Our first annual autumn ballroom dance gala took place in the historic Spanish Ballroom on Saturday evening, October 21, 2023.  This was an Evening of Excellence in music, dance, and fashion at an economical price.  Please visit our Facebook page for photos and videos from the event; a link is provided on our home page.  Please mark your calendar for our Second Annual Autumn Ballroom Dance Gala, scheduled for October 5, 2024.

Original Text and Playlist from the First Gala announcement follow:

"Music will be provided by The Djangolaya Quartet  featuring multi-lingual vocals by Jeanine Greene. The Quartet will be playing a selection of beautiful ballroom music.  Please see the full playlist below.  Carl Pavetto will be on stage serving as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. 

A beginner lesson in Foxtrot and Bachata starts at 8:00 pm.  We're pleased to announce that Latin dance champion Belinda Adora from Elegant Dancing will lead the Bachata lesson...and she will be demonstrating some additional dance steps later in the evening.

Live music plays from 9:00 pm until midnight.  

There will be a Fashion Show during the first intermission with modeling of the latest in ballroom attire, including haute couture creations by Francesca Lazzari just featured at the Paris and Dubai fashion weeks.  And if you're wearing a designer label and would like to model in our fashion show, please contact us at info@ballroomtime.org

Former Blackpool champions Emanuele Pappacena and Francesca Lazzari will make a return appearance in the Ballroom to dance a Foxtrot showcase.  We're pleased to announce that rising professional stars Ricardo Conti and Eleonora Filippi, who just had a first-place finish at the 2023 Emerald Ball DanceSport Championship in Los Angeles, will also showcase for us.  Just after the showcases, Emanuele, Francesca, Ricardo and Eleonora will lead one of the two mixers of the evening.  The showcases will take place just before the third set of music at about 11 pm.  Specially-priced tickets are being made available for late arrivals coming to see the showcases, see below.

LEADERS and FOLLOWERS: The goal of bringing top professionals to our gala is to display the highest levels of ballroom dancing as an artform, and to motivate our dancers to take more lessons.  If you're interested in private lessons please use the links on this page to contact the gala professionals directly, or send an e-mail to info@ballroomtime.org.  These sought-after pros all have incredible life journeys that have brought them from afar.  Let's show our gratitude to them for making their valuable time available to us. 

During the evening there will be a promenade march with waterfall mixer led by Ranger Stan, an iconic figure in the history of the Spanish Ballroom.  A Samba line dance will be led by Paul Tannous. Sound engineering for the event will be provided by Jamie Platt.

Please join us to help establish the Fall Ball as a premier Washington gala event.  The focus is on dance and fashion in the service of dance.  So, please look your best, but make sure you're comfortable and able to move well on the dance floor.  Admission is $40 at the door (Cash /Check/Zelle/Credit Card).  Reduced admission for full-time students/active-duty military is $20. For those who wish to arrive later to see the professional showcases which start at 11:00 pm, special-priced $20 tickets go on sale at 10:45 pm.  Bottled water and light desserts will be made available in the lobby during the event. 

Many singles come to Ballroom Time dances. All ages and levels of dance are welcome. Children under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Ball!"

Foxtrot:  Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves) *

Bachata:  Sway

Tango:  Oblivion*

East Coast Swing:  All of Me*

Viennese Waltz:  The Skaters

Cha-Cha:  Never on a Sunday

Quickstep:  Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (You're Beautiful to Me) *

Hustle:  Breezin’

Samba:   Receita de Samba

Rumba:  Quizás, Quizás, Quizás* 

Slow Waltz:  Pigalle

Foxtrot:  Out of Nowhere*

Mambo:  Minoring in Latin

Slow Waltz:  Flatbush Waltz

East Coast Swing:  J’attendrai (I Will Wait) *

Tango:  Boulevard of Broken Dreams*

Rumba:  Besame Mucho

Viennese Waltz:   Vienna City of my Dreams

West Coast Swing:   After You’ve Gone*

Slow Waltz: Sous les Ponts de Paris (Under Paris Bridges)

Cha-Cha:  Où est ma Tête? (Where's my Head?) *

Foxtrot:  I’m Confessing*

Rumba:  Histoire d'un Amour (A Love Story)

Viennese Waltz:  Around the World

East Coast Swing:  This Can’t be Love*

Tango:  Libertango

Cha-Cha:  Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden) *

Pasodoble:  El Galiego

Quickstep:  Menilmontant*

Rumba:  Sabor a Mi

Slow Waltz:  La Javanaise*

 * Featuring vocals by Jeanine Greene 

The Fall Ball is brought to you by Ballroom Time in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc., the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, Maryland.