Happenings – February 19,2008

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.


SNC Board Elections – March 7, 2008


§         Ballots have been mailed, as the 2008 elections for the Swing N Country Board are almost here. Voting may be done via snail mail, at Da Dance Camp, or at one of SNC’s lessons or dances before or during March 7.

§         This year’s candidates are:

          *President-Elect:  Roger Peterson

          *Secretary:  Julie Hein

          *Treasurer:  Rich Cooper

          *One-year position (two available):  Tobi Oberman,  Penny Rush

          *Two-year position (two available):  Ann Clark, Open

§         Even though nominations are closed, there is one other two-year position available (a not-so-subtle hint that we’d love to have you run for the position).  Write-in votes will be accepted. Should a write-in not provide someone to fill the vacancy, after the election, the Board will appoint a member willing to fill the vacancy.

§         Be sure that you have a voice in the future of SNC by being (or becoming) an SNC member and by casting your ballot.



Da Dance Camp

February 22 - 24, 2008

Ten Years of Opening Nights!

Waterford Conference Center
Elmhurst, IL (map)


We’re only a couple of days away from the 10th annual Da Dance Camp. Let’s recap some of the festivities planned for this grand weekend:


  • A Friday Kick-off Dance Party (featuring a Mario Robau seminar, competitions, and open dancing in at least one ballroom from 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.


  • Plenty of dance competitions including Just Dance, Jack n’ Jill, and FirsTimer competitions.



  • A Saturday night Dinner and Theme Dance.


  • A Sunday brunch and awards presentation.


Information on the above is available on the Dance Camp Web site, as is the final schedule for the weekend. Also note that online registration is still open, but will close Wednesday evening, February 20 at approximately 11:00 p.m.


Join your friends as we celebrate “Ten Years of Opening Nights,” from February 22-24.  And lest we forget, should you wish to stay nearby (making it easier to jump out of bed and onto the dance floor), the Quality Inn in Elmhurst, Il, located adjacent to the event, is a great place to say! We’ll see you at Da Dance Camp!

Volunteers Welcome!

As Da Date for Da Dance Camp is almost here, Volunteer Coordinator, Tobi Oberman, is calling all Da Gang members to Da Cause of Da Boss.  You can reach Tobi by phone 847-324-3123 or by email.

If you want plenty of time to play during the weekend but could also use some of those SNC points as well as food, does Tobi have a plan for you! 

Help with transportation of Da Goods (equipment, decorations, etc) to and from Da Storage locker...or with laying and/or picking up the floor...or with setting up/taking down decorations.  You get your choice of activity, you get fed, you get points, and you get plenty of time to party!


Friday morning 7:30 am 

Truck goes to storage locker

Friday morning 10:00 am

Dance floor gets laid

Friday noon

Decorations go up

Sunday morning 9:00 am

Decorations/floor come down

Sunday afternoon 2:00 pm

Truck returns "stuff" to storage locker


Waltz on Wednesdays

Snow wasn’t a factor last week, as Christopher Hussey and Katrina Branson taught their first Wednesday night Waltz lesson. A good turnout for both the beginner and intermediate lessons learned that, contrary to popular belief, there is no rise and fall in Waltz—instead, there is fall and rise. Joins us this Wednesday as Christopher and Katrina build on last week’s lesson.

Christopher and Katrina are very successful 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.  Don’t miss their lessons at our very own Da Dance Camp’s 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

March Lessons

Cha Cha on Wednesdays

Join Don Macdonald as he teaches our hips—and feet—to move to the Cha Cha beat.  His knowledge of dance technique and innovative choreography make him just the person to tackle this sexy dance!

When:           Wednesdays,

                     March 5, 12, 19, 26


Where:          The Centre at North Park


Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm

Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm


March Dances

When:  Friday, March 7


Cha Cha Lesson by Don Macdonald

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

When:  Friday, March 21


Where:  The Centre at North Park



Two Step Lesson by Maren Oslac

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am


Early Bird Cutoffs

Peach State Country Western Dance Festival:  February 26, 2008

MadJam:   February 29, 2008

Michigan Classic:   March 1, 2008

The Chicago Classic:   March 1, 2008

Los Angeles Premier Classic (LAPD):  March 1, 2008

Oklahoma Dance Rush:   March 20, 2008

Circle City Classic:  April 25, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

February 29 – March 2, 2008:  Angel Figueroa.  Sponsored by May I Have This Dance.  Known in both Country and Swing dance worlds, Angel will be teaching West Coast Swing and Hustle workshops and private lessons.  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)

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 instruction will be made by Angel Figueroa. (see above under May I Have This Dance)  (map)

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 22:  Saturday. Genesis Dance Club Easter Dance offers a Waltz 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) 

new: March 28:  Friday. X Dance holds its regularly scheduled dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131. A West Coast Swing lesson starts at approximately 7:30 pm. This will be the only X Dance event in March. (map)

March 29:  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.  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 has finished his Two Step class for the month of February.  The series of Three Count Hustle lessons will continue for two more weeks. Registration is required as a couple. Class begins at 8:00 at Two Left Feet Studio, 605 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville, IL  60563.     (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.  A six-week session of Level II will begin on February 21. (map)

Out-of-Town Happenings

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 69, 2008:  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.   The hotel is booked.   Alternatives are published. (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)

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)

May 30 – June 1:  John Lindo.  Workshops, dance, and party, hosted by Genesis Dance Club, Hickory Hills, IL.  (details)

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

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

May 16:  Gently Used Clothing Sale presented by Swing N Country at its 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.

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

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