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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 email@example.com.
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 May and June waltzes are listed below or view the entire year's calendar at our web site.
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|STRAUSS BALL||VIENNESE WALTZ
|TANGO VALS||GLEN ECHO GALA||SUNDAY WALTZ
In just one week Waltz Time will present the 26th Annual Viennese Strauss Ball 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. A Grand March, dance cards, Carousel rides ($1.25/person) and refreshments complete a perfect evening. $20/person. Check Waltz Time for more details as we get closer to the date.
Please help: Waltz Time is a completely volunteer, nonprofit group. We don't have enough members to adequately manage this event, so please offer to help! For your time, you will get free admission. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to volunteer.
You still have time to brush up on your Viennese Waltz before the Strauss Ball. The last class of the Viennese waltz series offered by Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte will be on Wednesday, April 29 from 7 - 8 pm at the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park. The students have learned both left and right turns, and the change step, and the last class will provide practice, personal attention, and tips. Cost for walk-ins is $15/person. For full details, visit their website.
Please note that all styles of waltz are represented among our dancers at the Strauss Ball, and you are welcome to waltz any style you prefer!
On Sunday, May 17, Waltz Time and Flying Feet Enterprises present a special afternoon of waltz at the Spanish Ballroom, featuring a flavoring of Tango Vals and music by the Gigmeisters. Also featured is a bonus 1-hour Tango Vals lesson with Marc Shepanek and Ellen Engle from 2 - 3 pm, followed by our usual beginning folk waltz lesson from 3 - 3:30 pm. Most of the music during the dance time will be the same folk waltz we know and love, but with some special selections of Tango Vals to add to your enjoyment.
So what is Tango Vals, or Vals Cruzada? There are several explanations that you will find among teachers and dance historians. Juan Carlos Copes and Luren Bellucci write:
Kelly Ray and Lesley Mitchell of Philadelphia write:
You can research tango vals on the web and find some amazing videos of dancers of this fascinating waltz style. Two of my favorites are shown on YouTube. Feel free to watch Julio Balmaceda and Corina de la Rosa showing amazing footwork and moves. But my all time favorite is the incredibly effortless, floating quality of Tete Pedro Rusconi and Silvia as they improvise a vals at Porteno y Bailarin Milonga in Buenos Aires in December 2005 - it took my breath away.
Saturday, May 16, 6:30 - 11:30 pm
Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park
Waltz Time is a proud sponsor of the 2009 Gala in the Park, and we invite you to join us! Glen Echo Park's historic Spanish Ballroom is the inspiration for the Spanish theme of this year's Gala: Celebración de Glen Echo Park. His Excellency Jorge Dezcallar, Ambassador of Spain, will serve as the Gala's Honorary Chair. Honorees include Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Glen Echo Pottery, Marriott International, Inc., and Glen Echo Town Councilwoman Nancy Long.
There are two ticket levels:
All tickets will be held at the check-in table in the Bumper Car Pavilion.
You love to dance at Glen Echo Park, so please join us for a fun night while supporting the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture. Gala proceeds help keep all the programs, including our dances, alive and well.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please call Debbie Mueller at 301.634.2230 or visit Glen Echo Park.
Sunday Afternoon Waltzes begin with an introductory waltz lesson from 3 - 3:30 pm,
May 3: THE FIGMENTS with with Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Owen Morrison
June 7: WAVERLEY STATION with David Knight, 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.