Alexander Mitchell
Larry Unger
Ralph Gordon

Lesson 2:45 pm
Dancing 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Spanish Ballroom
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

Welcome to Waltz Time

Waltz Time is an all-volunteer group of dancers who have produced the twice-monthly waltzes at Glen Echo Park since 1995. The group has donated all net proceeds to the renovation of the Spanish Ballroom and the Bumper Car Pavilion, and to help continue Park programs. All of the Sunday afternoon waltz dances are held at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812 in the Spanish Ballroom or occasionally in the Bumper Car Pavilion (BCP).

In light of the COVID situation, there are new requirements for attendees as follows:

  • COVID PROTECTION POLICIES: Dancers must provide proof of vaccination and booster(s). Show your vaccination card (or electronic copy) at the door, or email a copy to waltztimedances@gmail.com at least one day before the dance.
    From CDC: Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.
  • MASKS: Masks are currently optional, but strongly encouraged while dancing in the Spanish Ballroom. (See NOTES below)
  • LESSON: A lesson is included in the cost of admission and runs from 2:45 pm-3:30 pm. The lesson starts with basic concepts for those not familiar with the folk style of waltz. At 3:15 pm, we teach an "advanced" step for returning dancers looking for something extra to add to their repertoire. We will minimize partner changes during the waltz lesson.
  • DANCING to live music runs from 3:30-6:00 pm.
  • ADMISSION: $15 per person ($5 for children and full-time students), payable in cash or by check at the door (credit/debit cards not accepted at this time.)
  • ATTIRE is casual.
  • PARTNER not needed; prior experience not needed.


    If current Park and Montgomery County guidelines change, Waltz Time may be forced to make changes to mask and vax requirements at short notice. Please be patient, and check this site or Facebook Group or Waltz Time News email list for updates.

    For the well-being of your fellow dancers, if you test positive for coronavirus or have COVID symptoms, please take a short dance break and return one week after a negative test or two weeks after the symptoms have resolved.

    If you are unvaccinated, we look forward to your return to the dances when the vax requirements are lifted.

    Attending a WT event is an at-will scenario. Attendees know that social waltzing requires close contact with partners and others on the dance floor. If you are unwilling to accept the risk inherent in a social dance event, we are happy to welcome you back when the coronavirus situation has resolved.

2022 Sunday Afternoon Waltzes

All waltzes are in the Spanish Ballroom unless specified otherwise.


January 2: DANCE DU JOUR with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)




February 6: TRIO CON BRIO with Elke Baker (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Jonathan Jensen (piano)

February 20: SOME ASSEMBLY with Joe Klausner (fiddle, violin, banjo), Mary Flora (flute, sax, pennywhistle), Adam Lee (guitar), Donna Moore Boylan (keyboard, accordion)

MARCH 2022

March 6: DEVINE COMEDY with Steve Hickman (fiddle, harmonica, vocals), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), John Devine (guitar, vocals)

March 20: KAREN COLLINS & THE BACKROADS BAND with Karen Collins (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ira Gitlin (lead guitar, banjo), Pat Puglisi (drums), James Key (bass)


APRIL 2022

April 3: THREE ROSES with Edith Coakley Stowe (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), Melissa Running (piano, nyckelharpa)

April 17: WALTZ SISTERS with Tina Chancey (fiddle), Paul Oorts (accordion, mandolin), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)


A Benefit Dance for Glen Echo Parkfeaturing OLDE VIENNA with Alexander Mitchell (violin), Chelle Fulk (viola/violin), Susan Brandt (flute), Dave Weisler (piano), Ralph Gordon (string bass).

  • Viennese lesson at 8:00 pm
  • Dancing to live music from 9:00 pm - midnight in the beautiful Spanish Ballroom
  • Formal attire suggested, no partner required
  • Also included: Grand March, refreshments, dance cards
  • Tickets sold at the door beginning at 7:40 pm, $30/person, $20 for students (cash or check only)
  • Carousel open 8:00 - 10:00 pm (tickets $2)

MAY 2022

May 15: PETRICHORD with Colleen Holroyd (fiddle, feet), Sophie Chang (cello), Bobby LaRose (piano, mandolin)

May 29: TERPSICHORE with Elke Baker (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)


JUNE 2022

June 19: SUGAR BEAT with Elke Baker (fiddle), Susan Brandt (flute), Marc Glickman (piano)

JULY 2022

July 17: GIGMEISTERS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Dave Wiesler (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)



August 7: EVENING STAR with Steve Hickman (fiddle, harmonica), Claudio Buchwald (piano), John Devine (guitar), John Bryant (bass)

August 21: LARRY UNGER & FRIENDS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Larry Unger (guitar, banjo), Ralph Gordon (bass)


September 4 (in the BCP): FREE DANCE co-sponsored with the Glen Echo Park Partnership. NOTE: this event includes a short lesson from 2:00-2:15 pm, followed by dancing from 2:15 - 4:00 pm. The featured band is DJANGOLAYA with Jeanine Greene (violin), James Key (guitar), Charlie Schueller (accordion)

September 18: KAREN COLLINS & THE BACKROADS BAND with Karen Collins (vocals, rhythm guitar), Ira Gitlin (lead guitar, banjo), Pat Puglisi (drums), James Key (bass)



October 2: WALTZ DU JOUR with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano)

October 16: WALTZ WEAVERS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)


November 6: ELKE BAKER, PAUL OORTS & DAVE WIESLER with Elke Baker (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Dave Wiesler (piano)

November 20: SUGAR BEAT with Elke Baker (fiddle), Susan Brandt (flute), Marc Glickman (piano)



December 4: VALSE IMPRESSIONS with Elke Baker (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

December 18: WALTZ SISTERS with Tina Chancey (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Liz Donaldson (piano)

Please visit our FAQ page for more answers to your questions. You can also email us at info AT waltztimedances DOT org. We invite you to join the lively community of waltzers and enjoy the afternoon dances at Glen Echo Park. We know that you will have a great time!

Join us on Facebook or at our News Blog!

Two more ways to view Waltz Time events are at our Facebook Group or Waltz Time News, a blog maintained by Waltz Time Committee members. To receive email notifications of posted information from our blog, visit Waltz Time News, provide your email in the box located in the right-hand column, and click the box labelled "Subscribe." You will then get an email with instructions to confirm your subscription.

Back issues of the Waltz Time Newsletter can be viewed at these links:

All bands and prices are subject to change.
For final information, please revisit this site prior to attending a Waltz.

Photo credits: Candace Clifford, Donna Barker, and Elaine Washburn.