May 2015 - All Events

Art Glass Center at Glen Echo

Ongoing

Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Art Glass Center at Glen Echo

Location: Art Glass Center

http://www.artglasscenteratglenecho.org

 


 

The Art Glass Center gallery's ongoing exhibitions feature the work of resident artists Diane Cabe, Christine Hekimian, Sue Hill, Michele Rubin, Bev and Zayde Sleph, and Janet Wittenberg. Sculpture, vessels, functional art, and jewelry are also for sale. Classes are taught year-round for both new and advanced students.

SilverWorks Studio & Gallery

Ongoing

Monday through Sunday - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Presenter: SilverWorks Studio & Gallery

Location: SilverWorks Studio

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2228

http://www.silverworksglenechopark.com

 


 

SilverWorks Studio & Gallery is a working silversmith studio and includes an ongoing exhibition, as well as sales, of the work of artist-in-residence Blair Anderson.

Jack and the Beanstalk

March 19 - May 3, 2015

Presenter: the Puppet Co.

Recommended Ages: PreK - Grade 6

Location: the Puppet Co. Playhouse

Admission: $10

Contact Phone: 301-634-5380

http://www.thepuppetco.org

Fe-fi-fo-fum.  A timely version of the classic children’s tale about the young lad that doesn’t know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top.  Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain.  Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of our audiences.

 

Purchase tickets at www.thepuppetco.org

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

April 3 – May 25, 2015

Presenter: Adventure Theatre MTC

Recommended Ages: All ages

Location: Adventure Theatre

Contact Phone: 301-634-2270

http://www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

 


 

A modern take on the beloved classic! Life in Kansas has been a bit boring for Dorothy and her little dog Toto. Until one day, a cyclone swoops in and takes them “over the rainbow” to the wonderful and magical land of Oz. With the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy sets off on the adventure of a lifetime down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. These new friends brave witches, flying monkeys, and a Haunted Forest all to meet the Wizard of Oz, who promises to make their dreams come true.

 

Purchase tickets at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

Art Walk in the Park

First Friday of the month: May 1 / Jun 5 / Jul 3 / Aug 7 / Sep 4

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Throughout the Park

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 301 634 2222

 

Every First Friday, May through September from 6pm to 8pm, the Glen Echo Park Partnership hosts open studios and artist demonstrations throughout the park. Each month features different activities. Learn more at http://glenechopark.org/art-walk-park.

Contra Dance

May 1, 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Friday Night Dancers

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $10 / $5 age 17 and under

Contact Email: info@fridaynightdance.org

http://www.fridaynightdance.org/

 


 

The Friday Night Dancers present Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Tonight Valerie Young calls to Dead Sea Squirrels with Cathy Mason on fiddle, Craig Edwards on fiddle, banjo, and mandolin and Henry Yoshimura on guitar.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Polkas Plus Dance

Friday, May 1, 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Polkas Plus

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $15 (cash only)

Contact Email: polkasplus@gmail.com

 


 

POLKAS PLUS includes polka dances with some added styles, including swing, waltz, Latin, foxtrot, and more, performed by Mike Surratt and The Continentals! The dance begins with a basic Polka lesson at 7:30 pm with more advanced polka moves at 7:45 pm, all followed by dancing to The Continentals from 8:00 - 11:00 pm.

 

The Continentals of Washington, DC was formed in May 1972 and has been under the leadership of Accordionist/Keyboardist Mike Surratt since their humble beginning as a "German" Oom-Pah band. In their 42+ year history the band increased their repertoire incorporating many different ethnic styles of polka and waltz music, plus popular dance hits from the 1940's thru today. Many have tried to label this versatile group of musicians over the years, but most have faced the music that they just have to expect the unexpected at any given Continentals performance.

