The Place to Swing Dance and County Dance in the Chicago Area

Enjoy dancing to West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hustle, Two Step, Double Two Step, Night Club Two Step, Waltz, Cha-Cha, & Polka

A friendly place to socialize, dance, & take lessons    Visitors welcome    Dancers of all levels welcome    Best hospitality in the Midwest

The Centre at North Park  ~ 10040 Addison Avenue  ~  Franklin Park, Illinois 60131

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Last revised: February 3, 2018
(with payments accepted reminder)

It's Big-Time February

As happens every February at Swing 'n' Country, we pack the most possible in the year's shortest month. Two dances, our Dance Camp Chicago weekend-long dance convention (this year is our 20th Anniversary!), and Waltz lessons with the much anticipated return of Don M.

Plus, catch what is happening all the way through April.

February 2018 Schedule 

Friday Dance #1:

Friday, February 2, 2018 
"Dance Camp Warm-up"
Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
Waltz with Don M.
Beg./Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm

Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
Ken Dillard is tonight's DJ

Don M. launches February and our first dance this month and give a preview of his Wednesday lessons to come with a pair of Waltz lessons at tonight's dance. Read more about Don and his lessons under the Wednesday lessons section below. 

Don M. teaches 
at tonight's dance

Then at 9:00 p.m. we start our warm up for the Dance Camp Chicago convention which runs the following weekend. The Super-Bowl players don't just jump into the biggest game of the year without a warm-up, and you should not jump into the Super-Bowl of Dance Camps without a warm-up either. Get those feet all prepped at tonight's dance.



Wednesday Lessons:

February 7, 14, 21, and 28
Waltz with Don M.
Beginner/Novice Lesson 7:30 - 8:25 pm
Intermediate Lesson 8:35 - 9:30 pm

Have you seen the now-running movie "The Greatest Showman"? Well then you will know what I mean when I say that Don M. is to Country Western dancing as P. T. Barnum was to the circus. 

Since the 1980's Don has been a showman in Country Western dancing, and with those now over 30 years as such is considered by many as the greatest. 

These lessons will be no circus. Swing & Country's Greatest Showman will be teaching you the secrets to his beautiful, graceful, and almost magical Waltz. 
Learn Waltz from the Greatest. 

In 4 acts, on four consecutive Wednesdays.

Don M.

"The Greatest Showman"



Payments Accepted for Dances, Lessons, Memberships, etc.

We want to remind everyone that the only forms of payment accepted for all Swing 'n' Country transactions is cash or check.  This includes Membership Fees, Dances, Lessons, and Special Dance Events such as our Holiday Dance Party.  You may pay for any of these with Cash or Check.  Checks include Personal, Business, & Money Orders,  Checks must have proper/correct name and current address.  No temporary issue checks accepted.  Do not send cash through mail for mail-in transactions.  
We do not accept credit or debit cards.  

There is one and only one exception.  Credit Cards are accepted for Dance Camp Chicago (below) Registrations.  Credit Card holder pays the Credit Card Transaction Fee.




Then running the full 2nd weekend of February is...

Swing 'n' Country's Very Own
Dance Camp Chicago 2018
February 9-11, 2018
Our 20th Anniversary !

At The DoubleTree by Hilton
1909 Spring Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

This is going to be one very special event for our 20th.  Everything will be new and better.  First is the new hotel.  We're going first-class!  Across the street from Oak Brook shopping center, it will be close to everything. Awesome ballrooms, awesome guest rooms, awesome everything... especially awesome instructors, awesome lessons, awesome fun and dancing.

Visit the web site by clicking the logo above



Friday Dance #2:

Friday, February 16, 2018 
"Valentine's Dance"
Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
West Coast Swing with Brian Wong
Beginner/Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm

Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
with Ken Dillard as tonight's DJ

Brian Wong, a real sweetheart of a guy, starts our Valentine's Party off tonight with a pair of fabulous West Coast Swing lessons that we're sure will be connected somehow to tonight's theme.  

Then, for the dance portion of the evening, we celebrate St. Valentine's Day. Another sweetheart of a guy is our DJ, Ken Dillard, who is sure to find some theme-appropriate music for tonight. 

Finally, an even better and prettier group of sweethearts is Karen Saunders and her team of lovely gals that make up our hospitality committee.  They will be conjuring up some serious Valentine-worthy tasty snacks and treats that will be having you smack your lips for more.  Be sure to blow a Valentine's kiss to those girls before you head back to the dance floor. 


And need we tell you to wear RED?

Tonight is our
Valentine's Dance


Brian Wong teaching
West Coast Swing


Holiday Dance Party Survey and Board of Director Openings

Also this month... Throughout February, we will be soliciting all dancers attending dances and lessons to take a short survey regarding our Holiday Dance Party which is held each December.  We are interested in your feedback regarding our previous parties, and we want you to help us decide our Holiday Party for 2018. So, be on the lookout for our survey and please take part. This is your chance to speak up and tell us what you would like.

Also, as you may have seen in other Happenings, we are looking for Swing 'n' Country members to step into open positions that we will have on the Board of Directors. The new Board takes office in April, and we currently have some openings. This is your chance to speak up even more than any survey and actually take part in the action.


Planning Guide for March 2018

Wednesday Lessons: March 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2018
Two-Step with Julie Hein and Don Leynes

Friday Dances: March 2 and 16, 2018

March 2 -  
Lesson: Night-Club Two-Step with Megan Wheeler in her debut teaching appearance at Swing 'n' Country
April Prince will be tonight's DJ
Theme: To Be Announced

March 16 - 
Lesson: Two-Step with Julie Hein and Don Leynes
Matt Cotherman will be tonight's DJ
Theme: To be Announced

Planning Guide for April 2018

Wednesday Lessons: April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2018
West Coast Swing with [tentative] instructor Jeff Mumford

Friday Dances: April 6 and 20, 2018

April 6 -  
Lesson: West Coast Swing with [tentative] instructor
Jeff Mumford
Matt Cotherman will be tonight's DJ
Theme: To Be Announced

April 20 - 
Lesson: Double Two-Step with Don Leynes and Julie Hein
April Prince will be tonight's DJ
Theme: Swing 'n' Country's 24th Birthday Party is tonight and the new Board of Directors take office and are introduced to the club members. Birthday cake will be served and a club photo will be taken tonight. 

Contact us by emailing the entire board of directors: