The Urbana Country Dancers


The 32nd Annual

Chambana Jan Jam
(Champaign-Urbana January Jam)

Friday - Sunday, January 4 - 6, 2019

Chambana Jan Jam 2019

A special weekend of music and dance featuring:


The Mean Lids

With Miriam Larson (flute), Ben Smith (fiddle) & Matt Turino (fiddle, guitar, feet)

Uncle Farmer

with Ben Schreiber (fiddle) & Michael Sokolovsky (guitar)



Chet Grey

From Louisville


Gail Hintze

From Chillicothe


Scott Meyer


Jonathan Sivier

From Champaign-Urbana

This will be the 32nd Annual Chambana Jan Jam presented by The Urbana Country Dancers

Most of the weekend's events will be held at the Illini Student Union, 1401 W. Green in Urbana, Illinois.

The weekend will also feature several workshops and other fun activities.
Jan Jam Schedule

A printable version of the schedule at The Jan Jam Schedule (PDF - 225 KB) (Updated 1/3/2019)


All events held at the Illini Union unless noted otherwise. The Friday and Saturday contra dances will be held in the Illini Rooms on the first floor of the Union.

8-11:30 p.m.   Contra dance with bands The Mean Lids and Uncle Farmer
and callers Gail Hintze, Scott Meyer and Jonathan Sivier

Workshops galore starting at 10 a.m.!
There will be an assortment of workshops taking place in multiple rooms.
Check back later for a list of workshops.

1:30 p.m.   Afternoon Contra Dance with Chet Grey and Uncle Farmer

5:30 p.m.   Potluck Dinner at Channing-Murray

7-11 p.m.   A great evening of dance with The Mean Lids, Uncle Farmer and Chet Grey

11 p.m. - 2 a.m.   After Dance Party at Channing-Murray with open calling and open band

10 - 11 a.m.   Brunch at Channing-Murray

11 a.m. - Noon   Waltzing at Channing-Murray with The Mean Lids

Noon - 1:30 p.m.   Contra Dance at Channing-Murray with The Mean Lids
and callers Gail Hintze, Scott Meyer and Jonathan Sivier


Online Payment

This year we are offering online payment for Jan Jam admission. If you wish to pay online please fill out this Online Registration Form.
You can then make your payment at our Online Payment Site. Online payment includes a small service fee.

Admission prices for the Jan Jam

Event Price
Full weekend (in advance, postmarked by Dec. 19, 2018)
Print the flier back page and mail in the registration form, or bring it to the next dance.
Full weekend (at the door) $65/$60*
Full weekend (ages 13-17) $25
Friday evening contra dance $25/$15*
All day Saturday $35/$25*
Saturday afternoon contra dance $10/$5*
Workshops $5 each
Saturday evening contra dance $25/$15*
Sunday brunch, waltz and contra dance $15/$10*
* - Students or 18-25. 12 and under free.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please contact Dan Lewart at

Refund Policy

If you are unable to attend due to weather or other reason let us know before the event and your check will be returned. If you made your payment online we will send you a refund check in the mail.


Volunteers are always needed to help run events like this. If you would be willing to volunteer you can sign up at

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

Or contact Jan Kalmar at

Housing Information

The closest place to stay is at the Illini Union Hotel, in the Illini Student Union where the dance is being held.

We have a block of rooms available at the Illini Union for $85. Call them at 217-333-1241.

To make reservations online:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Book Now” located in the middle of the page
  3. A new screen appears
  4. Fill in dates and other info
  5. Way at the bottom, click on the circle of the “Group Booking Code”
  6. Fill in your group booking code. The group booking code is: Jam19
  7. Click on “Check Availability”
Check in is 3 p.m.; check out is noon.

Amenities include:

Or look at the Hotels & Lodging section of the Visit Champaign County page for plenty of other options.

For housing with local dancers, please contact Mark Jaeger at 217-344-1739 ASAP since space is limited (deadline Dec 19).

Further Information

Directions to the Illini Union

Information about parking on campus

A map of parking on campus (updated 7/21/2016)

Weather Information and Illinois Road Conditions

For more information email

For information call: 217-359-8225

Or look at the Urbana Country Dancers' homepage

The Urbana Country Dancers' web pages are maintained by, last update January 3, 2019