Happenings – February 5,2008

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.


SNC Board Elections – March 7, 2008


The next Swing N Country Board meeting is February 11.   If you are considering running for one of the open positions and would like to know more about the inner workings of the Board, just let know you would like to attend.  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.  If you have questions or would like to consider running for the Board, contact Leah Noparstak, our Election Committee chairperson, any Board Member.


Positions to be elected are:

§         Vice President (one year term; three year commitment).   This position then succeeds the President (one year term) and follows as Past President (one 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)

Da Dance Camp

February 22 - 24, 2008

Ten Years of Opening Nights!

Waterford Conference Center
Elmhurst, IL (map)

We’ll literally be rolling out the red carpet for you!

The Count Down is on – Just three weeks until DDC.   Come celebrate with us 1920’s Hollywood style. 

Early bird pricing is good through February 9.

Saturday Spotlight:


Three weeks to go, folks!  Saturday, February 23 will be the most activity-filled day of the weekend.  The day's schedule includes:


  • Over 14 workshops taught for three levels:     New Dancer Track, Beginner/Novice and Intermediate/Advanced.
  • Jack N Jill Competitions:   Novice and Intermediate, both Two Step and WCS at Noon.  Grab an ala carte lunch sold in the lobby and come cheer these competitors on!
  • Sit-Down Dinner along with a Tenth Anniversary Retrospective (not included in the weekend pass)
  • Tenth Anniversary Show as well as Advanced Two Step and WCS Jack N Jill competitions.
  • Dancing with the Chicago Rebels in a dedicated Swing Ballroom.
  • And the late night pizza party.


If you plan to have dinner at Da Dance Camp on Saturday night, make sure you reserve a space now.  After dinner, the 20’s Style Theme Dance begins.  Period costumes are optional; however a few beads or a pair of suspenders would do it!  The evening will begin with an hour and a half of open dancing. The Tenth Anniversary Show begins around 9:00 pm and includes Two Step & WCS Jack N Jill competitions.  There will also be some fun dance exhibitions and other performances to top off the entertainment.


After the competitions and exhibitions, open dancing will resume until the dancers drop or the DJ tires out. There will be a short break around midnight to refuel with a pizza party.  There is also a dedicated Swing Ballroom sponsored by The Chicago Rebels.

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.


All the event details are 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.

Be an SNC Volunteer and earn Points for Dance Related Activities

Volunteers are always needed for Da Dance Camp. Tobi Oberman has a sign-up list for all tasks.  Contact her if you can help at DDC.  You will earn Swing N Country volunteer points for your efforts. 

February Lessons


Waltz on Wednesdays

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

Christopher and Katrina previously taught Nightclub Two for SNC in 2007.  They are winning 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.  This extremely talented couple is scheduled to teach Intermediate/Advanced Nightclub Two at our very own Da Dance Camp Saturday workshops.

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

East Cost Swing by Mike and Debbe Lapina on February 15


Mike and Debbe Lapina will be teaching East Coast Swing at the second Friday dance on February 15.  They are lead instructors in the Windy City Jitterbug Club, where they’ve been active participants 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.


Thank You

A big thank you to Rich Cooper and his assistant, Judy Leslie, for a wonderful month of West Coast Swing Lessons.   We now expect to see exciting and new anchor variations at our upcoming dances.


  • 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

Da Dance Camp:   February 9, 2008

Peach State Country Western Dance Festival:  February 26, 2008

new: MadJam:   February 29, 2008

new: Michigan Classic:   March 1, 2008

The Chicago Classic:   March 1, 2008

new: Oklahoma Dance Rush:   March 20, 2008

new: Circle City Classic:  April 25, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

modified:  February 8:  Friday.   XDance holds its regularly scheduled monthly dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park.  Doors open at 7:15 pm. Hania Richmond will be teaching NightClub Two.  Open dancing follows at 9:00 pm until midnight.

new:  February 11:  Monday.  May I Have This Dance will open a brand new studio at 5246 N Elston, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL  60630.  (map)   SOS (Swing on Sundays) will be held at their new location.   Check their website for various other locations.

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) 

modified:  February 29 – March 2, 2008:  Angel Figueroa.  Known in both Country and Swing dance worlds, Angel will be teaching West Coast Swing and Hustle workshops and private lessons.  Sponsored by May I Have This Dance.  Angel will also be appearing at SOS (Swing on Sunday).   This event is in celebration of the Grand Opening of May I Have This Dance’s new facility at 5246 N Elston, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL  60630.  (map)

new:  March 1:  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.   Special guest appearance will be made by Angel Figueroa. (see above under May I Have This Dance)  (map)

new:  March 1- 4, 2007:  MadJam.   Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.  West Coast Swing, Hustle and Hand Dance.  Touted as a four-day party with workshops, contests and open dancing, this event claims to draw nearly 1200 dancers of all ages and skill levels. We know SNC folks will be attending.  (details)

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 competitors who place.   (details).

new:  March 29-30:  Christopher Hussey and Katrina Branson of Chi-Town Swing will host West Coast Swing workshops and open dancing on Saturday at The Centre at North Park.  Private instruction will be offered on Sunday, March 30.  This innovative couple has instructions for all fourteen workshops they held in Nashville at UCWDC Worlds in January available on their website.   You can actually take any of these classes on line!      (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 Katrina Branson and Christopher Hussey teaching Waltz in February.

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 begins teaching his four-week Two Step class on February 7.   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 beginning with parts two and three of his Three Count Hustle class. Pre-registration is required for each of these series.  (details)  (map)

modified:  Thursdays: Maren Oslac continues sessions at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th PlaceHickory Hills, IL 60457 entitled Beginner Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango) at 7:00 pm which began on January 3, 2008.  A six-week session of Level II will begin on February 21. (map)

Out-of-Town Happenings

new:  February 28 – March 2:  Fort Wayne Showdown.  Fort Wayne, Indiana.  More than 100 workshops.  Strictly Swing Competition.   The famous “Silent Auction” will make its fourth annual return.  Proceeds go the Ronald McDonald House.   (details)

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 – 13:  Oklahoma Dance Rush.   Biltmore Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The former Gateway Event (St. Louis) has moved to Oklahoma City.  Event director is Beth Emerson. (details)

April 11 – 13:  Los Angeles Premier Classic.  Sheraton Gateway, Los Angeles, California.  Event Directors Ronnie DeBenedetta and Brandi Tobias. (details)

new:  April 18 – 20:  Indy Swing Classic.  Indianapolis, Indiana.  Event Directors:  Scott Mercer and Trevor Fulk.  You’ll see a lot of Chicago folks if you watch this UTube,   (details)

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

new:  May 30 – June 1:  Circle City Classic.  Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites.  Indianapolis, Indiana.  Event Directors:  Mark Bradburn, Melissa Culbertson, Dennis & Carol Waite.  (details)

new:  May 4 – 6:  World Swing Dance Championships.  Irvine-Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California.  Registration on site only.  (details) 

new:  May 16:  Gently Used Clothing Sale presented by Swing N Country at their second Friday dance.


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.

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