 

Admission of $15 per person (cash only) includes the lesson. Bring your dance shoes and enjoy dancing in air-conditioned comfort in summer, warmth in winter. No partner or prior experience needed. Refreshments for sale at the Cafe. Only water allowed in the Annex.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Glassworks

Ongoing

Saturdays - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Glassworks

Location: Caretaker's Cottage

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2280

http://www.glenechoglassworks.com

 


 

Glassworks was the Washington DC area's first glass school. Classes are taught year-round for both new and advanced students. During open studio hours view artists and work and purchase beautiful hand-blown glass.

Glen Echo Pottery

Ongoing (April 11 through December)

Saturday & Sunday - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Glen Echo Pottery

Location: Glen Echo Pottery Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: (301) 229-5585

http://www.glenechopottery.com

 


 

Glen Echo Pottery presents ongoing exhibitions in the Glen Echo Pottery gallery. These feature a special selection of work by resident artists, instructors, and students. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 5pm through December.  

 

Opening weekend is April 11 & 12, 2015.

More Than Dessert: Works by Jennifer Kahn Barlow

May 2 to May 31, 2015

Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Park View Gallery (formerly Partnership Office Gallery)

Admission: Free

Glen Echo Park Partnership presents paintings by Jennifer Kahn Barlow. The exhibition explores the complexity of dessert confections, beyond their sweet consumption. Desserts are often the center of celebrations and holidays, and this show captures these treats in close up oil paintings.  

Art Explorers Parent/Child Drop In Art

Saturdays, 10am - 12:30pm

Presenter: PGiP, Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: 10 years and under

Location: Candy Corner Studio

Admission: $10 per child (with adult)

http://www.pgip.org

 


 

Playgroup in the Park (PGiP) and the Partnership present Art Explorers Family Studio for parents and children. Each week explore a new art form or theme in the Candy Corner Studio.  Drop-in only; no pre-registration.  $10 per child/parent combo.

 

More information on our Art Explorers page>>

Mirror to the World 2015: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography

April 17 to June 1, 2015

Saturdays, 1 to 4pm, Sundays, 1 to 8pm

Presenter: Photoworks

Location: Photoworks Gallery

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2274

http://www.glenechophotoworks.org

The 7th annual “Mirror to the World” exhibition of documentary photography from all over will feature five riveting picture stories highlighting people at work, play and prayer, in locales as different as Havana, Cuba, Venice, Italy, and the Lincoln Memorial.Four of the stories are long essays by individual photographers; the fifth is a group effort documenting an ancient textile factory that produces glorious fabrics in the heart of Venice. The four individual exhibiting photographers are: David Myers, Erica Wissolik, Alain Durand and Barbara Tyroler. The group show photographers are: Rik Michaud, Diana Wanamaker, Steve Silverman, Sheryl Denbo, Ginger Werz-Petricka, Ron Petricka and Gana Browning.Once again, the show is curated by nationally acclaimed documentary photographer and author, Frank Van Riper. For more information, visit www.glenechophotoworks.org.

FAMILY DAY 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 11am to 4pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Park grounds

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

http://glenechopark.org/family-day-2015

 


 

FAMILY DAY 2015 celebrates the opening of Glen Echo Park's historic Dentzel Carousel for its 95th season and highlights the full range of programs offered at the Park. Visitors will enjoy art activities, face painting, performances, magic shows, storytelling, Park tours, and carousel rides! (tickets, $1.25). This year, with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council, we are especially pleased to present three new performances throughout the day - Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Noa Baum and Sankofa Dance Theater. FREE admission.

 

Elizabeth Laurel Korson

May 2 to May 31, 2015

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Stone Tower Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

Glen Echo Park Partnership presents new work by Elizabeth Laurel Korson inspired by Maine, along with other woodblock prints. Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm6pm.

Art For the Table

May 2 to May 31, 2015

Opening Reception, Saturday, May 2, 5 to 7pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Popcorn Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present a group exhibition of pottery and functional ceramics by Glen Echo Pottery, the Park's resident pottery program. The exhibition features recent work by instructors and advanced students.

