January/February 2014

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."

Friedrich Nietzsche

Happy New Year 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 the entire year's calendar at our web site.

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Barbara Heitz - Flutist

Our musician of note today is Barbara Heitz, a flutist - and piccolo to boot - playing with Blue Bamboo and with Olde Vienna for the annual Strauss Ball, coming up on May 3, 2014.

As is not uncommon, Barbara started on another instrument, clarinet, with her sister, in third grade in Indianapolis. Within a year, though, she was charmed by the flute, borrowed one for a year, and has stuck with it, much to our enjoyment.

When we say stuck with it, we mean it. In addition to private lessons, within a few years she was studying with the principal flutist of the Indianapolis Symphony. And versatile? In junior high, for "Stars and Stripes Forever" (Sousa), she learned to play the piccolo in a week!

She went off to Stevens College in Missouri for a double major in flute and education, then back to Indianapolis and on to Boston, teaching private students. From there, she migrated to Richmond, to play with the Richmond Symphony, as well as opera and ballet orchestras there, teaching private students, and - remember that major in education? - teaching first grade for several years.

Barbara began to grace our area 20 years ago, freelancing with several orchestra and chamber groups, studying with James Galway (look him up if the name doesn't make your eyebrows rise) at the University of Maryland with the Mid-Atlantic Flute Society, and somehow (remember versatile) teaming with a graphic artist in a program at the Hischorn Museum with children. She became connected with the Glen Echo Open Band (Friday Night Contras) and honed her skills to the nuances of dance music - for which we are grateful, and have been for many years.

Always a graceful and charming addition to a group of talented musicians, Barbara still teaches private students in Northern Virginia, where she lives. Be sure to refer any budding flutists to Barbara!

Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2014

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 2014 schedule of waltzes.


January 5: WALTZ DU JOUR with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

January 19: HICKMAN, GLICKMAN & DEVINE with Steve Hickman (fiddle), John Devine (guitar), Marc Glickman (piano)


February 2: KAREN COLLINS and THE BACKROADS BAND with Karen Collins, Ira Gitlin, Geff King, Paul Hoffmaster

February 16: MACARTHUR BOULEVARD with Katie Davis Henderson (fiddle), Paul Oorts (mandolin, accordion), 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.