English Country Dance (in person)
co-sponsored by FSGW
The FSGW weekly English Country Dance offers delightful dancing, led by talented callers, accompanied by top-notch musicians playing a wide variety of instruments. The crowd is friendly; new dancers are always welcome and can get an informal lesson if they arrive around 7:30. You don't need to bring a partner, or dress up.
We dance in the upstairs community room of the Glen Echo Town Hall, which has a springy wood floor and is air-conditioned for dancing comfort in hot weather. Some dancers are sensitive to fragrances, and they are grateful when you skip the perfume and scented after-shave.
When: Wednesday from 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. We dance every Wednesday throughout the year, unless that day is a major holiday.
Where: Glen Echo Town Hall. 6106 Harvard Ave, Glen Echo MD 20812
Questions? Email English Country Dance or call Linda Marshall at 301-320-6057.
This is an FSGW Tier 2 Event; Masks and vaccinations encouraged but no longer required. For more information, visit our policy page.Helpful Documents and Links:
Transportation and Parking:
Montgomery County's Bus 29 connects from the Friendship Heights and Bethesda Metro stations on the Red Line to a "Glen Echo" bus stop next to the Exxon gas station on Goldsboro Rd, at the Glen Echo Center shopping plaza. From there, it's a 1/4 mile walk Northwest along and across Macarthur Blvd to the Glen Echo Town Hall. The last bus back to Friendship Heights Metro is scheduled to leave Glen Echo before the end of the dance, at 10:18 pm the last we checked. The last bus back to Bethesda Metro is scheduled to leave Glen Echo before the end of the dance, at 10:22 pm the last we checked. If you would like to stay at the dance longer, car rides to a Metro station are available. We will NOT leave anyone stranded.
If you are arriving by car, please note that, for the benefit of Glen Echo residents, the mayor of Glen Echo has requested that dance attendees not park on residential streets. She has suggested several alternatives, including the Bannockburn neighborhood directly across MacArthur Blvd. from the Town Hall and the Glen Echo Park parking lot.
The Rich Galloway Fund
The Rich Galloway Fund was created in 2022 to support the participation of students and others with limited income at the FSGW Annual Washington Spring Ball and to help cover the logistical costs of the ball.
Please donate to this fund: any amount is welcome!
Richard Michael Galloway (1947 - 2021) was a longtime contributor to the English country dance community in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. He was a vibrant dancer, caller, organizer, and teacher. For many years he designed printed programs that documented ball dances and set an elegant and playful tone for the annual Washington Spring Ball. He also wrote several English country dances. The dance Rich Delights was written in his honor by Philippe Callens in 2003.