Dancing at Glen Echo Park




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!


Tickets to dances are typically sold at the door but some special events have online ticket sales. 


Buy tickets for upcoming special events


Monday, December 31: American Swing presents a New Year's Eve swing dance with Mitch Woods & Daryl Davis 

Advance Tickets $25 HERE

(Tickets for most dances are sold only at the door.)



Reader's Pick, Best Place to Go Dancing



•••••  Dances This Week  •••••

Thursday, November 15 - Sunday, November 18, 2018


Thursday evening: Blues DJ dance in the Ballroom Back Room from 8:15 - 11:30 pm

Friday evening: Contra dance with Gaye Fifer calling to Ken & Brad Kolodner in the Spanish Ballroom from 7:30 - 11:30 pm or Balboa DJ Dance in the Ballroom Backroom with a Drop-in beginner lesson with Dabe and Janelle Johnson then Dance from 8:30 - 11:30 pm 

Saturday Evening: Swing with Girls From Mars in the Spanish Ballroom from 8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Sunday Afternoon: Waltz in the Spanish Ballroom with Waltz Time presenting a beginner lesson then live music from 2:45 - 6:00 pm 

Sunday EveningArgentine Tango in the Ballroom Back Room with Tango Brillante DC lessons then a Milonga from 6:30 - 11:00 pm or Contra and Square Dance in the Spanish Ballroom with The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presenting traditional American contra dancing from 7:00 - 10:30 pm



Check out this story about couples who met while dancing at Glen Echo Park

on CultureSpotMC.com >>




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. 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. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings.


View 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

Swing Dances

Waltz Dances

Brazilian Zouk

Kizomba Dances

West Coast Swing


Learn more about dance presenters and dance styles here >>


Assurance Statement of Non-Discrimination

Code of Conduct for Social Dances




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.