January 2009

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be mad
by those who could not hear the music.

-- Friedrich Nietzsche

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 January and February waltzes are listed below or view the entire year's calendar at our web site.

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We wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR complete with dancing throughout 2009!


Share Your Favorite Dance Poem!

We wanted to start the new year with some reflective verses on the subject of dancing. Many kinds of poems came to mind, but the Dancer by Carl Sandburg is one that we thought you would enjoy. 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.


    by Carl Sandburg

    THE LADY in red, she in the chile con carne red,
    Brilliant as the shine of a pepper crimson in the summer sun,
    She behind a false-face, the much sought-after dancer,
    the most sought-after dancer of all in this masquerade,
    The lady in red sox and red hat, ankles of willow,
    crimson arrow amidst the Spanish clashes of music,

    I sit in a corner
    watching her dance first with one man
    and then another.

The 2009 Annual Viennese Strauss Ball

Save this date on your 2009 calendar: Waltz Time will present the 26th Annual Viennese Strauss Ball on Saturday, May 2. This benefit event is always a highlight of the spring season, giving dancers a chance to strut their stuff in elegant attire – while supporting Glen Echo Park.

As always, there will be an introductory Viennese Waltz lesson at 8 p.m., followed by dancing until midnight in the Spanish Ballroom. Check Waltz Time for more details as we get closer to the date.

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.


January 4: GREEN LIGHT KARMA with David Knight, Andrew Marcus, Dave Wiesler

January 18: NIGHT WATCH with Naomi Morse, Owen Morrison, Elvie Miller
Note: This dance is in the Bumper Car Pavilion


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

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.