December 2018 - All Events

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.

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.

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 through December 24)

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 April through December.  

Saturday Art Explorers

Ongoing

Saturday - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture

Recommended Ages: Kids under 10 years old

Location: Candy Corner

Admission: $5 per parent/child pair, or $8 for two children with adult

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2228

http://glenechopark.org/artexplorers

 


 

Every Saturday morning drop in at the Candy Corner for some art activites. Most activites take around 30 minutes and change from week to week. No pre-registration required.

Presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership with generous support of The Primary Day School.

Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Ongoing

Fall & Winter (September through March):

     Monday-Thursday: Closed

     Friday-Sunday, 11am to 4pm

 

Spring (March through May): 

     Monday-Thursday: Closed

     Friday-Sunday: 11am to 4pm

     Storytime Fridays at 11:30am

 

Summer (June through August): 

     Monday & Tuesday: Closed

     Wednesday-Sunday, 11am to 4pm

 

 

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Location: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Admission: $7 general public; $5 military and seniors; FREE for Children under 2

Contact Phone: 301-955-6256

http://glenechopark.org/aquarium

 


 

Come visit the Glen Echo Park Aquarium. There are different water creatures, a pirate ship, interactive games, and a touch tank!

Holiday Art Show & Sale 2018

November 17, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Thursdays & Fridays, 10 am - 2 pm

Saturdays & Sundays, 11 am - 6 pm

Friday, Nov. 23, 10 am - 4 pm

Winter's Eve: Dec. 8, 11am - 8 pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

https://glenechopark.org/holidayartshow

 


 

Browse and buy fine artworks for everyone on your holiday shopping list at the annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. The exhibition features work by resident artists, instructors, and invited artists and includes glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, holiday ornaments, crafts and more. For more information call 301.634.2222.

 

Open late for Winter's Eve - Saturday, December 8, 11am to 8pm.
 
See above for Gallery Hours. 

Journeys: Marketa Jirouskova

November 17, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Mondays through Saturdays, 10am to 6pm

Winter's Eve: Dec. 8

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Park View Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

 


The title "Journeys" refers to Marketa Jirouskova's main source of inspiration: a journey itself as a long, arduous travel in search of nature's highlights, in the footsteps of earlier explorers or following her own paths. The exhibit presents images of exotic birds and iguanas on isolated islands in the Pacific Ocean, penguins and polar bears with iceberg backdrops in Antarctica and the North Pole, and the highest mountains on Earth in the Himalaya. Jirouskova creates a wonderland composed of pristine uninhabited undisturbed places, difficult to leave for its beauty and harmony, where human traces are still non-existent or minimal. Jirouskova traveled to those remote destinations to create us evocative, almost painting-like, intimate portraits of our natural world. She hopes to inspire her public with respect, appreciation and admiration of world's nature worth preserving.

 

More info: www.marketajirouskova.com

Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas

November 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Presenter: Adventure Theatre MTC

Recommended Ages: Ages 4+

Location: Adventure Theatre

Contact Phone: 301-634-2270

http://www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

 


 

What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget about the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Oohlala! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

 

Purchase tickets at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

2017 Photo Slam Winners Exhibit

November 10 - December 9, 2018
Saturdays, 1 to 4pm and Sundays, 1 to 7pm
Reception and Gallery Talk: Saturday, November 17, 5 to 7pm

 

Presenter: Photoworks

Location: Photoworks Gallery - First Floor Arcade Building

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2274

http://www.glenechophotoworks.org

 


 

The Photoworks Gallery is pleased to present Photoslam 2017 Winners. This exhibit showcases the work of the winners of Photoworks' eighth Photo Slam at Bus Boys and Poets, Washington DC. It is a high-energy event featuring an on-the-spot face off of projected portfolios plus a "best shot" final round, with winner selected by celebrity and audience-rep judges. Photographers vied for slots in Photoworks 2018 gallery show, and the winners were Nestor Ares, 1st place, Clint Fenning, 2nd place, Michael Horan, 3rd place and Katherine Morhman, audience choice award.

The Nutcracker

November 24 to December 30, 2018

Presenter: the Puppet Co.

Recommended Ages: 4 years old - adult

Location: the Puppet Co. Playhouse

Admission: $12

Contact Phone: 301-634-5380

http://www.thepuppetco.org

 


A Washington tradition for 30 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production.

