Happenings – July 22,2008

Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Ken D.

“It’s Too Danged Hot..”

new:  Last week’s “It’s Too Danged Hot to Have a Picnic,” event was a hit. The well attended event included free pizza, and a Two Step Jack ‘n’ Jill contest. The Board would like to thank everyone who came out to make Friday night such fun.  Additionally, we’d also like to list the winners of the nights’ contest:


1.      John Bianchi & Lynn Stanczuk

2.      Eric Hoffhines & Mary Jean Neuberg

3.      Bob Mahl & Marlene Kenney


1.      Steve Gryl & Ching Lin

2.      John Fini & Sandra King

3.      Ron Oberman & Nancy Buchler


August Dance

When:    Friday, August 1

Where:  The Centre at North Park      


No Lesson

Doors open:                 7:30 pm

Open Dancing:             7:30 pm – 12:00 am

modified:  August 1:  Swing N Country. Friday night dance.  With no lesson, and this being our only dance in August, it’s a great opportunity for anyone participating in the Chicagoland Dance Festival, to get some practice time in.


Early Bird Cutoffs

Music City Dance Challenge: July 26, 2008

World Championship Country Dance: September 28, 2008.

Competition Results

modified:  Results of the Wisconsin Dance Challenge held July 11-13 in Appleton, Wisconsin, are available online.   Congratulations to our Swing ‘n’ Country competitors.

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

June 12 - August 17:   The 12th annual Chicago Summer Dance 2008 has kicked off in the Spirit of Music garden in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Avenue.   The free eleven-week festival occurs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and Sunday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.   There is a one-hour dance lesson followed by two hours of a live band and dancing.   (details) (map)

July 25:  Friday.  Join Maren Oslac at her bi-weekly After Work Party, featuring a Two Step lesson at 7:30 pm and open dancing from 8:30 pm.  The festivities will be held at the Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, IL 60477. (map)

July 26:  Saturday.  Carlos Garcia invites dancers to join him at Viva Swing, held at Studio Viva, 41 E. Northwest Hwy, Palatine, Illinois 60067, where he offers an evening of Swing and Hustle workshops and a dance, beginning at 6:00 pm.  Music will include West Coast, East Coast, swinging blues, Lindy, and Hustle.  (map)

July 26:  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 on the last Saturday of each month.  (map)

July 25 - 26:  Friday, Saturday.   Two Left Feet, 605 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60563  is hosting a Friday night free dance and two-hour work shop on Saturday with Mary Hoedeman-Coniaris from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Mary has created a dance packed with the ‘know how’ for line dancers and couples dancers, in country, swing and ballroom too. As you use this dance as a training tool you’ll learn to improve your individual movements and all the skills needed to dance in a partnership. Call 630/717-9930 for details. (map)

August 2 - 3:  Saturday, Sunday.   The Chicago Rebels host a Hustle Party with guest instructors Fred and Tina Price on Saturday night 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.  These Hustle stars will also be holding workshops these two days. You can register for one, two or all of them.   Contact The Chicago Rebels. (map)

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. A free beginner lesson will be taught at 7:30, followed by an intermediate lesson at 8:00 pm—both lessons being taught by Jim Becker. General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight.  (map) 

Chicagoland Dance Festival - HOME


August 15 - 17:  Chicagoland Dance Festival. Crowne Plaza Chicago-O’Hare. Chicago, Illinois.  Event Directors:   Randy and Jennifer Jeffries.  This hometown event has become a summer staple in the country and swing communities. (map)


Chicagoland Dance Festival couple

Swing’n’Country Members Discount!  By way of saying thanks for all we do for them, Randy and Jennifer have offered a $10 discount to all members.  When you register, simply indicate the SNC discount at the bottom on the sheet in an empty box.

Volunteers are always needed to set up the cityscape backdrop and the floor on Thursday night and to take them down on Sunday afternoon.  During the festivities, volunteers are needed for a variety of fun stuff. More details are available here. Contact Julie Hein or Jennifer Jeffries for specifics.

“Economics of Dance Events” Reminder. Room nights make ballroom space, workshop rooms and other amenities possible.  “Heads-in-beds” means the hotel gives more things at less expense to the event which helps keep event rates to you lower.  There are perks for Chicago residents, too!  Is there anything worse than leaving a party early ‘cause you have to drive home?  Get a room and you can dance later into the night because you don’t have to drive home!  You can have a cocktail because you don’t have to drive home!  Share a room with a friend and the cost is even more reasonable.  You could even glimpse Jennifer walking Max in her jammies.

Chicagoland:  An Overview of Friday

Friday is when the fun begins. Let’s highlight all of the activities of opening day (Please note that the schedule is tentative and could change between now and the event):

·        1:00 – Workshops begin

·        3:30 – The warms ups for the pro-am intermediate/advanced, showcase, pro-pro, classic, and spotlight competitors

·        4:00 – Competitions for the Pro-Am Intermediate/Advanced, Showcase, Pro-Pro, Classic, and Spotlight contestants

·        7:30 – The warm ups for Classic Division I, Showcase I, II and Diamond contestants

·        8:00 – Competitions for the Classic Division I, Showcase I, II and Diamond contestants

·        8:00 – In Ballroom two, open dancing playing a “California Mix” (West Coast Swing, Hustle, NC2, etc.)

·        9:00 – Competitions for the Pro-Am Swing and Hustle contestants

·        10:00 – Hustle Jack & Jill finals (no preliminaries) begin for all divisions (Novice, Intermediate & Advanced)

·        11:00 – The Swing Jack & Jill preliminaries begin for all divisions (Novice, Intermediate & Advanced)

·        Midnight – Dancing until who knows when…

And with all of that, we can’t forget that at 10:00 pm, SNC will be hosting its free Chicago-style pizza party. Food just in time to hit the dance floor for dancing until the early hours…

new:  August 22:  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, with a lesson at 8:00 pm.  General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight.  (map)

new:  August 23:     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 with Carlos Garcia, followed by open dancing until midnight. (map)

new:  August 23:  Saturday.   Heart Sole Dance sponsors a Nascar (Genesis) Dance at Diamond Dance Studio, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457.    Following a Cha Cha  lesson at 8 p.m., there will be general dancing until midnight.  (map)

Sundays:  Dancing on Sunday night has moved from the Buzz to Rumba, 351 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60610.  Dance West Coast Swing and Hustle from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, followed by Latin dancing until close. (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)

Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week Waltz class through the month of July at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park. Beginner begins at 8:00 pm, and Intermediate at 9:00 pm.  (map)

Out-of-Town Happenings

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)

August 28-31:   Music City Dance Challenge.  Nashville, Tennessee.   Event Director:  Kevin Johnson.  UCWDC fully sanctioned World’s qualifying event.  (details)

Save These Dates:


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, Second Anniversary Dance, and Holiday party, hosted by Genesis Dance Club, Hickory Hills, Illinois.  (details)

Dec 29, 2008Jan 4, 2009 Worlds XVII Country Dance World Championships.  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida. (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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