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2021 (online) Washington Spring Ball (35th Annual)

The Washington Spring Ball is a joyful yearly event of English Country Dancing to glorious music.  The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.  Because we are dancing on zoom this year, we will walk through each dance at the ball before dancing it, with some prompting while dancing.  For your dancing enjoyment, videos and instructions will be posted so that you can familiarize yourself with the dances before the ball.  Wear whatever makes you feel happy!

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Custom recordings by:

Elegant Echoes:  Becky Ross (fiddle), Colleen Reed (flute), Liz Donaldson (piano), and Bruce Edwards (bassoon)

Champagne:  David Knight (fiddle), Carrie Rose (flute), and Melissa Running (piano)


 Reception 7:00 - 7:30 EDT Enjoy your own pre-ball refreshments as you socialize in breakout rooms before the ball, or hang out in the main room.
 Ball  7:30 - 10:30 EDT Dance (or just listen to fabulous music)!  Pin your favorite partners, or go wild and multi-pin with a group of your friends.  Socialize and participate in activities in breakout rooms at the break.
 Post-Ball Social Time  10:30 - 11:00 EDT Stay and chat after the dance.


  • Katharine Street
  • California Sunshine
  • Merry Conclusion
  • General Grooviness of the Universe
  • Love Always
  • The Chocolate Equation
  • My Lord Byron's Maggot
  • The Flying Sorceress
  • Sun Assembly
  • The Unknown Buccaneer
  • The Potter's Wheel
  • Foxfire
  • Maiden Lane
  • The Prince of Westborough
  • Ramblin' Rosie

Video & Sheet Music

PRICING & Registration 

Please register to obtain the Zoom details for this event.  In cases where multiple individuals will be participating from the same screen, only one person need register.

This event is free, however we are requesting contributions to compensate the musicians for the production of their new recordings (suggested donation, $15-20 per participant). 

You may donate online

Or send by mailing a check: 

Please make the check out to FSGW, write "Spring Ball musicians" in the memo line, and send it to this address - Folklore Society of Greater Washington, P. O. Box 323, Cabin John, MD 20818.


  • Ball dances will be practiced at our weekly Wednesday evening English Country Dances.  Due to this year's online format, we are not going to have an afternoon practice session.  Instead, we will have walk through each dance during the ball and provide some prompting during the dances
  • Enhance your dancing pleasure by becoming familiar with dances before the Ball by attending Wednesday evening dances and watching the video links on the 2021 Spring Ball Program (music, videos) page.

Any questions?  Email Ball Chairs Kappy Laning and Linda Marshall at ball.chair@fsgw.org, or Registrar Bob Hershler at ecd.registrar@fsgw.org.

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