 

To learn more about exhibitions at Glen Echo Park, visit: http://www.glenechopark.org/exhibitionsGallery Hours, Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm6pm.

 

Open Friday, May 1, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm for the Art Walk.  For more information about the Art Walk, click here.

Opening Reception, Saturday, May 2, 5 to 7pm.

32nd Annual Strauss Ball

Saturday, May 2, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Waltz Time

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20

Contact Email: info@waltztimedances.org

http://www.waltztimedances.org

 


 

Waltz Time presents the 32nd Annual Viennese Strauss Ball. 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! Live music is featured with a classical arrangement of Viennese waltzes of varying tempos, with a sprinkling of other couples dances, including polka, schottische and tango. The ensemble Olde Vienna includes Alexander Mitchell (violin), Elke Baker (violin/viola), Barbara Heitz (flute), Dave Wiesler (piano), and Ralph Gordon (bass). 8:00 pm - midnight in the beautiful Spanish Ballroom.

 

An introductory Viennese Waltz lesson at 8 pm is followed by dancing until midnight in the Spanish Ballroom. A Grand March, dance cards, Carousel rides ($1.25/person) and refreshments complete a perfect evening.

 

Special Double Dance Deal, tonight only: purchase a full-price ticket to the Strauss Ball and get into the Bumper Car Pavilion Swing dance for half price! Alternatively, purchase a full-price ticket to the Swing dance and get into the Strauss Ball for half price!  Just show your wristband when purchasing a ticket at the second dance.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Swing Dance

Saturday, May 2, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Jam Cellar

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: $18

Contact Email: huh@thejamcellar.com

http://www.thejamcellar.com

 


 

The Jam Cellar presents Grammy Nominee and Curator of the National Jukebox, David Sager and his seven piece Pie in the Sky Band to fill the Spanish Ballroom with the hot tunes of the jazz era. A DC local, Sager has played out his love of classic old-style jazz at festivals, symphony orchestras and dance events everywhere from the Parisian Opera Comique to New Orleans. This dance band plays everything from chunky Charleston to dynamic bal-swing.

 

Enjoy a beginner swing dance lesson at 8:00 pm (included in the admission), followed by dancing until midnight.

 

Special Double Dance Deal, tonight only: purchase a full-price ticket to the Jam Cellar Swing dance and get into the Strauss Ball for half price! Alternatively, purchase a full-price ticket to the Strauss Ball and get into the Swing dance for half price!  Just show your wristband when purchasing a ticket at the second dance.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Ballroom Dance

Sunday, May 3, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Hot Society Orchestra of Washington

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $15/ $5 age 12 and under

Contact Email: dave@hotsociety.net

http://www.hotsociety.net/

 


 

Join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for an afternoon of dancing, featuring music and dances from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Dancers will enjoy foxtrot, two-step, waltz, cha-cha, rhumba, swing and more in the Spanish Ballroom. A dance lesson for all levels is presented by professional instructors at 3 pm, followed by dancing to wonderful live music from 3:30 - 6:00 pm. Admission includes the lesson. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

Our lesson today will be basic Cha Cha.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Argentine Tango

Sunday, May 3, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $15/lesson or $10 "dance only" at 8:30 pm

Contact Name: Rene Davila

Contact Email: rene_f_davila@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tango-Brillante-DC/191689437524052

 


 

Tango Brillante DC is happy to offer Argentine Tango lessons followed by a Milonga most Sunday evenings. Dancers can choose either the beginner lesson from 6:30 - 7:30 pm or the special Milonga lesson from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, or both. Cost is $15/lesson and includes the Milonga that follows. For dancers who wish to attend just the Milonga, cost is $10 and the open dance runs from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. Rene will DJ with a mix of traditional tango with a little alternative added. No partner required.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, May 3, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 nonmembers/$10 FSGW members/$5 ages 17 and under

http://www.fsgw.org

 


 

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson at 7 p.m., followed by the called dance with live music by AP and the Banty Roosters and caller Yoyo Zhou from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Cinderella

            May 7- June 21, 2015

Presenter: the Puppet Co.

