Happenings – June 17,2008

Swing N Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Ken D.

modified: Night Club Continues at SNC


It’s week three of Julie Hein’s Night Club lessons on Wednesday night. Beginners flipped Followers across (and not off!) and learned a weaving Promenade. Intermediates learned a Tango Corte, done with all the drama they could muster. Join us this Wednesday and find out what these terms mean, and also learn a few surprises to add to your Night Club repertoire.




 modified: Your Modus Operandi Revealed”


What is your Modus Operandi? And how exactly can you reveal it in public and not get in trouble? Find out when Jill Popovich teaches this Friday, June 20. By revealing your “modus operandi” (and nothing more, please!!) you will learn how to move so all of your dances improve. You will move, look, lead and interpret the music better, and so much more.



modified: First SNC Food Drive

June 20:  In addition to Jill’s “modus operandi” lesson, Friday, June 20, 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 dance, you will receive $1.00 off admission to the dance that evening. There is a maximum of six items per person that can be used towards the cost of the dance. But please feel free to bring as much food as you can spare to help those less fortunate.

reminder:  Express Check In For Wednesday Lessons

Express check in has just been made available.  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!

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


modified:  DVD of Wednesday Lessons Available to All


DVD’s of the Wednesday lessons (Friday lesson at dance optional) are now available to all, on a sliding scale basis, listed below. Even if you can’t make it to a lesson, you can still buy the DVD and watch and learn what was taught. 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

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.

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!



Early Bird Cutoffs

Grand Prix of Swing: June 30, 2008

new:  Competition Results

Results of the Orange Blossom Dance Festival will be posted as soon as they are available. Keep reading Happenings to read the results.

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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.  (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 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)

new: August 8:  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.  (map) (details)

Tuesdays and Thursdays:  Maren Oslac continues her “Taste of…” classes at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park. The classes run 30 minutes each and begin at 7:00 pm.  No registration is required.  (map)

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

Out-of-Town Happenings

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.

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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