2020 Annual Washington Spring Ball (34th)

This year's ball will be Saturday May 9, 2020 7:30 - 11pm      

The Washington Spring Ball is a joyful yearly event of English Country Dancing to glorious music.  The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.  We have a review session the afternoon of the ball, at which most of the dances will be taught.  Attending the practice session is strongly encouraged.  At the ball, all dances will be briefed (talk-through) and then prompted for the first few rounds.  Dancers wear what makes them feel happy and festive; some choose attire from the 18th or 19th century.

The afternoon walk-through is a good opportunity to learn dances. It's fun too!

Photos by Rachel Winslow

VENUE

  • Great Hall, Silver Spring Civic Building801 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD.
  • 5,000 square-foot dance floor located in a plaza with hotels, restaurants, and shops. 
  • Free parking on weekends in the public parking garage across Ellsworth Dr, and other nearby garages. 
  • Directions to Silver Spring Civic Building


Music

Goldcrest:  Daron Douglas (fiddle), Paul Oorts (accordion and fretted instruments), David Wiesler (piano)

SCHEDULE (Tentative)

 Practice  2:30 - 5:00

Callers:  TBD. 

Musicians: TBD

Same venue as the evening ball

 Dinner break
 5:00 - 7:00
Many restaurants are within walking distance of event. Restaurant Tips.  We have not yet determined whether there will be a potluck during the dinner break.
 Reception  7:00 - 7:30
 Socialize before the ball with light refreshments.
 Ball  7:30 - 11:00
 Refreshments will be served during the break.


Program

TBD


Video & Sheet Music

Admission & Registration 

We are still working out the pricing


   Registered by ???, 2020  Registered (post-marked) after ???, 2020
 Member (FSGW, ATDS, BFMS, CDSS)
 TBD  TBD
 Non-member TBD TBD
 Full-time student member
 TBD  TBD
 Full-time student non-member
 TBD  TBD


Details

  • Changing rooms will be available for those who wish to change at the Ball.  
  • Ball dances will be practiced at our weekly Wednesday evening English Country Dances and at a practice session the afternoon of the ball.  Dances will be prompted for a few rounds - no walk-throughs. 
  • Enhance dancing pleasure for all by becoming familiar with dances before the Ball by attending Wednesday evening dances, participating in the pre-ball practice session, and watching the video links on the 2020 Spring Ball Program (music, videos) page.

Restaurant Tips for finding dinner Saturday before the ball.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Still have questions?  Contact Ball Chair Anna Rain at ball.chair@fsgw.org, or Registrar Bob Hershler at ecd.registrar@fsgw.org.


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