April 2016 - All Events

Beauty and the Beast

             February 25 to April 10, 2016

Presenter: the Puppet Co.

Recommended Ages: 5 years to adult

Location: the Puppet Co. Playhouse

Admission: $12

Contact Phone: 301-634-5380

http://www.thepuppetco.org

 


 

A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter.  Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story.  Winner of a Citation of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, it has played successfully to children and families nationwide.

 

Age recommendation: 5 years to adult; Running time: 40 minutes.

 

Purchase tickets at www.thepuppetco.org

James and the Giant Peach

February 14 - April 5, 2016

Presenter: Adventure Theatre MTC

Recommended Ages: All ages

Location: Adventure Theatre

Contact Phone: 301-634-2270

http://www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

 


 

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach - and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the TONY Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald.

 

Purchase tickets at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

Contra Dance

April 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 Bob Isaacs and Bryan Suchenski call to Tempest with Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar/mandolin and Eric Metzgar on drum/percussion.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Saturdays, 10am - 4pm

Sundays, 11am - 4pm

Weekdays by appointment

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Recommended Ages: All Ages

Location: Aquarium (former Living Classrooms Children's Museum)

Admission: $6; $5 for military and seniors

http://www.gepaquarium.org

 


 

The Glen Echo Park Aquarium is a Chesapeake Bay discovery center based in Glen Echo Park.  The Aquarium is now open on weekends (weekdays by appointment) and includes live animal exhibits as well as static displays that help our visitors appreciate and learn about our nation's largest estuary. The aquarium is managed by Under the Sea, a live sea creature outreach company based in Northern Virginia, and has a partnership with the College of Exploration. 

 

Hours March 21 to April 30:

     Saturdays, 10am to 4pm

     Sundays, 11am to 4pm

         

Hours for May:

     Wednesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm

     Saturday, 10am to 4pm

     Sunday, 11am to 4pm

 
Hours for June through September:

     Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm

     Sunday, 11am to 4pm

 

More information on our Aquarium page >>

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>>

Rendering the Spirit

March 18 - April 11, 2016

Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm and Sundays, 1 - 8 pm

Reception Sat, March 26

Presenter: Photoworks

Location: Photoworks Gallery - First Floor Arcade Building

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2274

http://www.glenechophotoworks.org

 


 

Photoworks is proud to present Rendering the Spirit, The Personal Image in Alternative Media, a juried exhibition featuring photographs created using an historic or alternative process.

 

Render (v): to distill, to cook down to its essence, to translate, to represent.

 

Rendering: an act of bringing into being, of distillation, of translation, of representation. By aiming our gaze at works created using “alternative” processes, we aim to show the diversity of work being created at this nexus of the 19th and 21st centuries and engage in a dialog about what it means to create work using anachronistic techniques.

 

Jurors: Scott Davis and Mac Cosgrove-Davies, Photoworks Faculty
 

Opening Reception

March 26, 2016, 6 to 8pm

Yellow Barn Gallery

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

Presenter: Yellow Barn Studio

Location: Yellow Barn Gallery

Admission: Free

http://www.yellowbarnstudio.com

 


 

The Yellow Barn Gallery hosts individual and group art exhibitions year-round and is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm.  The Yellow Barn Studio provides an array of programs for Yellow Barn members. Exhibitions change weekly.  For current schedule see the Yellow Barn website.

Carousel Inspirations

April 2 to May 14, 2016

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

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Park View Gallery (2nd Floor in the Arcade Building)

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

http://GlenEchoPark.org/Exhibitions

 


 

Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Carousel Inspirations.  This exhibition features mixed media work inspired by Glen Echo Park's historic Dentzel Carousel.  The Carousel is celebrated in this year's Gala in the Park, held on Saturday, May 14.  More Gala in the Park info

 

Art Walk in the Park Reception

Friday, May 6, 6 to 8pm

 

Park View Gallery (2nd level Arcade Building)

Monday through Saturday 10:00 am till 6:00 pm

CONTAINMENT/RELEASE

April 2 to May 8, 2016

Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm to 6pm

Artists' Reception, Sunday, April 10, 3 to 5pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Popcorn Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

 


 

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present the exhibition CONTAINMENT/RELEASE.

 

Fabiola Yurcisin and Judith Pratt bring two strong and complementary visions to Glen Echo’s Popcorn Gallery.  Yurcisin’s woven structures, cages, and installations present objects that question our concept of beauty and waste, as well as challenge our view of cultural norms.  Pratt’s wall installations, fragments, and totems combine utilitarian materials that produce an unconventional sense of gesture and movement.  Together, the two artists offer the viewer a vibrant visual experience. 

