Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3:30-6:00 pm

The wind will die down, the mercury will rise and your feet will itch to dance on Sunday. So you’re in luck — Steve Hickman (fiddle), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin) and Jonathan Jensen (piano, vocals) will take the stage at the ballroom and play dancing tunes all afternoon. Beginner lesson at 2:45 is included in admission, $13 pp, $5 with valid student ID. Cash or check. No partner required. Everyone’s welcome!

Waltz workshops

We have asked Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner, who teach for and manage “Mostly Waltz” in Philadelphia, to conduct intermediate/advanced waltz workshops at Glen Echo. Many of our regular dancers will recognize them, since they frequently come to our Sunday Waltzes. They’re excellent teachers and dancers. The date, cost and specific content of the workshops is TBD, but look for them to happen in late spring. More details forthcoming. Watch this space!

Sunday Waltz with CONTRATOPIA

May 4, 2018, National Dance the Waltz Day!

Sunday is National Dance the Waltz Day! (Seriously. You can look it up.) Celebrate this nationally designated day with CONTRATOPIA: Patrice Pakiz, Erik Sessions, Theodore Hodapp, John Goodin and Pat O’Loughlin. Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 ($5 with valid student ID), cash or check (no credit cards). Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required. All welcome!

Sunday Waltz with Terpsichore – February 18

Pay homage to Terpsichore, the muse and our trio–Elke Baker (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano) and Ralph Gordon (bass)–this Sunday as you recover from Valentine’s Day and seesaw temperatures. As always, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, followed by a more advanced move at 3:15, and music and dancing from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Admission, which includes the lesson, is $13 per person, $5 with valid student ID. Cash or check accepted. No partner required. All welcome!


It’s our pre-Mardi Gras, pre-Valentine’s Day, pre-Lenten dance! VALSE IMPRESSIONS–Elke Baker (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano) and Ralph Gordon (bass)–will provide the music. The weather gods will provide a comfortable dancing temperature (40 degrees). So kick up your heels, give your honey a kiss and eat lots of chocolate before you have to give it up. Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 included with admission: $13 pp, $5 with valid student ID. Cash or check only. Music from 3:30 to 6:00. Come out and make your own impression!

Sunday,, February 4, 2018

Glen Echo Park – Normal operations

As you may be aware, there is a possibility that the Federal Government will partially shut down if a budget bill is not passed by today, January 19.

GEPPAC was recently told by the National Park Service that in the event of a shutdown, Glen Echo Park will be able to remain open and continue normal operations.

At this time GEPPAC is planning to maintain normal operations and therefore we expect our Sunday Waltz to proceed as scheduled. We will update immediately if this changes. GEPPAC will also post updates on the Park Closing hotline, 301.320.2330 and website,
Glen Echo Park

Sunday Waltz with Karen Collins and the Backroads Band

We’re coming out of the deep freeze! Add some of your own heat and celebrate our return to the ballroom with music provided by KAREN COLLINS & THE BACKROADS BAND: Karen Collins (vocals, acoustic guitar), Ira Gitlin (lead guitar), Geff King (vocals, acoustic guitar), Pat Puglisi (drums), Lynn Kasdorf (pedal steel). Please note the new fees (see previous message). As always, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required. See you Sunday!

Important update

You knew this had to happen sometime!

Waltz Time has not increased our prices for many years, holding admission at $10 even during the financial crisis and the protracted recovery. But we have to keep up with expenses, even though we’re all volunteers, and we want to continue to donate to Glen Echo Park’s dance programs.

So in order to maintain the high standards Waltz Time demands and that you deserve, we’re raising admission to $13 per person. Students and children remain at $5.

We hope you understand that this was not an easy choice. We trust that an increase now means we won’t have to raise the price again in the near future.

We thank you for your support and look forward to greeting you at the next waltz on January 21.

The Waltz Time Committee

Last waltz of 2017

Say goodbye to 2017 in style! Notorious Folk–Larry Unger and friends–will waltz us out of the year on Sunday, December 17, at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo. Beginning waltz lesson at 2:45, included with $10 admission (half-price with valid student ID). Cash or check only. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required.