Jumptown is available for hire for events, benefits, and shows. Typically, events fall into these hiring categories: teaching, exhibitions, performances or a combination. Our rates and availability are dependent on the category of event. Additional descriptions are below, but feel free to reach out if you’re not sure what to expect.
For all types of events, we do expect compensation for our services. We sometimes take on events for free, but we typically reserve this for non-profit groups or at the discretion of the instructors.
Our instructors are available for hire. We have set content that we typically use and works well for most events, but we are happy to accommodate a specific need for your event. We recommend that lessons run for approximately 30 min for non-dancers (to keep your guest’s interest high!) or 60 min for experienced dancers. Our instructors will usually stay for 30-60 minutes after to help and answer questions, unless a longer stay is requested.
If you are hosting an event and looking for that authentic, vintage dance feel, we’re happy to oblige! We consider an exhibition to be an event in which we are dancing and providing entertainment to an audience that isn’t necessarily sitting down to watch us. At these events, we typically just social dance our hearts out, meaning most everything is unplanned.
When contacting us, please let us know what the event will be like so we can select our best dancers for the occasion. In many exhibition circumstances, we understand that dancers are usually part of the ambiance and not the main focus and we can get by with very little instruction or fuss. We DO need a few things though. Please provide seating near the dance floor, water, and a schedule of events. If your event runs for more than two hours, we also request meals or breaks to eat. Additionally, it’s helpful for us to know about the music in advance. Not all jazz music or jazz bands are dance-able or even used to playing for dancers.
Jumptown dancers are available for performances. Performances are events where we will be performing one dance to a specific piece of music. We don’t currently have a performance team or routine that we can quickly put together; however, if we have enough notice, we may be able to create something wonderful for your event.