 

Artists' Reception

Sunday, April 10, 3 to 5pm

 

Art Walk in the Park Reception

Friday, May 6, 2016, 6 to 8pm

Subtle Structure

April 2 to May 8, 2016

Saturdays & Sundays, 12 pm to 6 pm

Artist's Reception, Sunday, April 10, 3 to 5pm

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

 


 

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Subtle Structure featuring the work of Monica Stroik.  In this series of works, Monica Stroik creates an environment or atmosphere that conceptually becomes two-fold. Stroik goes off of the idea of space versus place. The paintings may depict the natural organic world in relationship with the human architectonic influence. Her paintings can also depict the psychological space of where the viewer is standing and visually where these groups of paintings take them. By breaking through those expected barriers of walls to change the viewer’s perspective, both literally and figuratively, Stroik guides the eye through and beyond the gallery walls. With each painting she creates an individual experience along with a collective spatial experience within an entire group of paintings, creating an illusion of space and a feeling of infinity.

 

Artist's Reception

Sunday, April 10, 3 to 5pm

 

Art Walk in the Park Reception

Friday, May 6, 6 to 8pm

 

Stone Tower Gallery

Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm to 6pm

 

Glen Echo Pottery

Ongoing (April 2 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 2 & 3, 2016.

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.

Zouk and Kizomba Social

Saturday, April 2, 7:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Kizoukchata Nights

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $5 for dance only / $10 for one lesson & dance / $15 for both lessons & dance

Contact Email: henokg@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/Kizoukchata/

 


 

Kizoukchata Nights presents a weekly Saturday evening social featuring Zouk and Kizomba dances with a Bachata chaser. We are now offering expanded dance lessons prior to the social! From 7:00 - 8:00 pm there will be an open-level Kizomba lesson, followed by an open-level Zouk lesson from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. The DJ dance runs from 9:00 pm until midnight and will feature a variety of music. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

Zouk is a Brazilian dance derived from Lambada. Kizomba originated in Angola and grew out of Compas dancing, a Caribbean merengue style. Both styles feature sensual rhythms, flowing movements, and are great for beginning dancers.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Swing Dance

Saturday, April 2, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Flying Feet Enterprises

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $18

Contact Email: dance@flyingfeet.org

http://www.flyingfeet.org

 


 

Flying Feet Enterprises presents a night of swing dancing in the Spanish Ballroom with live music by the Radio King Orchestra with the Fabulous Pincurl Girls. One of Washington's most exciting and elegant dance bands, the Radio King Orchestra has performed in the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall and Carter Barron Amphitheatre, and even appeared in an episode of NBC's The West Wing. Drawing on the talents of musicians from across the Washington metropolitan area, the band recreates the magic of yesteryear. Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman and Frank Sinatra are but a few of the artists this band celebrates. The arrangements, performed as originally recorded by the big band artists, stress acoustical dynamics, superior vocals, and "toe-tapping" rhythms.

 

A beginning Swing lesson from 8 to 9 pm is included with admission and is followed by dancing until midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

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.

Waltz Dance

Sunday, April 3, 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 runs 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. 

 

Today's dance features the band DEVINE COMEDY with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), John Devine (guitar, vocals), and Ralph Gordon (bass).

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Argentine Tango

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

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

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

Contact Name: René 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. René will DJ a mix of traditional tango with a little alternative added. No partner required.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, April 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 dance with caller and live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tonight Brian Hamshar calls with Atlantic Crossing.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Blues Dance

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

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Ballroom Back Room

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 Ballroom Back Room is on far left side of Spanish Ballroom.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra Dance

April 8, 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 Dave Colestock calls to the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Salsa Dance

Friday, April 8, 8 pm - Midnight

Presenter: High Energy Productions

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $12 for lesson & dance / $8 dance only

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 a DJ dance 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 April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Meet the Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Saturday, April 9 at 11am

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: All Ages

Location: Glen Echo Park Aquarium (former Living Classrooms Children's Museum) building and grounds

Admission: Free for Members and donors

http://www.glenechopark.org/memberdonor-event-meet-gep-aquarium

 


Come meet the Glen Echo Park Aquarium at this special Member and Donor Appreciation Event. Join us in the Ballroom Back Room for a presentation by Aquarium Director Andrew Wilson. Afterwards enjoy FREE ADMISSION to the aquarium for the afternoon. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

 

RSVP by Thursday, April 7.

