Happenings – February 26,2008

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


  • You should have received your election ballot along with each of the candidate’s bios.   Voting may be done at the Wednesday 02/27 lesson, at the Friday, 03/07 dance, or by mail.  If you are mailing your ballot, have it postmarked by March 7.
  •  The 2008 candidates are:
    • Vice-President/President-Elect:  Roger Peterson
    • Secretary:  Julie Hein
    • Treasurer:  Rich Cooper
    • One-year position (two available):  Tobi Oberman,  Penny Rusch
    • Two-year position (two available):  Ann Clark, Open
  • 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.


Waltz on Wednesdays

Christopher Hussey and Katrina Branson will wrap up their month of Waltz lessons this Wednesday, February 27. They have taught a series of pieces that together will make up an entire phrase of Waltz.  While teaching these pieces they have included many items of technique.  Their style has been fun and entertaining.   We hope to welcome them back soon.  Christopher and Katrina are founders of Chi Town Swing, an organization dedicated to the promotion of swing dancing in the Chicago area. 

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


There is no dance scheduled for the fifth Friday in February.    Happy Leap Year!

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

NBC’s Today Show


Ronnie DeBenedetta and Brandy Tobias, the 2008 UCWDC Masters Solo Medley winners, were featured on NBC’s Today Show last week where they demonstrated West Coast Swing, Country Style.    Enjoy also the Robert Royston’s interview just prior to introducing these five-time world champions.  Happenings thanks X Dance’s Jim Becker for providing the link.  

SNC Tenth Anniversary Gala a Huge Success


DDC celebrated Ten Great Years of Memories this past weekend.     Our Club really knows how to put on a party! 

Preliminary photos are on our web site….More to come soon!

The decorations were awesome.  The DJ played great music very much enjoyed by dancers through the wee hours of each morning.    The Competitors had an excellent venue to Strut Their Stuff.  Those participating in the Saturday night dinner were treated to a wonderful pictorial of dance camps past. Saturday evening’s entertainment was spectacular with routines that were both dramatic and humorous.   

Many individuals and businesses contributed prizes and cash donations that helped make this event a huge success.   SNC thanks Ayla’s Originals, Baker’s Square, Ballroom City, Chicago Rebels, Chicagoland Dance Festival, Circle City Classic, Dance Connection, Indy Swing Classic, Mario Robau, Jr., May I have This Dance, Reno Dance Sensation, Sweet Home Chicago, Swing Dance America, Swingin’ Summer Dance Camp, Wisconsin Dance Challenge, X Dance, Heart&Sole/Genesis Dance Club, Julie Hein, May I Have This Dance, Penny Rusch, Swing City Chicago, The Chicago Rebels, The Chicago Classic, and X Dance/Jim Becker.  SNC also thanks those local instructors who generously donated private lessons to competitors:   Rich Cooper, Carlos Garcia, Julie Hein, Stephanie Kusibab, Don Leybes, Don Macdonald, Jill Popovich, Hania Richmond, Jeff Sanchez, and Bev Solazzo.

Competition Results will be on the web site soon.

If you’d like to join in on the planning of DDC 2009, contact Leah Noparstak or Don Bright


Early Bird Cutoffs

MadJam:   February 29, 2008

Michigan Classic:   March 1, 2008

The Chicago Classic:   March 1, 2008

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

new:  Diva Danceport Showcase and Dinner Dance:  March 15, 2008

Oklahoma Dance Rush:   March 20, 2008

new:  Indy Swing Classic:   March 22, 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.   The pre-dance workshop will be taught 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).

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) 

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:  Saturday.  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.       (details)

new:  March 30:   Sunday.  Second Annual Diva Danceport Showcase and Dinner Dance.  Dance with Maren Oslac or Jeff Sanchez in the showcase and show what you know at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, Illinois.  The showcase will be held from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm with a four-course dinner and dance immediately following.  (details) (map)

Mondays:  Maren Oslac  teaches West Coast Swing at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th PlaceHickory Hills, IL 60457.   Beginner class at 7:00 pm.  Intermediate at 7:45 pm.  The Specialty Class for March is Music and Phrases at 8:30 pm.  (map) (details)

new:  Wednesdays:  Swing N Country’s Wednesday lessons feature Don Macdonald teaching Cha Cha in March.

modified: Thursdays:  Jon Serletic continues his series of Three Count Hustle lessons.  Part 3 began on February 21 will continue for one more week.  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)

modified: Thursdays: Maren Oslac began a new six-week session on February 21 at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th PlaceHickory Hills, IL 60457 entitled Ballroom II (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango) at 7:00 pm.  A six-week session of Ballroom I immediately follows at 8:00 pm. These are prepaid sessions. (details)  (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)

new:  March 22.  Saturday.   The Milwaukee Rebels present Hustle workshops with Paul and Angie Cameron. The classes are 4:00 – 5:00 pm Beginner and 5:00 pm6:00 pm Intermediate at the Delaware House, 2499 S Delaware Ave, Milwaukee, WI  53207. 

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 YouTube,   (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, Illinois.  (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.

new:  July 11 – July 13:   Wisconcin Dance Challenge Swing Event presented by the North East Wisconsin Swing Club.   Radison Hotel, Appleton, 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)



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