The Urbana Country Dancers


The 33rd Annual

Chambana Jan Jam
(Champaign-Urbana January Jam)

Friday - Sunday, January 3 - 5, 2020

Chambana Jan Jam 2020

A special weekend of music and dance featuring:


The Mean Lids

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


with Claire Johnson (fiddle), Amanda Ramey (fiddle) & Matt Turino (fiddle, guitar, feet)



Alexandra Deis-Lauby

Lauren Peckman

This will be the 33rd 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.
A printable version of the schedule at The Jan Jam Schedule (PDF - 52 KB) (Updated 1/2/2020)


Online Payment

We are again offering online payment for Jan Jam admission. 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. 20, 2019)
Print the flier back page and mail in the registration form, or bring it to the next dance.
Full weekend (after December 20) $65/$60*
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 $10/$5*
* - 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 make Jan Jam work. Be a part of it! It's fun and builds relationships. Here are some spots that are easy to sign up for!!!

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. These rooms will be available until December 27. The Union will be closed at times over the holidays so you may need to book online.

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: Jam20
  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 20).

Further Information

The flier for the weekend (PDF - 1661 KB) (includes registration information, early-bird registration ends December 20, 2019)

The Jan Jam Schedule (PDF - 52 KB) (Updated 1/2/2020)

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

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