   

More information >>

Zouk and Kizomba Social - ***Canceled***

Saturday, April 9, 7:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Kizoukchata Nights

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $5 for dance only / $10 for one lesson & dance / $15 for both lessons & dance

Contact Email: henokg@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/Kizoukchata/

 


***Tonight's dance has been canceled. We will return next Saturday, April 16.***

Kizoukchata Nights presents a weekly Saturday evening social featuring Zouk and Kizomba dances with a Bachata chaser. We are now offering expanded dance lessons prior to the social! From 7:00 - 8:00 pm there will be an open-level Kizomba lesson, followed by an open-level Zouk lesson from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. The DJ dance runs from 9:00 pm until midnight and will feature a variety of music. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

Zouk is a Brazilian dance derived from Lambada. Kizomba originated in Angola and grew out of Compas dancing, a Caribbean merengue style. Both styles feature sensual rhythms, flowing movements, and are great for beginning dancers.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

COLLEGE NIGHT Swing Dance

Saturday, April 9, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Tom Cunningham Orchestra

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $18 / $14 with valid college or high school student ID

http://www.tomcunningham.com

 


 

Special Features for College Night:

 

- First 100 students get a FREE logo water bottle or drawstring backpack

- Swing dance performance by Gottaswing's Eight Week Wonders

 

This dance is a special celebration of the music of Artie Shaw.

 

New this year: Tom has asked some of the finest young jazz musicians in the area to come and play a set during the first band-break. That way you can keep swingin' to live music while the big band takes a rest, and these youth players can experience the thrill of performing in the Spanish Ballroom. Tonight's special guests: the Seneca Valley High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Adam R. Stephens.

 

Enjoy a beginning swing lesson with Tom & Debra of Gottaswing at 8 pm, followed by dancing from 9 pm to midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Western Swing Dance

Sunday, April 10, 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $12

Contact Name: Reuven Eitan

Contact Email: reitan@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2229

http://www.glenechopark.org

 


 

Join us in the Spanish Ballroom on Sunday afternoon for a Western Swing dance with the Oklahoma Twisters! The Twisters are a six-piece band in the tradition of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. They play tunes geared toward social dancing, with a mix of Texas two-step, swing, waltz, and polka. Put together three guitars (rhythm, lead, and steel), fiddle, and an up-tempo rhythm section, and you get music that is downright fun to dance to.

 

Local dance instructor Lloyd Thompson will teach a beginner lesson from 2:45 - 3:30 covering the basics of Texas two-step, swing, waltz, and polka. He'll follow up with a brief lesson on turns during the band break. Dancing runs from 3:30 - 6:00 pm. $12 admission includes the lessons and dancing. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Family Dance

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

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Ballroom Back Room

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 called dances from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Bring your entire family, neighbors, birthday party, and girl or boy scout troop. 

 

Today's music and calling by Liz Donaldson and Friends.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Argentine Tango

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

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

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

Contact Name: René 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. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

Tonight's milonga will feature live music by Emmanuel Trifilio (bandoneon) and Ramon Gonzalez (guitar). This is a great opportunity for new tango dancers to appreciate the wonderful music and majestic sound of the bandoneon, a very unique instrument. All this combined with the artistry of Emanuel who has just released a song whose title is Glen Echo Park!

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, April 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 dance with caller and live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tonight Caroline Barnes calls with Honeysuckle Rose.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Sleeping Beauty

            April 14 to May 29, 2016

Presenter: the Puppet Co.

Recommended Ages: 5 years to adult

Location: the Puppet Co. Playhouse

Admission: $12

Contact Phone: 301-634-5380

http://www.thepuppetco.org

 


 

A story combining romance, adventure, fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small!

 

Age recommendation: 3 1/2 years to adult; Running time: 45 minutes.

 

Purchase tickets at www.thepuppetco.org

Swing Dance

Thursday, April 14, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: DCLX

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: $18

Contact Email: info@dclx.org

http://www.dclx.org

 


 

The DC Lindy Exchange presents a swing dance with live music by Sarah Sullivan & The New Old Fashioneds in the historic Bumper Car Pavilion. Made up of a few of Baltimore's best musicians, a few of of its most notorious personalities, and some other people that definitely count, the New Old Fashioneds play traditional jazz songs designed to make you dance.

