Dance the Night Away

I’e discovered a new venue for dancing. Last week I wrote about the Red Dress Dance at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. What a beautiful space with tall ceilings, a large stage for a big orchestra, and beautiful wood floors for doing everyting from the Lindy hop to a waltz. The only drawback was it was very cold. The temperature was only in the 50s and some of the ladies were wearing gowns held up with spaghetti straps. Oh those cold shoulders. I never took off my sweater. It is just too expensive to heat such a large open building. To stay warm, my husband Peter and I just kept dancing for three hours straight. We were even dancing to the taped music when the band went on break. Towards the end of the month I hope to be back there again. Here’s some of what they have scheduled.
All Things Blues Dance
Friday, February 25, 2011 – 8:00pm – midnight
in the Ballroom Annex
Admission: $10 before 9pm; $8 after 9pm
Swing Dance
The next evening return to dance again to the wonderful sound of the Tom Cunningham Orchestra from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, In the Spanish Ballroom, admission is $15.
And on Sunday afternoon there is a tea dance!
Join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for an afternoon of dancing, featuring music and dances from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Dancers will enjoy foxtrot, two-step, waltz, cha-cha, rhumba, swing and more in the Spanish Ballroom. A basic dance lesson at 3 pm for all levels is followed by dancing to wonderful live music from 3:30 – 6:00 pm. This month’s dance lesson is the basic Rhumba provided by professional dance instructors from Dushor Dance Studios. Admission includes the lesson. No partner or prior experience needed.

Dancing Date in Red

Our top story on the What’s Up? website is all about “Dancing Dates” and a quick look around the region for dances this weekend caused me to zero in on Glen Echo in Montgomery County managed by the National Park Service. The location of a number of weekly dancing events, on Saturday night February 12th they are having a “Swing Dance and Red Dress Ball” from 8:00pm – midnight, presented by Flying Feet Enterprises in the
Spanish Ballroom. Admission is $15. If you need some brushing up on your dance technique they will start off the evening with a beginning swing lesson from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and then the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra (complete with a romantic male crooner) will take the stage for your dancing pleasure until midnight. Ideally all ladies should wear a red dress. If you don’t own a red dress for dancing, perhaps some red shoes or a red rose behind the ear will do! While the picture I selected shows a Flamingo Dancer, inspired by the location of the Spanish Ballroom, more appropriate would be attire reminiscent of the 1940s,50s, and 60s. A full skirt that swings is always fun to wear when you are dancing the jitterbug. At any rate, the Red Dance Ball sounds like fun, so that is where I’m planning to be on Saturday night with my valentine. Happy V-day.