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Day 166: Shall we Dance? I'll meet you at the Spanish Ballroom.

Entrance to the Spanish Ballroom

Whether you’re a skilled dancer or a brand new student of dance, Glen Echo Park has a dance party for you!  Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, you can put on your dancin’ shoes and cut a rug with your neighbors and friends.  Dance experience is NOT required and in fact, neither is a partner!  Just come on down to the ballroom.  And if you’re a little inexperienced and perhaps nervous about that, never fear.  Free, pre-dance introductory lessons are offered before the social dances begin every evening.  Enjoy the chance to learn something new or hone your skills with American swing, blues, salsa, waltz or traditional American contra & square dancing.

The social dances at Glen Echo Park are held in perhaps one of the most the beautiful venues in the area.  The Spanish Ballroom is, in particular, one of the finest and most elegant of the dance facilities.  You will also find dances offered at the Ballroom Annex and the Bumper Car Pavilion.  The historic Spanish Ballroom was built in 1933 in a Mediterranean, art deco style offering a glamorous place for up to 800+ people to gather and celebrate.

After passing through its grand foyer, you emerge into the open ballroom with its arched windows all around.  A Baby Grand piano sits upon the stage overlooking the gorgeous hardwood dance floor.  The building is flanked by its gracious promenades.  It’s a pleasure to walk into the room with live band music energizing the room and the dancers floating across the floor with broad smiles.

One note of caution: the ballroom is a stunning venue for large parties and events but the building is neither heated nor cooled so come prepared.  If you plan to rent the facility, the best times for comfort are in the spring and fall of course.  In the meantime, stop by on some nice summer evening and enjoy a social dance party.

All dances are open to the public for any age and you can dress casually.  Admission cost various but typically ranges between $5 – $20 – including the pre-dance lesson.  Sometimes you will find that there is more than one dance party going on and you can try your skills at two dance styles in one evening!  A full schedule of dance parties can be found on the Glen Echo Park website.

So what’s your dance choice – salsa, swing or square dancin’?  Send us your pictures and we will post them on Bethesda365.  Let’s dance!  I’ll meet you at The Spanish Ballroom.   ~Amy

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