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Waltz Time is an all-volunteer committee that produces the twice monthly Sunday afternoon waltz dances and the Annual Strauss Ball at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. The August and September waltzes are listed below or view the entire year's calendar at our web site. Waltzes for the year 2010 will be posted around November 1, 2009.
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Liz Glynn and Fred Lindahl met while dancing though neither can remember the exact date or if the encounter occurred at a Sunday waltz or zydeco dance. Even if the initial meeting wasn't at a waltz, we're sure the Sunday dances helped enhance and cement their relationship. It will surprise no one reading this that dancing often leads to GOOD THINGS, and a good thing this has been.
The couple, together for nearly eight years, married in May at the 15th-century Holy Cross (Lutheran) Church in Rauma, Finland. Liz and Fred lived in Turku, Finland, for a year and grew to love the country and to make a number of friends there. Why Rauma? Fred is the fourth generation of Lindahl to be married in this church, though not the fourth consecutive. The previous Lindahl wedding took place in 1870.
The newlyweds honeymooned on the north coast of Brittany Fred brought back 12 sutures in his face as a souvenir of their hiking exploits. Liz, obviously basking in the glow of nuptial bliss, never once called him a klutz. A remarkable part of the whole adventure concerns Liz' wedding outfit, which she packed in her suitcase from Virginia to Finland, then in her backpack for the 90-minute wedding-day bus ride from Turku to Rauma. Despite the ceaseless creasing, the bride managed to look like a showroom model, as the photo, taken at Holy Cross, attest. Fred looks neat, too!
Our warmest congratulations to the happy couple.
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Prior to the Sunday waltz on May 17, Waltz Time and Flying Feet Enterprises sponsored a free tango vals workshop taught by Ellen Engle and Marc Shepanek. More than 70 dancers both experienced and novice tango dancers enthusiastically participated. A great time was had by all, and many thanks go to Marc and Ellen for teaching a fabulous lesson!
As part of Waltz Time's commitment to offer our dancers the chance to expand their dance horizons, we're presenting another free workshop, this time in two-step, on Sunday, October 4.
On that day, we'll present an afternoon of country-flavored waltzes and couples dances with a favorite local western band, the Oklahoma Twisters. Most of the dances will be waltzes, as usual, but with a western flavor; the band will also play a number of two-steps. To help you enjoy this engaging style, dance champions Linda and Mal Zerden will teach a one-hour two-step lesson at 2 pm. There's no need to register. Just show up at the Spanish Ballroom 15-30 minutes before the workshop begins. The cost is included in your admission to the waltz.
For those not familiar with two-step, it's perfectly suited to the 4/4 time music common in many western ballads, as well as more up-tempo western swing. The Zerdens have actively competed in national country dance competitions (UCWDC) since 1993. They are two-time Diamond Showcase World Champions, with their most recent world title won in the Netherlands in January 2002. The two-step lesson, from 2-3 pm, will be followed by the usual half-hour beginner waltz lesson from 3-3:30 pm. The Oklahoma Twisters will then play from 3:30-6 pm. The cost of either or both lessons is included in your admission to the waltz that day: $8.
The Zerdens first taught for Waltz Time's "country-flavored waltz" in October 2008, drawing a large crowd of neophytes and seasoned two-steppers who afterward enjoyed the music of the Twisters. If you missed it the first time around, this is your chance to join in the fun!
Sunday Afternoon Waltzes begin with an introductory waltz lesson from 3 - 3:30 pm,
August 2: TERPSICHORE with Elke Baker, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon
September 6: (Bumper Car Pavilion) THE LATTER DAY LIZARDS with Peter Barnes, Bill Tomczak, David Langford
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.