February 2009

Give me something to dance about and I'll dance it.

- Jerome Robbins

Greetings from Waltz Time! This newsletter offers a calendar of upcoming waltz dances and workshops, dance community news and informative articles. We encourage your articles to our newsletter. What would you like to know? Please send your story or suggestions for topics to staff@waltztimedances.org.

Waltz Time is an all-volunteer committee that produces the twice monthly Sunday afternoon waltz dances at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. The February and March waltzes are listed below or view the entire year's calendar at our web site.

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Poetry Corner

Joan Koury submitted the following poem, My Methodist Grandmother Said, by Ms. Mary Mackey for our February Poetry Corner. . . enjoy!

    My Methodist Grandmother Said

    by Mary Mackey

    My Methodist
    grandmother said
    that dancing
    was adultery
    set to music

    how right
    she was

    in that sweet sway
    breast to breast and
    leg to leg
    sin comes into its own

    if you have never
    you can not imagine
    the sheer voluptuousness
    of it
    the light touch
    palm to palm
    wool and silk
    mixed below the waist
    the warm breath
    of your partner
    on your neck
    coming quicker
    and quicker
    the strength of the man
    the yielding of the woman
    so incorrect
    so atavistic
    so unspeakably sweet

    he moves toward you
    and you back away
    he pursues you
    and with the faintest
    you encourage him
    and watch the blood
    rush to his face

    not a word is spoken
    no one sees this
    although it's done in public
    in full sight of everyone

    you touch
    and retreat
    and touch again
    in time to the
    saying yes

    you dance
    in a place outside of time
    without thinking of your body
    in that gentle
    almost copulation


    the longest
    in the western

Many others have enjoyed Ms. Mackey's poetry, including Garrison Keillor who featured this poem and another, Chicken Killing, at his Writer's Almanac. You can also visit Ms. Mackey's site and read more Poems by Mary Mackey. Also try The Mystic Cat. We hope you'll send us your favorite poem for our next issue! Just send it to staff@waltztimedances.org along with the poet's name.

The Hot Society Orchestra of Washington

We are pleased to introduce the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington, a new presenter at Glen Echo Park, who will present a monthly Sunday afternoon tea dance at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom throughout the 2009 season. Director Dave Tucker will lead this 10-piece orchestra to play music and dances from the 20s, 30s and 40s, including foxtrot, two-step, waltz, cha-cha, rumba, swing and more. A basic dance lesson from 3 - 3:30 pm is followed by dancing until 6 pm. The lesson is included in the $12 admission and will feature a different dance style each month.

Visit the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for the year's schedule or bookmark Glen Echo Park's online calendar for a chronological listing of all dances at the Park. Please give the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington a warm welcome at their first dance, Sunday, February 22!

Lovers Waltz

Joanne and Bob Kranich, familiar faces at the Sunday waltzes, met at the waltz on January 6, 2008. They enjoyed three dances together that day, not knowing they'd be gliding toward the altar before the year was out. Shortly after their fortuitous introduction, Bob asked Joanne to a Valentine's dance. By the end of April, they had traveled to North Carolina, where Bob asked Joanne's father for her hand in marriage. They were engaged right after that and married on September 7, 2008, in White Post, Virginia.

Prior to their meeting, Joanne had been going to the waltzes on a regular basis for two years, Bob for about a year. The happy couple feels that God brought them together. We at Waltz Time like to think we helped - at least a little!

Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes

Sunday Afternoon Waltzes begin with an introductory waltz lesson from 3 - 3:30 pm,
followed by dancing to live music until 6 pm. Cost is $8, including the lesson.


February 1: TAYLOR AMONG THE DEVILS with Marty Taylor, Steve Hickman, Alexander Mitchell, Jonathan Jensen

February 15: WALTZ WIZARDS with Alexander Mitchell, Henry Koretzky, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon

MARCH 2009

March 1: WALTZING STARS with Alexander Mitchell, Marty Taylor, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon

March 15: AVANT GARDENERS with Laura Light, George Paul, Dan Sebring, Dave Wiesler

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.