Glen Echo
International Folk Dancers


Learn dances from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Croatia, Serbia, and more. Our specialties are great music, fun dances, and nice dancers.

Wednesday Nights All Year
Bumper Car Pavilion
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD

Note: When the temperature is below 30 degrees or it’s very windy, we will dance at the Ballroom Back Room, a heated space with a wood floor. 
If you are a registered dancer, you will receive a weekly notice about this.

8 pm: instructions at all levels
9 pm: open request dancing

The Bumper Car Pavilion is a covered outdoor dance space with wood floor.  

The Bumper Car Pavilion has plastic curtains and heat lamps, so it stays relatively comfortable during cold weather.

We now have a conditional mask-optional policy.   In order to dance without a mask, you must provide proof that you have received the bivalent booster.  If you did not receive the bivalent booster, you can still dance, but you must wear a  N95/KN95/Level 3 surgical mask.

Pre-registration strongly encouragedAttendance is limited to 40 dancers.   To register, please send an email with your name, phone number, and a copy of your vaccination card to:

Until further notice, these dances are limited to those who have been fully vaccinated and boostered.  If you wish to dance without a mask, you must provide proof of bivalent booster.  Everyone will need to show proof of vaccination and booster and provide their name, email address, and phone number for contact tracing.   No exceptions.  These dances are instruction-oriented from 8-9 pm with open request dancing after 9 pm.  If you wish to attend, please contact Jamie at before attending.  

Note: if you are having symptoms, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or may be positive, please attend the class via Zoom for the next week or 2.  

For out-of-towners and those who cannot attend in person, we will try to show the class via Zoom.  You can enter by clicking onto the following link:
Meeting ID: 871 5265 1884
Password: 145
If you click on the link, you may not need to enter a password

The Glen Echo Folkdancers (formerly Foggy Bottom Folkdancers) started in 1983 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Foggy Bottom then moved to the Church of the Redeemer in Bannockburn, MD. In January 2020, we moved to Glen Echo Park. In all these years we have maintained a very welcoming atmosphere, lots of great music and dancing, occasional parties (sometimes with live music), and, most importantly, great people to share an evening with. Plan to have a wonderful time, learn some dances, listen to some wild music, and meet some new friends. No partner is necessary. No skill is needed. Dress comfortably. Smile. If you would like to be added to our email list and receive notices of upcoming events, please email Jamie

The Glen Echo International Folk Dancers are produced by Dancing Planet Productions and co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the World Music and Dance Institute.

Admission $10