Happenings – January 15,2008

Swing N Country Dance Club

http://www.swingncountry.org

Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak, Acting President

This issue by Julie H.

January Lessons

West Coast Swing on Wednesdays

modified:  Rich Cooper continues his month-long series of Wednesday night West Coast Swing lessons. Rich is a recent competitor at the U.S. Open, and in addition to teaching West Coast Swing, also teaches a newer dance called Swango. 

After last week’s Push Break Mania – with terrific advice for both beginner and intermediate dancers – we can’t wait to see what he has in store this week.

News Flash:  More ladies are needed at the Wednesday night lessons! 

When:           Wednesdays,

                        Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30

 

Where:          The Centre at North Park

 

Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm

Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm

 

January Dances

When:  Friday, January 4

 

West Coast Swing Lesson by Rich Cooper

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

When:  Friday, January 18

 

 

 

Where:  The Centre at North Park

West Coast Swing Lesson by Mario Robau

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

There will be special pricing for this lesson:  $10.00

 

modified: 

West Coast Swing Lesson by Mario Robau – January 18.

 

Mario Robau, Chicago’s own “Swing Daddy,” returns to the Windy City for his 15th year!  He’ll join us at our Friday night lesson, 7:30-9:00 pm, on January 18th with his latest comedy routine.  And he’ll teach a dance lesson while he’s at it.

 

Chicago dancers’ favorite son now has on-line lessons as well as DVD’s available.  Check them out and see what all the shouting is about!

February Lessons

modified: 

Waltz on Wednesdays

Katrina Branson and Christopher Hussey return to Swing N Country for Wednesday night Waltz lessons in February.

Christopher and Katrina, who performed their brand new routine to a standing ovation at America’s Classic in Houston last weekend, are founders of Chi Town Swing, which promotes swing dancing in the Chicago area.  Be sure to get a preview of their teaching skills in February when they will be featured at Da Dance Camp!

When:           Wednesdays,

                        Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

 

Where:          The Centre at North Park

Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm

Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm

 

February Dances

When:  Friday, February 1

 

Waltz Lesson by Christopher Hussey and Katrina Branson

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

When:  Friday, February 15

 

 

 

Where:  The Centre at North Park

East Coast Swing Lesson by Mike and Debbe Lapina

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

                                                                                  

                                                              Da Dance Camp                                                        

 

 

modified:  Don’t miss “Ten Years of Opening Nights,” Da Dance Camp’s theme for its 10th anniversary gala, on February 22-24.  The weekend will be full of extraordinary people, like you, and activities to celebrate a decade of SNC’s annual extravaganza!

 

A brand new schedule, which promises more open dance time than ever, will feature both national and local instructors.  The decorations committee promises Red Carpet treatment for dancers and spectators alike.

 

Be sure to join your friends at the Waterford Conference Center in Elmhurst, Il, for more fun than you ever thought possible!

 

Additional event information is now available online, as well as the option to register online, or to download the form and mail it in.

 

The Web site also includes information on:

  • The Schedule                                                                             
  • Jack ‘n’ Jill and Just Dance Competitions
  • Hotel Information

 (map)

Elections:  SNC Board Wants YOU!

 

Elections for the new Board will be held at the first March dance, and nominations are being accepted now!  Whether you want to continue to see things run as they are, or you want to see some changes, becoming a Board member is the way to make things happen.  You’ll find yourself working with a bunch of energetic, creative, hard-working people.  Does that sound like you?  If you have questions or would like to consider running for the Board, contact Leah, our Election Committee chairperson!

 

Positions to be elected are:

§         Vice President (two year term)

§         Secretary (one year term)

§         Treasurer (one year term)

§         Two year Board member at large (three positions available)

§         One year Board member at large (two positions available)

 

Miscellaneous

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

modified:  January 18 – 20, 2008:  University of Mario 15th Anniversary.  After teaching at SNC’s Friday night dance, Mario continues his weekend in Chicago presenting West Coast Swing workshops on Saturday and Hustle workshops on Sunday at The Centre at North Park. You can take these classes ala carte or book the whole weekend!  Brought to you by Dance Masters, the workshops run from at 11:00 am to 3:45 pm on Saturday and from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday.  (details)

January 19:     Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels hold their regularly scheduled dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park.  Lessons are from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm followed by open dancing until midnight. More information to be available soon.  (map)

modified:  January 19:  Saturday. Genesis Dance Club offers a West Coast Swing lesson beginning at 8:00 pm and hosts a dance following at 9:00 pm at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, Illinois, 60047.  (details) (map)

In response to popular demand, Genesis dances will be held on the third Saturday of every month.  The new schedule is available on the Genesis Dance Club web site

January 25 – 26, 2008:  X Dance Sixth Anniversary.  2006 “So You Think You Can Dance” winner and multi-time US Open champion, Benji Schwimmer, will teach six workshops (one on Friday, five on Saturday) and perform an exhibition.  A registration form is available online. The Centre at North Park, Franklin Park, IL.