Recommended Ages: PreK - Grade 6

Location: the Puppet Co. Playhouse

Admission: $10

Contact Phone: 301-634-5380

http://www.thepuppetco.org

 


The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince.  The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival, and performed by invitation at the Center for Puppetry Arts, in Atlanta. Visit http://www.thepuppetco.org to learn more and purchase tickets.

Blues Dance

Thursday, May 7, 8:15 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $8

Contact Email: info@capitalblues.org

http://www.capitalblues.org/

 


 

Capital Blues proudly presents weekly Thursday night blues dances. We rotate DJs and instructors each week to inspire and challenge you. A beginner workshop from 8:15 - 9:00 pm offers important partnering basics for new dancers. The class is included with admission; no partner necessary. Dancing runs from 9 pm to 11:30 pm to blues music from every corner of the genre. Note: the entrance to Back Room Annex is on far left side of Spanish Ballroom.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra Dance

May 8 - SEE NOTE BELOW!

Presenter: Friday Night Dancers

Location: Walt Whitman H.S. May 8 ONLY!

Admission: $10 / $5 age 17 and under

Contact Email: info@fridaynightdance.org

http://www.fridaynightdance.org/

 


 

Tonight's contra dance will be held at Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD. Class at 7:30 pm., Dance from 8:30 - 11:30 pm Visit Friday Night Dancers for directions.

 

Tonight's relocation is ONLY for Friday, May 8. All other Friday night contra dances will be held at Glen Echo Park.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Salsa Dance

Friday, May 8, 8 pm - Midnight

Presenter: High Energy Productions

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $12

Contact Email: searchernet@comcast.net

http://www.oohsalsa.com/

 


 

High Energy Productions presents a Salsa dance, featuring a beginner/intermediate Salsa lesson from 8 - 9 pm, followed by recorded music from 9 pm - midnight. The lesson is included in the admission price.

 

Beginners are always welcome and no partner is required.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Waltz Dance

Sunday, May 10, 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Waltz Time

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $10

Contact Email: info@waltztimedances.org

http://www.waltztimedances.org

 


 

Waltz Time presents a beginning waltz lesson from 2:45 to 3:30 pm, followed by an afternoon of waltzes and other couples dances to live music.  Dancing from 3:30 to 6 pm.  As always, no partner is required for this dance in the Spanish Ballroom, and the cost is $10, including lesson. 

 

The band today is Blue Bamboo with Barbara Heitz (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), John Devine (guitar), Marc Glickman (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass).

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Family Dance

Sunday, May 10, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $5, age 4 and older

http://www.fsgw.org

 


 

The Family Dance program is a wonderful addition to the other family-oriented programs at Glen Echo Park. Spend the afternoon dancing with your children. Each of the family dances features live music and dance calling from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Bring your entire family, neighbors, church or synagogue group, birthday party, and girl or boy scout troop. Today's music and caller are Dave Eisenstadter with Lumber Jacksons.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Zydeco Dance

Sunday, May 10, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Dancing by the Bayou

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: $18

Contact Name: Michael & Sharon

Contact Email: dancingbythebayou@gmail.com

http://www.dancingbythebayou.com

 


 

Dancing by the Bayou presents a Zydeco dance with live music by Mo' Mojo in the Bumper Car Pavilion. Mo' Mojo is a hard driving, high energy, Zydeco-based "Party-Gras" Band. The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rub board, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion and drums.

