Glen Echo Social Dance Showcase, 9/2 – 9/3

Waltz Time will participate in the Labor Day weekend Social Dance Showcase at Glen Echo on Sunday, September 3, from 4:30pm – 6:00pm in the Bumper Car Pavilion. There will be a short lesson, followed by music from Some Assembly.

Immediately after, Megan Downes will present two specialty waltzes, Irish Waltz and Two Hands. Expand your repertoire!

Many types of dances are on the Saturday and Sunday schedules. Enjoy watching or participating in any or all. Click on the link for the full lineup.


Join WALTZ WEAVERS–Carrie Rose (flute), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and Liz Donaldson (piano)–at the Spanish Ballroom on Sunday and waltz your way through a sunlit afternoon. As always, a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45 pm is included with admission of $15 per person ($5 for students). Dancing from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. No partner required and ALL are welcome.

Don’t forget: There’s a new series of beginner/intermediate waltz classes on Thursdays, 9/7/2023 – 9/28/2023, 7:30 – 8:45 pm. Details at

Upcoming Waltz Classes

September: Folk Waltz Beginner-Intermediate Series

HALL: Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD 20812
DATES and TIME: Thursdays, 9/7/2023 – 9/28/2023, 7:30 PM-8:45 PM EDT

DESCRIPTION: This class teaches basics and techniques of folk waltz, a style danced in country dance halls, barn dances, dance weekends, contra dances, Cajun dances, and many other social dance venues, and for over 37 years at Glen Echo. This series is popular with both beginners and dancers with some folk waltz experience. After introducing/reviewing basics, we focus on partnering skills for leads and follows, as well as expanding your repertoire. Learn skills that make waltzing in a social dance setting more fun! No partner required but encouraged to enable ample practice opportunity. Anyone can lead, anyone can follow. 4 sessions. Each class includes 1 hour instruction plus 15 mins practice. Drop-ins welcome for individual classes.
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Waltz today!

Waltz this afternoon to TAYLOR AMONG THE DEVILS: Marty Taylor, Steve Hickman and Jonathan Jensen. Beginner lesson, included with admission of $15 per person, begins at 2:45 pm, with dancing from 3:30 – 6:00.

Also, the new series of intermediate waltz lessons begins today at 2:15 in the back room of the Spanish Ballroom. Full details at

Waltz – TODAY

And we’re back! As is that terrific trio Sugar Beat–Elke Baker, Susan Brandt and Marc Glickman–playing from 3:30-6:00 in the Spanish Ballroom. As always, there’s a beginner waltz lesson at 2:45. Admission remains $15 ($5 for students), payable in cash or by check at the door. ALL are welcome.

Coming next month: A new series of waltz lessons. Details at

Waltz classes in May

Waltz Time is continuing lessons in beginner-intermediate Folk Waltz this month. The series so far has covered: frame and connection, the folk waltz basic step, half-turning step, hesitation, and underarm turn. If you’ve attended one or more of the lessons preceding the Sunday dances at Glen Echo, you’re already familiar with these. There are two more classes in the current series; drop-ins are welcome for either or both. Classes are held in the Back Room of the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Cost for each is $15 tuition plus $2 for GEPPAC registration. The classes this Sunday, May 7, and Sunday, May 21, start at 2pm and conclude at 3:30pm so you can waltz directly into the regularly scheduled Waltz Time dance (at a special student price!). 

GEPPAC registration link:

Instructors don’t just teach “moves.” They address both lead and follow skills and two-way communication, demonstrating that both roles are necessary to make this beautiful social dance work. Anyone is welcome to take a lead or follow role.