March/April 2010

Come, come, we are friends: let's have a dance ere we are married,
that we may lighten our own hearts and our wives' heels.

"Much Ado About Nothing" - Shakespeare

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 and the Annual Strauss Ball at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. The April and May 2010 waltzes are listed below; view the entire year's calendar at our web site.

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The 27th Annual Viennese Strauss Ball

An Evening with Strauss

Save this date on your 2010 calendar: Waltz Time will present the 27th Annual Viennese Strauss Ball, Saturday, May 1. 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.

The classical ensemble will feature OLDE VIENNA with Alexander Mitchell, Elke Baker, Barbara Heitz, Dave Wiesler, and Ralph Gordon. They will play a program of Viennese waltzes of varying tempos, with a sprinkling of other couples dances, including polka, schottische and tango.

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. Please visit Waltz Time for more details as we get closer to the date.

Get Ready for the Strauss Ball: Viennese Waltz Classes

Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte are offering a 4-week Viennese Waltz class on Wednesday nights at Glen Echo Park. The 1-hour classes run from April 7 - 28, 7 - 8pm. For full details, visit their website.

Although you are welcome to dance any waltz style you prefer at the Strauss Ball on Saturday evening, May 1, you may want to learn the Viennese waltz to give you variety and to challenge your dancing. Viennese waltz is the dance from which all ballroom dances evolved. Its popularity is world-wide. In this class you'll learn left and right turns and the change step that allows you to switch between the turns. No partner or experience is required. Cost is $40/person for the four weeks. You can register online at the Glen Echo Park website. Online registration is encouraged, but you may also register at the door on April 7.

Hot Jazz and Cool Blues

Saturday, May 15, 6:30 - 11:30 pm
Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park

Waltz Time is a proud sponsor of the 2010 Gala in the Park, and we invite you to join us. The annual Gala in the Park is a wonderful way for dancers to support the Park's programs and facilities and enjoy a fabulous evening of dining, awards, live blues music, and dancing to hot jazz! Honorees include Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Washington Folk Festival produced by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Cokie and Steve Roberts are the Honorary Co-Chairs and Rob Bamberger is the Master of Ceremonies.

There are two ticket levels:

  • $175 per person to attend the full event ($100 is tax-deductible). Attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception featuring live blues music by the Sherwood Blues Band, a gourmet dinner, the awards ceremony, swing dancing to the Boilermaker Jazz Band, performances by Fidgety Feet and members of the 15th Street Stompers, and free carousel rides.
  • $25 per person to attend the Swing Dance portion of the evening. Attendees will enjoy a one-hour swing dance lesson from 8 - 9pm in the Bumper Car Pavilion, followed by swing dancing to the Boilermaker Jazz Band in the Spanish Ballroom, performances by Fidgety Feet and members of the 15th Street Stompers, desserts generously provided by Georgetown Cupcake, coffee and tea, and free carousel rides.

All tickets will be held at the check-in table in the Bumper Car Pavilion.

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.

Upcoming Waltz Events

Our benefit Waltz is an annual Saturday night event featuring a classical program of Viennese waltz tunes. Cost is $20, and includes the 50-minute Viennese Waltz lesson, refreshments, Grand March, and dance cards. This formal event runs from 8 pm - midnight. The Carousel is open for your enjoyment from 8 pm - 10:30 pm.


A Benefit Dance for Glen Echo Park featuring OLDE VIENNA with Alexander Mitchell, Elke Baker, Barbara Heitz, Dave Wiesler, Ralph Gordon, 8 pm - Midnight in the Spanish Ballroom

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.

APRIL 2010

April 4: QUICKSTEP STRINGS with Steve Hickman, Alexander Mitchell, Julia Borland-Ferneborg, John O'Loughlin, Ralph Gordon, Marc Glickman, Larry Robinson, Jonah Blaustein, Susan Brandt

April 18: CABARET SAUVIGNON with Andrea Hoag, Karen Ashbrook, Paul Oorts, Dave Wiesler

MAY 2010

May 16: MAGIC FOOT with Colin Lindsay, Chris Stevens, Stefan Amidon. Brendan Taafe

May 30: HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Andrea Hoag, Paul Oorts, 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.