Special Dance Event



$25 at the door general admission • $20 student and Partnership Member admission





Come out to dance, or just listen to songs from the Great American Songbook!

Beer & wine available at Praline at Glen Echo Park.


The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture presents a swing dance with live music by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. in the historic Spanish Ballroom. Tom and Debra of Gottaswing will teach a beginner dance lesson from 8 - 9 pm (included in the cost of admission), followed by dancing from 9 pm - midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.


When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent in 2010, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars in his hometown of Logan, WV (population 3,000). He wowed the show’s judges with his back-story of homelessness and determination, and his interpretations of classics from Cole Porter, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and others. Landau walked away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers. According to show insiders, when all was said and done, Landau had won America’s Got Talent by the biggest vote total in the show’s history.  


The Spanish Ballroom, a beautifully restored 1933 Mediterranean style Art Deco building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hosts nearly 200 dance events each year. It boasts a huge (110’ by 70’) hardwood dance floor that is beloved by dancers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

All profits from this concert benefit the Glen Echo Park Partnership, which sponsors and hosts an extensive range of art classes, exhibitions, festivals, social dances, children’s theater, and music programs at Glen Echo Park in addition to preserving and maintaining the Park’s historic structures.


Get a taste of what you'll hear on Saturday, August 19!





To learn more about other dances at Glen Echo Park, visit our Social Dances page >>