September/October 2010

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.
This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.

Agnes De Mille

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 September and October Sunday waltzes are listed below; view the entire year's calendar at our web site.

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Reminder: Free Concert Tomorrow!

Thursday, August 26, 7:30 pm
Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo Park

The last free summer concert for the season at Glen Echo Park will be on Thursday, August 26 - the U.S. Army Blues are playing for this concert, featuring a 24-piece band. The weather forecast promises a cool evening, so don't miss a night of music in the Bumper Car Pavilion! Check out their tunes and local schedule online - quite a repertoire!

Dance Can Ease the Pain of Loss

Cultural anthropologist Mark Auslander notes that while dance might be considered trivial in Western societies, throughout history it has been used to ease "human responses to traumatic loss -- from initial overpowering grief, towards mourning, towards joy in the regeneration of life."

"Of course, one can argue about which dances are most appropriate, and whether or not banal pop music of the order of 'I Will Survive' is the best choice at global sites of conscience such as Auschwitz," said Auslander, a professor at Brandeis University who studies ritual commemoration of the dead. "But dance in and of itself can be a powerful, even sublime response to the horrors of war and genocide."

Labor Day Weekend Festivities at Glen Echo Park

Enjoy Irish Music & Dance - Free!

Gas prices keeping you local over the Labor Day weekend? Airfares keeping you from a transatlantic vacation? Well, you can take an in-town trip to Ireland thanks to the Irish Music & Dance Showcase at Glen Echo Park, Saturday, September 4 - Monday, September 6 in the Bumper Car Pavilion.

The festivities are free and open to the public. Enjoy music and dancing by our local Irish community, experts in their craft. You can DOWNLOAD the weekend's schedule to see all the performers and times.

The 40th Annual Labor Day Art Show

Along with the Irish festivities, visitors can browse the 40th Annual Labor Day Art Show in the Spanish Ballroom, beginning Friday, September 3 with the Opening Reception from 7 - 9 pm, and continuing Saturday through Monday, noon - 6 pm each day. You can see over 580 pieces of artwork including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, pottery, fabrics, furniture, and more. It's fun to just browse this beautiful exhibition, but bring your checkbook in case you see something you really like - most of the artwork is for sale. Visit Glen Echo Park's Website for more information.

The 5th Annual Student Art Show

Another art show, open to the public over the Labor Day weekend is the 5th Annual Student Art Show, featuring two and three-dimensional works created at Glen Echo Park by students of all ages and levels. The exhibition is presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in the Park's Popcorn Gallery. It is open Saturday - Monday, noon to 6 pm and by special arrangement. The sculpture at the right is entitled "Houston...we have a problem..." by Jim Natali.

Open House

While you visit the Art Show and enjoy the Irish festivities, be sure to also join the Open House to learn more about our resident artists and their classes for all ages at Glen Echo Park. Visit resident artist studios, meet instructors, see visual arts and dance demonstrations and participate in free classes. The Open House is free and open to the public from noon - 4 pm on Saturday, September 4. Details at glenechopark.org.

All Labor Day weekend activities are presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. The Irish Music & Dance Showcase is also co-sponsored by the Irish Inn at Glen Echo.

Upcoming Waltz Events

The September 5 Sunday waltz is $8, including an introductory waltz lesson from from 3 - 3:30 pm, followed by dancing to live music until 6 pm. NOTE: Beginning Sunday September 19, admission to the Sunday afternoon waltzes will rise to $10, our first price increase since 2005. At that same time the pre-dance workshop will be extended, starting at 2:45 pm instead of 3 pm. As usual dancing to live music will run from 3:30 - 6 pm.


September 5 (Bumper Car Pavilion): THE LATTER DAY LIZARDS with Peter Barnes, Bill Tomczak, David Langford

September 19: BLUE BAMBOO with Barbara Heitz, Elke Baker, Jonah Blaustein, Ralph Gordon, Marc Glickman


October 10: WALTZ WIZARDS with Alexander Mitchell, Henry Koretzky, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon

October 24: CROWFOOT with Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Nicholas Williams

All events are held at the Spanish Ballroom (or Bumper Car Pavilion where noted), 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.