January/February 2011

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music.
Bodies never lie.

Agnes de Mille

Happy Holidays from Waltz Time! Start the new year out right with a waltz this Sunday, January 2 at the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park. See the entire 2011 calendar below.

Our newsletter is sent every two months and 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. View the entire year's calendar at our web site.

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Poetry Corner 2011

Start the new year off right! Share your favorite dance poem for our next newsletter. We've offered some "food for thought" with the following poem submitted by Joan Koury:

    The desires of the heart are crooked as corkscrews,
    Not to be born is the best for man:
    The second best is a formal order,
    The dance's pattern; dance while you can.

    Dance, dance, for the figure is easy,
    The tune is catching and will not stop;
    Dance till the stars come down from the rafters;
    Dance, dance, dance till you drop.

    W.H. Auden, "Death's Echo"

For more poems by W.H. Auden visit the Auden Society or visit National Public Radio and search for W.H. Auden.

Waltz for the Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 6:30 - 10 pm, $75
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4512 College Avenue, College Park, MD

You are invited to the Neighborhood Farm Initiative Midwinter Fundraiser featuring:

  • Professionally catered dinner based on local organic foods
  • Live waltz music performed by Firefly
  • A waltz lesson for beginners

To ask questions or purchase tickets ($ 75), please call Neil Zimmerman at (301) 340-0352, or visit Neighborhood Farm Initiative. Tickets will be available online after January 8.

Upcoming 2011 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 & Schottische 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, $20.

Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2011

Sunday Afternoon Waltzes begin with an introductory waltz lesson from 2:45 - 3:30 pm, followed by dancing to live music until 6 pm. Cost is $10, including the lesson. Dances are held in the Spanish Ballroom unless otherwise noted.


January 2: CROWFOOT with Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Nicholas Williams

January 16: NIGHT WATCH with Naomi Morse, Owen Morrison, Elvie Miller

January 30: TRIO CON BRIO with Paul Oorts, Elke Baker, Jonathan Jensen


February 6: SUGAR BEAT with Susan Brandt, Marc Glickman, Elke Baker

February 20: LIVE CULTURE with Steve Hickman, David Crandall, John Devine, Marc Glickman, Jim Bienemann

MARCH 2011

March 6: GOTHAM PIONEERS with Lise Brown, Naomi Morse, Peter Siegel, Owen Marshall

March 20: ELIXIR with Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Nils Fredland, Anna Patton, Jesse Hazzard-Watkins, Owen Morrison

APRIL 2011

April 3: WALTZING STARS with Alexander Mitchell, Marty Taylor, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon

April 17: DESTINO da ROSA with Susan Brandt, Paul Oorts, Ralph Gordon, Alan Oresky

MAY 2011

May 15: WAVERLEY STATION with David Knight, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon, Barbara Heitz

May 29: TAYLOR AMONG THE DEVILS with Marty Taylor, Steve Hickman, Alexander Mitchell, Jonathan Jensen

JUNE 2011

June 12: Karen Collins and THE BACKROADS BAND with Karen Collins, Ira Gitlin, Geff King, Paul Hoffmaster

June 19: SOME ASSEMBLY with Donna Boylan, Paul Miller, Joe Klausner, Mary Flora

JULY 2011

July 17: HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Andrea Hoag, Paul Oorts, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon


August 7: GREEN LIGHT KARMA with David Knight, Andrew Marcus, Dave Wiesler

August 21: TERPSICHORE with Elke Baker, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon


September 4: WALTZ MAGIC with Alexander Mitchell, Barbara Heitz, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon (Bumper Car Pavilion)

September 18: BLUE BAMBOO with Barbara Heitz, Elke Baker, Jonah Blaustein, Ralph Gordon, Marc Glickman (Bumper Car Pavilion)


October 2: CABARET SAUVIGNON with Andrea Hoag, Dave Wiesler, Jonah Blaustein, Ralph Gordon, Marc Glickman

October 30: GIGMEISTERS with David Wiesler, Alexander Mitchell, Paul Oorts, Ralph Gordon


November 6: RHAPSODY with Alexander Mitchell, Dave Wiesler, Ralph Gordon, Marty Taylor

November 20: OVER THE TOPP with Julia Borland-Ferneborg, Catherine Chapman, Larry Robinson, Richard Siedel, Marc Glickman, Ralph Gordon


December 4: AVANT GARDENERS with Laura Light, Dan Sebring, George Paul, Dave Wiesler

December 18: WALTZ DU JOUR with Alexander Mitchell, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon (Bumper Car Pavilion)

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.