Supported by
a generous
grant from

Playford /

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington
presents the
31st Annual Washington Spring Ball
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Save the Date — a terrific program is in-prep — details to follow.

emperor of the moon

Ballroom, Silver Spring Civic Building

Venue: 5,000 square-foot dance floor; located in a plaza with hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Directionsupdated icon / Free parking / map / Don't park at Whole Foods.

Music by

Goldcrest (bio)
Dave Wiesler (piano)
Daron Douglas (fiddle)
Paul Oorts (accordion &
fretted instruments)

The band


Reception: 7:00-7:30 p.m. — Ball: 7:30-11:00 p.m.

~ Light refreshments served during the break ~

  1. After Dinner Maggot
  2. Beach Spring
  3. Beautyberry
  4. Cottonwood
  5. Dance of a Lifetime
  6. Emperor of The Moon
  7. Geud Man of Ballangigh
  8. Graphite
  9. The Haymakers
  10. Mr. Isaac's Maggot
  11. Mistwold
  12. Noisette
  13. The Punch-Bowl
  14. Ramblin' Rosie
  15. Sapphire Sea
  16. Terry's Triad
  17. Trip to Paris
  18. Waters of Holland
Dances will be prompted for a few rounds - no walk-throughs. Enhance dancing pleasure for all by becoming familiar with dances before the Ball by attending Wednesday evening dances, participating in the pre-ball practice session, and, accessing Resources, which include videos, as well as references for tunes in Barnes and downloadable sheet music for other tunes. updated iconDownload a Ball Program, which includes written dance instructions (PDF, 1 MB).

Practice Session
2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Caller: Anna Rain
Musicians: Becky Ross (fiddle),
Melissa Running (piano)

Location: Silver Spring Civic Building
  (Same venue as Ball)

5:00 to 7:00

Dinner on your own — many restaurants are within walking distance of the Ballroom — see Restaurant Tips.

Potluck — Laurie and Jim Mielke have generously volunteered to host a Potluck at their home in nearby Chevy Chase. Directions will be available at the Practice Session

Admission by Reservation

$33 for members (FSGW, ATDS, BFMS, CDSS)
$38 for non-members
Full-time students
Members: $16.50, non-members: $19

For registrations post-marked
after Saturday, May 6th
Members: $40, Non-members: $45

Registration Form   |  On-line Reg / Payment

Download Ball flyer PDF (366 kB).

Kappy Laning, Chair;    Ann Fallon, Co-Chair;    Will Strang, Registrar
Info: e-mail:    


Ball Pics    |    Previous Spring Balls:  2016    |    2015    |    2014    |    2013    |    2012    |    2011    |    2010    |    2009

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