July/August 2015 Waltz Time Newsletter


July/August 2015
I hate it when people think they can just waltz into my room,
when what I'm listening to is clearly in 4/4
- Anonymous
Waltz Time's newsletter is sent every two months and offers a calendar of waltz dances and workshops, dance community news, and informative articles. We encourage your articles for our newsletter. Or tell us what would you like to know! Please send your story or suggestions for topics to staff@waltztimedances.org.
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 2015 calendar on our web site.
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Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Those of you who occasionally travel to Philadelphia for the waltzes there may want to detour to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for "Dance: Movement, Rhythm, Spectacle" (on view through August 2). In the meantime, you can read a New York Times review of the exhibit at Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Writes the reviewer, Alastair Macaulay, "Its exhibits range from the 1890s to the 1980s, vividly demonstrating how radically that century brought change to social dance, dance theater and ideas of dance in art." Including a range of media — photographs, paintings, watercolors, prints, woodcuts, etchings, graphite drawings, lithographs and film — the binding thread of the show is the depiction of movement.
Among the objects on display is Renoir"s classic etching "La Danse à la Campagne," along with an 1891 etching by Anders Leonard Zorn titled "The Waltz" — men in white tie, women in long skirts — and Eadweard Muybridge"s "A Couple Waltzing." Also on view is John Sloan's 1905 etching of a man clutching his wife in a close dance position, as a child watches. According to Macaulay, "Man, Wife and Child" was once considered risqué and rejected from an exhibition on grounds of vulgarity. You can see it at Man, Wife and Child and judge for yourself.

Delicate Dynamics of Social Movement
Over the years, we've witnessed few (if any) collisions between waltz couples, even when the dance floor is as crowded as it is during the Strauss Ball. Pure luck? Extraordinary evasive techniques? Guardian angels?
It turns out that there are delicate dynamics of social movement at play. An NIH-sponsored study explains how people avoid bumping into each other while performing complementary, coordinated tasks such as dancing.
The research reveals that people naturally fall into a specific pattern to avoid colliding. You can read the full article at NeuroScience News.
FREE Summer Concerts at Glen Echo Park
The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present the annual FREE Summer Concert Series every Thursday night from June 18 - August 27, and a special Family Jazz Day on Sunday, July 19, co-sponsored by Blues Alley! Enjoy fabulous live music and carousel rides with your friends and family. Thursday night bands include:
  • June 18: Clarence "The Blues Man" Turner
  • June 25: David Sager's Pie in the Sky Jazz Band
  • July 2: Flutes on the Brink
  • July 9: QuinTango
  • July 16: Lilt
  • July 23: Only Lonesome
  • July 30: Seth Kibel Quartet
  • August 6: Trio Caliente
  • August 13: Terraplane
  • August 20: Quiles & Cloud
  • August 27: U.S. Air Force Strings
On Sunday, July 19, 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, and more!
All Thursday night concerts are FREE and start at 7:30 p.m. in the Bumper Car Pavilion. Bring a picnic dinner or visit the cafe and dine while you enjoy the concerts. Of course, dancers always welcome! For more information, visit Summer Concerts at Glen Echo Park's website.

Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2015
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 2015 schedule of waltzes.

JULY 2015
July 5: HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Liz Donaldson (piano), Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass)

July 19: RHAPSODY with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass)
August 2: MOUNTAIN AIR with Jodi Beder (cello), Andrea Hoag (fiddle), David Lopez (percussion), Melissa Running (piano, nyckelharpa)

August 16: IVORY BOYS with David DiGiuseppe (accordion), Jim Roberts (drums), George Paul (piano)

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.