May/June 2012

Dance with all the might of your body, and all the fire of your soul,
in order that you may shake all melancholy out of your liver;
and you need not restrain yourself with the apprehension
that any lady will have the least fear that the violence
of your movements will ever shake anything out of your brains.

Lola Montez, "Hints to Gentlemen or the Art of Fascinating" (1858)

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

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From all of us at Waltz Time


The 29th Annual Viennese Strauss Ball

An Evening with Strauss

Save this date: Waltz Time will present the 29th Annual Viennese Strauss Ball, Saturday, April 28. 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. An introductory Viennese Waltz lesson at 8 pm is 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. To VOLUNTEER, please email Joan Koury at jeakoury@verizon.net.

Latin Waltz Workshop with Ret Turner and Peggy Leiby

Spanish Ballroom, Sunday, May 6, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We welcome instructors Ret Turner and Peggy Leiby from Philadelphia to teach a two-hour Latin Waltz workshop just prior to the regularly scheduled waltz dance on Sunday, May 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Latin-style waltzes are up-tempo and exciting.

This popular and challenging workshop is suitable for intermediate level waltzers and will include flourishes that interpret the music such as swivels, pivots, ochos and flamenco movement. Cost is $15/person, payable at the door. No partner is required, but always encouraged to maintain gender balance.

Instructors Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner have been teaching waltz and other couple dances since 1999, when they co-founded Mostly Waltz in Philadelphia. Dancing to Latin Style Waltz is a favorite from their portfolio of themed workshops. Visit Mostly Waltz to learn more about the Philadelphia waltz community.

Art & Alchemy - Gala in the Park

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary
of the Glen Echo Park Partnership
Saturday, May 19, 6 pm - midnight

The Glen Echo Park Partnership'a 2012 Gala in the Park on May 19 celebrates the Partnership's 10th anniversary. The theme of this year's event is Art & Alchemy, inspired by the work of renowned artist and Washington, D.C. native Jim Sanborn. At the Gala, the Partnership will present the Visionary Award to Mr. Sanborn, who was a resident artist at Glen Echo Park from 1973 through 1981 and has gone on to receive numerous awards and grants and to exhibit in major museums in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

His public sculptures - including perhaps his most well-known installation, Kryptos, at CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia - can be found in Japan, Taiwan, and many locations in the U.S. In addition to Kryptos, Mr. Sanborn's work in the Washington, D.C. area includes Antipodes at the Hirshhorn Musuem and Sculpture Garden in Washington; Coastline at the NOAA Museum of the Sea in Silver Spring, Maryland; Find the Loadstone in Bethesda, Maryland; Invisible Forces in Arlington, Virginia; and, most recently, Allunum in North Bethesda, Maryland.

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 music, and dancing to the Daryl Davis Band.

Waltz Time is proud to support the annual Gala and fundraiser! There are two tiers for attending the Gala - full dinner or "dance only." For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Gala in the Park. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming 2012 Waltz Events

Our benefit Waltz is an annual Saturday night event featuring a classical program of Viennese waltz tunes. Cost is $20 (tickets sold at the door only), and includes the 50-minute pre-dance 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 ($1.25/person).


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. TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR ONLY.

Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2012

Sunday Afternoon Waltzes begin with an introductory waltz lesson from 2:45 - 3:30 pm (unless otherwise noted), 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.

MAY 2012

May 6: HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Paul Oorts (mandolin), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass). Note: due to the special intermediate level workshop (see above), the beginner lesson will go from 3 - 3:30 pm.

May 20: SWALLOWTAIL with George Marshall, Ron Grosslein, Tim Van Egmond, Timm Triplett, David Cantieni

JUNE 2012

June 2: 12 pm - 1 pm: FREE WALTZ as part of the FSGW Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park with live music (TBA)

June 17: SUGAR BEAT with Susan Brandt (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), Marc Glickman (piano)

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. Visit Glen Echo Park's WEBSITE for directions, a park map and more information about social dancing, classes and special events.