WELCOME

WELCOME DANCE

Join us for a kickoff party to this great weekend. Get checked in, grab a drink, make new friends. DJs Kyle Hankins, Christian Frommelt & Bradley Smith. $5 at the door. Admission is free with weekend pass, music pass, and fast-track pass.

Thursday Night, September 11, 8 p.m.
Quality Inn
2808 South 72nd Street, Omaha (map)


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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 9:00 p.m. – $15
Beginning Jitterbug Lesson 8:00 p.m.
Jack & Jill Contest 10:00 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

Saturday Late Night, September 13 12:30 a.m. – $10
Solo Charleston Contest 1:30 a.m.
Quality Inn
2808 South 72nd Street, Omaha (map)



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 9:00 p.m. – $15
Invitational Jack & Jill Contest 8:00 p.m.
Anything Goes Contest 11:00 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

Friday Late Night, September 12 – $10
Quality Inn
2808 South 72nd Street, Omaha (map)



THE 24TH STREET WAILERS

One of the hottest groups of blues rockers you can find, and one that always makes the crowd drink, dance and cheer.

Sunday Night, September 14 8:00 p.m. – $6
Shark Club
2808 South 72nd Street, Omaha (map)

LITTLE HARPER BIG BAND

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

Sunday Breakfast Dance, September 14 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast included in price of admission – $15
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

WORLD-CLASS INSTRUCTION

sharon

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.


mike

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.


jamin

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.


grace

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.


jenny

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.


christian

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.


grace

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.


cassie

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

nate

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.


kelly

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

KELLY KAPPEN

Omaha, NE


ruth

REGISTRATION

RUTH BAHR

Omaha, NE


billy

DESIGN / WEB

BILLY SOBCZYK

Omaha, NE


kyle

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.


josie

CONTESTS

JOSIE LANGBEHN

Omaha, NE


lindsay

FOOD / SUPPORT

LINDSAY SOBCZYK

Omaha, NE


eric

HOUSING COORDINATOR

ERIC ADAMSHICK

Omaha, NE


tba

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

LINDSAY WILSON

Omaha, NE
Lindsay's infectious optimism and charm will steer us through the weekend's events. As a local dancer, singer, performer & teacher, Lindsay has spent a lot of time in the spotlight and is thrilled to join the Jamborama team.


jeff

DJ

JEFF MEYER

Norman, OK


christy

MARKETING

CHRISTY PALMER

Omaha, NE


thecow

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.


claire

DJ

CLAIRE LORMAN

Minneapolis, MN


jacquelyn

TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR

JACQUELYN BAUDHUIN

Omaha, NE


DANCE WORKSHOPS

September 12

FRIDAY

GET UP: Eagles Ballroom: Upstairs (map)
10 am: Lindy Lines & StylingGrace & Jamin
Make your swingout look great!

11:15 am: Social TricksJenny & Christian
Flashy moves for the social dance floor.

2 pm: Partner CharlestonSharon & Mike
This classic dance is fast, simple, and loads of fun!

3:15 pm: Jam CircleJamin & Grace
Get in. Throw down. Get out.


GET DOWN: Eagles Ballroom: Downstairs (map)
10 am: St. Louis ShagChristian & Jenny
Learn essential vocabulary for this high-energy midwest dance.

11:15 am: Footwork for LindySharon & Mike
Let’s take your footwork up a step or two.

2 pm: St. Louis SwingoutJenny & Christian
A midwestern three-walled swingout variation.

3:15 pm: Creating Compelling ChoreographySharon
How to move from concept to completion and make meaningful, memorable routines.


September 13

SATURDAY

GET UP: Eagles Ballroom: Upstairs (map)
10 am: Effective Practice / Warmup Jenny & Christian
Get the most from your time on the practice floor.

11:15 am: MusicalitySharon & Mike
Let the music drive your dance.

2 pm: Hellza-Fast LindyGrace & Jamin
Harlem Congaroo inspired.

3:15 pm: Solo Jazz Routine (two hours)Sharon
The workshop you showed up for: two hours of Sharon at her best.


