September/October 2011

"There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good."

Edwin Denby

Greetings from Waltz Time! This newsletter offers a calendar of upcoming waltz dances and workshops, dance community news and informative articles.

Our newsletter is sent every two months and offers a calendar of waltz dances and workshops, dance community news and informative articles. We encourage your articles for our newsletter. Or tell us 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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Then & Wow is Fun and Historical!

Learn about Glen Echo Park - Come to Then & Wow!
Sunday, September 25, 11 am - 5 pm

Then & Wow is an annual celebration of the Park's past and present - a great outing for children with their families or grandparents! Enjoy a combination of historical exhibits, bumper cars, amusement rides, arcade games, vintage cars, juggling, magic shows and more:

  • see a vintage car exhibit organized by Robert Patch
  • play Skee-Ball, Bull's-Eye Dart, and Highstriker to win PRIZES!
  • enjoy free magic shows and balloon animals
  • see juggling performances and learn to juggle by a Pro!
  • get a home run and play Bowie Baysox Floating Tee
  • enjoy a chronological history of the Park in photo displays
  • learn about the park through NPS exhibits
  • drive a bumper car (really!) in the Bumper Car Pavilion
  • enjoy facepainting, mini-golf, hula hoops
  • ride the carousel on its last day of the season!
  • browse the resident artists' exhibits
  • learn about the Park's current programs

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please help us present a fun day for everyone, adults and children alike! Being a facepainter is a real hoot, the kids are so cute, and you do NOT have to be an artist to decorate their little faces. We have a sample book that shows lots of images for simple designs - hearts, rainbows, and smiley faces are easy - YOU CAN DO THIS!

We also need volunteers to handle our prize table, manage the ballroom, teach visitors how to make a balloon animal (we will train you!), and so many other easy and fun volunteer jobs - and you'll get a free lunch and carousel ticket. To volunteer email Andy at agale@glenechopark.org.

The festival is open to the public, free admission. Rides and some activities will require ticket purchase ($1.25 each or 10 tickets for $10).

Presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Call (301) 634-2222 for more information or visit www.glenechopark.org.

Volunteer with Waltz Time!

Give us 45 minutes of your time and you can dance for free! Waltz Time is seeking volunteers for each Sunday waltz. There are several slots available, including attaching wristbands and sweeping after the dance. We also need someone to monitor the area by the cafe stairs; with increased traffic in the park during the summer months, visitors often wander in and don't realize they're in a "restricted" area. To volunteer, simply sign up before the waltz on the appointed day. There will be a sign-up sheet at the table. We appreciate your help!

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. Visit WALTZ TIME'S WEBSITE for the complete 2011 schedule of waltzes.


September 18: BLUE BAMBOO with Barbara Heitz, Elke Baker, Jonah Blaustein, Ralph Gordon, Marc Glickman. This dance is presented in the Bumper Car Pavilion - the forecast is for a perfect fall afternoon on September 18!


October 2: CABARET SAUVIGNON with Andrea Hoag, Dave Wiesler, Karen Ashbrook, Paul Oorts

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

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.