November/December 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 W. 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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Dancing the Dream Exhibition

If you love to waltz - and we know you do! - you probably appreciate other forms of dance, too. If so, don't miss the National Portrait Gallery's "Dancing the Dream," a collection of photographs, posters, drawings and video clips of icons of American dance. From ballroom, Broadway and ballet to modern dance, movie musicals and pop music videos, dancing, according to the NPG, starting from the late 19th century up to the present, "has drawn from the boundless commotion of cultures to represent the rhythm and beat of American life."

The exhibition showcases a range of performers, choreographers and impresarios, including Irene and Vernon Castle, the early 20th century couple who popularized the fox trot and made close partner dancing "respectable," all the way to the [arguably] not-so-respectable Lady Gaga. (Rest easy; Miley Cyrus didn't make the cut.)

"Dancing the Dream" also features a world premiere performance inspired by the exhibition. Created by Dana Tai Soon Burgess, the gallery's first choreographer-in-residence, the piece will be performed by Burgess' company in the museum's courtyard on Saturday, November 16. Another performance is planned for April 2014. You have until July 13, 2014, to see the captivating exhibition.

Visit the Washington Post to read the entire review.

Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2013

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 2013 schedule of waltzes.


November 3 (Bumper Car Pavilion): CABARET SAUVIGNON with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer & wooden flute), Dave Wiesler (piano & guitar), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo & guitar)

November 17: RHAPSODY with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina, Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass)


December 1: ELIXIR with Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Nils Fredland (trombone), Anna Patton (clarinet), Jesse Hazzard-Watkins (trumpet and flugelhorn), Owen Morrison (guitar and foot percussion)

December 15: SUGAR BEAT with Susan Brandt (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), Marc Glickman (piano)

December 29: TERPSICHORE with Elke Baker (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

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.