March/April 2013

You don't stop dancing because you grow old,
you grow old because you stop dancing.


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The 30th Annual Viennese Strauss Ball

An Evening with Strauss

Save this date: Waltz Time will present the 30th Annual Viennese Strauss Ball, Saturday, May 4. 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, 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.

Paul Oorts

Paul Oorts is and has been a familiar presence on the Glen Echo stage for more than 10 years. Among the many interesting traits of this accomplished musician is that he is largely self-taught, having had just a few years of lessons on the unusual accordion you've seen and heard him play and then on guitar in his teen years.

The musical part of his life began around age 12 when, in his native Belgium, he took up the flugelhorn with the town band under the guidance of a friend's father. Later, he took lessons for a time on the Musette accordion, a popular instrument in the music of the region, but gave it up - to his mother's dismay - as "uncool" and took guitar lessons for a year. During college, he befriended a young American with a five-string banjo and took a shine to our bluegrass music while he studied and graduated with a degree in the classics. After working for several years researching medieval manuscripts, he was offered a teaching assistant position at Penn State and, with the draw of some musical people near State College, migrated to the U.S. in 1986 and earned advanced degrees in comparative literature. He traded an upright bass for a mandolin for the passage to America - easier to travel with, he says!

By the mid-'90s he was in the DC area with his hammer dulcimer-playing wife, Karen Ashbrook (who has played for our dances), and connected with such luminaries as Dave Wiesler and Andrea Hoag, who also grace our stage. He discovered he needed to improve his music-reading skills! Somewhere along the line, he found the accordion he'd abandoned with such glee many years before much more appealing. We're sure his mother was delighted. Certainly we are.

Paul teaches at the Peabody Conservatory, but not music - French and Italian (opera singers, you know), and at Loyola, also in Baltimore, and enjoys his two worlds of endeavor. With Karen, he still plays guitar in gigs and often brings one to our dances - just in case. The groups he plays with for the waltzes include Caberet Sauvignon, Honeysuckle Rose and the Gigmeisters. He also plays with Goldcrest, a trio with Dave Wiesler and Daron Douglas that travels nationally to music/dance camps - and toured in Scotland - and has been on staff at many others. His latest project is collecting a body of Italian-American mandolin music from around 1910 to 1940, a subject he discussed at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's winter mini-fest in early February.

Renaissance man, anyone?

Get Ready for the Strauss Ball: Viennese Waltz Classes

You are welcome to dance any waltz style you prefer at the Strauss Ball on Saturday evening, May 4, but you may want to learn the Viennese waltz for variety and a new dance challenge! The popularity of the Viennese waltz is world-wide, and it is the dance from which all ballroom dances evolved. Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte are offering a 4-week Viennese Waltz class on Wednesday nights in the spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. The 1-hour classes run from April 10 - May 1, 7:30 - 8:30 pm. For details visit DANCEDC.NET or register ONLINE.

Upcoming 2013 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, Barbara Heitz, Dave Wiesler, and Ralph Gordon. Fancy dress attire encouraged. Enjoy a lesson, Grand March, refreshments, dance cards, and Carousel rides. 8 pm - midnight in the Spanish Ballroom, $20. TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR ONLY.

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. Dances are held in the Spanish Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

MARCH 2013

March 3: CONTRATOPIA with Patrice Pakiz, Erik Sessions, Ted Hodapp, John Goodin, Pat O'Loughlin

March 17: SOME ASSEMBLY with Donna Boylan (piano), Mary Flora (flute, saxophone, whistles) Joe Klausner (violin, mandolin), Paul Miller (guitar)

March 31: HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Paul Oorts (mandolin), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass).

APRIL 2013

April 7: GREEN LIGHT KARMA with David Knight (fiddle), Andrew Marcus (accordion), Dave Wiesler (piano, and/or guitar)

April 21: WALTZ WIZARDS with Liz Donaldson, Alexander Mitchell, Ralph Gordon, Henry Koretzky

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.