 

Lessons from 8:00 - 9:00 pm, followed by dancing from 9:00 - midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

This dance is part of DCLX's annual dance weekend. For information on other events taking place at Glen Echo Park and around the DC area, please visit DCLX.org.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Blues Dance

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

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $12

Contact Email: info@capitalblues.org

http://www.capitalblues.org/

 


 

Capital Blues proudly presents weekly Thursday night blues dances. Tonight's dance features live music by Full Power Blues. 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 fabulous live blues music. Note: the entrance to Ballroom Back Room is on far left side of Spanish Ballroom.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra Dance

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

Presenter: Friday Night Dancers

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

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 Luke Donforth calls to Sugar Beat with Marc Glickman on piano/bodhran, Elke Baker on fiddle and Susan Brandt on flute.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Swing Dance

Friday, April 15, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: DCLX

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20

Contact Email: info@dclx.org

http://www.dclx.org

 


 

The DC Lindy Exchange presents a swing dance with live music by The Gordon Webster Big Band in the historic Spanish Ballroom. Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a variety of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.

 

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

 

This dance is part of DCLX's annual dance weekend. For information on other events taking place at Glen Echo Park and around the DC area, please visit DCLX.org.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Double Vision 2

Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Presenter: Yellow Barn Studio

Location: Yellow Barn Gallery

Admission: Free

http://www.yellowbarnstudio.com

 


 

The Yellow Barn Gallery presents Double Vision 2 by Christianne King and Anka Zaremba. Artist reception is Saturday, April 16, 5 to 7 pm. Yellow Barn website.

Zouk and Kizomba Social

Saturday, April 16, 7:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Kizoukchata Nights

Location: North Arcade Room 202/203

Admission: $5 for dance only / $10 for one lesson & dance / $15 for both lessons & dance

Contact Email: henokg@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/Kizoukchata/

 


 

Kizoukchata Nights presents a weekly Saturday evening social featuring Zouk and Kizomba dances with a Bachata chaser. We are now offering expanded dance lessons prior to the social! From 7:00 - 8:00 pm there will be an open-level Kizomba lesson, followed by an open-level Zouk lesson from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. The DJ dance runs from 9:00 pm until midnight and will feature a variety of music. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

Zouk is a Brazilian dance derived from Lambada. Kizomba originated in Angola and grew out of Compas dancing, a Caribbean merengue style. Both styles feature sensual rhythms, flowing movements, and are great for beginning dancers.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Swing Dance

Saturday, April 16, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: DCLX

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20

Contact Email: info@dclx.org

http://www.dclx.org

 


 

The DC Lindy Exchange presents a swing dance with live music by The Jonathan Stout Orchestra in the historic Spanish Ballroom. The Jonathan Stout Orchestra is the nation’s premier swing dance big band. Like an upsized version of the Campus Five, the Orchestra showcases the big band sound of the late 1930s and early 1940s, and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The 15-piece Orchestra captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that are aggressive and tight, and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.

 

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

 

This dance is part of DCLX's annual dance weekend. For information on other events taking place at Glen Echo Park and around the DC area, please visit DCLX.org.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Waltz Dance

Sunday, April 17, 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 runs 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. 

 

Today's dance features the band Rosinance with David Knight, Dave Wiesler, and Josh Burdick.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Cajun/Zydeco Dance

Sunday, April 17, 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 Cajun/Zydeco dance with live music by the Wild Anacostias in the Bumper Car Pavilion.

 

Enjoy music and dancing from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (no dance lesson today). Beginners always welcome and no partner is necessary.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Argentine Tango

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

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

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

Contact Name: René 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. René will DJ a mix of traditional tango with a little alternative added. No partner required.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, April 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 dance with caller and live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 

Tonight Luke Donforth calls to the music of Rosinance.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Blues Dance

Thursday, April 21, 8:15 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Ballroom Back Room

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 Ballroom Back Room is on far left side of Spanish Ballroom.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

The Emperor's Nightingale

April 22 to May 30, 2016

Presenter: Adventure Theatre MTC

Recommended Ages: All ages

Location: Adventure Theatre

Contact Phone: 301-634-2270

http://www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

 


 

The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless prince to become a King. Based off of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.

