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

Welcome to Waltz Time

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large local surge in Omicron cases, plus the forecast for snow and ice on Sunday afternoon, out of an abundance of caution we are cancelling our dance for Jan 16th.

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.

We are pleased to announce the schedule for Waltz Time Sunday afternoon dances through March 2022. In light of the COVID situation, there are new requirements for attendees as follows:

  • PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED: Attendees must have been fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to attendance. 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. You need to provide this proof of vaccination only once for the rest of the year. (See notes below)
  • MASKS ARE MANDATORY while 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.
  • DONATION: Glen Echo guidelines and our processes are in flux so watch this space for updates. At present we are inviting people via our Facebook Group or Waltz Time News email list. Please follow directions to provide your vax record card (if not already done so), and contribute your donation at the door (recommended $15, or $5 for full time students, cash or check but no credit cards). Newcomers to our dance or those making a late decision to attend should come directly to the ballroom.
  • ATTIRE is casual.
  • PARTNER not needed; prior experience not needed.


    These restrictions are compliant with current Park and County guidelines - if those change, Waltz Time may be forced to make changes at short notice. Please be patient.

    For the well-being of your fellow dancers, if you test positive for Coronavirus or have the symptoms of COVID, please take another short dance break and return 1 week after a negative test or 2 weeks after the symptoms have resolved.

    These requirements are based on current guidelines and discussions with numerous dancers. If you are not vaxed, or disagree with wearing masks in the ballroom, we look forward to your return to these dances when the restrictions 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.

    We have set restrictions as part of our best efforts to allow Sunday waltzing to return to the Park while abiding by Park and County guidelines, but Waltz Time does not guarantee these guidelines are perfect. 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 - DECEMBER 2022 (TBD)

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!

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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.