 

Age recommendation: 5 years old - adult; Running time: 50 minutes.

 

Purchase tickets at www.thepuppetco.org

Gouache Painting Show

December 1 & 2, 2018

Saturday - Sunday, 11am to 5pm

Artist's Reception, Saturday, December 1, 6 - 8pm

Presenter: Yellow Barn Studio

Location: Yellow Barn Gallery

Admission: Free

http://www.yellowbarnstudio.com

 


 

The Yellow Barn Gallery presents the Gouache Painting Show. There will be an artist's reception on Saturday, December 1, 6 to 8pm. This show will run from December 1-2. For more information go to the Yellow Barn website.

Swing Dance

Saturday, December 1, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: DCLX

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 / $15 with a valid student ID

Contact Email: info@dclx.org

https://dclx.org

 


 

The DC Lindy Exchange presents a DCLXtra swing dance with live music by Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes in the historic Spanish Ballroom. Lessons are from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, with a dance to follow from 9:00 pm - midnight. 

 

Lessons are offered from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -

- Beginner lesson (included in your admission) in the Spanish Ballroom

- Intermediate Shag lesson ($5) in the Ballroom Back Room

 

No partner or prior experience needed!

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Waltz Dance

Sunday, December 2, 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Waltz Time

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 per person / $5 students & children

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 of admission includes the lesson.

 

Today’s band is WALTZ SISTERS with Liz Donaldson (piano), Tina Chancey (fiddle), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass).

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Argentine Tango

Sunday, December 2, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $15/one lesson, $20/both lessons, or $15 "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 for one lesson or $20 for both lessons  - both options include the Milonga that follows. For dancers who wish to attend just the Milonga, cost is $15 and the open dance runs from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. TONIGHT: Live music with Emmanuel Trifilio and Ramón González! No partner required.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, December 2, 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.

 

Susan Taylor calls with Polka Pants Trio.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Blues Dance

Thursday, December 6, 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 calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Storytime at the Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Fridays, 11am - 1pm

Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Recommended Ages: Ages 2-5 with adult

Location: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Admission: $6 admission

Contact Phone: 301.955.6256

http://www.gepaquarium.org

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Join us for Animal Storytime at the Glen Echo Park Aquarium!  On Fridays, ages 2-5 with adult, will enjoy an aquatic themed storytime session. Stay to explore the Aquarium exhibits and touch tank until 1pm. For the story of the day and more information go to gepaquarium.org

 

Contra Dance

Friday, December 7, 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. Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

Anna Rain calls to Jakob Raitzyk, Owen Morrison & Dave Wiesler.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Words Out Loud: A Spoken Word Series

Friday, December 7, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Presenter: Words Out Loud

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Room 302, North Arcade Building

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 240-899-6514

 

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to host Words Out Loud, a monthly spoken word series! 

 

Meetings typically take place the first Friday of each month and feature readings by accomplished authors, followed by literary trivia and an open mic session. The flyer for the December date is available HERE.

 

Featured authors this month:

 

The Surrey Street poets began as strangers, meeting for classes with American University poet, David Keplinger.  Following that series, every participant wanted to continue and, since 2010 they have met as a group, no longer strangers, at Judy Bowles home on Surrey Street in Chevy Chase and more recently in the District.  They have learned to listen to each other and to themselves with the same keen attention as David.  He taught them with his generous example to rewrite, rearrange and rethink each poem to its strongest notes. The poets are Judith Bowles, Betsy Holleman Burke, Henry Crawford, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine, Majda Gama, Renee Gherity, Margi Grady, Leah Johnson, David Keplinger, Dennis Kirschbaum, Meghan O'Connell, Ann Philips, Ellen Sazzman, Amy Young.  Such Friends As These is an anthology of their work, self published in 2018.  The title is a quote of William Butler Yeats: "Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends."

 

 

Room 302 is in the North Arcade building. Enter to the right of the neon POPCORN sign across from the carousel and take the stairs or elevator to the third floor.

Santa Saturday at Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Saturday, December 8

11am to 2pm

 

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Location: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Admission: $7 general public; $5 military and seniors; FREE for Children under 2

Contact Phone: 301-955-6256

http://glenechopark.org/aquarium

 


 

Santa Claus is coming to Glen Echo Park Aquarium for his annual visit! Visit with Ole' St. Nick on Saturday December 8, from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM! Snap a picture, make a wish, and everyone gets a candy cane!