 

Enjoy a beginner's lesson from 3:00 to 3:30 pm followed by dancing to the band from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Beginners always welcome and no partner is necessary.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Argentine Tango

Sunday, May 10, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $15/lesson or $10 "dance only" at 8:30 pm

Contact Name: Rene Davila

Contact Email: rene_f_davila@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tango-Brillante-DC/191689437524052

 


 

Tango Brillante DC is happy to offer Argentine Tango lessons followed by a Milonga most Sunday evenings. Dancers can choose either the beginner lesson from 6:30 - 7:30 pm or the special Milonga lesson from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, or both. Cost is $15/lesson and includes the Milonga that follows. For dancers who wish to attend just the Milonga, cost is $10 and the open dance runs from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. Rene will DJ with a mix of traditional tango with a little alternative added. No partner required.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, May 10, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 nonmembers/$10 FSGW members/$5 ages 17 and under

http://www.fsgw.org

 


 

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson at 7 p.m., followed by the called dance with live music by the Lumber Jackson 5 and caller Dave Eisenstadter from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Blues Dance

Thursday, May 14, 8:15 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $8

Contact Email: info@capitalblues.org

http://www.capitalblues.org/

 


 

Capital Blues proudly presents weekly Thursday night blues dances. We rotate DJs and instructors each week to inspire and challenge you. A beginner workshop from 8:15 - 9:00 pm offers important partnering basics for new dancers. The class is included with admission; no partner necessary. Dancing runs from 9 pm to 11:30 pm to blues music from every corner of the genre. Note: the entrance to Back Room Annex is on far left side of Spanish Ballroom.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra Dance

May 15, 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Friday Night Dancers

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $10 / $5 age 17 and under

Contact Email: info@fridaynightdance.org

http://www.fridaynightdance.org/

 


 

The Friday Night Dancers present Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Tonight Ron Buchanan calls to Frost & Fire with Viveka Fox on fiddle, djembe, and bodhran, Peter Macfarlane on fiddle and low whistle, Aaron Marcus on piano, concertina, banjo, and foot percussion and Hollis Easter on flute, Scottish border pipes, whistle, guitar, and mandolin.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Balboa DJ Dance

Friday, May 15, 8:30 - 11:30 pm

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $10

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

Here's a chance for Balboa/Bal-Swing enthusiasts to dance to great DJ music on one of the best dance floors in the universe. Enjoy a casual, friendly atmosphere where you can Bal 'til your heart's content (but no one will mind if you throw in a little Lindy upon occasion, either!)

 

Drop-in beginner swing lesson at 8:30 pm with Dabe and Janelle, dance from 9 pm-11:30 pm.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Gala Dance: Two Bands, Two Dances!

Saturday, May 16, 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom & Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: $25

Contact Name: Debbie Mueller

Contact Email: dmueller@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301.634.2230

http://www.glenechopark.org/2015-gala-dance

 


 

The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents their annual Gala Dance featuring TWO Bands and TWO Dances! Starting at 8 pm, join caller Tom Hinds for a contra dance lesson followed by dancing to the band Cabaret Sauvignon until 11:30 pm. At the same time enjoy the 19th Street Band in the Spanish Ballroom from 9 pm - 11:30 pm for fabulous music and many different dance options!

 

The evening includes dessert, beverages, and free carousel rides. Guests may move between the dances freely, enjoying the best of two great bands!

 

To purchase advance tickets online visit Gala Double Dance Tickets! A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Argentine Tango

Sunday, May 17, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $15/lesson or $10 "dance only" at 8:30 pm

Contact Name: Rene Davila

Contact Email: rene_f_davila@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tango-Brillante-DC/191689437524052

 


 

Tango Brillante DC is happy to offer Argentine Tango lessons followed by a Milonga most Sunday evenings. Dancers can choose either the beginner lesson from 6:30 - 7:30 pm or the special Milonga lesson from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, or both. Cost is $15/lesson and includes the Milonga that follows. For dancers who wish to attend just the Milonga, cost is $10 and the open dance runs from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. Rene will DJ with a mix of traditional tango with a little alternative added. No partner required.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, May 17, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 nonmembers/$10 FSGW members/$5 ages 17 and under

http://www.fsgw.org

 


