Marty Taylor
Alexander Mitchell
Liz Donadlson
Ralph Gordon

Lesson 2:45 pm
Dancing 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Spanish Ballroom
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

Welcome to Waltz Time

Waltz Time is an all-volunteer group of dancers who have produced the twice-monthly waltzes at Glen Echo Park since 1995. The group has donated all net proceeds to the renovation of the Spanish Ballroom and the Bumper Car Pavilion, and to help continue Park programs. All of the Sunday afternoon waltz dances are held at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812 in the Spanish Ballroom or occasionally in the Bumper Car Pavilion (noted in the schedule below).

The Sunday afternoon waltz program follows a similar format at each event.

  • A lesson is offered from 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm and starts with basic concepts for those not familiar with the folk style of waltz. At 3:15 pm, we teach an "advanced" step for returning dancers looking for a little something extra to add to their repertoire.
  • The lesson is followed by dancing to live music from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Cost is $10, cash or check, including the lesson from 2:45 - 3:30 pm.
  • Dress is casual.
  • You do not need a partner.
  • You do not need prior dance experience.
  • Tickets are sold at the door - there are no advance ticket sales.

Please visit our FAQ page for more answers to your questions. You can also email us at info AT waltztimedances DOT org. We invite you to join the lively community of waltzers and enjoy the afternoon dances at Glen Echo Park. We know that you will have a great time!


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2016 Sunday Afternoon Waltzes & Strauss Ball


January 3: KAREN COLLINS & THE BACKROADS BAND with Karen Collins, Ira Gitlin, Geff King, Pat Puglisi, Lynn Kasdorf

January 17: TAYLOR AMONG THE DEVILS with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin), Jonathan Jensen (piano, vocals)

January 31: TANGERINE TEMPO with Elke Baker (fiddle), Colleen Reed (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano), Alex Lacquement (bass)



February 7: TERPSICHORE with Elke Baker (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

February 21: NEW CALEDONIA with Laura Light, Loren Oppenheimer, Ralph Gordon, Janet Muse

MARCH 2016

March 6: BLUE BAMBOO with Barbara Heitz (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), John Devine (guitar), Marc Glickman (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

March 20: RHAPSODY with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass)


APRIL 2016

April 3: DEVINE COMEDY with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), John Devine (guitar, vocals), Ralph Gordon (bass)

April 17: ROSINANCE with David Knight, Dave Wiesler, Josh Burdick


A Benefit Dance for Glen Echo Park — featuring OLDE VIENNA with Dave Wiesler (piano), Andrea Vercoe (violin), Chelle Fulk (violin, viola), Barbara Heitz (flute, piccolo), 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). All tickets sold at the door beginning at 7:40 pm; $20/person.

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: Join us for our first 50/50 Waltz/Swing event. Percussionist Wes Crawford joins Waltz Time regulars GIGMEISTERS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), David Wiesler (piano), and Ralph Gordon (bass)

June 26: WALTZING STARS with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Liz Donadlson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

JULY 2016

July 3: LET'S PLAY THREE! with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Jodi Beder, Melissa Running, David Lopez

July 17 (Bumper Car Pavilion): ADDISON BLEUFONTE with Marc Glickman (piano), Andrea Hoag (fiddle), David Julian Gray (clarinet), David Lopez (drums)



August 7: WALTZ MAGIC with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Barbara Heitz (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

August 21: WAVERLEY STATION with David Knight (fiddle), Barbara Heitz (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)


September 4 (Bumper Car Pavilion): HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Liz Donaldson (piano), Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass)

September 18: SOME ASSEMBLY with Donna Boylan (piano), Mary Flora (flute, saxophone, whistles) Joe Klausner (violin, mandolin), Paul Miller (guitar)



October 2 (Bumper Car Pavilion): GO FIGURE with Janet Muse, Mike Dunn, Suzanne Hosch

October 16: SUGAR BEAT with Susan Brandt (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), Marc Glickman (piano)

October 30: AVANT GARDENERS with Laura Light (fiddle, vocals), George Paul (piano), Loren Oppenheimer (tabla), Roger Gold (guitar), Dave Wiesler (guitar, piano)


November 6: MAIVISH with Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell

November 20: TRIO CON BRIO with Paul Oorts (mandolin), Elke Baker (violin), Jonathan Jensen (piano)



December 4: GREEN LIGHT KARMA with David Knight (fiddle), Andrew Marcus (accordion), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar)

December 18: GIGMEISTERS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), David Wiesler (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

All bands and prices are subject to change.
For final information, please revisit this site prior to attending a Waltz.

Photo credits: Candace Clifford, Donna Barker and the late Elaine Washburn.

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