March/April 2015 Waltz Time Newsletter


May/June 2015
To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.
- Hopi Indian Saying
Waltz Time's annual "Evening with Strauss" waltz ball is coming soon! Please join us for this wonderfully exhuberant tradition - now in its 32nd year - to celebrate the music of the Waltz King, Johann Strauss. The ball is on Saturday, May 2 in the beautiful Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. Details below.
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The 32nd Annual Viennese Waltz Ball
An Evening with Strauss

Waltz Time presents the 32nd Annual Viennese Waltz Ball on Saturday, May 2. 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 program features the ensemble OLDE VIENNA with Alexander Mitchell, Elke Baker, 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.
Photo by Candace Clifford
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 2, but you may want to brush up on your Viennese waltz skills for this special event! You can still join the Viennese classes taught by Mike Marcotte on Thursday nights in the Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park. The next three classes run from April 9 - April 23, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. For more information please email Mike at

Special "Pre-Waltz" Hambo Workshop on Sunday June 7, 2:15 pm
If you're unfamiliar with the intricacies of the hambo, a traditional Scandinavian folk dance, or want to revitalize or polish your hambo skills, Lisa Brooks, a skilled dancer and teacher, will conduct a hambo workshop from 2:15-3:00 prior to the Sunday waltz on June 7. The workshop is included in the admission price of $10. There's no need to register — simply show up a few minutes before the start time.

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.

MAY 2015
SATURDAY EVENING, May 2: 32nd Annual Viennese Waltz Ball with OLDE VIENNA featuring Alexander Mitchell (violin), Elke Baker (violin/viola), Barbara Heitz (flute), Dave Wiesler (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

May 10: BLUE BAMBOO with Barbara Heitz (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), John Devine (guitar), Marc Glickman (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

May 24: SWALLOWTAIL with George Marshall (concertina), Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Tim van Egmond (hammered dulcimer), Timm Triplett (keyboard), David Cantieni (wind instruments)
JUNE 2015
June 7: MAIVISH with Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Nils Fredland, Matthew Olwell

June 21: GREEN LIGHT KARMA with David Knight (fiddle), Andrew Marcus (accordion), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar)

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.