 

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson at 7 p.m., followed by the called dance with live music by Frost and Fire and caller Bob Isaacs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Blues Dance

Thursday, May 21, 8:15 pm - midnight

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $12

Contact Email: info@capitalblues.org

http://www.capitalblues.org/

 


 

Capital Blues proudly presents weekly Thursday night blues dances. We rotate DJs and instructors each week to inspire and challenge you, but this week we have a special treat - live music by the Perseverance Jazz Band! A beginner workshop from 8:15 - 9:00 pm offers important partnering basics for new dancers. The class is included with admission; no partner necessary. Dancing runs from 9 pm to midnight. Note: the entrance to Back Room Annex is on far left side of Spanish Ballroom.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Red Hot Blues!

Friday, May 22, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: $20

Contact Email: info@capitalblues.org

http://www.capitalblues.org/

 


 

Capital Blues kicks off their Red Hot Blues weekend with a Friday evening dance featuring live music by Full Power Blues. Formerly known as the D.C. Blues Society Band, this six-piece ensemble features high-energy tunes and vocals by Anisha "Mama Moon" Newbill.

 

A beginner workshop from 8:00 - 9:00 pm offers important partnering basics for new dancers. The class is included with admission; no partner necessary. Dancing runs from 9 pm to midnight to fabulous live music.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra Dance

May 22, 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Friday Night Dancers

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $10 / $5 age 17 and under

Contact Email: info@fridaynightdance.org

http://www.fridaynightdance.org/

 


 

The Friday Night Dancers present Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Tonight George Marshall calls to Swallowtail with David Cantieni on winds, Ron Grosslein on fiddle, Timm Triplett on piano, George Marshall on concertina and Tim van Egmond on hammered dulcimer.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Red Hot Blues!

Saturday, May 23, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20

Contact Email: info@capitalblues.org

http://www.capitalblues.org/

 


 

Capital Blues continues its Red Hot Blues weekend with a Saturday evening blues dance featuring live music by John Németh. His innovative music has been called an "amalgamation of scorching harmonica-driven blues and sweet, blue-eyed soul." Németh was named the Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year at the 2014 Blues Music Awards.

 

A beginner workshop from 8:00 - 9:00 pm offers important partnering basics for new dancers. The class is included with admission; no partner necessary. Dancing runs from 9 pm to midnight to fabulous live music.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Waltz Dance

Sunday, May 24, 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Waltz Time

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $10

Contact Email: info@waltztimedances.org

http://www.waltztimedances.org

 


 

Waltz Time presents a beginning waltz lesson from 2:45 to 3:30 pm, followed by an afternoon of waltzes and other couples dances to live music.  Dancing from 3:30 to 6 pm.  As always, no partner is required for this dance in the Spanish Ballroom, and the cost is $10, including lesson. 

 

The band today is Swallowtail with George Marshall (concertina), Ron Grosslein (fiddle, mandolin), Tim van Egmond (hammered dulcimer), Timm Triplett (keyboard), David Cantieni (wind instruments).

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Red Hot Blues!

Sunday, May 24, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $20

Contact Email: info@capitalblues.org

http://www.capitalblues.org/

 


 

The finale of Capital Blues' Red Hot Blues weekend is this Sunday evening blues dance featuring live music by Eli Cook. Eli Cook has been touring up and down the East Coast since he got his start in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. His music is a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, bringing rockin' guitar to the Southern blues tradition.   

