsive. Her deep understanding of the basics and her midwestern charm make her a perfect fit for the beginner fast-track this year.


STAFF

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EVENT COORDINATOR

NATE WOODHAMS

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


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LEAD DJ

KYLE HANKINS

Tulsa, OK
Kyle’s skills as a DJ are widely recognized and praised for his focus on danceable music and his uncanny ability to read a room and play just the right song.


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MASTER OF CEREMONIES

TBA

Omaha, NE
Our master of ceremonies has yet to be announced, but you can be assured it won't be this guy, and she will be awesome.


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MASCOT

THECOW

Omaha, NE
The cow has been making appearances at Cowtown Jamborama since it first began, and because she keeps coming back, we've decided to this year ask her to be our official mascot. Maybe next year, Mike Faltesek.


DANCE WORKSHOPS

September 12

FRIDAY

GET UP: Eagles Ballroom: Upstairs
10 am: Lindy Styling & LinesGrace & Jamin
Class descriptions coming!

11:15 am: Social TricksJenny & Christian
Class descriptions coming!

2 pm: Partner CharlestonSharon & Mike
Class descriptions coming!

3:15 pm: Jam Circle (entrances & exits)Jamin & Grace
Class descriptions coming!


GET DOWN: Eagles Ballroom: Downstairs
10 am: St. Louis ShagChristian & Jenny
Class descriptions coming!

11:15 am: Footwork for LindySharon & Mike
Class descriptions coming!

2 pm: St. Louis SwingoutJenny & Christian
Class descriptions coming!

3:15 pm: Creating Compelling ChoreographySharon
Class descriptions coming!


September 13

SATURDAY

GET UP: Eagles Ballroom: Upstairs
10 am: Warmup & Drills - How to Practice Dancing Jenny & Christian
Class descriptions coming!

11:15 am: MusicalitySharon & Mike
Class descriptions coming!

2 pm: Hellza-Fast LindyGrace & Jamin
Class descriptions coming!

3:15 pm: Solo Jazz Routine (two hours)Sharon
Class descriptions coming!


GET DOWN: Eagles Ballroom: Downstairs
11:15 am: Effective Teaching HabitsGrace & Jamin
Class descriptions coming!

2 pm: Lindy Hop ConnectionJenny & Christian
Class descriptions coming!


BEGINNER FAST TRACK: Bancroft Street Market
10 am: Intro to Lindy - Part 1Cassie & Bradley
11 am: Intro to Lindy - Part 2Cassie & Bradley
2 pm: Intro to Lindy - Part 3Cassie & Bradley
3:15 pm: Intro to Lindy - Part 4Cassie & Bradley

September 14

SUNDAY

GET UP: Eagles Ballroom: Upstairs
1 pm: Historical Perspectives on MusicalityMike, Jamin & Christian
Class descriptions coming!

2:15 pm: Lead & Follow: Make Space, Find Your VoiceSharon & Mike
Class descriptions coming!

3:30 pm: Solo CharlestonSharon
Class descriptions coming!


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.

1st Prize—Nevermore Jazz Ball 2014 & Cowtown Jamborama 2015
2nd Prize—Sunflower Swing Fest 2015 & Cowtown Jamborama 2015
3rd Prize—Cowtown Jamborama 2015
Friday Night, September 12
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

$5.00 ADD TO CART


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!

1st Prize—Heartland Swing Fest 2015 & Cowtown Jamborama 2015
2nd Prize—Southern Fried Swing 2014 or 2015 & Cowtown Jamborama 2015
3rd Prize—Cowtown Jamborama 2015
Saturday Night, September 13
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

$10.00 ADD TO CART


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.

1st Prize—Hawkeye Swing Fest 2015 & Cowtown Jamborama 2015
Sunday, September 14
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

Free! ADD TO CART

EXTRAS



LODGING

Limited housing with Omaha-area dancers is available for registered attendees. USE THIS FORM TO APPLY

OR please consider a stay at our quality partner hotel and Late-Night Venue: The Quality Inn. 2808 South 72nd St, Omaha. (402)397-7137.


LINDY LUNCHES

CATERED LUNCH FOR ALL THREE DAYS
This is lunch for the whole weekend 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 at a discount.

This meal plan is not included in your weekend pass.


Friday - Spaghetti - Spaghetti Works ($10)

Dance music by DJ Kyle Hankins.


Saturday - Indian Food - Veena's Cuisine ($10)

Dance music by DJ Kyle Hankins.


Sunday - Pancakes ($10)

Live music by the Little Harper Big Band.

$20.00 ADD TO CART



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.



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FULL WEEKEND PASS

Over fifteen hours of dance instruction for all skill levels. Over 20 hours of live jazz music for dancing. Plus many more surprises! This pass does not include food or contests.

$175.00 $159.00 ADD TO CART




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SATURDAY BEGINNING LINDY FAST TRACK

Workshops for the newest dancers! Go from Lindy Hop Zero to Lindy Hop Hero in one day (5 classes that will get you dancing with comfort and confidence), We'll even throw in admittance to the Saturday Night Live Music at the Eagles Ballroom and the Saturday live late night event!

$75.00 ADD TO CART




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LIVE MUSIC PASS

This pass admits you to just the music events of the weekend. Perfect for the social dancer or jazz enthusiast.

$49.00 ADD TO CART




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