Happenings – June 10,2008

Swing N Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Julie H

reminder:  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!

modified: Night Club Continues at SNC


Join Julie Hein as she delves into week #2 of Night Club.  Last week’s beginner dancers practiced a Traveling Basic that gets the dance really moving; they “oozed” their way to Outside Turns and Promenades.  Intermediate leaders changed direction twice while the followers did arm lines that begin from center and moved outward.  We hear that she (and Don Leynes) have a Tango look to this week’s lesson.  Why don’t you join the group and find out for yourself?




 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


new:  DVD of Wdnesday Lessons Available to All


The SNC Board voted at its April meeting to make DVD’s of the Wednesday lessons (Friday lesson at dance optional) available to all, on a sliding scale.  Happily, even if you couldn’t make it to each lesson, you can still buy the DVD.  The details are below.  Orders can be placed at lessons, at dances, or by contacting Roger Peterson.


                                        # Lessons paid for             Cost of DVD

3 or more                            $  5      

2                                                                                           $15

1                                                                                           $25

0                                          $35

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:  Leaders or Followers:  Who is Smarter?

In social dancing, the followers automatically benefit by making hundreds of split-second decisions as to what to do next.  In reality, women don't "follow"; they interpret the signals their partners are giving them, and this requires intelligence and decision-making, which is active, not passive.  Dancing with different partners requires adjusting to each and being aware of more variables. 

Leaders also engage in split-second decision-making if they:  (1) Really notice their partner and what works best for her.  (2)  Constantly adapt their dancing to focus on what moves are successful and avoiding those that aren’t.  (3) Don't lead the same old patterns the same way each time.  (4)  Challenge themselves to try new things.  (5)  Make more decisions more often. 

Thanks to Robert Powers of Stanford University’s Dance Faculty

SNC T-Shirts Are In!

T-shirts with the new SNC logo are now available.  New members and those who 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.

new:  Wanted:  Parade Marchers!

July 4:  Friday.   Swing’n’Country is marching in its first parade on Independence Day!   Helping the Village of Oakbrook Terrace celebrate its 50th anniversary, dancers will gather at 11 a.m. for the one-mile parade route.  SNC will provide the music; you’re invited to provide the dancing!  Free picnic for marchers!  Contact Tina Reitz for details or to volunteer.

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.
  • Lost something at an SNC event?  Check out photos of recently found items and claim them by contacting Roger Peterson. 


Early Bird Cutoffs

Wisconsin Dance Challenge: June 15, 2008

Grand Prix of Swing: June 30, 2008

new:  Competition Results

Results of Circle City Swing have been posted.  In the meantime, congratulate your friends who competed and make plans to party in Indy next year!

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

modified:  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.  Special guest instructors are April Prince and Joe DeAntonis.  (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) 

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) 

new: July 20:  Sunday.  “Dino Don” Tadeshi hosts a dance and buffet dinner celebrating his 65th birthday at St. Zachary’s Parish Life Center, 567 W. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois, from 4:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.  The festivities will feature DJ Fast Freddie playing a mix of dance music.  RSPV (required) to tcrisit3@sbcglobal.net or 312.440.0293.  (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.  (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, later in August, with your SNC friends.

new: August 2-3:  Weekend with the Stars: Fred and Tina Price. Saturday workshops and dance.  Sunday workshops.  Sponsored by the Chicago Rebels.

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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