 

Purchase tickets at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

Mirror to the World: Documentary Photography Exhibition 2016

April 22 to May 29, 2016

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

Opening Reception, Friday, April 22, 6 to 8pm

Presenter: Photoworks

Location: Photoworks Gallery - First Floor Arcade Building

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2274

http://www.glenechophotoworks.org

 


 

Eighth Annual 'Mirror to the World' Exhibition Features Documentary Photography from China to Campobello

 

Glen Echo Photoworks' eighth annual Mirror to the World exhibition of documentary photography features work by five area photographers who have traveled the world to capture stories of people and their environments. From fishermen battling the sea on Campobello, New Brunswick, to moviemakers in China, to dramatic views of the effect of climate change worldwide, this year's "Mirror" show lives up to its mandate to provide compelling, colorful stories that reflect the human condition.

 

As before, this year's show was curated by Frank Van Riper, longtime Photoworks faculty member and author of five books, including the internationally bestselling Serenissima: Venice in Winter.
 

Opening Reception

Friday, April 22, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Contra Dance

April 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 Ron Blechner calls to Transatlantic Crossing.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Abraham C. Garcia and Carlos E. Garcia

Saturday - Sunday - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Presenter: Yellow Barn Studio

Location: Yellow Barn Gallery

Admission: Free

http://www.yellowbarnstudio.com

 


 

The Yellow Barn Gallery presents Abraham C. Garcia and Carlos E. Garcia. April 23 to 24, artists reception Saturday, April 23, 5 to 8 pm.   Yellow Barn website

Castle Tour 2016

Saturday, April 23, 1 to 5pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park

Recommended Ages: All Ages

Location: Baltzley and Charles Castles

Admission: $75 per person donation/ $60 for members

Contact Name: Laurel Semple

Contact Email: lsemple@glenechopark.org

http://www.glenechopark.org/castle-tour

 


 

Want to support the arts and cultural programs at Glen Echo Park? You can do both of these at once when you join us on April 23 for a CASTLE TOUR FUNDRAISER. Tour two beautifully restored historic castles, and your donation of $75 supports the Park!

 

This special event includes:

·      Self-guided access to the historic Baltzley and Charles Castles

·      Wine & refreshments

·      Parking on site

 

A limited number of tickets are available online by making a donation at www.glenechopark.org/donatePlease be sure to type“Castle Tour Fundraiser” in the Special Instructions section of the online donation form. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law; we will provide you with a donation receipt for your records.

 

We expect that this event will sell out; we recommend that you reserve your ticket/make your donation by Wednesday, April 20th.

 

This event will take place rain or shine. We ask that guests wear soft-soled shoes – no high heels – since there are steep inclines and stairs and also to protect the floors within the homes. Please note that these are private homes and therefore  are not necessarily wheelchair accessible. Guests provide their own transportation.

Zouk and Kizomba Social

Saturday, April 23, 7:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Kizoukchata Nights

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: $5 for dance only / $10 for one lesson & dance / $15 for both lessons & dance

Contact Email: henokg@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/Kizoukchata/

 


 

Kizoukchata Nights presents a weekly Saturday evening social featuring Zouk and Kizomba dances with a Bachata chaser. We are now offering expanded dance lessons prior to the social! From 7:00 - 8:00 pm there will be an open-level Kizomba lesson, followed by an open-level Zouk lesson from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. The DJ dance runs from 9:00 pm until midnight and will feature a variety of music. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

Zouk is a Brazilian dance derived from Lambada. Kizomba originated in Angola and grew out of Compas dancing, a Caribbean merengue style. Both styles feature sensual rhythms, flowing movements, and are great for beginning dancers.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Swing Dance

Saturday, April 23, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

American Swing presents a swing dance with live music by London's Jive Aces in the Spanish Ballroom!

We are soooooo lucky to catch the Aces for a last-minute trip through Washington, DC! The Jive Aces will be leaving our dance to drive directly to Pittsburgh, so that's why the times for this dance are earlier. The Aces will still play their usual three sets but with shorter breaks, so we'll still have the same amount of music with this fantastic band.

 

Join us for a fabulous night of manic swing dance fun with the UK's top swing band! This wildly popular group has performed at thousands of festivals, theaters and events throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, as well as Japan, Israel and the Caribbean. Renowned for their high-energy music and spectacular stage show, you'll be treated to swing and R&B classes made famous by greats such as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Big Joe Turner, and Sammy Davis, Jr., among others. 

 

After you see them, you’ll know why we NEVER miss a chance to host the Jive Aces!! 

