Happenings – January 29,2008

Swing N Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak, Acting President

This issue by Ken D.

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 Noparstak, 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)


January Lessons

West Coast Swing on Wednesdays

modified:  Rich Cooper concludes his month-long series of Wednesday night West Coast Swing lessons this week. 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. 

Last week men were the focus. Rich took a basic pattern, the left side pass, and showed how it could be enhanced with an in/out turn. Continuing with the concept, he had the men change hands and lead a similar pattern with a right to left hand hold. Adding to this, he had them lead the pattern again (opposite hand hold) and lead a continuous in/out turn ending with a release.

For the final lesson, the focus will be on whips and variations of the whips for both leads and follows.

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


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 are competitors on the Swing competition circuit and founders of Chi Town Swing, an organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing in the Chicago area.  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

modified: 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, where they’ve been members/instructors for more than a decade, teaching beginner through advanced classes. Dancing together for 25 years, Mike and Debbe are members of the American Bop Association Hall of Fame.




modified :

Da Dance Camp

February 22 - 24, 2008

Ten Years of Opening Nights!

Waterford Conference Center
Elmhurst, IL (map)


The Count Down is on – It’s only four weeks until Da Dance Camp.    Early bird pricing is good through February 9.



Friday Kick Off Dance Party Spotlight:  The weekend party starts off Friday evening. Be sure and get to Da Dance Camp early to enjoy:


  • A special West Coast Swing Seminar by “Swing Daddy” Mario Robau, Jr. (Please note that this seminar is not included with any of the passes, and must be purchased separately.)


  • Beginner and Intermediate workshops in West Coast Swing and Two Step.


  • Open dancing in at least one ballroom all evening, starting at 9:00 pm, including continuous open dancing in the “Gangster’s Hideaway” from 9:30 pm – 3:00 am (sponsored by X Dance).


  • The Just Dance/Strictly Swing competition. (Come out and compete to the encouragement of your friends, or encourage your friends who are competing.)


  • Exhibitions performed by the weekend’s instructors.


Persons attending Da Dance Camp are encouraged to stay at the Quality Inn, 9ll South Route 83, Elmhurst IL 60126, which is adjacent to the Convention Center.  Call 630/279-0700 for reservations.  An added bonus, especially with the frigid temperatures as of late:  They have a heated indoor pool.


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.


new:  Baby Nathan Jonas was born at approximately 4:00 am on Thursday, January 24, weighing in at 10 pounds, 12 ounces.  Nathan’s parents, Paul and Michelle, along with grandmother, and SNC member Donna Jonas, are all quite proud.



  • 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:

new: February 2:  Saturday.  The Chicago Rebels  will hold their regularly scheduled dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park.  Nancy Tuzzolino teaches a pre-dance Hustle lesson from 8:00 pm to 9:00. Open dancing will follow until midnight. (map)

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

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)

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

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 continues its six weeks of beginner West Coast Swing lessons at the Fitness Center of Lindenhurst, 3098 Falling Waters Blvd, Lindenhurst, beginning at 7:00 pm. You may join the Bootcamp at any Thursday lesson—pre-registration is not a requirement.

modified:  Thursdays:  Jon Serletic finishes his 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 series of Hustle sessions follows in February beginning with part two of his Three Count Hustle class. 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). 

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)

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:


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

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)

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)


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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