Happenings – June 3,2008

Swing N Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Judi T

new:  Express Check In For Wednesday Lessons

Express check in has just been made available.  Click here to download and fill out the registration form for June’s lesson.  Present the completed form to the registration desk.  Voila!  You’re ready to warm up and have changed stand-in-line time to dance time!


Night Club Kicks Off Summer at SNC


Julie Hein invites dancers to learn or review Night Club, the new “slow dance,” as part of their summer plans.  This is a dance that works in every venue:  clubs, nightclubs, weddings, even romantic getaways.  Julie is known for her creative choreography and her lighthearted instruction.  Join her as she begins the Wednesday lessons on June 4 as well as the Friday night lesson on June 6.




 Your Modus Operandi Revealed”


Is Modus Operandi the latest hot move in the dance world? Is it something you’ll get arrested for if you reveal it in public? Neither. Instructor, Jill Popovich, promises to teach you how to move so all of your dances improve.  You will dance better, move better, look better, lead better, follow better, interpret the music better, and so much more. Come reveal your Modus Operandi at the June 20 dance.



June Lessons

When:           Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25


Where:           The Centre at North Park


Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm


Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm


June Dances

When:    Friday, June 6

Where:  The Centre at North Park

Night Club Lesson by Julie Hein

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

When:    Friday, June 20

Where:  The Centre at North Park


“Your Modus Operandi Revealed” by Jill Popovich

Doors open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 – 12:00 am

new:  Thank You

A huge thank you to Hania Richmond for giving us a month of Double Two lessons full of moves and technique we can use on the social dance floor.   Also thanks to Ann Clark who assisted by being Dance Girl.  That last tip Hania gave students about bringing their hands back down to resting position after each spin or turn is one the follows just love…..make note of that leads and you’ll be heroes!

new:  Competition Corner


It was all about the folks from Chicago at this inaugural event hosted by Mark Bradburn and Melissa Culbertson.   Here’s a picture of those who hung on to the very end!


A link to the competition results will be available in next week’s issue.


Circle City Classic

May 30 – June 1 Indianapolis, Indiana

new:  Use It “and” Lose It:  Dancing Makes Us Thinner

Last week Happenings directed you to Stanford University’s study proving the decision-making process of dancing actually makes us smarter.   This week we’ll give you statistics that will confirm that dancing can also make us thinner! 

Type of Dance


Burned per Minute

Ballroom, slow (e.g. waltz, foxtrot, slow dancing), samba, tango, mambo, cha cha


General, Greek, Middle Eastern, hula, flamenco, belly, and swing dancing


Ballet or modern, twist, jazz, tap, jitterbug


Are you ready to dance your heart up, become a positive thinker and burn calories all at the same time?    Join us at SNC!

The above table was found at ask.com.  

new:  SNC T-Shirts Are In!

T-shirts with the new SNC logo are now available.  New members and those that renewed while they were on backorder can pick them up at any Wednesday lesson or Friday dance this month.   Thank you for your patience.

First SNC Food Drive

June 20:  Friday.   Swing’n’Country is having its first Food Drive, in support of the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry. For each item of food you bring to the June 20 dance, you will receive $1.00 off admission to the dance. There is no limit to the amount of food you can bring, but there is a maximum of six items per person that can be used towards the cost of the dance. More details will be provided as the date draws closer.

July 18: Friday Swing’n’Country’s “It’s Too Darned Hot To Have A Picnic” Pizza Party. We’re moving our “picnic” indoors.  Join your friends at the Centre at North Park for pizza, games and mid-summer frivolity.  Oh yeah.  And dancing.


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country three-month calendar.
  • Date of the June Board Meeting:  June 23. 


