November/December 2015
Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.
- Charles Baudelaire
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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From all of us at Waltz Time

Twenty Years and Counting!
Thanks to you, Waltz Time is celebrating an anniversary this year, the 20th! In honor of this milestone, we're planning a special afternoon dance on Sunday, November 15. Join the festivities in the Spanish Ballroom. There will be cake, music by the incomparable Cabaret Sauvignon -- and a surprise!
And, speaking of special dates . . . Be sure to check out the 2016 schedule just posted at Waltz Time's website. Bands will be added as soon as booked and confirmed, but you can mark your calendar now for the various Sunday afternoon waltzes and the annual "Evening with Strauss" Waltz Ball on April 30, 2016.
Viennese is for Lovers
If you love Viennese waltz, you can enjoy the dance locally and abroad in the coming months. Join "Waltz Week In Vienna," Feb 1-7, 2016, in the city that started it all. Classes, group activities, and evening social dances will run from Mon-Sat (Feb 1-6) with waltz balls at the Hofberg Palace and elsewhere available the preceding and post weekends (Jan 29-31, Feb 5-7). (As a bonus, the Snowflake Blues Festival takes place in Vienna Jan 29-31.) Full details and registration information are posted at Waltz Week In Vienna.
Closer to home, you can take Viennese waltz classes in Bethesda and join a Christmas ball in DC. The classes, Saturdays, Nov. 7-21, are held from 10am-1pm at The Ballroom, 5521 Landy Lane, Bethesda, MD 20816, and cost $80 for the series. Classes are taught by Herbert and Carol Traxler. Individuals and couples welcome. No prior dance experience required. For information/registration, contact: Margaret Bocek, 540-882-4808, margaret.bocek@gmail.com
Once you've mastered the movements, you can attend a Viennese Christmas Ball at Washington Golf and Country Club, Friday, December 4, at 7 pm, hosted under the patronage of His Excellency, the Ambassador of Austria. Enjoy a champagne reception, Austrian desserts buffet, selected wines and coffee. Cotillion of dancers performs all six Fledermaus Quadrilles as part of opening ceremonies. Join in the famed Radetsky March, dance the Fledermaus Quadrille No. 6 as done at midnight at the grand balls in Vienna and learn a folk dance taught during the evening. Dress is black tie/white tie. Tickets are $120 p/p, with complimentary valet parking. Reservations required: Margaret Bocek, 540-882-4808, margaret.bocek@gmail.com. Details also found on Waltz Time's Facebook Page.
- Painting by Conrad Kiesel "The Dance"
Waltz, Practice, Waltz, Repeat
On the second Sunday of the month, from 2-4pm (unless otherwise noted), you can join an open waltz practicum to recorded music at the Community Center, 15 Crescent Road in Greenbelt. The dance studio is climate controlled and features a sprung wood dance floor. Note: You must wear dance shoes, since the venue doesn't allow street shoes on the dance floor. The next practicum, on November 8, starts at 3:30 pm; $5 suggested donation. For more information or to receive announcements, email Elliot Drabek: elliott.drabek@gmail.com. View the updated schedule at Waltz Practicum. Details also found on Waltz Time's Facebook Page.
Just for Fun!
Submitted by waltzer Stephan Vitas - Thank you Stephan!
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.

November 1: SUGAR BEAT with Susan Brandt (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), Marc Glickman (piano)

November 15: Waltz Time's 20th Anniversary Waltz featuring CABARET SAUVIGNON with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer, wooden flute), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar)

November 29: AVANT GARDENERS with Laura Light (fiddle, vocals), George Paul (piano), Loren Oppenheimer (tabla), Roger Gold (guitar), Dave Wiesler (guitar, piano)
December 6: WALTZING STARS with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Liz Donadlson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

December 20: GIGMEISTERS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), David Wiesler (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.