All social ballroom dances feature live music from one of the bands below. See the Calendar section for a list of band schedules. Dance the night away to music ranging from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s up to contemporary hits. Music for Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Samba, Merenge, and Polka are played at appropriate tempi for ballroom dancers.
Mike Surratt and The ECB
The average music lover doesn't listen to only one music genre/style. Why should a band only play one type of music? This band will take you on a journey to the grand ballrooms that had the music of Glenn Miller, the sock-hops that rocked around the clock, through a doorway into the 60's and 70's, and finally ending up on a sunset beach listening to summertime boardwalk sounds or tropical Caribbean rhythms. ECB's basic format is a trio of professional musicians consisting of: Mike Surratt (on Keyboards/Vocals) Alan Jones (Saxophones/Clarinet), and Joe Stec (Drums) Come join the fun as the ECB whirls us away on a dancing adventure!!
Helmut Licht studied at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory of Music, majoring in composition. To earn his tuition he taught dancing at the Arthur Murray School of Dancing, where he was awarded the Arthur Murray professional Gold Medal. He received his BA from the Maryland Institute of Art and his MA from Towson University and taught for many years at Morgan State University and Towson University. On weekends he plays music from solo all the way to his 14 piece Ballroom Big Band, for which he writes and arranges most of the music. For the past 11 years he has been holding ‘Ballroom Dancing at the Belvedere’ every Wednesday evening. He loves what he does and enjoys life, because he does what he loves – play music, paint, dance and teach! Andre has been playing music with Helmut since the early 60’s. Their musical specialty and preference is playing for ballroom dancers!
Gary Varano has been a Dj for ballroom music at Hollywood Ballroom and private parties for the last 18 years.
Dean Garrish has been teaching & competing for over 25 years. During this time, he has been sharing his love of dance with thousands of people all across the country. Dean has an extensive knowledge in competitive dancing and is the co-event director of the annual New Orleans Dance Mardi Gras competition event in Louisiana. Dean teaches the largest continuous group classes in the Maryland & DC area.
Michael SimsProfessional Dance Instructor/DJ
Lite on Your Feet, LLC, the lifelong dream of dancer, choreographer and owner Michael Sims, has been providing dance lessons, choreography for special occasions and artistic performances independently since 2006. Specializing in American Style Ballroom, Rhythm, Swing and Salsa, Michael provides lessons and choreography for children and adults for social events, weddings, nightclub fun, or competitions. With an interest to give back to the community, Lite On Your Feet has donated performances to support local charities and organizations including The Boys and Girls Club, The Flower Mart, The Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, and the American Cancer Society, just name a few. He currently holds the position of Artistic Director for a program for PG County elementary schools named “Touch of Class”.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Michael’s experience includes coaching ice skaters and gymnasts, as well as performing with the National Basketball Association. For four years, he trained with a franchised ballroom organization. Since 2002, Michael has travelled to various locations throughout the US and world with students to compete in Ballroom and Salsa competitions bringing home many medals and trophies. He currently competes and provides lessons at various locations serving the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.
Ed has worked as a music and dance DJ in the Washington Metropolitan area since 2007. Over the years he has worked as a mobile DJ at various local dance clubs and competitions, weddings, receptions, and private parties throughout the area.
For the past 10 years, Ed has been the resident DJ at Colvin Run Dance Hall’s weekly Tuesday dance events. In addition, he also functions as DJ at Colvin Run’s Second and Fourth Saturday dances, as well as their Third Sunday afternoon dance.
Ed owns an extensive and diverse collection of music, both contemporary and classic, suited to all genres of dance. His engaging style allows him to drive the mood of each dance and facilitates an audience interactive process. He possesses a comprehensive knowledge of advanced music technologies, sound editing and production equipment.
Prior to his retirement in 2007, Ed was employed as a federal law enforcement professional with the Department of Justice’s US Courts Division. His prior education includes post graduate studies in Criminal Justice Administration.