Waltz Time is offering two waltz workshops on Sunday, June 10, with Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner, who teach and sponsor waltzes in Philadelphia. From noon-1:30, learn steps and sequences for those in the intermediate/advanced range. See examples in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs-FtkPhB_U

From 2:00-3:30, beginners who have taken the introductory lessons and feel comfortable with basic steps and turns can go “beyond the basics.”

Cost for each workshop is $20. Those who attend either are eligible for a $5 discount on admission to the waltz that afternoon.

Sunday Waltz with Blue Bamboo, May 13

It’s take your mother to the waltz day! You and she and everyone else will have a memorable time dancing to BLUE BAMBOO: Barbara Heitz (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), John Devine (guitar), Marc Glickman (piano) and Ralph Gordon (bass). Beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, dancing from 3:30-6:00, all for $13 admission per person ($5 with valid student ID), cash or check. No partner (or motherhood) required. All are welcome!

After the ball …

To those who were at the Strauss Ball last night — your attendance translates to a donation to the Glen Echo Park Partnership to keep the dance (and other) programs going strong. Thank you!

Strauss Ball, Saturday, May 5

Coming soon to a ballroom near you–the annual Strauss Waltz Ball and Benefit Dance for Glen Echo Park Partnership! Music by OLDE VIENNA: Elke Baker (violin, viola), Andrea Vercoe (violin), David Wiesler (piano), Barbara Heitz (flute, piccolo) and Ralph Gordon (bass). Viennese waltz lesson with Mike Marcotte at 8 pm, followed by dancing (waltz, polka, tango and schottische) until midnight. The evening includes the traditional Grand March, dance cards and refreshments. Evening attire recommended, but certainly not mandatory. Admission $30/person at the door (no advance ticket sales), cash or check. Carousel rides 8:30-10:30 pm ($1.25/ride). ALL are welcome!

Sunday Waltz with CHAMELEON, April 22

Don’t miss this band–CHAMELEON with David Wiesler (piano), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar) and Ralph Gordon (bass)–four of the finest musicians in our midst. As usual, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45; music from 3:30-6:00. Admission is $13, $5 with valid student ID, cash or check accepted. No partner required. All are welcome!



Workshops will be taught by Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner from Philadelphia. You can find video demos under either or both names on YouTube.

The first, from 12 noon to 1:30, is targeted to those in the intermediate/advanced range. The other, from 2:00-3:30, is
for those who have taken beginner lessons and want to go “beyond the basics.”

Cost for each workshop is $20. Those who take either are eligible for a $5 discount on admission to the waltz that afternoon.

Mark your calendars!

(Reminders will be posted periodically.)

Sunday Waltz with FIREFLY, April 8

Apparently no one told the four winds it’s time for their spring break. Still there’s a hint of summer when the women of FIREFLY — Jane Ziki (fiddle, melodica), Linda Rowan (fiddle), Beverly Russell (hammered dulcimer) and Diane Sorenson (keyboard) — invite you to waltz away the afternoon with them. As usual, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45, included with admission of $13 ($5 with valid student ID). Cash or check accepted. Music from 3:30-6:00. No partner required. ALL are 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!

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