March/April 2014

"To live is to dance, to dance is to live"

Charles M. Schulz through Snoopy

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 the entire year's calendar at our web site.

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The 31st Annual Viennese Strauss Ball

An Evening with Strauss

Save this date: Waltz Time will present the 31st Annual Viennese Strauss Ball, Saturday, May 3. 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, refreshments, and Carousel rides ($1.25/person) complete a perfect evening! $20/person - all tickets sold at the door.

We're Still Going Strong After 30 Years!

The Washington Post recently covered the 10th anniversary of the annual Civil War Ball held at Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, noting the sartorial finery, presence of dance cards and absence of smart phones. In comparison, Glen Echo Park's annual Strauss Ball features ... sartorial finery, presence of dance cards and absence of smart phones. One major difference, however, is age: the Strauss Ball is entering its 31st year! Join the celebration on May 3.

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 3, 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 9 - April 30, 7:30 - 8:30 pm. For details visit DANCEDC.NET or register ONLINE.

Upcoming 2013 Waltz Events


A Benefit Dance for Glen Echo Park featuring OLDE VIENNA with Dave Wiesler (piano), Alexander Mitchell (violin), Chelle Fulk (violin/viola), Barbara Heitz (flute), and Ralph Gordon (bass). 8:00 pm - midnight in the beautiful Spanish Ballroom.

Formal attire suggested, no partner required. Enjoy complimentary Refreshments, Waltz Lesson, Grand March, Dance Cards. Carousel open until 10:30 pm ($1.25/person). Tickets sold ONLY at the door beginning at 7:40 pm; $20/person.

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.

MARCH 2014

March 2: CONTRATOPIA with Patrice Pakiz, Erik Sessions, Ted Hodapp, John Goodin, Pat O'Loughlin

March 16: SOME ASSEMBLY with Donna Boylan (piano), Mary Flora (flute, saxophone, whistles) Joe Klausner (violin, mandolin), Paul Miller (guitar)

March 30: FIGMENTS with Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), Owen Morrison (guitar and foot percussion).

APRIL 2014

April 6: SUGAR BEAT with Susan Brandt (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), Marc Glickman (piano)

April 20: DESTINO da ROSA with Susan Brandt (flute), Paul Oorts (guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass), Alan Oresky (violin)

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.