37th ANNUAL WASHINGTON SPRING BALL
SILVER SPRING CIVIC BUILDING, MD · MAY 6, 2023
ABOUT WASHINGTON SPRING BALL 2023
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 day of the ball, where most of the dances will be taught. Attending the practice session is strongly encouraged but not required. In the evening at the ball, all dances will be briefed (talked-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.
The Ball is supported by a generous grant from Montgomery County's Community Access Program.
REGISTRATION opening in 2023
WHERE: Great Hall, Silver Spring Civic Building
801 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD
WHEN: Saturday May 6th, afternoon practice and evening dance
FOOD: check out this link for local restaurants
ACCESSIBILITY: all venues are accessible; there will be changing rooms available this year (2023)
PARKING: Free parking on weekends in the public parking garage across Ellsworth Dr, and other nearby garages. Directions to the Silver Spring Civic Building, including parking information and public transportation
PRACTICE: You can join our weekly Wednesday Night English Country dance to practice or attend the Practice Session held the afternoon of the event at the Civic Center. Details to come soon.
COVID PRECAUTIONS: This is a Tier 1 event. We will be following FSGW Guidelines for a Tier 1 event, which can be found here.
The Civic Center is a Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star Accredited facility that was equipped with MERV13 air filters at the beginning of the pandemic. We may have some doors open to improve ventilation during the event.
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.