 

A beginner workshop from 8:00 - 9:00 pm offers important partnering basics for new dancers. The class is included with admission; no partner necessary. Dancing runs from 9 pm to midnight to fabulous live music.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, May 24, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 nonmembers/$10 FSGW members/$5 ages 17 and under

http://www.fsgw.org

 


 

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson at 7 p.m., followed by the called dance with live music by Swallowtail and callers George and Tim from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Blues Dance

Thursday, May 28, 8:15 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Back Room Annex

Admission: $8

Contact Email: info@capitalblues.org

http://www.capitalblues.org/

 


 

Capital Blues proudly presents weekly Thursday night blues dances. We rotate DJs and instructors each week to inspire and challenge you. A beginner workshop from 8:15 - 9:00 pm offers important partnering basics for new dancers. The class is included with admission; no partner necessary. Dancing runs from 9 pm to 11:30 pm to blues music from every corner of the genre. Note: the entrance to Back Room Annex is on far left side of Spanish Ballroom.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra Dance

May 29, 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Friday Night Dancers

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $10 / $5 age 17 and under

Contact Email: info@fridaynightdance.org

http://www.fridaynightdance.org/

 


 

The Friday Night Dancers present Contra dancing as well as some square dances and waltzes. Contra dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. followed by the called dance to live music from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Tonight Susan Taylor calls to Contranella with Megan Beller on fiddle, Charley Beller on percussion, and John Wobus on piano.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Cajun/Zydeco Dance

Friday, May 29, 8:30 pm - midnight

Presenter: Dancing by the Bayou

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: $20

Contact Name: Michael & Sharon

Contact Email: dancingbythebayou@gmail.com

http://www.dancingbythebayou.com

 


Dancing by the Bayou presents a Zydeco dance with Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys in the Bumper Car Pavilion. Rosie Ledet is one of the premier female artists on the Zydeco scene, with a distinctive soulful voice and slick accordion playing.  She brings Rock and Blues flavors to Zydeco while staying true to her bayou roots, prompting the New York Times to write, "if the Allman Brothers went zydeco, they would probably sound like Rosie Ledet."

 

Join us for a lesson at 8:30 pm followed by dancing from 9 pm - midnight.  Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Washington Folk Festival 2015

May 30 – 31, 2015, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Location: Glen Echo Park

Admission: Free

http://www.fsgw.org

 


 

The Washington Folk Festival is back for its 35th year at Glen Echo Park. This FREE festival celebrates the many folk music, dance and craft traditions that are part of the greater Washington area. The Festival features over 450 of the best traditional musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople from the Greater Washington Area. Five stages simultaneously present music and dance for a total of nearly 70 hours of live performance. The festival also includes a storytelling stage, dance workshops in the Spanish Ballroom, a craft marketplace in the Bumper Car Pavilion, and many spontaneous picking sessions in the Park’s picnic grove.

 

Parking and Metro Access:
Due to the popularity of the festival, Glen Echo Park does not have enough parking for everyone. To accommodate festival patrons, GEICO  provides satellite parking at the GEICO campus in Friendship Heights, MD. GEICO is located just two blocks west of Wisconsin Avenue on Western Avenue. The festival provides free, continuously-running shuttle buses to and from the festival site from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. You can also ride METRO to the Friendship Heights Station, walk the short distance to GEICO and ride the free shuttle.

Swing Dance

Saturday, May 30, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Tom Cunningham Orchestra

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $18

http://www.tomcunningham.com

 


 

Hear for yourself why Frankie Manning, one of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and an icon to the Swing World, called the Tom Cunningham Orchestra “the Swingin’est Band in all the Land!” The 16-piece orchestra’s appearances at Glen Echo Park are a Washington institution going back to 1983 and celebrated on TV, radio, newspapers and in books. So take a tip from The Washington Post’s Mike Joyce, “The Cunningham Band is bound to please.”

 

This evening the orchestra will feature the music of Benny Goodman! Enjoy a beginning swing lesson at 8 pm, followed by dancing from 9 pm to midnight.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, May 31, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 nonmembers/$10 FSGW members/$5 ages 17 and under

http://www.fsgw.org

 


 

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson at 7 p.m., followed by the called dance with live music by Chirps Smith and Steve Rosen with caller Ann Fallon from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 

For a list of all the May dances, visit the May 2015 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.