Sveiks! Welcome to Namejs.com!
Welcome to Namejs' website! Here you can check out all the newest updates in the world of Namejs, the premiere Latvian Folk Dance Troupe of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area! Check out our calendar page for info about rehearsals or upcoming shows, or just check the right side of this page for a list of upcoming shows. If you'd like info about Namejs, and especially if you have any interest in joining us, get in touch via our "contact us" section! Or if you feel like perusing videos and pics of past Namejs events or even rehearsals, you can do that here, too. If there's something else you'd like to see in these pages, please let us know. One, two, three, HOP!
As you probably already know, yesterday Namejs hosted the weekly Kafijas Galds buffet at the Latvian Church of DC following the Palm Sunday service. It was a fun lighthearted afternoon, with a surprisingly large amount of attendees. Luckily we did no run out of food! Huge thanks to all our worker bees! We delighted the crowd with two dances, Piebildzēni and Mārtindancis, which are amongst those we will be performing at Dziesmu Svētki in Hamilton, Canada in a couple months. We made a couple small alteration to keep with the fun spring vibe (yes, we understand that it makes no sense to do a Mārtiņi dance with pussy willow branches- just roll with it and try not to think too hard about it).
We already have a couple photos posted in our photo section, and in the video section you can find this video of our full performance, courtesy of Namejs dancer and master webmaster Imants Mohseni. If anyone else has any photos or videos of the event, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Namejs is excited to announce that we have a lovely event coming up this weekend! Any chance that you'll be attending the Palm Sunday service at the Latvian Lutheran Church in Rockville this Sunday, April 13th at 11am? Well if so, you are in luck, because Namejs will be providing coffee and snacks afterwards (around noonish) in the large hall. We'll throw in a couple dances to keep the masses entertained, and we'll even be joined by Latvia's Minister of Finance, Andris Vilks (though he'll presumably stick to saying a few words instead of dancing the polka).
After Palm Sunday we'll be taking a week long break in honor of Holy Week and Easter, so no rehearsal on Tuesday, April 15th or Sunday, April 20th. We will return to our regularly scheduled program on Tuesday, April 22nd.
Don't think you can make it this weekend, but still want to catch Namejs in action? We'll let you in on a little secret... mark your calendars for May 10th, because we have an exciting potential gig coming up then. Stay tuned to Namejs.com, and we'll keep you informed as soon as things get finalized.
Quick calendar update: There will be no rehearsal on Sunday, March 30th. Otherwise it is business as usual here in NamejsLand.
As you may have noticed, Namejs.com seemed to have disappeared for a little while, which presumably left you feeling alone and confused. Luckily, we have ironed out our technical glitch and are back! So we'll kick things off with a couple schedule announcements:
- We will be taking our group photo THIS SUNDAY, February 23rd. So dancers, PLEASE WEAR YOUR GREEN NAMEJS T-SHIRTS to rehearsal!
- We are in crunch time prepping to film the video of our jaundeja. Because of this, rehearsals TONIGHT, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18th and next TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th are ONLY for the 8 dancers appearing in the video. Please remember to bring your tautas terps on the 25th. Everyone else gets those nights off!
As per usual, as we approach any major show we increase our rehearsal intensity by adding a second weekly rehearsal. Well, with Hamilton Dziesmas Svetki on the horizon, it is now time to bring it on!
Sunday rehearsals will begin this month at our usual time slot of 2:30pm - 4:30pm at our home base in the Latvian Church of DC.
MEN will start up this Sunday, January 12th in order to learn our men-only dance.
WOMEN will join back in one week later, on Sunday, January 19th.
Tuesday rehearsals continue as always, 8-10pm at the Latvian Church of DC.
Given that two major holidays fall on our upcoming rehearsal nights, it looks like Namejs is going on a winter break! We will not have rehearsals on Tuesday, December 24th for Christmas Eve, or on Tuesday, December 31st for New Year's Eve. We will return to action on Tuesday, January 7th.
Everyone stay safe and have a happy holiday season!
Tonight's rehearsal is canceled due to the snow. Everyone enjoy your snow day, and we'll seeya next week for more polka extravaganzas
Happy Latvian Independence Day from Namejs! Namejs members have been celebrating this annual joyous event in a variety of ways. We were honored to be invited to the Latvian Embassy's reception this past Thursday, and several dancers happily accepted the invitation. Thank you to the Latvian Embassy for being such gracious hosts! It was truly a lovely evening.
Several Namejs dancers also headed to our home base, the Latvian Church of DC for yesterday to participate in the commemoration being held by LOV (Latvian Organizations of Washington). We are especially excited because this event was flawlessly hosted by our very own Namejs dancer, Marisa Gudrais (pictured above in a tautas terps). Well done, Marisa!
Adding to the excitement, we were pleasantly surprised when, during the ceremony, our fearless leader Alberts Ozols was called to the stage to receive an official certificate from the Dziesmu Svetki organizers in Latvia thanking us for our participation this past summer. We are humbled and honored by this unexpected public recognition. Paldies! Here is Alberts proudly displaying our newest prize:
Just a quick reminder to everyone that we are starting our dance season back up TONIGHT (Tuesday Oct 22nd) at 8pm. We will be watching videos to help pick our dances for Dziesmu Svētki, so no dance shoes necessary this week. Everyone is welcome!
It's the news everyone has been waiting for! Namejs will be restarting it's first post-Latvia dance season on Tuesday, October 22nd at our normal time, 8pm. Everyone and anyone is welcome to join! Please note that for this first rehearsal we'll be watching videos of dances for the upcoming Dziesmu Svētki (Latvian song and dance festival), so leave your dancin' shoes at home and feel free to bring along a snack! Don't worry, we'll pick right back up with some polka jams the next Tuesday.
And don't forget to mark your calendars for July 3rd-6th for Dziesmu Svētki in Hamilton, Canada! Namejs will be there with bells on, ready to represent!