Dances start promptly at 8:30 pm and end at 11:30 pm. Admission is $9. A contra dance lesson for beginners is given every Friday starting at 7:30 pm and is included in the price of admission.
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November 6 -- Jeremy Korr calls to Toad Mamas: Rick LaRue on fiddle, Jack Maus on piano and accordion, Patti Reum on whistles and flutes, and David Stone on mandolin, guitar, and tenor banjo November 13 -- Ted Hodapp with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band. November 20 -- Chris Weiler calls to Nor'easter: Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), Max Newman (mandolin, guitar), Julie Vallimont (piano, accordion). November 27 -- Shawn Brenneman with Capitol Quicksteps.
The reunion of the Capitol Quicksteps Quadrille Orchestra! The return of the mapcap big band that played every contra dance ball in Washington and then some from 1982 to 1995! The Quicksteps played annually at Glen Echo for the season opener and closer, plus several special dances including the Hawaiian Ball and the All-Night Dance. They were the founding and headliner band for the Victoria's Revenge contra dance weekend, as well as the regular band for the Baltimore Midwinter Ball, and the Fall and Vernal Equinox Balls, and the Mayflower Ball. They played sets that mixed ragtime, TV tunes, traditional folk, hot swing, and classical music. One favorite set even incorporated Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture, complete with synthesized cannon! They are now back together, and cooking up new arrangements. The 14 piece band has flute, clarinet, sax, trumpets, trombone, cello, bass, guitar, fiddles, keyboard, and drums, and guarantees that they will rock the roof off!