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Sunday Waltz, September 15 – CABARET SAUVIGNETTES

Life is a cabaret, chums! So head to the Spanish Ballroom to enjoy c: Andrea Hoag (violin), David Wiesler (piano), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar) and Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer). If you’re new to waltz, join the beginner lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable at the door by cash or check (sorry, no credit cards). Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required. ALL are welcome!

Waltz in Bumper Car Pavilion, September 1

Know anyone who wants to give waltz a try without spending a cent? Do you want to dance for free, too? Then head to the Bumper Car Pavilion and leave your wallet at home. Dance to THE LATTER DAY LIZARDS: David G Langford (fiddle, guitar), Bill Tomczak (clarinet, tenor sax, percussion) and Kate Barnes (piano, guitar, flute). There’s a beginner lesson at 2:45; music from 3:30-6:00. ALL are welcome.

Sunday Waltz with WALTZ SISTERS, August 18

Sisterhood is powerful! Find out just how much when WALTZ SISTERS — Liz Donaldson (piano), Tina Chancey (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar) and Ralph Gordon (bass) — lift up your feet with their melodies and rhythms. Don’t forget the beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 ($5 with valid student ID), followed by dancing from 3:30-6:00. Admission payable in cash or by check (no credit cards, sorry) at the door. No partner necessary and ALL are welcome in Glen Echo’s Spanish Ballroom. (Note: They’re not really sisters.)

Photo in the Washington Post, 8/7/19

A photo by Washington Post photographer Matt McClain, taken at our dance on Sunday, was published in the Post Metro section today. The caption reads:

A whirl on the dance floor
Jennie Harlow, 26, practices for a moment during a Waltz Time event in the Spanish Ballroom of Maryland’s Glen Echo Park this week. The twice-monthly dances, held since 1995, include lessons and are are open to people of all skill levels, no partners required. The restored 1933 art deco building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Code of Conduct for Dances

Following a complaint regarding inappropriate behavior, please note the Glen Echo Park code of conduct for all dances at the park.

Code of Conduct for Social Dances at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture and its social dance presenters are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and making reasonable accommodation for participants in social dance activities. The dances do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status or sexual orientation in any of its activities or operations.

Any unlawful or inappropriate activity or behavior will not be tolerated and will be immediately reported to the police or other authorities. Patrons are expected to obey all local, state, and Federal laws, in particular those Federal laws applying to National Park Service sites. A police report will be made and charges may be pursued by individuals or a sponsoring organization to ensure a record is on file of any unlawful behavior, which may include, but is not limited to, public drunkenness, drug use, physical altercations, or disobeying any Park Regulations (such as smoking in a public building) as set by the National Park Service.

Glen Echo Park and dance sponsors are committed to providing a safe, comfortable, and harassment-free environment for all participants at dance and other events, and we depend on the commitment and cooperation of all sponsors and their attendees to ensure that events are safe, friendly, respectful, and fun for everyone involved. Glen Echo Park will not tolerate harassing or dangerous behavior. As used in this Code of Conduct, examples of harassment include, but are not limited to the following: verbal abuse, aggressive or threatening behavior, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwelcome or unauthorized photography or recording, disruption of another patron’s participation, disruption of the event/dance, unwelcome or inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention or advances. These standards apply both on and off the dance floor.

Unwelcome or inappropriate behavior is not always done intentionally. Participants who are asked to stop any such behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in such behavior, the event organizers will take immediate action to address the situation. These actions may include warning the offender, contacting security or law enforcement, or expulsion from the event. Participants who have multiple harassment accusations lodged against them may be banned from attending future Glen Echo Park dances and other social events.

Participants who experience unwelcome or inappropriate behavior should immediately contact the Partnership Hall Manager or an organizer of the event to report the incident, to receive support and assistance during the duration of the event, or to obtain a safe escort upon departure.

Sunday Waltz with Trio Con Brio – August 4

Put some brio into your waltzing with TRIO CON BRIO: Elke Baker (violin), Paul Oorts (mandolin) and Jonathan Jensen (piano, vocals). Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 included with admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable in cash or by check. Music from 3:30-6:00 in the Spanish Ballroom. ALL are welcome.

Sunday potluck postponed

If any of you planned to attend the potluck for Sharon Lampron this Sunday, be advised that it’s been canceled due to concerns about excessive heat. If you’re planning to go to Buffalo Gap, you’ll have a chance there to say adieu and wish Sharon good luck as she moves west.

Sunday Waltz with Waltz Weavers, July 21

Hottest band in town! And you’ll be the hottest dancers in town when you whirl around the floor to the WALTZ WEAVERS: Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano) and Ralph Gordon (bass). Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 included with admission of $13 ($5 with valid student ID), payable in cash or by check (Waltz Time can’t accept credit cards) at the door. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required and ALL are welcome. Plan to drink plenty of water!

Check the Glen Echo website,, for weather updates or cancellations.

Invitation: Before the waltz, weather permitting, come one and all to a potluck picnic at 1:00 to send off–in good cheer–Sharon Lampron, who’s moving west. Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated.

Sunday Waltz, July 7

Now that the [obscured] fireworks are over and the grill is cold, it’s time to dance! There’s a new trio on deck: Painted Romaine. No, wait, it’s Sainted Romaine. Oops, that’s not right, either. It’s TAINTED ROMAINE–Chelle Fulk (violin), Owen Morrison (guitar) and Ralph Gordon (bass)–whose playing is pure, unadulterated and good for you! As usual, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID). We accept cash and checks, but not credit cards (sorry). Music from 3:30-6:00. ALL are welcome to the Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom.

Sunday Waltz with Avant Gardeners – June 23

Time to cultivate your dance skills! Join AVANT-GARDENERS—Laura Light, Ralph Gordon and Dave Wiesler—for an afternoon of waltzing (and other dances) at the Spanish Ballroom on June 23. Beginner Waltz lesson from 2:45-3:30 included in admission of $13 per person ($5 with valid student ID), payable in cash or by check; music from 3:30-6:00. ALL are welcome.