 

Then explore aquarium exhibits, interactive games, and a touch tank!

24th Annual Friends of the Yellow Barn Members' Show

December 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 2018

Saturday - Sunday, 12pm to 5pm

Open for Winter's Eve, Dec. 8 until 8pm

Reception and Awards, Dec. 16, 4 to 6pm

 

Presenter: Yellow Barn Studio

Location: Yellow Barn Gallery

Admission: Free

http://www.yellowbarnstudio.com

 


 

Each December, artists who are members of the Friends of the Yellow Barn are invited to submit works to an annual juried show. This popular, well attended and competitive exhibition features the best drawing and painting work by the Yellow Barn members. All works are for sale. The works selected will be exhibited in the Yellow Barn Gallery, at Glen Echo Park for two weekends, December 8 & 9 and December 15 & 16, from 12 to 5pm each day.  

 

The exhibition will also be open to the public during Glen Echo Parks "Winter's Eve" event on Saturday, December 8th from 5 to 8pm. The exhibit will close with an artists reception on Sunday, December 16, from 4 to 6pm, with an awards presentation beginning at 5pm. Our judge this year is Daniel Riesmeyer, distinguished painter and instructor at The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

 

For more information go to the Yellow Barn website.

Winter's Eve 2018

Saturday, December 8, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Arcade Building & throughout the Park

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222

 

Celebrate the holiday season at the Park’s annual Winter’s Eve event. Enjoy FREE activities including holiday crafts, sing-alongs, story-telling, open studios, and a hot chocolate bar. Make your own blown glass ornament or take advantage of Photoworks' professional holiday portraits.  Browse and buy fine artworks at the Holiday Art Show and artist studios. 

 

Learn more at our Winter's Eve event page

 

Volunteer shifts are available from 3pm to 8 pm. Volunteers are asked to sign up for at least one two-hour shift. Contact: rsherman@glenechopark.org for more information.

Swing Dance

Saturday, December 8, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: Advance: $15; Door: $20; $15 Partnership members & students

Contact Email: ldoyle@glenechopark.org

http://www.glenechopark.org

 


 

Glen Echo Park Partnership is proud to present a swing dance with live music in the historic Spanish Ballroom. 

 

A beginner dance lesson led by Tom & Debra will run from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm, and is included in the cost of admission.  Following the lesson, dancing, with a live band, Gina DeSimone and the Moaners, will last from 9:00 pm to midnight.  We encourage all to come out - no partner or prior experience necessary! 

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Ballroom Dance

Sunday, December 9, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Mike's Ballroom Blast

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $12

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 calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Argentine Tango

Sunday, December 9, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $15/one lesson, $20/both lessons, 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 for one lesson or $20 for both lessons  - both options include 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 calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, December 9, 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.

 

Gaye Fifer calls with Lumber Jacksons.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Blues Dance

Thursday, December 13, 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 calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra Dance

Friday, December 14, 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Friday Night Dancers

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $10 / Free 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. Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

Kappy Laning calls to the Glen Echo Open Band.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Swing Dance

Saturday, December 15, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Flying Feet Enterprises

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 / $15 with valid student ID

Contact Email: dance@flyingfeet.org

http://www.flyingfeet.org

 


 

Flying Feet Enterprises presents a swing dance with live music by the Daryl Davis Band in the historic Spanish Ballroom. Enjoy a beginner swing dance lesson at 8:00 pm (included in the admission), followed by dancing until midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Waltz Dance

Sunday, December 16, 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Waltz Time

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 per person / $5 students & children

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 of admission includes the lesson.

 

Today’s band is CABARET SAUVIGNON with Andrea Hoag (violin), David Wiesler (piano), Paul Oorts (button accordion, mandolin, banjo, guitar), Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer).

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Argentine Tango

Sunday, December 16, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $15/one lesson, $20/both lessons, 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 for one lesson or $20 for both lessons  - both options include 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 calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, December 16, 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.

 

April Blum calls with Cabaret Sauvignon.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra Sonic Dance

Tuesday, December 18, 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: FSGW

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $9; $7 for FSGW members, students, and youth (17 and under)

Contact Name: www.fsgw.org

http://www.fsgw.org

 


 

Come experience Contra Sonic in the climate-controlled comfort of Glen Echo's Back Room.