 

Please note the special schedule for tonight's dance: beginner swing lesson with Tom and Debra from 8-8:30pm, dance 8:30-11pm.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Ballroom Dance

Sunday, April 24, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Mike's Ballroom Blast

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $10

Contact Name: Mike Surratt

Contact Email: mikesurrattmusic@gmail.com

Contact Phone: 301-577-6488

http://www.ballroomblast.com

 


 

Join us in the Spanish Ballroom on Sunday afternoon for Mike’s Ballroom Blast – featuring Mike Surratt & the ECB playing a wide variety of dance music to include Foxtrot, Rumba, Samba, Mambo, Tango, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Waltz, Swing, and More! A dance lesson for all levels is presented 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.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Argentine Tango

Sunday, April 24, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

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

Contact Name: René 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. René will DJ a mix of traditional tango with a little alternative added. No partner required.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, April 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 dance with caller and live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

 

Tonight Gaye Fifer calls to the music of Devine Comedy.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

CANCELED *Contra Sonic Dance* CANCELED

Thursday, April 28, 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: FSGW

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $8; $6 for FSGW members, and age 17 and under

Contact Name: www.fsgw.org

http://www.fsgw.org

 


CANCELED * CANCELED * CANCELED

 

Experience ContraSonic - called contra dances to electronic music in a ballroom filled with strobes, glow sticks, and blue lights!  

 

This dance includes a beginner lesson at 7:30 pm, followed by dancing from 8 pm - 11:00 pm. First-time Contra dancers are welcome and no partner is necessary.

 

Please check back for information about tonight's caller and DJ.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Blues Dance

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

Presenter: Capital Blues

Location: Ballroom Back Room

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 Ballroom Back Room is on far left side of Spanish Ballroom.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Contra Dance

April 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 Brian Hamshar calls to Contra Rebels with Tom Clewell and Barb Schmid on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on base and Henry Koretsky on guitar.

 

Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

FAMILY DAY 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 11am to 4pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Park grounds

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

http://www.glenechopark.org/family-day-2016-1

 


 

FAMILY DAY 2016 celebrates the opening of Glen Echo Park's historic Dentzel Carousel for its 96th season and highlights the full range of programs offered at the Park. Visitors will enjoy art activities, open studios, face painting, performances, magic shows, storytelling, and carousel rides! (tickets, $1.25). FREE admission.

 

 

Broad Strokes: Nancy Arons, Kathy Byrnes, Jennifer Howard, and Marybeth Paterson

April 30 - May 1, 2016

Saturday - Sunday - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Presenter: Yellow Barn Studio

Location: Yellow Barn Gallery

Admission: Free

http://www.yellowbarnstudio.com

 


 

The Yellow Barn Gallery presents Broad Strokes featuring Nancy Arons, Kathy Byrnes, Jennifer Howard, and Marybeth Paterson. This show is inspired by their adventures painting together, filtered through their individual perspectives. An Artists' reception will be held May 1, 4 to 7 pm. Show runs April 30 to May 1.  Yellow Barn website.

33rd Annual Strauss Ball

Saturday, April 30, 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 33rd Annual Viennese Waltz Ball: "An Evening with Strauss." 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), Chelle Fulke (violin, viola), Barbara Heitz (flute, piccolo), 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.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Zouk and Kizomba Social

Saturday, April 30, 7:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Kizoukchata Nights

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $5 for dance only / $10 for one lesson & dance / $15 for both lessons & dance

Contact Email: henokg@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/Kizoukchata/

 


 

Kizoukchata Nights presents a weekly Saturday evening social featuring Zouk and Kizomba dances with a Bachata chaser. We are now offering expanded dance lessons prior to the social! From 7:00 - 8:00 pm there will be an open-level Kizomba lesson, followed by an open-level Zouk lesson from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. The DJ dance runs from 9:00 pm until midnight and will feature a variety of music. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

Zouk is a Brazilian dance derived from Lambada. Kizomba originated in Angola and grew out of Compas dancing, a Caribbean merengue style. Both styles feature sensual rhythms, flowing movements, and are great for beginning dancers.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.

Swing Dance

Saturday, April 30, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Jam Cellar

Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Admission: $18 / $14 with a valid student ID

Contact Email: huh@thejamcellar.com

http://www.thejamcellar.com

 


 

The Jam Cellar presents a swing dance with live music in the Bumper Car Pavilion. Tonight's dance features Craig Gildner's Blue Crescent Syncopators.

 

Included in the admission is a beginning swing dance lesson from 8 to 9 pm, followed by dancing until midnight.

 

For a list of all the April dances, visit the April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance calendar.