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button Waltz in The Washington, DC Area


There are many opportunities to learn and dance waltz of all styles in the Washingtonn DC area.  The various styles include Viennese, ballroom, and folk (rotary) waltzes.  The folk waltz includes Cajun, Zydeco, and country and western styles.  Events range from formal Balls to the casual dress Sunday afternoon dances in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park.


The wonderful Spanish Ballroom was built in 1933 in the Spanish mission-style exterior and an art deco interior; with a lovely 7,500 sq. ft. dance floor. For more information about Glen Echo Park and its dance programs see and .


Sunday Afternoon Waltz at Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom

The Waltz Time volunteer committee members host Sunday afternoon waltzes twice a month, usually on the first and third Sundays.  A beginner waltz lesson is taught from 3 - 3:30 pm and the dance follows from 3:30 - 6 pm, with music provided by wonderfully talented musicians. 


The 1/2-hour pre-dance lesson, included in the cost of admission, teaches the basics of the folk-turning waltz. This is a popular style of waltz at the ballroom, but all styles are welcome.


The popular annual fundraiser for Glen Echo Park; "An Evening with Strauss" Viennese Waltz Ball is also hosted by Waltz Time and held in the Spanish Ballroom every spring.  Check for more information or call Glen Echo Park at 301.634.2222.


General information about the Spanish Ballroom


Viennese waltz and folk (rotary) waltz lessons and special workshops

Donna Barker and Mike Marcotte teach waltz, as well as swing, slow blues, and tango, at Glen Echo Park on Wednesday evenings.  They are talented instructors and focus on lead and follow-techniques and interesting footwork and moves.  Their lessons, are usually taught in a series of four classes, one each week, and change each month.  Their Viennese waltz lessons are taught the month prior to the Strauss Ball at Glen Echo Park (noted above).


Viennese waltz dances, lessons, and trips to Vienna, Austria

Herbert and Carol Traxler have taught the Viennese waltz to hundreds in the Washington, DC, area -- at the Meridian House, the Smithsonian, and the Austrian Embassy. Their Viennese waltz lessons include the Viennese waltz (Linkswalzer, Rechtswalzer, hesitation step), posture, dance etiquette, and the Handkuss (hand kiss), as well as an introduction to the Viennese balls and to the Viennese waltz music of the Strauss dynasty. Other dances enjoyed at Viennese balls are also introduced


Ballroom waltz lessons

Marc Shepanek and Ellen Engle teach ballroom-style waltz, as well as swing, Latin, ballroom and other dances at Glen Echo Park on Monday nights, usually in a monthly series of four weekly classes.  They present a nice selection of styles from which to choose.


Austrian, German, and Swiss Cultural Events in Washington DC Area

The Traxlers provide information about Viennese dances in the Washington, DC area, including The Alpine Dancers - The Austrian and German folk dance group.


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Viennese Waltz Resource Site


Other Information


History and Origins of Ballroom Dance

This article traces the history of the International Dancesport championship "Modern Standard Ballroom" dances: Viennese Waltz, Modern Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, and Quickstep.


Viennese Waltz Discussion Page
Excerpts of a discussion on Viennese waltz from newsgroups and talk sites.


Syllabi and Patterns for Viennese Waltz
Information on syllabi steps and patterns.


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Star Dance School Studio Boston:  617-202-9200
Professional Ballroom, Latin, and Hip Hop Dance Studio in Boston MA, Newton MA. Wedding Dance Instruction, Competitive and Social Dance Lessons for Kids and Adults, Salsa, Bachata, Swing, Breakdance. 

A Night in Vienna:  (202) 478 1693
Viennese Ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Grand celebration of Viennese Music, Food, Wine, and Dancing.
Experience the splendor and spirit of Vienna and elegance of the waltz 

NSAL's Viennese Waltz Ball:  434.953.6780
The National Society of Arts and Letters DC Chapter's Special Fundraising Event 

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