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Fast Waltz Survival, Glen Echo, 4/20/24, 2-4 pm

Do you want to survive the fast-tempo Viennese dances at Waltz Time’s “Evening with Strauss” Ball, but feel disinclined to delve deeply into formal Ballroom-Viennese technique? Join instructors Tony Treston and Katherine Anderson at Glen Echo for the Fast-Waltz Survival Workshop, Saturday, April 20, 2:00-4:00 pm., for a workshop targeted to folk waltzers and beginner dancers who plan to attend the ball on April 27. Experienced folk waltz teachers Tony and Katherine will introduce you to a hybrid style designed to guide you elegantly through quick-paced waltzes and bi-directional turns.

Prepare for the ball with this practical workshop, specially priced at $10 ($5 for full-time students). More information is available on the Glen Echo Park Events Calendar: https://glenechopark.org/node/4048 (don’t search in the “Dance Class” section). 

Note: The tempo is fast, not the workshop, which includes approximately 1-1/4 hours of instruction followed by supervised practice.

Evening with Strauss Ball, Saturday, April 27, 2024, waltz lesson at 8:00, music at 9:00.

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Pre-Eclipse Sunday Waltz, 4/7/24

What you should do before the solar eclipse on Monday — dance before the next day’s [oh-so-brief] darkness. The Djangolaya Trio — Jeanine Greene (vocals, violin), James Key (guitar) and Tim McGlaughlin (guitar) — takes to the ballroom stage at 3:30 and plays until 6:00. Prior to that, there’s a beginner waltz lesson, included with admission of $15 per person ($5 for students), at 2:45. No partner necessary and ALL are welcome. Wear something sunny!

Coming in May: Beginner/Intermediate Waltz classes, Tuesdays, May 7-28, 7:00 to 8:15 pm at Glen Echo. Details at www.waltztimedances.org.

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SNAPDRAGON for St. Patrick’s Day

May the road rise up to meet you! Or take the road to Glen Echo’s Ballroom to meet up with dancers jigging (it could happen!) or gliding to the strains of SNAPDRAGON: Carrie Rose on flute, Miranda Weinberg on fiddle and David Wiesler on piano.

The customary beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 is included with admission of $15 per person ($5 for students), payable in cash or by check at the door. Music begins at 3:30 and ends at 6:00. No partner required and ALL are welcome.

Reminder that drops-ins are welcome at the Intermediate/Advanced Waltz class this Friday, March 15, 6:30 to 7:45 pm.

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Sunday Waltz, 3/3/24

Five years ago on March 3, we waltzed in the Ballroom. Repeat the experience this Sunday, with TANGERINE TEMPO: Elke Baker (fiddle), Colleen Reed (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano) and Ralph Gordon (bass). As always, a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 pm is included with admission of $15 per person ($5 for students), payable at the door in cash or by check. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required and ALL are welcome.

Intermediate/Advanced Waltz Classes, Fridays, March 1-22, 6:30 to 7:45 pm

If you are comfortable with the skills and moves taught in the Beginner/Intermediate Waltz series or have attended at least four of our regular Sunday afternoon waltzes (lessons and dancing), this series of classes will help you reach the next level. You’ll focus on more challenging moves, learn communication between follows and leads, explore how to achieve greater musicality, and build a repertoire to interpret different tempos and styles of music. All may lead; all may follow.

Glen Echo registration for this class available at https://reg126.imperisoft.com/glenechopark/ProgramDetail/3531373834/Registration.aspx or find it by searching for Dance-Waltz in the Spring semester on GE’s Class Registration System: https://reg126.imperisoft.com/glenechopark/Search/Registration.aspx.

Viennese Waltz Lesson, 3/2

Also available this weekend in the Ballroom: Viennese Waltz Lesson and Dance Practice with Todd and Migle, Saturday, March 2, 2:30-5:00 pm (2:30-2:45 social dance warm-up; 2:45-4:30 lesson, 4:30-5:00 assisted/coached social dance). More information on the Waltz Time Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/118043108217388

Note: Other Viennese waltz instruction will be available prior to Waltz Time’s annual waltz ball on April 27. More information coming.

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Waltz lessons – March and May

Waltz Time’s next class series is Intermediate/Advanced Waltz, which runs Fridays, March 1 through March 22, 6:30 to 7:45 pm. If you are comfortable with the skills and moves taught in our Beginner/Intermediate Waltz series or have attended at least four of our regular Sunday afternoon waltzes (lessons and dancing), this series will help you to reach the next level. You will focus on more challenging moves, learn communication between follows and leads, explore how to achieve greater musicality, and build a repertoire to interpret different tempos and styles of music. 

Access Glen Echo registration for this class at https://reg126.imperisoft.com/glenechopark/ProgramDetail/3531373834/Registration.aspx or search for Dance-Waltz in the Spring semester on the Class Registration System.

In May, we are offering another Beginner/Intermediate Waltz series. If you want to review what you learned in a prior Beg/Int series, make up a class you might have missed, or bring your friends to learn waltz basics, this is for you. The class meets every Tuesday in May (7, 14, 21, and 28) from 7:00 to 8:15 pm. Register in advance at https://reg126.imperisoft.com/glenechopark/ProgramDetail/3531373836/Registration.aspx

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Sunday Waltz, 2/18/24

Fortune cookie says: You are destined to attend a waltz with DESTINO — Paul Oorts (accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Tom Wright (ten-string Brazilian-style mandolin), Charlie Pilzer (piano) and Susan Brandt (flute) — in the Spanish Ballroom, Sunday, February 18.

A beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 is included with admission of $15 per person ($5 for students), payable at the door in cash or by check. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required and ALL are welcome.

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Some Assembly Required, 2/4/24

Your attendance is requested for SOME ASSEMBLY‘s presentation in the Spanish Ballroom, Sunday, February 4. Mary Flora (flute, sax, pennywhistle), Donna Moore Boylan (keyboard, accordion), Adam Lee (guitar), Joe Klausner (fiddle, violin, banjo) and Iain Sturrock (percussion and vocals) will surely help you put it all together. Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 included with admission of $15 per person ($5 for students), payable at the door in cash or by check. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required. Waltz Time welcomes ALL participants.

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Happy Anniversary to Mostly Waltz

Our sibling waltz group in Philadelphia turns 25! 

Peggy and Ret of Mostly Waltz celebrate 25 years of their waltz events on Sunday, January 28. The venue in Broomall, PA, is a few hours’ drive from the DC area, but you’d feel right at home with the mix of three waltzes followed by an “other” dance, Dave Wiesler leading the live band, and a friendly crowd.

More info at https://mostly waltz.com and on the Waltz Time FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/118043108217388

Glen Echo Park is OPEN

As you may know, Glen Echo Park was closed on Friday thanks to the snow. It has now re-opened.

Yes, the Spanish Ballroom will be chilly on Sunday, but a sunny day, with temperatures warmer than today’s, is predicted.

Larry Unger heads the band with local favorites Elke Baker and Carrie Rose. Larry, a musician and composer well-known to many of us waltzers, is based in Massachusetts; we wouldn’t want him to think that DC-MD-VA residents are scared of a cold temp!

Don some layers, put on your dance shoes and game face and help warm up the ballroom this Sunday, 7/21. Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45; music from 3:30-6:00 p.m.

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