English Country Dances

In-person weekly Wednesday night dances have resumed with appropriate COVID-19 precautions (see below)  There is an attendance cap, so we suggest that you register well in advance to be assured of a space.  Registration opens on Thursdays (mid-morning), 6 days before each dance.  Click on the dance for the upcoming week at the bottom of this page under "Upcoming English Country Dances" to start registration.  See "Check-in" below for special check-in procedures that we have implemented to accommodate our COVID-19 precautions.

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.

Plus we host an annual ball. Every year in May, usually on the 2nd Saturday, we hold a dress-up ball, the Washington Spring Ball.  The 2022 Ball will be held the afternoon of Sunday, May 15th.

Online dancing continues on Zoom:   Online dances on Zoom will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month.  Interested? See the schedule on the English Country Dance (on-line) . 

In-person ECD dances at Glen Echo Town Hall

 When: Wednesday from 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.
We dance every Wednesday throughout the year, unless that day is a major holiday. However, note we only post our schedule of upcoming dances for the next 1 to 2 months.

 Where: Glen Echo Town Hall.   6106 Harvard Ave, Glen Echo MD  20812   Directions to Glen Echo Town Hall

 Admission:  $12  Members  (FSGW, BFMS, ATDS, CDSS)
 $  7  Students, and those with limited income
 $14  Others

You may pay online when you register or pay at the door.  Glen Echo residents and those wishing to redeem a 2nd time free card should contact ecd@fsgw.org to reserve a space for a given dance.

Safety:        In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are observing the following procedures for the safety of our community.        These procedures are consistent with the FSGW Policy regarding COVID-19 and Participation at In-Person Events.

  • Attendance is capped at 40 attendees (not including performers).
  • All attendees must be fully vaccinated (including at least one booster) and provide proof of vaccination.
  • We will have open windows with fans to improve ventilation.
  • We will verify at the door that attendees are feeling well.
  • We will collect contact information (telephone numbers and email addresses) in case it becomes necessary to contact attendees if one of our attendees tests positive for COVID.
  • All attendees, callers, and musicians are required to wear KN-95 or N-95 masks.  N-95 masks will be available at the door ($1 donation requested).

Check-in: The following procedures will help us start the dance smoothly while our safety procedures are in effect.

  • Please plan on arriving at Town Hall between 7:30-7:45 to allow sufficient time for check-in; there may be a queue. 
  • The first time you attend a dance on or after 3/30/2022, you must show proof of vaccination (including at least one booster) completed at least 2 weeks before the dance and provide a phone number for contact tracing.
  • We will inquire verbally about wellness.
  • If you paid when registering, it will speed check-in if you have the confirmation email on your phone or printed.
  • If you did not pay when registering, it will speed check-in if you have the invoice email on your phone or printed.

    Questions?  Email English Country Dance  or call Anna Rain at 240-645-8482.    

    Upcoming English Country Dances

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