Happenings – March 4,2008

Swing N Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak, Acting President

This issue by Julie

March Lessons


Cha Cha on Wednesdays

Don Macdonald returns to Wednesdays as he teaches Cha Cha.  This popular instructor’s knowledge of dance technique and innovative choreography – as well as his own amazing hips - make him just the person to tackle this sexy dance!

When:   Wednesday, 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

To make the March 21st dance even more fun, there will be a 50/50 raffle.  Half the money will go to the raffle winner and the other half to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  In addition, a generous member has donated a DVD player as a second prize!  Please join us in supporting St. Jude’s.


Two Step on Friday, March 21

Join Maren Oslac as she takes us through Two (or more) Steps at our second dance of March.  Dancers can always count on Maren for innovative choreography and a friendly teaching style.


Thanks for the (Waltz) Memoires


Christopher Hussey and Katrina Branson wrapped up their month of Waltz lessons last week. Their entertaining style made the dance seem effortless.  DDC dancers appreciated them last weekend.  For more of Christopher and Katrina, join their day of WCS (Chi-Town Swing) on March 29. 

SNC Tenth Anniversary Gala a Huge Success


DDC celebrated Ten Great Years Memories recently.  Were you there?  Preliminary photos are on our web site….More to come soon!

new:  Congratulations to all the participants and winners of the Just Dance and Jack & Jill contests!  With cheering support from the audience, FirsTimers and Novice dancers took the floor with confidence, and Advanced dancers amazed and entertained.  Results are listed on the SNC website.

new:  It was another year of over the edge costumes on Saturday night, with the winners receiving oohs and aahs in addition to wild applause:

                                     Male                                                   Female

      First place:            Bob Bahrs                                         Denise McIntosh

      Second place:      Andy P                                                Hania Richmond

      Third place:          Gary Severs                                       Ann Clark    

new: An event like Dance Camp succeeds because of the hard work of scores of people, many of whom labor behind the scenes.  This is a public thank you to all of those who helped make our Ten Great Years a success: 

William Blanchard, Alfred Dahma, Bill Dortch, Bill Prindiville, BJ Gregory, Bob Mahl, Chris Landsburger, Chris Pappas, David Burrage, Debra Zahay, Denise McIntosh, Diane Willett, Dolly Starz, Don Moeller, Don Tedeschi, Donna Hilmers, Donna Jonas, Donna Kinnaman, Ed Blatz, Jerry Kieras, Jim Karppi, Judi Troemel, Judy Leslie. Kathy Poppke, Laura Dahma, Lois Schneider, Marcia Emmett, Marie Bush, Marlene Kenny, Mary Jean Neuberg, Matt Cotherman, Melissa Reimer, Mickey Falke, Mike Goodson, Nancy Buchler, Peter Daane, Rick McGill, Roger Peterson, Ruta Teismann, Sandra Luebking, Scott Mercer, Shannon Boyle, Steve Gryl, Susie Kaplan, Terry Costello, Tina Reitz, Tom Yorke, Val Ensalaco, Valerie O’Donnell, Vita Baselski, Wally Markovic, Wayne Janowski, Wayne Rohr, Wendy Moeller

new:  Did you miss the fabulous Saturday night show?  Would you like one more chance to see your friends competing?  Do you need to see the pattern in that workshop again?  Order a video of Da Dance Camp, and preserve the memories!

new:  Apologies to Nancy Tuzzolino, one of our popular local instructors, who also donated two private lessons to winners of the Just Dance competition.  We omitted her from last week’s list.


SNC Board Elections – March 7, 2008


  • You should have received your election ballot along with each of the candidate’s bios.   You may vote at the Friday, 03/07 dance, or by mail.  If you are mailing your ballot, have it postmarked by March 7.
  • Be sure that you have a voice in the future of SNC by being (or becoming) an SNC member and by casting your ballot.
  • Correction:  There are three two-year board positions open in this election, not two, as previously reported.


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing N Country three-month calendar.
  • modified:  Date of the March Board Meeting:  Monday, March 10, 7:00 pm.

Early Bird Cutoffs

Diva Dancesport Showcase and Dinner Dance:  March 15, 2008

Oklahoma Dance Rush:   March 20, 2008

Indy Swing Classic:   March 22, 2008

new:  Swing Dance America:  April 1, 2008

Circle City Classic:  April 25, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

modified:  March 14 – 16, 2008:   The Chicago Classic.   Marriott-Chicago, O’Hare.  Jim Becker and Nancy Tuzzolino of the Chicago Swing Dance Foundation have provided a great line up of instructors, including Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollmann, Ronnie DeBenedetta and Brandi Tobias, Jason Barnes and Erica Berg, Jason Miklic and Sophy Kdep, and Benji Schwimmer.  Up to $17,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to competition winners.  The early bird deadline has passed, but on-line registration is still available.  (details).

new:  The deadline for SNC dancers to purchase a reduced weekend pass has been extended to March 5.  The passes can be purchased at the Wednesday lesson. 

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)

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)

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

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

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 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 who 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 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:  May 16 - 18: Mario Intensive.  Ballroom City, Villa Park, Illinois.  Hosted by DanceMasters.  (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)

July 11 – July 13:   Wisconsin Dance Challenge Swing Event presented by the North East Wisconsin Swing Club.   Radisson 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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