July/August 2013

When you dance, your purpose is not to get
to a certain place on the floor.
It's to enjoy each step along the way.

Wayne Dyer

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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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 Waltz Time's entire 2013 calendar on our web site.

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Waltz Time Celebrates the 80th Birthday of the Spanish Ballroom

Join Us at Glen Echo Park on Saturday, June 29!

Waltz Time is proud to offer a free waltz lesson as part of the Glen Echo Park Partnership's celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Spanish Ballroom and Montgomery County's "Heritage Days" weekend. Paul Crumrine and Lily McGovern will teach a beginning waltz lesson with practice session at 3:30 pm in the Spanish Ballroom. This is a great opportunity to bring your friends to the Park to try waltzing and to visit the historic Spanish Ballroom!

In addition to the waltz lesson, there will be free NPS tours of the Ballroom with an exhibition, kids crafts, a Family Dance for parents and young children called by Ann Fallon with live music by Waverley Station, a Contra dance for older children and their parents, and a free Swing lesson with Flying Feet Enterprises. For a schedule of the events visit the Partnership's Heritage Days page.

Coming Up: Even More Advanced Folk Waltz
Wednesday, July 31

The Even More Advanced Folk Waltz workshop on Wednesday, July 31 is for veteran waltzers who want to achieve a higher level of creativity and expertise. Advanced figures might include any of the following: the whip, scissors, grapevine, free spins, "whoosh," finishing dip, or more.

Cost of the 2-hour workshop is $22 at the door (no pre-registration). Partner *not* required, but always encouraged to maintain lead/follow ratios. For more information visit DanceDC.net.

FREE Summer Concerts

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present the annual FREE Summer Concert Series on every Thursday night (except July 4) from June 20 - August 29, and Family Jazz Day on Sunday, July 21. Enjoy fabulous live music and carousel rides with your friends and family. Thursday night bands include:

  • MD Classic Youth Orchestra
  • QuinTango
  • Hot Society Orchestra
  • David Schulman & Quiet Life Motel
  • SongRise
  • Bitter Liberals
  • Rockville Swing Band
  • Clarence "The Blues Man" Turner
  • Washington Revels Gallery Voices
  • Veronneau

All Thursdays night concerts are FREE and start at 7:30 p.m. in the Bumper Car Pavilion.

On Sunday, July 21, Blues Alley and the Partnership join forces to present FAMILY JAZZ DAY - an afternoon of jazz music performed by four different bands. Enjoy the U.S. Army Blues Band, the Blues Alley Youth Ensemble, the Capital Focus Jazz Band, and the Jazz Academy All-Stars.

For all the concerts we recommend that you bring a picnic dinner or visit the cafe and dine while you enjoy fine music. Of course, dancers always welcome! A perfect opportunity for families to bring children who may also ride the Carousel and enjoy the playground. For more information visit Summer Concerts at Glen Echo Park's website.

Art Walk in the Park: Second Fridays of the Month
May through October, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Arrive a little earlier than usual when you head to a dance at the Park on the second Friday of the month. From 6:00 - 8:00 pm on these nights, you can stroll through the grounds and visit the art studios and galleries. On these special evenings, visitors can see art demonstrations and exhibitions, purchase artwork, and enjoy refreshments. Currently the Faculty Invitational Exhibition is presented in the Popcorn Gallery. Participating studios include:

  • Art Glass Center    *    Feather Tree Hill Calligraphy
  • Glen Echo Glassworks    *    Glen Echo Pottery
  • J. Jordan Bruns Studio    *    Katherine T. Andrle
  • Photoworks    *    SilverWorks
  • Stone Tower Artists    *    Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery

Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2013

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. Tickets sold at the door. Dances are held in the Spanish Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

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JULY 2013

July 7: DESTINO da ROSA with Susan Brandt (flute), Paul Oorts (guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass), Alan Oresky (violin)

July 21: ADDISON BLEUFONTE with Marc Glickman (piano), Andrea Hoag (fiddle), David Julian Gray (clarinet), David Lopez (drums)




August 4: QUARTETTO CON BRIO with Elke Baker (fiddle), Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer & wooden flute), Jonathan Jensen (piano), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo & guitar)

August 18: WAVERLEY STATION with David Knight (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass), Barbara Heitz (flute)




September 1 (Bumper Car Pavilion): WALTZ DU JOUR with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

September 15: KGB with Dave Bartley (guitar, mandolin and cittern), Julie King (piano), Claude Ginsburg (fiddle)

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.