Question: Who should attend dances organized by Ballroom Time?
Ballroom Time welcomes all dancers from beginners to experts! Our goal is to build an inclusive and diverse ballroom dance community. We welcome all dance styles and flavors practiced by any dancer who enjoys live music and the opportunity for an afternoon in the Spanish Ballroom. If you have participated at other dance events at Glen Echo we encourage you to expand your dance repertoire and give ballroom dancing a try. You do not need to come to the event with a partner. There will be a mixer during each afternoon dance and an opportunity for all dancers to receive, “May I have this dance” invitations.
Question: What exactly is Ballroom Dancing?
The general term “Ballroom Dance” can be applied to a wide variety of couple dances practiced to various types of music, rhythms, styles, and tempos and in various settings from social to showcase to competition. Ballroom Time focuses on social and showcase, not competition. Everything from salsa to nightclub two-step to West-coast swing to disco dancing can be considered to fall under the general term Ballroom Dance. However, over the generations a core group of dances has become more formally associated with the term. These dances have a written syllabus prepared by experts in the dance detailing how steps and figures should be performed. There is a formal American style and a formal International style. And each syllabus has increasing levels of difficulty from bronze to silver to gold. Dances associated with this more formal term “Ballroom Dance” include foxtrot, slow waltz, ballroom tango, quickstep, Viennese waltz, cha-cha, samba, rumba, mambo (paso doble in some regions) and jive/swing. The emphasis in ballroom dancing is on etiquette, grace, precision of movement, completion of figure patterns, dancing to a variety of music, and the thrill of making a dance work as a couple.
Question: That's quite a list. How can I do so many different dances?
Our teaching focus is narrowed to the ten dances listed above that have a defined syllabus. Yes, getting started in ballroom dancing can seem daunting. There are so many dances. But you may already know some of these dances. If you dance waltz on Sunday afternoons at Glen Echo, you'll be able to dance waltz at our events. You'll find that mambo is the ballroom version of salsa, and jive is a competition variant of East coast swing.  So, if you've done salsa or swing you'll have an opportunity to do those dances at our events. And if you're from the Argentine tango community, you'll be able to dance tango at our events. Moreover, our teaching emphasizes how a dance figure learned in one dance may well be applied to several other dances. So, there's a lot of overlap among dances on the list. Each figure that you learn and each dance that you master helps you to become a better dancer for all dances. As dancers progress through the different lessons we present, the opportunity to dance everything from foxtrot to cha-cha to swing in one afternoon indeed becomes a large part of the fun. If you're new to dancing you'll find more experienced dancers willing to help you get started in the Glen Echo tradition. Each of our afternoon dances features a beginner lesson at the start, demonstrations during the afternoon, and a mixer featuring several of the ten syllabus dances listed above.
Question: Do you have any recommendations on dance etiquette?
Yes, Ballroom Time endorses the principles of etiquette outlined by the Ballroom Dance Preservation Society here:

 Question: What is the tempo of music for the various dances ? 

 The chart below shows the speed of music (tempo) for certain ballroom dances:


 Category  Dance  Tempo in BPM *  Label
 International  Standard  Waltz  84-93  Slow
 Tango  120-132  Fast
 Foxtrot  112-120  Fast
 Viennese Waltz  150-180  Very Fast
 Quickstep  192-208  Very Fast
 Latin  Rumba  96-112  Medium
 Samba  96-104  Medium
 Cha Cha  112-125  Fast
 Paso Doble  112-124  Fast
 Jive  152-176  Very fast
 American  Smooth  Waltz  84-96  Slow
 Tango  120-132  Fast
 Foxtrot  120-136  Fast
 Viennese Waltz  150-180  Very Fast
 Rhythm  Rumba  95-110  Medium
 Bolero  96-104  Medium
 Cha Cha  112-128  Fast
 Swing  136-144  Very Fast
 Mambo  150-165  Very Fast
 Other (Selected)  Night Club 2-Step  54-64  Slow
 Bachata  108-152  Fast
 Merengue  115-130  Fast
 Hustle  104-121  Fast
 West Coast Swing  102-115  Fast
 Polka  120-135  Fast
 Salsa  150-250  Very Fast
 Country 2-Step  150-165  Very Fast
 * BPM=beats per minute