GET DOWN: Eagles Ballroom: Downstairs (map)
11:15 am: Effective Teaching HabitsGrace & Jamin
Good ideas and best practices for sharing your dance know-how.

2 pm: Lindy Hop ConnectionJenny & Christian
Let’s take a closer look at the all-important connection.


BEGINNER FAST TRACK: Bancroft Street Market (map)
10 am: Intro to Lindy - Part 1Cassie & Bradley
This four-part workshop will take your Lindy from zero to hero, covering the basic moves and concepts of Lindy Hop.

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 (map)
1 pm: Historical Perspectives on MusicalityMike, Jamin & Christian
Explore how jazz music evolved along-side the dances we know and love, how the changes in one affected the other, and what that can mean for our dancing today.

2:15 pm: Lead & Follow: Make Space, Find Your VoiceSharon & Mike
Partnering is a two-way communication. Speak clearly and listen closely.

3:30 pm: Solo CharlestonSharon
This classic dance captured the imagination of the country in the 1920s like none other.


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 12 – 10:00 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

$5.00 OUT OF STOCK


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 13 – 11:00 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

$10.00 OUT OF STOCK



INVITATIONAL JACK & JILL CONTEST

New this year, we've invited some of our favorite dancers from around the region to get together to have some fun!

Saturday Night, September 13 – 8:00 p.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

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.

Saturday Late Night, September 13 – 1:30 a.m.
Eagles Ballroom
201 South 24th Street, Omaha (map)

Free! OUT OF STOCK

EXTRAS



LODGING

Limited housing with Omaha-area dancers IS NOW CLOSED. 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 FRIDAY & SATURDAY
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 for your convenience.

This meal plan is not included in your weekend pass.

Late night food and Sunday breakfast are 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 ($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.

$20.00 OUT OF STOCK



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

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR COWTOWN JAMBORAMA 2014 IS NOW CLOSED.

You can still purchase tickets at the door.

Full Weekend Pass – $179
Lindy Hop Beginner Fast Track – $75
Music Pass – $50

Contest registration still can be done in person, but cut-off is 9 p.m the night of the contest.
Jack & Jill — Friday Night 10 p.m. – $5/person
Anything Goes — Saturday Night 11 p.m. – $10/couple
Solo Jazz — Saturday Late Night 1:30ish a.m. – FREE

WHERE & WHEN

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
8:30 p.m. Welcome Dance at The Quality Inn — DJs Kyle Hankins, Christian Frommelt & Bradley Smith. ($5 at the door but included with music pass, fast track or weekend pass)


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Swing Dance Classes
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime jam at Eagles’ Club w DJ Kyle Hankins — Lunch available from Spaghetti Works for $10
8:15 p.m. Beginning Jitterbug Lesson
9:00 p.m. - Midnight: Robert Bell Hot Swing Combo ($15 at the door but included with music pass or weekend pass)
1st/2nd band break: Jack & Jill Contest $5/person
12:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. Late Night at The Quality Inn, with Falty & the Defects & DJ Jeff Meyer ($10 at door but included with music pass or weekend pass) (light food included).


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Swing Dance Classes
10:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Beginner’s Classes at Bancroft Street Market, 2702 Bancroft Street.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime jam at Eagles’ Club w DJ Claire Lorman — Lunch available from Veena’s Indian Cuisine for $10
8:15 p.m. Invitational Jack & Jill Contest
9:00 p.m. Falty & the Defects ($15 at the door but included withmusic pass, fast track, weekend pass)
1st/2nd Band Break: Anything Goes Contest (Partnered) $10 per couple
12:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. Late Night: The Quality Inn – Robert Bell Hot Swing Combo & DJ Claire Lorman ($10 at the door but included with music pass, fast track or weekend pass) (light food included).
1:30 a.m. Solo Charleston / Jazz Dance Contest


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Breakfast Dance featuring Little Harper Big Band- ($15 at the door but included with music pass or weekend pass)
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Swing Dance Classes
8:00 p.m. 24th Street Wailers at the Shark Club ($6 at the door but included with music pass or weekend pass).