Happenings – April 22,2008

Swing N Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

  This issue by Judi T.

Last Chance to Learn Two Step During April


modified:  Join us this Wednesday as Jeff Sanchez teaches his fourth and final week of Two Step lessons.  By now SNC dancers are well versed in defining their quicks from their slows while doing all sorts of patterns.   Stop by this last session even if you haven’t been able to make the first three.   There is always something for everyone.

new:  Double Two During May


Hania Richmond will head up Wednesdays in May with Double Two.  Hania currently has taught at Swing ‘n’ Country, X Dance and Genesis and most recently took top teacher award at the Los Angeles Classic.  We all remember how suave everyone was dancing after her Waltz series last year.    Come again in May and see how smooth your Double Two can become!

May Lessons

When:           Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28


Where:           The Centre at North Park


Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm


Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm


May Dances

When:    Friday, May 2

Where:  The Centre at North Park

Double Two Lesson by Hania Richmond

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

When:    Friday, May 16

Where:  The Centre at North Park


West Coast Swing Lesson by Erica Berg

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

modified:  May 16:  Friday.   Swing ’n’ Country’s Gently Used Clothing Sale is less than a month away.  Dig out those dance clothes you haven’t worn in months.  Boots and shoes are welcome too.  Men, this includes you!  Ladies, If you’ve worn that gorgeous evening dress that twirls so beautifully one too many times, bring it along for someone else to enjoy.  Please bring your items priced and on hangers.  More details and pricing guidelines can be found in this flyer.  Coordinators for this event are Judi Troemel and Susie Kaplan



  • 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 May Board Meeting:  TBA. 


new:  Dancing On Your Toes: Are Your Heels On Fire?


Read about Achilles tendonitis symptoms and treatments by Tammy Rosen.   You’ll discover some explanations and some treatments.

Early Bird Cutoffs


Circle City Classic:  April 25, 2008

Orange Blossom Dance Festival:  May 1, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

April 26:  Saturday.  Chicago Dance News will host a Double Dance at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park 60181.  Country music will run from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.   West Coast Swing and Hustle music will run from 10:00 pm to midnight.   There will also be a Two-Step Jack n Jill.  For you hungry dancers, pizza will be served.   Step outside the Country box, arrive early, and learn how to Rumba.   Brian Wong will show you the basics. (map)

May 9:  Friday. X Dance holds its regularly scheduled dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131. Special guest instructors Ben Morris and Melina Ramirez will be in town to teach a West Coast Swing lesson. (map) 

May 16 - 18: Mario Intensive.  Ballroom City, Villa Park, Illinois.  Twelve intensive hours with Mario.  Limited to 30 people.  A weekend worth remembering; ask those who have attended!  Hosted by DanceMasters.   Contact Julie Hein at 630 205-6451 or send her an email.  (details)

new:  May 17:     Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels hold a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park.  Lessons are from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and are followed by open dancing until midnight. (map)  Instructor is TBA.

new:  May 17:  Saturday. Genesis Dance Club hosts a dance themed,  Destination T-Shirt, with a Hustle lesson starting at 8:00 pm, and open dancing from 9:00 pm – midnight at Diamond Dancesport, , 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, Illinois, 60047.  (details) (map)

new:  May 18:  Sunday.   May I Have This Dance hosts West Coast Swing workshops with U.S. Open Champion, Parker Dearborn.  The studio is located at 5216 N. Elston, Chicago, Illinois, 60630.  (map)

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.  The Specialty Class for April is Hitting the Breaks at 8:30 pm.  (map) (details)

modified:  Wednesdays:  SNC Wednesday lessons feature Jeff Sanchez teaching Two Step in April and Hania Richmond teaching Double Two in May.

Thursdays: Maren Oslac continues teaching her latest six-week session 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 will immediately follow at 8:00 pm. These are prepaid sessions. (details)  (map)    

Competition Corner

Happenings is awaiting results from the following events where SNC members and friends competed:

Oklahoma Dance Rush, held April 11 – April 13.

Los Angeles Classic, held April 11 – April 13.

Indy Swing Classic, held April 18 - 20.

Happenings does know for sure however that Hania Richmond took first place as best female Pro-Am teacher and Don Macdonald took second place as best male teacher at the Los Angeles Classic.  Congratulations!


Out-of-Town Happenings

April 2427: Swing Dance America.  Milwaukee Hilton City Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Join current champion Team Chicago and bring the team trophy back to our hometown.  Contact Carlos Garcia for details.   Full tummies are guaranteed with a Friday night pizza party and a Saturday night buffet.   The emcees are Robert Royston and Jimmy Mulligan.   (details)

May 4:   Simply Swing Dance in Mishawaka, Indiana, features all forms of Swing dancing at its dances.  BK Club, 721 S. West Street, Mishawaka, IN.  Dancing from 3:00 pm to 6 pm.  Lesson begins at 3:30 pm.  (map)  (details)

May 30 – June 1:  Circle City Classic.  Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites.  Indianapolis, Indiana.  Event Directors:  Mark Bradburn, Melissa Culbertson, Dennis & Carol Waite.  Your MC’s are Jennifer Jeffries and Albert Tailleur.  This is a fully sanctioned UCWDC world-qualifying event which is only a three to four hour drive from the Chicago area.  Come support this brand new event while cheering on your SNC friends and enjoying a multitude of workshops.  What a wonderful way to start out your summer!  (map)  (details)  This just in:   Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollman are one of the featured couples!

June 12 - 14:  Brickyard Boogie 2008.  Ramada Inn.  Indianapolis, Indiana.  Event Director:  Michael Lamb.  This event is being promoted as a no competition, strictly social dancing weekend.   Although West Coast Swing will be the primary focus there will be a sprinkling of Bop/Boogie, East Coast, Hustle, Night Club, Cha Cha, Salsa, Waltz, and Two Step.  Of course, special requests will be obliged also.  (details)  

new:  June 13 - 15:  Orange Blossom Dance Festival.  Marriott Orlando Airport.   Orlando, Florida.   Event Director:  Shawn Swaithes.  This UCWDC sanctioned event was voted “2007 Favorite North American Event”.  Sunday night will wrap up with an excursion to Disney's Pleasure Island Adult Park.  Many of our SNC competitors have voted to attend this one! (details)

Save These Dates:


July 3 - 5:   Sweet Home Chicago.  Wyndham Hotel O’Hare.  Chicago, Illinois.  Sponsored by Windy City Jitterbug Club.  (details)

July 11 - July 13:   Wisconsin Dance Challenge.  Radisson Hotel, Appleton, Wisconsin.  Sponsored by the North East Wisconsin Swing Club.     (details)

August 15 - 17:  Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival.  Chicago, Illinois.  Event Directors:   Randy and Jennifer Jeffries.   (details)

October 31 - November 2:  Swing City Chicago.  Westin, Lombard, Illinois.  Event Directors:  Maren Oslac, Julie Hein, and Jeff Sanchez (details)

Dec 12 - 14:  John Lindo.  Workshops, dance, and party, hosted by Genesis Dance Club, Hickory Hills, Illinois.  (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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