Blue Skies Smiling at Me

Blue skies and sunny weather mean that spring fever has arrived. It’s hard to stay indoors but thankfully the weekend is just about here and I won’t have to stay indoors much longer. Maybe I can do a little garden raking and clearing, but what I’d really like to do is kick back and read a good book even if my eyes are a bit bleary.
And then I am tempted to try to convince my husband we have the time to go back to the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo and do some more swing dancing. Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio is playing. The band covers many decades of repertoire including swing songs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s featuring sweet harmonies and a driving rhythm (this is swing don’t you know).
What is so enjoyable about the venue is the wide open space, beautiful wood floor, and wide variety of people dancing. Sometimes it’s just fun to watch all the different styles from smooth and slow to fast and staccato, everyone’s having a wonderful time. Admission is only $15. Arrive a 8:00 and receive a free lesson from Tom and Debra. And if you can’t make it on Saturday night they are having their waltz lesson and Tea dance on Sunday afternoon, also with a live orchestra ELIXIR. Sunday admission is $10. Find out more on their website.

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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.