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Saturday night at Glen Echo park means swing dancing from 8 p.m. to far into the night. Admission is $12 and all are welcome.

Saturday night at Glen Echo park means swing dancing from 8 p.m. to far into the night. Admission is $12 and all are welcome.1Picture by Lauren PoorLast Saturday, Nov. 8 was a special World War II-themed dancing session. The ballroom was decorated with dated posters and veterans attended with whomever else arrived. 2Picture by Lauren PoorPeople crowded into the ballroom and hung their coats on the many coat racks, ready to warm up free of the cool fall weather. 3Picture by Lauren PoorThe dancing took place in an old Spanish ballroom that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as one of many top dance halls on the east coast and contains a 7,500 square feet dance floor.4Picture by Lauren PoorThe swing dancing lesson started at 8 p.m. where all of the attendees stood in a circle and were taught by the many experienced teachers. 5Picture by Lauren PoorFollowing the lesson, dancing starts at 9 p.m. with a live band and freedom to move across the floor. 6Picture by Lauren PoorOnlookers watch from one of the many arcs that joins the hallways to the ballroom. 7Picture by Lauren PoorThe Eric Felten Orchestra played period songs such as "Dancing Cheek to Cheek" and "Saturday Night is the Loneliest" to create a nostalgic mood. 8Picture by Lauren PoorYoung dancers came to show off all of the moves they have learned and perfected. 9Picture by Lauren PoorIn contrast to the ballroom, the hallways are places to go sit down and cool off. 10Picture by Lauren PoorA woman dressed in a sequined dress sits down next to the band to watch the ballroom in its entirety. 11Picture by Lauren PoorPeople wear both comfortable and fashionable clothes to dance, but wearing the right shoes is most important. 12Picture by Lauren PoorPeople line up against the walls to wait for a dance partner or merely to sit out for a song. 13Picture by Lauren PoorPeople of all ages and fitness came to dance together and enjoy themselves. 14Picture by Lauren PoorWhen the band was through and the dancing over everyone crowded around the teachers to watch them dance to the band's finale, easily presenting complicated moves.15Picture by Lauren Poor
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