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Live from the SBR

Heads up: On April 23, fiddle champion Elke Baker and virtuoso pianist Liz Donaldson will present a concert in the Spanish Ballroom as part of GEPPAC’s “Live from the SBR” web series. Details to come.

The Waltz: Music, Sex, Society, and Politics

Coming in May, a Smithsonian Associates program: The Waltz: Music, Sex, Society, and Politics in Three-Quarter Time

Cost is a tad steep for a webcast–$80 for members, $90 for non-members–but if you’re interested, the date is Friday, May 14, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Latest update from GEPPAC:

In consideration of current jurisdictional and CDC guidance and guidelines, Glen Echo Park will not host social dances until at least April 1, 2021.

Check Waltz Time’s Facebook page,, for news from Larry Unger about a virtual event and from Susan Brandt about a new CD.

In the meantime, dance around your living room or bedroom and dream about the day we can all dance together. Stay safe.


Letter from Executive Director‌ Katey Boerner:

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything about our lives, and we certainly hope that you and your loved ones are staying well.

At the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, we have transitioned and adapted our operations and programs in accordance with county, state, and national guidance. First and foremost, we want to ensure the safety of our supporters, visitors, and partners.

Internally, like many nonprofit organizations, we have revised our budget and revenue forecasts to account for months of closure and a limited reopening plan. It has become evident that our charitable base of supporters – donors, members, and Park Partners – whose philanthropic generosity helped us weather the initial impact of the health crisis, is needed now more than ever as we re-envision the future of the Park. To that end, we are working to improve our fundraising program and identify opportunities for growth.

As part of this improvement process, we would like to collect the candid feedback of our Glen Echo Park community. To participate in this effort, please complete the following confidential online survey, which should take no more than 2 – 4 minutes.

Online Survey Open Through FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2:

(Note: Works well with Safari and Chrome. Firefox not so much.)

In appreciation of your participation, all those that complete the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift card to Target! Thank you so much in advance for your feedback, guidance, and comments.


Katey Boerner

Executive Director‌
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture |

When can we safely dance again?

On Aug 12, the experts weigh in! A panel discussion courtesy of Dance Flurry.

Wednesday, August 12 / 8-9:30 PM ET
With the world topsy-turvey and so much in limbo, the question feels almost irreverent: When will we get to dance? While we don’t have a crystal ball, the DFO and Flurry Festival have teamed up to bring you the next best thing: an online panel featuring experts in medicine, public health, ethics, and of course, traditional dance! 

Moderated by caller and organizer Claire Takemori, this conversation will explore our current dance dilemma from every angle, and answer the questions you haven’t even thought of yet. We’ll consider which conditions might permit social dancing, how to approach it as safely as possible, and what dance might look like along the road to the new normal. The event will stream on our Facebook page, but you can also register for free to join the Zoom discussion and submit your own questions for our panelists.

Register to Join view event

Meet the panelists:
Will Mentor, contra and square dance caller
Katy German, Executive Director of CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society)
Dr. Elizabeth Whalen, Albany County Public Health Commissioner
Dr. Mary Applegate, Clinical Professor in Social Behavior and Community Health at the University at Albany School of Public Health
Professor Linda Breslin, Instructor and Ethics Consultant with Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College

Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization and Flurry Festival. This Presidents Weekend the Online Flurry, a three-day extravaganza of music and dance, will come from around the country straight to you!