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CITY RHYTHM ORCHESTRA with special guest RAY GELATO at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo

  • Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Boulevard Glen Echo, Maryland 20812 (map)

Beginner swing lesson with Tom and Debra 8-9pm, dance 9pm-12midnight.
Admission $20 at the door, general admission only. Carpooling is always recommended at Glen Echo.
Purchase our FREQUENT DANCER DISCOUNT CARD—a $120 value! Pre-pay $100 for five dances at the Spanish Ballroom and get the sixth dance FREE! On sale at all of our dances at the Spanish Ballroom. Email for more info.


Special guests PAOLO PASTA LANNA and LAURENTINA will be on hand to do some special dance performances, along with their Collegiate Shag team, the Flying Camels. More fun and fabulousness! Paolo and Laurentina will be offering three great workshops on Sunday, October 8, see An Afternoon with Paolo and Laurentina.

The tag line on City Rhythm Orchestra's website says it all: great music, great fun. Their distinct style and sound has been popular in their hometown of Philadelphia and around the world for many years. Led by Pete Spina and Nick Vallerio, their extraordinary performances are always tremendously entertaining. On this special night, the band will be joined onstage by Ray Gelato (no, that's not Tony Bennett), credited for helping kick off the Swing revival in the early '80s. This interest in vintage Swing/Jazz and R&B went massive in the '90s, spreading all over the US, and spawning bands like The Brian Setzer Big Band and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Ray is proud to have been a part of the vibrant London club scene of the early- to mid-1980s. Fronting the highly successful band The Chevalier Brothers gained him great experience working before an audience; at their peak, The Chevalier Brothers were playing around 200 shows a year! It was in this band that Ray developed his distinctive Louis Prima influenced vocal style that people enjoy to this day. 

We are thrilled to welcome City Rhythm and Ray Gelato back to play for the DC swing dance community. We are going to have a BALL.