Although our usual practice is to hold a practice session on the afternoon of the ball, there will be no afternoon practice session for the 2022 Ball (which is an afternoon event). Instead, we will have walk-throughs and prompting as necessary during the ball. Ball dances will be taught during FSGW's weekly online ECD. Dancers are encouraged to attend these events to learn basic figures and Ball dances.
For the enjoyment of all, we suggest that dancers avail themselves of opportunities to practice ball dances before the day of the Ball. See "Where can dancers obtain instructions for the dances?" for more info.
The Spring Ball is a fun and welcoming event with a line-up of dances to appeal to most dancers and is not a "for those who know" event. See answer to immediately preceding question.
Instructions, videos, and sheet music for dances will be made available on our event homepage after the program has been decided under the Tab PROGRAM. Instructions for Ball dances will also be available at the practice session and available at the ball for those who do not attend the practice.
The Ballroom at the Silver Spring Civic Building was designed for the comfort of dancers and is air conditioned. The dance floor is resilient bamboo over wood, designed for dancing (not concrete). The Civic Center is located on a plaza with nearby restaurants, shops, and hotels.
Go to the Civic Building website to view Veteran's Plaza, the Civic Center; take a virtual tour of the facilities, including the Ballroom. (Access the Ballroom view by clicking on the "Great Hall" button on the front of the "Welcome Desk."
Free parking is available on weekends across the street from the Ballroom.
Housing, provided by local, volunteer dancers, will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Apply for hospitality on registration forms. Early requests are encouraged to provide time for organizers to make arrangements. There are also several hotels near the dance venue, some within walking distance. Search Google for "hotels near Veterans Place, Silver Spring." Hotels near and to the north of the Ball venue have the best ambience.
Volunteers are always welcome and needed. Opportunities include:
Contact the Ball Chair or Registrar to volunteer
Consult the main 2022 Washington Spring Ball page for more information (e.g., to view the program of dances, to register, etc.). If your questions are still unanswered, send an email to Bob Hershler, firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Rain, ECD.Ball.Chair@fsgw.org.