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!








Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1, 2016


Thursday: Blues DJ dance in the Back Room

Friday: Contra dance with Contra Rebels in the Spanish Ballroom

Saturday: 33rd Annual Viennese Waltz Ball with Olde Vienna in the Spanish Ballroom or Swing dance with Craig Gildner's Blue Crescent Syncopators in the Bumper Car Pavilion or Zouk & Kizomba DJ dance in the Back Room

Sunday afternoon: Waltz with Cabaret Sauvignon in the Spanish Ballroom

Sunday evening: Contra dance with Cabaret Sauvignon in the Spanish Ballroom or Tango lessons and DJ milonga in the Back Room



April 2016 Month-at-a-Glance >>




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 our Spanish Ballroom video below! >>



Watch them dance!

DC Lindy Exchange 2014 in the Spanish Ballroom





Dance Styles Presented at Glen Echo Park


Ballroom Dances

Balboa Dances

Blues Dances

Contra & Square Dance

Family Dances

Milonga/Tango Dances

Salsa Dance

Swing Dances

Waltz Dances

Zouk & Kizomba Dances


Learn more about dance presenters and dance styles here >>




Learn about the historic Spanish Ballroom's rich history.

Watch our new video now!




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.