Contra Dancing at Glen Echo Park

March 21, 2014: The evening opened with a leisurely stroll around Glen Echo Park with American Fulbright Scholar Robert J. Mathis.  Mr. Mathis told the group about the Park’s long history (playing a role in the local struggle for civil rights in the 1960s) and how it evolved to become an artist colony and sought-after destination for social dancers on the East Coast.  He also explained how American contra dancing started several hundred years ago as a way to introduce newcomers to a community and continues to have a vibrant following today.  The group them moved on to a dance lesson and after were welcomed by the crowd of over 200 enthusiastic contra dancers and guided through the steps with great fun and goodwill. 

Fulbright Scholars Robert Mathis (USA) and Min Ji (China)

Fulbright Scholars Robert Mathis (USA) and Min Ji (China)

Zhen Wang (China) and his favorite dance partner

Zhen Wang (China) and his favorite dance partner

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Binda Paranjape (India)

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Binda Paranjape (India)

Visiting Fulbright Scholars Gitiara Nasreen (Bangladesh) and Zhen Wang (China) “Thank you very much for giving us what a wonderful event and lovely photos. Thanks for your diligent work everyday to organize new events for us.  Nasreen and I really looked like "Fred and Ginger", it is very funny! and will be one of my most memorable moments of this year.” Zhen Wang

Visiting Fulbright Scholars Gitiara Nasreen (Bangladesh) and Zhen Wang (China)
“Thank you very much for giving us what a wonderful event and lovely photos. Thanks for your diligent work everyday to organize new events for us. Nasreen and I really looked like “Fred and Ginger”, it is very funny! and will be one of my most memorable moments of this year.” Zhen Wang

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