Happenings – January 22,2008

Swing N Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak, Acting President

This issue by Judi T.

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. 

Rich, along with his assistant Judy Leslie, treated the class to great looking variations for anchor steps.  In the beginning, sounds heard were Oh, Oh and Whoops. By the end of the session, sound effects changed to Oh Yes!  No more boring anchors for this class as they will now be anchoring with taps to the side and triples that cross in front and other variations.  Rich made them look great while at the same time teaching how to maintain connection during this key WCS move.

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


February Lessons


Waltz on Wednesdays

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

Christopher and Katrina were part of the New Year’s Eve performance put on by Robert Royston at World’s 2008 in Nashville.   Robert did a beautiful job of explaining the history of dance.   Christopher and Katrina, along with Rex and Rachael Jones, demonstrated these dance forms as they developed and grew through the 30’s until now.  You’ll see this extremely talented couple at our very own 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

new:  East Cost Swing by Mike and Debbe Lapina


Take your Valentine Sweetie to Friday, February 15th’s lesson and stay for some open dancing.  Mike and Debbe are lead instructors in the Windy City Jitterbug Club, teaching beginner through advanced classes.   They’ve been dancing for 25 years starting with an Arthur Murray studio, moving on to a Fred Astaire studio, and then turned their attention to choreography and dance exhibitions.



Flapper Girl has retired from DDC!


Da Dance Camp

February 22 - 24, 2008

Ten Years of Opening Nights!

Waterford Conference Center
Elmhurst, IL (map)


The Count Down is on – Just five weeks until DDC.    Early bird pricing is good through February 9.

Welcome New DDC Glamour Girl!

News Flash:  Our Flapper Girl, who has been with DDC for the last three years, has retired.   We hear she is auditioning for “So You Think You Can Dance”.    If you’d like to physically check that rumor out, see information below under Out of Town Happenings.

A brand new DaDance Camp schedule, which promises more open dance time than ever, will feature both national and local instructors.   Competitors:  Please take note of the new schedule change. 

Friday night starts with workshops, a “Kick Off Dance Party” and all Just Dance and Strictly Competitions . The competitions include FirsTimers (TwoStep and West Coast) and Beginner through Advanced (Cha Cha, Nightclub, Two Step and West Coast Swing.)  There will be open dancing in at least one ballroom from 9:00 pm.     We encourage you to sleep over at the Quality Inn, 9ll South Route 83, Elmhurst IL 60126, which is adjacent to the Convention Center.  Call 630/279-0700 for reservations.  Added bonus:  They have a heated indoor pool.

Saturday is chock full of workshops, Jack and Jill Competitions (Novice and Intermediate at lunch time; Advanced is part of the evening show), Optional Dinner including a special tenth anniversary retrospective, a Saturday night show and the Roaring 20s Theme Dance.  If that were not enough, true to SNC’s tradition, free pizza will be served around midnight to keep you going.   (Now you see why we’re encouraging you to stay over).

Sunday completes the weekend with a casual continental breakfast and the Just Dance Awards Ceremony.

Our Emcees are Jennifer Jeffries, owner of the Chicagoland event, and Jimmy Mulligan, president of the Rebels Swing Dance Club, Chicago, IL.   SNC congratulates Jennifer in being awarded best MC 2007 by the UCWDC.

In the past, the volunteers have made this event successful. If you can lend a helping hand, contact Tobi Oberman, who needs folks to register attendees, monitor doors, decorate, score, etc. She critically needs strong men/women to set-up and tear-down dance floors. If you can contribute in ANY way, contact Tobi and she will optimize your talents and gifts!


Additional event information is available online, as well as the option to register online, or to download the form and mail it in.  While looking at the web site, be sure to check out the Photo Gallery under Da Dance Camp to see pictures of last year’s event. Peek-a-boo…you might see you!

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 (one year term).   This position then succeeds the President and follows as Past President.

§         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)


new:  UCWDC Masters on NBC’s Today Show


Ronnie DeBenedetta and Brandy Tobias, the 2008 UCWDC Masters Solo Medley winners, will be featured on NBC’s Today Show where they will demonstrate to the whole world what our Country Dance sport is all about on live, network television.  Be sure to tune in, or record, and watch them.  Happenings will let you know the as soon as it is posted on the UCWDC web site.  We understand Robert Royston is responsible for making this opportunity available to the UCWDC.   


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing N Country three-month calendar.
  • Date of the February Board Meeting is February 11.

Early Bird Cutoffs

Peach State Country Western Dance Festival:  February 25, 2008

Michigan Classic:   March 1, 2008

The Chicago Classic:   March 1, 2008

Oklahoma Dance Rush:   March 20, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

January 25 – 26::  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.

new:  February 8:  XDance holds its regularly scheduled monthly dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park.   Details TBA.

modified:  February 16:  Saturday.  The Chicago Rebels  will 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. Their theme is West Coast Swing Dance with Instructors.   Details TBA.   (map)

modified:  February 16:  Saturday. Genesis Dance Club Valentines Dance offers a Night Club Two 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

modified:   March 14 – 16, 2008:   The Chicago Classic.   Marriott-Chicago, O’Hare.  This event is brought to you by Jim Becker and Nancy Tuzzolino of the Chicago Swing Dance Foundation. A great line up of instructors is named in their brochure.  Cash prizes will be awarded to placing competitors.   (details).

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)

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

Thursdays:   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.

modified:  Thursdays:  Jon Serletic finishes up the last half a four-week Waltz class on 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 starting a second session of Hustle which will begin on January 24 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.   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 which began on January 3, 2008.  (map)

Out-of-Town Happenings

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 Figueroa.  Known in both Country and Swing dance worlds, 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 will also be appearing at Swing on Sunday (SOS). 

modified March 7 – 9, 2008.  Peach State Country Western Dance Festival.  Ravinia Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.  This is their 18th consecutive year! The event has 63 hours of workshops and plenty of open dancing in the country, swing and line dance ballrooms. Brought to you by Bill Robinson and Linda Hembree.   SNC competitors will be attending.   (details)

modified:  March 21 – 22:  So You Think You Can Dance auditions.   The eligibility requirements include bringing your own music and your own non-competing dance partner.  C’mon we have enough great dancers in the Chicagoland area that would really make great candidates!   Milwaukee Theatre, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203.

Save These Dates:


new:  April 4 – 6:  Michigan Classic Dance Championships.  Doubletree Hotel, Dearborn, Michigan.  (details)

new:  April 11 – 18: Oklahoma Dance Rush.   Biltmore Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The former Gateway Event has moved to Oklahoma City.  Event director is Beth Emerson. (details)

new:  April 11 – 18:  Los Angeles Premier Classic.  Sheraton Gateway, Los Angeles, California.  Event Directors Ronnie DeBenedetta and Brandi Tobias. (details)

April 2427: Swing 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





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




Lesson, Student $2.00

Lesson, Adult  $4.00



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)



Questions? Please contact any board member.

SNC hotline 847/638-7621 for class status and other information

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