Welcome to Ballroom Time

Ballroom Time is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer group of dancers dedicated to the promotion of ballroom dancing. We are an Established Dance Presenter at Glen Echo Park where we produce one or two Sunday afternoon dances each month and an Annual Autumn Ballroom Dance Gala.  All of our dance events are held in the Spanish Ballroom or the Ballroom Back Room at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.

 Sunday Afternoon Ballroom Dances

We produce one or two Sunday Afternoon Ballroom Time dances each month.  Live music is provided to dance Slow Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Samba, Mambo, Swing/Jive and more. Each event features a beginner lesson from 2:45 to 3:30 pm that covers ballroom dance basics. The lesson is followed by dancing to live music from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. During intermissions there is dancing to pre-recorded music.  Each event features a line dance, a mixer or two, and often a showcase.

Periodically we hold special events, workshops and weekday beginner lessons, so check the schedule often.  Many singles attend Ballroom Time events; a partner is not required. Dancers at all levels including beginners are encouraged to attend. 

Please click on the 2024 calendar to the left for a listing of upcoming dances.

 Ballroom Dance Classes and Workshops

Ballroom Time offers both Thursday evening class series and periodic Saturday afternoon workshops to help beginners get started.  Classes are 1 hour each over 5 weeks. Workshops are 2 1/2 hours each.  Both classes and workshops are held in the Spanish Ballroom and are taught by Ballroom Time staff with occasional guest instructors.  Entitled "ABC's of Ballroom Dancing", the instruction is designed to help ballroom beginners understand how a few basic steps can be applied to multiple dance styles.  Leading and following techniques are covered with a goal of preparing students to dance at our monthly events and annual Fall Ball Gala. No partner is required. 

Pre-registration through Glen Echo Park is required for the Thursday evening classes. Registration links are here:  Spring series & Summer series 

The Saturday afternoon workshops are pay-at-the-door, no pre-registration is required. The next workshop will be held on  June 8, 2024.

Glen Echo Park Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Boogie in the Park Gala

On the evening of Saturday, May 18 The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture (GEPPAC) is holding its annual fundraiser dinner.  Ballroom Time is hosting a Crystal Pool Table at the dinner and is also participating in the silent auction.  If you would like to sit at our table for the dinner and join us for dancing later that evening, please purchase your ticket from GEPPAC at this link.  Then send an email to info@ballroomtime.org and we'll make sure there's a seat for you at our table.  Dinner tickets are partially tax deductible and early-bird tickets may still be available. By joining our table, dancers can be sure their donation is earmarked for the support of social dance programs in the Park.

 Ballroom Time's Annual Autumn Ballroom Dance Gala Event (The "Fall Ball")

Please mark your calendar for Ballroom Time's Second Annual Ballroom Dance Gala, which is scheduled to take place on October 5, 2024 in the Spanish Ballroom.

On the evening of Saturday, October 21, 2023  we had our First Annual Autumn Ballroom Dance Gala ("The Fall Ball") in the historic Spanish Ballroom.  This was an evening of elegance, fine music, and fashion celebrating ballroom dancing and it attracted over 150 attendees.  Videos of the fashion show and the professional dance showcases can be seen in the album section of our Facebook page, which has a link below.

  Show Your Support for Ballroom Dancing

For a number of years prior to the COVID pandemic, there was regular Sunday afternoon ballroom dancing in the Spanish Ballroom. Ballroom Time was formed in 2023 to re-establish ballroom dancing at Glen Echo Park.  Please send an email to info@ballroomtime.org to voice your support for ballroom dancing, to receive a free custom Ballroom Time name tag, and to be placed on our mailing list. (We do not share email lists with any third parties.) We also need volunteers to help make this program successful. And we would like to hear your ideas on how we can improve. Please check this site regularly for updates to our dance schedule.

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In compliance with current CDC and Montgomery County recommendations, we encourage full vaccination, including boosters, and masks for those who prefer to wear them. We request that those with symptoms of illness absent themselves until recovery.

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