Dance with all the might of your body, and all the fire of your soul,
in order that you may shake all melancholy out of your liver;
and you need not restrain yourself with the apprehension that
any lady will have the least fear that the violence of your
movements will ever shake anything out of your brains.
by Lola Montez, "Hints to Gentlemen or the Art of Fascinating"(1858)
Greetings from Waltz Time! This newsletter offers a calendar of upcoming waltz dances and workshops, dance community news and informative articles. This summer issue combines the months of July and August, and we will return to our regular monthly newsletters in September. We encourage your contributions to our newsletter. Please send suggestions for topics or a story of your own to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to pass on information to you about the Then & Wow Celebration, the annual festival event at Glen Echo Park. Learn all about the history of Glen Echo Park, see vintage cars dating from 1901 - 1960, meet the Bowie Baysox Mascot, learn Salsa, ride bumper cars, and more! Read all about it below.
Waltz Time is an all-volunteer committee that produces the twice monthly Sunday afternoon waltz dances at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. You can view the entire year's calendar of dances and workshops at our web site. We hope you enjoy our newsletter. At the end of this page there are additional links that you can use to forward this newsletter to a friend or to unsubscribe.
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We're happy to report that there are no dance police patrolling the ballroom to enforce "rules of the floor." We expect that our dancers will comport themselves with dignity and civility toward each other. That said, here are some unofficial conventions and customs that have evolved over the years.
Regard for your fellow waltzers will go a long way toward insuring a true "community" of dancers.
As we mentioned in our February 2008 newsletter (see newsletter archives), the waltz was roundly criticized by the moral arbiters of the 18th century. After the dance's debut at a ball given in London by the Prince Regent of England, a land of strict moral codes, The Times remonstrated in an editorial:
A fatal contagion indeed.
Learn about Glen Echo Park - Come to Then & Wow!
Saturday, June 28, 11 am - 5 pm
Then & Wow is an annual celebration of the Park's past and present! Enjoy a combination of historical exhibits, amusement rides, dancing, theater and much more:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! You can help out too - the facepainting is a real hoot, the kids are so cute, and you do NOT have to be an artist to do this for our little faces. We have a sample book that shows lots of images for simple and complex designs - hearts, rainbows, and smiley faces are easy - YOU CAN DO THIS! We also have other very easy volunteer jobs - and you'll get a free lunch and carousel ticket. To volunteer call Emily Mah at 301.634.2233 or email her at email@example.com.
The festival is open to the public, free admission. Rides and some activities will require ticket purchase ($1 each or 12 tickets for $10).
Presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Call (301) 634-2222 for more information or visit www.glenechopark.org.
Now that summer has hit the DC area with its customary vengeance, remember to drink plenty of fluids while you're dancing and to take frequent breaks if you become overheated. A drink such as Gatorade, which replaces electrolytes, may be useful, but anything that will help you stay hydrated is beneficial.
But please, don't take those drinks onto the ballroom floor - you'll save the wood and keep your dance shoes in tip-top shape!
Sunday Afternoon Waltzes begin with an introductory waltz lesson from 3 - 3:30 pm,
July 20: TERPSICHORE with Elke Baker, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon
NOTE: Waltz Time is hosting just one Sunday afternoon waltz in July.
August 3: CABARET SAUVIGNON with Paul Oorts, Karen Ashbrook, Andrea Hoag, Dave Wiesler
September 7: WALTZING STARS with Alexander Mitchell, Marty Taylor, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon
October 5: NIGHTINGALE with Keith Murphy, Rebecca Tracy, Jeremiah McLane
All events are held at the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD and
sponsored in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc.,
the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.