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

CANCELLATION UPDATE: On May 15, the Glen Echo Park Partnership announced that "In accordance with the most recent stay at home orders from Montgomery County, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture has extended cancellations of all on-site classes and camps at Glen Echo Park through June 30, 2020. Cancellations of other on-site events and programs, including private rentals, are until further notice. The Partnership office is also closed until further notice."

Updated May 15, 2020

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.

  • LESSON: A lesson is included in the cost of admission and runs from 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm. The lesson 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 something extra to add to their repertoire.
  • DANCING to live music runs from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • COST is $13 per person, $5 full-time students and children; cash or check only (no credit cards). Tickets are sold at the door (no advance ticket sales).
  • ATTIRE is casual.
  • No partner or prior experience needed.

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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Two more ways to view Waltz Time events are at our Facebook Group or Waltz Time News, a blog that is maintained by Waltz Time Committee members.

2020 Sunday Afternoon Waltzes & Strauss Ball


January 5: WALTZ WEAVERS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

January 19: WALTZING STARS TRIO with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Liz Donaldson (piano)



February 2: TRIO CON BRIO with Elke Baker (violin), Paul Oorts (mandolin), Jonathan Jensen (piano, vocals)

February 16: SOME ASSEMBLY with Donna Boylan (piano), Mary Flora (flute, saxophone, whistles), Joe Klausner (violin, mandolin), Adam Lee (guitar)

MARCH 2020

March 1: CONTRATOPIA with Erik Sessions (fiddle), Patrice Pakiz (piano, oboe), Theodore Hodapp (melodeon, concertina), John Goodin (mandolin, guitar), Pat O'Loughlin (English concertina, banjo, cajón)

CANCELED: March 15: MORRISON, KNIGHT, and ROSE with Owen Morrison (guitar, piano), David Knight (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute)



April 5: THE LIGHT BRIGADE with Laura Light (fiddle), Susan Brandt (flute), Charlie Pilzer (piano)

April 19: TIM BALL TRIO with Tim Ball (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass)


A Benefit Dance for Glen Echo Parkfeaturing OLDE VIENNA with Elke Baker (violin), Andrea Vercoe (violin), Barbara Heitz (flute, piccolo), David Wiesler (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass).

  • Viennese lesson at 8:00 pm
  • Dancing to Olde Vienna from 9:00 pm - midnight in the beautiful Spanish Ballroom
  • Formal attire suggested, no partner required
  • Also included: Grand March, refreshments, dance cards
  • Tickets sold at the door beginning at 7:40 pm, $30/person, $20 for students (cash or check only)


May 10: GOLDCREST with Daron Douglas (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), David Wiesler (piano)


JUNE 2020

June 7: AVANT GARDENERS with Laura Light (fiddle), David Wiesler (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

June 21: WALTZ SISTERS with Tina Chancey (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

JULY 2020

July 5: (Bumper Car Pavilion) ROSE BY THE DOOR with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Liz Donaldson (piano)

July 19: DEVINE COMEDY TRIO with Steve Hickman (fiddle), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), John Devine (guitar)



August 2: TAYLOR AMONG THE DEVILS TRIO with Steve Hickman (fiddle, harmonica, vocals), Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Jonathan Jensen (piano, vocals)

August 16: DANCE DU JOUR with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Ralph Gordon (bass), Liz Donaldson (piano)


September 6: (Bumper Car Pavilion) EVENING STAR with Steve Hickman (fiddle, harmonica), David Crandall (sax, flute, French horn), John Devine (guitar), John Bryant (bass)

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



October 4: (Bumper Car Pavilion) KAREN COLLINS & THE BACKROADS BAND with Karen Collins (vocals, acoustic guitar), Ira Gitlin (lead guitar), James Key (acoustic bass), Pat Puglisi (drums)

October 18: BLUE BAMBOO with Elke Baker (fiddle), Barbara Heitz (flute), John Devine (guitar), Marc Glickman (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)


November 1: MAIVISH with Jaige Trudel (fiddle), Adam Broome (guitar), Matthew Olwell (flutes, bodhrán, percussive dance)

November 15: GIGMEISTERS with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), David Wiesler (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)



December 6: HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Liz Donaldson (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)

December 20: CABARET SAUVIGNETTES with Andrea Hoag (violin), Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), David Wiesler (piano)

Waltz Time News

Waltz Time has discontinued its bi-monthly newsletter that was emailed to subscribers through Constant Contact from 2008 through its July/August 2016 issue. In its place, we have established Waltz Time News -- a blog that is maintained by Waltz Time Committee members.

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