Mondays: Maren Oslac teaches West Coast Swing at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457.   Beginner class at 7:00 pm.  Intermediate at 7:45 pm.  Specialty at 8:30 pm.  (map) (details)

new:  Tuesdays:   Bootscoot Bootcamp returns with six weeks of beginner West Coast Swing lessons on Thursday, January 24,  at the Fitness Center of Lindenhurst, 3098 Falling Waters Blvd, Lindenhurst, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Wednesdays:  Swing N Country’s Wednesday lessons feature Rich Cooper teaching West Coast Swing in January.

Thursdays:  Jon Serletic teaches a four-week Waltz class from January 10 through January 31.   The one-hour class begins at 8:00 at Two Left Feet Studio, 605 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville, IL  60563 and is designed for couples.   A second Waltz session will follow in February.     Jon is also holding a two-week three-count Hustle class on January 10 and January 17 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The second session of Hustle will begin on January 24.   Pre-registration is required for each of these series.  (details)  (map)

Thursdays: Maren Oslac continues sessions at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457 entitled Beginner Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango) at 7:00 pm on January 3, 2008.  (map)

Competition Corner

Results from the America’s Classic, held on January 11-13 in Houston, are now available online

Out-of-Town Happenings

Early Bird Cutoffs

Peach State Country Western Dance Festival:  February 25, 2008

February 1 – 10, 2008:  Swingin’@Sea 2008.  Southern Caribbean Dance Cruise.  The package includes plenty of open dancing and over twenty workshops including West Coast, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Hustle, NC and Two Step. Jason Miklic, his wife Sophy Kdep, Fred and Tina Price are some of the great teachers.    (details)

February 29 – March 2, 2008:  Angel and Debbie Figueroa.  Known in both Country and Swing dance worlds, this popular couple will be teaching West Coast Swing and Hustle workshops and private lessons.  Sponsored by May I Have This Dance, 6137 Northwest Highway, Chicago 60631 (map)  Angel and Debbie will also be appearing at Swing on Sunday (SOS). 

Save These Dates:

 

March 7 – 9, 2008.  Peach State Country Western Dance Festival.  Ravinia Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.  Brought to you by Bill Robinson and Linda Hembree.  (details)

March 14 – 16, 2008:   The Chicago Classic.   Marriott-Chicago, O’Hare.  Brought to you by the Chicago Swing Dance Foundation. Featured instructors are listed in their brochure.  (details).

March 21 – 22:  So You Think You Can Dance auditions.    Milwaukee Theatre, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203.

April 2427, 2008Swing Dance America.  Milwaukee Hilton City Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (details)

 

Outreach Opportunity

 

Benji Schwimmer, USA Swingdance Net, and countless others in the dance community are banding together to support the orphaned son of a slain dancer.  If you are interested in helping to fund a trust account on behalf of Christopher Gibson, you will be joining countless individuals and organizations in investing in the life of a child. (details)

Swing N Country Dance Club

Swing N Country Dances and Lessons are held at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL

  Map to The Centre at North Park.

Membership is $20.00 per year per person; $15.00 per additional person at the same address;
$5.00 per Student

 

Wednesday Lessons

 

First Four Wednesdays of Each Month

Doors Open at 7:15

 

BEGINNER LESSON: 7:30-8:25

INTERMEDIATE LESSON:  8:35-9:30

 

Members  $30.00 Monthly   $10.00 Weekly

Students  $20.00 Monthly  $5.00 Weekly

Non-Members  $40.00 Monthly   $13.00 Weekly

Minors (15 and under)  Free When Accompanied by Paying Adult

 

Friday Dances

 

First and Third Friday of Each Month

Doors Open at 7:15

 

BEGINNER LESSON   7:30

INTERMEDIATE LESSON 8:00

Lesson, Student $2.00

Lesson, Adult  $4.00

 

OPEN COUPLES DANCING 9:00 - 12:00

Students $3.00

Members $6.00  

Non-Members $12.00

 

Mailing Address:  Swing N Country, PO BOX 59508, SCHAUMBURG, IL  60159-0508

847-638-7621 THAT’S 847-638-SNC (ONE)

WWW.SWINGNCOUNTRY.ORG

 

Questions? Please contact any board member.

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