January 13, 2018 - Dances

Contra Dance

Friday, January 12, 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




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!


Greg Frock calls to the Glen Echo Open Band.


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

Swing Dance

Saturday, January 13, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $30 at the door

Contact Email: Debra@gottaswing.com




American Swing presents Cherry Poppin' Daddies in the Spanish Ballroom! 


It's the 20th anniversary of the song that was there at the very beginning of the Great Lindy Hop Revival of 1998! The CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES released "Zoot Suit Riot" just as the nation, and the world, went insane for Lindy Hop. Gottaswing is ECSTATIC to be presenting this legendary band at their very first swing dance at the beautiful Spanish Ballroom.

Ever since they first formed some 25 years ago, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies made it their mission to veer from genre to genre across the musical map, choosing to follow their own muse regardless of feedback from fans and critics alike. Truth be told, individuality and defiance have always been part of the band’s DNA, and have, in turn, reinforced their rebellious reputation. Granted, though that image is well deserved, the ability to bend the boundaries has been simultaneously tempered and informed by an adherence to an older, now vanished tradition, grounded in Tin Pan Alley, Swing music and the great American songbook. We are going to have a BALL. 


The dance includes a beginner swing lesson with Tom & Debra from 8 - 9 pm, followed by dancing from 9 pm - midnight. Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary.


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