May/June 2016
All things considered, I'd rather be dancing.
— Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell
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From all of us at Waltz Time


The 33rd Annual Viennese Waltz Ball
An Evening with Strauss

Save this date: Waltz Time will present the 33rd Annual Viennese Waltz Ball on Saturday, April 30. 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 Andrea Vercoe, Chelle Fulk, 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
Thinking on your Feet
You've probably read articles (possibly in a previous Waltz Time newsletter) about the benefits of physical activity, especially dancing, as a deterrent to dementia. Another interesting article from the online site Under the Hood explains some of the reasons dancing is so good for brain health. Read the findings at "Thinking On Your Feet: Dancing Wards Off Neurodegenerative Disease By Rewiring The Brain" and then get on the dance floor and save your brain!
FLUR: Musicians Who Play for Dancers
Flur, a newly formed group of musicians who love to play for dancers, invites you to their first dance evening, Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8300 Osage Terrace, Adelphi, MD. Doors open at 6:30 for a potluck; dancing from 7:30-10:00 pm.
"Pols & Vals at Balroom Blum" features musicians Göran Olsson (violin), Ellen Bartlett (violin), Olga Prokunina (violin & song), Karin Löyä (cello) and Charlie Pilzer (bass). You can also view the flyer on Waltz Time's Facebook Page.
Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2016
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 2016 schedule.

MAY 2016
May 1: CABARET SAUVIGNON with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer, wooden flute), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar)

May 15: KAREN AXELROD, ERIC MARTIN, & RACHEL BELL with Karen Axelrod, Eric Martin, and Rachel Bell

May 29: SWALLOWTAIL with George Marshall (concertina), Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Tim van Egmond (hammered dulcimer), Timm Triplett (keyboard), David Cantieni (wind instruments)
JUNE 2016
June 12: GIGMEISTERS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), David Wiesler (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

June 26: WALTZING STARS with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Liz Donadlson (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.