Happenings – July 29,2008

Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Judi T.

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

August 1, Swing ‘n’Country Spirit Night

Let’s all wear one of our SNC t-shirts and come together in the celebration of Spirit Night.  If you don’t have a t-shirt, become a new member or renew your membership and you will be provided with one free.  Also with no lesson, you will have 4-1/2 hours of open dancing! What a way to help increase your stamina needed for all that will be going on during Chicagoland Dance Festival!  See details below.  



Early Bird Cutoffs

new:  C.A.S.H. Bash:  July 31, 2008

Music City Country Dance Challenge:  August 3, 2008

new:  Music City Swing Dance Championships:  August 12, 2008

new:  Boogie by The Bay:  August 31, 2008

new:  U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships:  September 15, 2008

World Championship Country Dance: September 28, 2008.

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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 both days. Contact for registration information. 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.  (map)

Swing’n’Country Members Discount.  A $10 discount is offered to all SNC members.  When you register, simply indicate the SNC discount at the bottom. Use the promotional code Duck08.

Chicagoland:  An Overview of Saturday

Saturday day is jam packed full of workshops with classes designed for everyone from the absolute beginner to the intermediate/advanced.    You can actually be a student of the dance from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.  The list of both out of town and local instructors amazing.    Take a peek for yourselves!   The entire schedule will be on the Chicagoland Dance Festival web site by August 1.

Pro-Am competitions also begin on Saturday morning.  Your SNC competitors would really appreciate a little whooping and hollering as they put out their very best for the test!

Saturday evening begins with Open Dancing at 7:00 pm and continues in one or both of the ballrooms non-stop into the wee hours of the morning. Give your tootsies a break and watch the exhibitions, master solos and show dances at 8:00 pm.   Jack & Jill finals are just as much fun to watch as to compete.  These are scheduled for about 10:30 pm.

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 weekend, 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.  This Crowne Plaza virtual tour will show you just how comfy your nap can be!

News Flash!  The following just in from Jennifer:

“BIG schedule change for this year:  Masters will dance part of their program at 4PM on Saturday.  This is MAJOR 'cause I don't want SNC folks to miss this!!  Showcase Masters will dance their 2S and Waltz; Classic Masters will dance their 2-flight, 8 dance format.  The solos and show dances will be in the show, which starts at 8PM.  Also in the 4P session:  Showcase Open (with Carlos and Alisa) and our junior couple, Jacob and Hayley, who may just steal the show!!


We need about 25 more room nights to cover our...obligations! We're gettin' there.  The event is shaping up beautifully and we are SO excited to bring great dancers to Chicago - and to show the rest of the circuit what great dancers there are IN Chicago! :-)


Big hug~



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)

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)

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 8:00 pm., there will be general dancing until midnight.  (map)

new: August 23:  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)

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)

new:  Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week American Tango class through the month of August 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

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

new:  September 12-14:   Music City Swing Dance Championships.  Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee.

new:  October 9-12:    Boogie By the Bay Hyatt Regency, Burlingame, California.  National WCS competition.  For tickets, contact Nancy Tuzzolino.

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)

new:  November 26-28:  C.A.S.H. Bash.  Hilton Garden Inn.  Twinsburg, Ohio.  Brought to you by Cleveland-Akron Swing and Hustle Club. (details).   

new:  November 27-30:  US Open Swing Dance Championships.  Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, California.  (details)  For tickets, contact Nancy Tuzzolino.

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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