Social Dances




Enjoy dancing at Glen Echo Park every Thursday through Sunday


An introductory lesson at the beginning of each event will get you started, and the lesson is included in the price of admission!





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According to Washingtonian magazine, the Spanish Ballroom "dominates the local swing scene." We couldn't agree more. And to that we would add the contra scene, the waltz scene, the blues dancing scene .... well, you get the idea.


Glen Echo Park offers regular social dance events and classes in waltz, swing, contra, salsa, and more. Dances take place in the historic Spanish Ballroom, the Bumper Car Pavilion, and the recently-renovated, climate-controlled Ballroom Back Room. The renovation of the Spanish Ballroom in 2003 brought it back to its original splendor, and it remains the premiere site for dancing in the Washington DC area.


All social dances are open to the public, for all ages, with no prior experience or partner required. All dances offer an introductory lesson before the dance begins and most include live music. Tickets are $5 - $20, depending on the dance, and are sold at the door. Tickets generally cannot be purchased in advance. Alcohol is prohibited on park grounds, and smoking is prohibited in all buildings. Dress is casual, and layers are recommended, because the dance halls (with the exception of the Ballroom Back Room) are neither heated nor air-conditioned.


Watch them dance!

DC Lindy Exchange 2014 in the Spanish Ballroom






Social Dance Presenters


Ballroom Dances

• Occasional Sunday afternoon ballroom dances are presented by Mike's Ballroom Blast, featuring live music by Mike Surratt & The ECB.


Balboa Dances

• Once a month Balboa Dance to DJ music presented by American Swing.


Blues Dances

• Weekly Thursday night Blues DJ dances and various special Blues weekends are produced by Capital Blues.


Cajun/Zydeco Dances

• A variety of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday dances with live music are presented by Dancing by the Bayou.


Contra & Square Dance

• Weekly Friday night Contra & Square dances are produced by Friday Night Dancers.

• Weekly Sunday night Contra & Square dances are produced by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.


Family Dances

• During the summer, a monthly Sunday afternoon Family Dance is produced by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.


Milonga/Tango Dances

• Weekly Sunday evening Milongas are produced by Tango Brillante DC, usually in the Ballroom Annex, and occasionally in the Spanish Ballroom. Check out Tango Brillante DC on Facebook.


Salsa Dance

• An annual Salsa Showcase and monthly Friday night Salsa DJ dances are produced by High Energy Productions.


Swing Dances

• The following organizations produce Swing dances on Saturday evenings and occasionally on other days and nights:

DC Lindy Exchange

Flying Feet Enterprises

The Jam Cellar

Tom Cunningham Orchestra


Waltz Dances

• Twice a month Sunday afternoon Waltz dances and the Annual Viennese Waltz Ball are produced by Waltz Time.





Learn about the historic Spanish Ballroom's rich history.

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This project has been financed in part with funds from Heritage Montgomery and Montgomery County Government.


This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.


The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and also by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. In addition, individual, foundation, and corporate donors generously support the Partnership. All programs are produced in cooperation with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.