Early Bird Cutoffs

Sweet Home Chicago:  June 15, 2008

Wisconsin Dance Challenge: June 15, 2008

Grand Prix of Swing: June 30, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

new:  June 3:  Tuesday  Heart & Sole Dance officially opens their second location.   In addition to Hickory Hills,  lessons will now be taught in Tinley Park at 7038 183rd Street 60477.   Ribbon Cutting and Open House will be held on June 13th and 14th.     Congratulations and best wishes to the owners Maren Oslac and Jeff Sanchez.   Here is the complete new schedule.  (map)

modified:  June 7:  Friday The Chicago Rebels hold a Hustle Party at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Avenue, Franklin Park.  Lessons are from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and are followed by open dancing until midnight. (map)  Note:   Guest instructors, Fred and Tina Price, will be rescheduled for the Fall.

June 13:  Friday.  X Dance holds a dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Instructor is TBA.  (map) 

June 21:  Saturday.   Genesis Dance Club hosts its Ice Cream Social Dance with an East Coast Swing 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)

June 21:  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.

June 22:  Sunday.  Julie Hein hosts an afternoon party and dance at Ballroom City, 207 Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The afternoon will feature a mix of general dancing, as well as a mini-Two Step lesson and a drawing for a free private lesson.  (map)

June 28:   Saturday.  Brian Wong, editor of Chicago Dance News, hosts a Double Dance at Ballroom City, 207 Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181.   Brian has figured out how to put on a fantastic mix of Country, Ballroom and Swing and provides a really cool pre-printed play list.   Give it a try.  Double Dance is held the last Saturday of each month.   Note:  We hear one of the Happenings Editors fell in love with the Tango at the last dance!  (map)

July 3 - 5:   Sweet Home Chicago.  Wyndham Hotel O’Hare.  Chicago, Illinois.  Sponsored by Windy City Jitterbug Club. Debbe and Mike Lapina, who taught at Swing ‘n’ Country recently, will be teaching.  (details)

July 11:  Friday.  X Dance holds a dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Instructor is TBA.  (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 (map) (details)

Wednesdays:  SNC Wednesday lessons feature Julie Hein teaching Night Club in June.

Thursdays:  Maren Oslac continues her Advanced Beginner Two Step class at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457.  The class begins at 8:00 pm.  Pre-registration is recommended and students must be comfortable with Two Step Basics. (details)  (map) 

Out-of-Town Happenings

June 12 – 14:  Brickyard Boogie 2008.  Ramada Inn.  Indianapolis, Indiana.  Event Director:  Michael Lamb.  This event is 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)  

June 13 – 15:  Orange Blossom Dance Festival.  Marriott Orlando Airport.   Orlando, Florida.   Event Directors:  Shawn Swaithes and Donna Bonham-Steinfeld.  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)

July 11 - July 13:   Wisconsin Dance Challenge.  Radisson Hotel, Appleton, Wisconsin.  Sponsored by the North East Wisconsin Swing Club.  Event Directors are Doug Rousar and Vivian Hahn.  All buffets and food are included in your weekend pass.  No one will go hungry at this one.   (details)

July 25 – 27: Grand Prix of Swing. Embassy Suites Hotel. Kansas City, Missouri. A World Swing Dance Council event featuring Mario Robau, Jr., Maren Oslac, Jason Barnes, Erica Berg, and Doug Rousar, among others. (details)

Save These Dates:


August 1:  Swing N Country. Friday night dance. More information to come soon.  You asked for summer dances.  You got ‘em!    Gear up for the Chicagoland Dance Festival.

August 15 - 17:  Chicagoland Dance Festival.  Chicago, Illinois.  Event Directors:   Randy and Jennifer Jeffries.  Our hometown event.  To volunteer, contact Julie Hein or Jennifer Jeffries.   (details)

September 5 - 7:  Mary Ann Nunez.  West Coast Swing workshop weekend.  Hosted by May I Have This Dance, Chicago, Illinois

October 31 - November 2:  Swing City Chicago.  Westin, Lombard, Illinois.  Event Directors:  Maren Oslac, Julie Hein, and Jeff Sanchez.   Visit the Web site for a chance to win a free pass to this event. (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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