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2020 Washington Spring Ball (34th Annual)

The 2020 Washington Spring Ball has been canceled. We will be sending an email to people who have already registered about getting a refund.      

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.

Take me to the Pricing & Registration

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

Photos by Rachel Winslow


  • 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


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


 Practice  2:30 - 5:00

Caller:  Anna Rain 

Musicians: Melissa Running (keyboard), David Knight (fiddle)

Same venue as the evening ball

 Dinner break
 5:00 - 7:00
Dinner on your own.  Many restaurants are within walking distance of event. Restaurant Tips.
 Reception  7:00 - 7:30
 Socialize before the ball with light refreshments.
 Ball  7:30 - 11:00
 Refreshments will be served during the break.


  • The Bribe
  • Hazelfern Place
  • A Jig for Joanna
  • Katharine Street
  • The Key to the Cellar
  • Knives and Forks
  • Maiden Lane
  • The New Attic
  • The Night Cap
  • The Prince of Westborough
  • The Road Not Taken
  • Slaughter House
  • Sweet Potato Pie
  • Trip to Totality
  • The Two Cousins
  • The Webmaster
  • Well Donne
  • Well Hall
  • Yellow Stockings

Video & Sheet Music

PRICING & Registration 

  Registered (post-marked) by April 25, 2020 Registered (post-marked) after April 25, 2020
 $35.00 $42.00
Non-member $40.00 $47.00
Full-time student member
 $17.50 $17.50
Full-time student non-member
 $20.00 $20.00

Registration details:


 Register on-line   

To register someone else (spouse or guest) start a new registration and enter the email address and the other requested information for that person. 

 Paper Registration Form (pdf)

To register someone else (spouse or guest),  please print and complete a separate registration for that person (i.e., one piece of paper per person being registered)



  • 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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