It's high-energy, it's loud, and it's glow stick fueled! FSGW now offers traditional called contra dancing with live mixed DJ music every other month. It could be techno, trance, electro pop, but whatever it is, it's fun to dance to. 

 

Beginner dance lesson at 7:30 pm followed by dancing from 8 - 11 pm. No partner or prior experience needed. 

 

Tonight features DJ Flourish and caller Brian Hamshar.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Blues Dance

Thursday, December 20, 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 calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra Dance

Friday, December 21, 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. Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

Warren Doyle calls to Sleigh for Four.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Swing Dance

Saturday, December 22, 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Presenter: Tom Cunningham Orchestra

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 general / $15 students

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.”

 

Enjoy a beginning swing lesson with Tom & Debra of Gottaswing at 8 pm, followed by dancing from 9 to 11:30 pm. No partner or prior experience needed.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Argentine Tango

Sunday, December 23, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $15/one lesson, $20/both lessons, 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 for one lesson or $20 for both lessons  - both options include 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 calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, December 23, 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.

 

Sue Gola calls with Live Wire.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Blues Dance

Thursday, December 27, 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 calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra Dance

Friday, December 28, 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. Beginners are always welcome and a partner is not necessary!

 

Tonight's dance features the Boneshakers and caller Chris Page.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Swing Dance

Saturday, December 29, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 / $15 ages 11-17

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://www.americanswing.org

 


 

American Swing presents a swing dance with live music by GOOD SHOT JUDY in the Spanish Ballroom.

 

Good Shot Judy delivers top-notch classic vocal jazz. Think Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, glitz, and glamour. Real entertainment from an era that was not only filled with great singers, performers, and great songs but whose legacy has become synonymous with what great entertainment really is. From the swingin’ sounds of Basie, and contemporaries like Michael Buble, and Harry Connick Jr., to the beautiful ballads of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and back to the high energy Latin Dance big band sound, Good Shot Judy will have you up and dancing! We are THRILLED to present this band from Williamsburg, VA, in a traditional swing dance environment. Expect a packed dance floor!

 

The dance includes a beginner swing lesson with Tom & Debra from 8 - 9 pm. Band plays two sets 9-11:45pm; DJ music 11:45 pm - midnight. Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Waltz Dance

Sunday, December 30, 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Waltz Time

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 per person / $5 students & children

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 of admission includes the lesson.

 

Today’s band is DANCE DU JOUR with Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), Ralph Gordon (bass), Liz Donaldson (piano).

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Argentine Tango

Sunday, December 30, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $15/one lesson, $20/both lessons, or $15 "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 for one lesson or $20 for both lessons  - both options include the Milonga that follows. For dancers who wish to attend just the Milonga, cost is $15 and the open dance runs from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. TONIGHT: Live music with Emmanuel Trifilio and Ramón González! No partner required.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, December 30, 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.

 

Alex Deis-Lauby calls with Stomp Rocket.

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."

New Year's Eve Swing Dance

Monday, December 31, 8:00 pm - 12:30 am

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $25 advance / $35 after December 23rd

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com

http://americanswing.org

 


 

It's a Boogie Woogie New Year's Eve!

 

ADVANCE TICKETS $25—Advance tickets available until 11:59pm on Sunday, December 23

 

AFTER DECEMBER 23, PRICE INCREASES TO $35—Tickets may be purchased online or pay at the door.

 

Mr. Boogie's back in town! Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s are the torch bearers of a great American musical heritage, taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits and swingin’ little big bands of the 40’s. Mitch takes his cue from Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Joe and Jimmie Liggins, Louis Prima, to name just a few.

 

In 1985, 72 year-old Pinetop Perkins, one of the founding fathers of Boogie Woogie and considered to be one of the greatest Blues and Boogie pianists, selected 27 year-old Daryl Davis to succeed him in the piano and vocal slot of the Muddy Waters Legendary Blues Band. Daryl Davis has worked with countless greats such as Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, The Coasters and he is a long-standing, regular player, in Chuck Berry’s current band.

 

Together, Mitch Woods and Daryl Davis will provide a fabulous swinging new year! Beginner swing lesson 8-9pm, dance 9pm-12:30am. Purchase tickets HERE

 

For a calendar view of all the December dances, visit the December "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."