The Urbana Country Dancers


The 30th Annual

Chambana Jan Jam
(Champaign-Urbana January Jam)

Friday & Saturday, January 13 & 14, 2017

A special weekend of music and dance featuring:


Turnip the Beet

Big Bluestem



Maggie Jo Saylor

From Chicago


Anne Huber

Scott Meyer

Jonathan Sivier

From Champaign-Urbana

This will be the 30th 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.
Check out the schedule at The Jan Jam Schedule (PDF - 83 KB) (Updated 1/9/2017)

Schedule of Dances and Workshops

The Jan Jam Schedule (PDF - 83 KB) (Updated 1/9/2017)


Admission prices for the Jan Jam

Event Price
Full weekend (in advance, postmarked by Dec. 19)
Print the flier and mail in the registration form, or bring it to the next dance.
Full weekend (at the door) $55/$45*
Friday evening contra dance $25/$15*
All day Saturday $35/$25*
Saturday afternoon contra dance $10/$5*
Saturday evening contra dance $25/$15*
Workshops $5 each
* - Students or 25 and under. 13 and under free.

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

Dancers, you can stay at the beautiful Illini Union for $85+tax a night for room with 2 queen beds, which accommodates up to 4 people with free parking downstairs! The deadline to get the group rate is Jan 3.

Book online since they will be closed Dec 23-Jan 2 . See instructions below.

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 (Jan 13 check-in, Jan 15 check-out 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: Jam17     The booking code has been corrected (12/22/16). Sorry for the inconvenience.
  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.

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

Further Information

The flier for the weekend (PDF - 271 KB) (includes registration information, early-bird registration ends December 19, 2016)

Directions to the Illini Union

Information about parking on campus

A map of parking on campus (PDF - 631 KB)

Download and print the Jan Jam Schedule (PDF - 83 KB)

Weather Information and Illinois Road Conditions

For more information email

For information call: 217-359-8225

Or look at the Urbana Country Dancers' homepage

Download the Jan Jam Schedule (PDF - 83 KB)

The Urbana Country Dancers' web pages are maintained by, last update January 9, 2017