Happenings – August 5,2008

(resent August 6)

Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Julie H.

September Dances

When:    Friday, September 5
Where:  The Centre at North Park                                                                                        

Two Step Lesson with Don Leynes
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Guest DJ:                      Bob Boyle

Friday, September 5:  Dancer Appreciation Night!

As a way of starting our weekly dance lessons off with a big thanks, we invite you to join your friends at our September 5 dance for half price!  Yup, members pay half price; non-members pay half price.  (Better yet, become a member and then pay half price!)



When:    Friday, September 19

Where:  The Centre at North Park                                                                                      

Hustle Lesson with Angie Cameron

Doors Open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 pm – 12:00 am

DJ:                                 Matt Cotherman

September Lessons

Two Step with Don Leynes

When:           Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24

Where:           The Centre at North Park


Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm


Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm



Early Bird Cutoffs

Music City Swing Dance Championships:  August 12, 2008

Boogie by The Bay:  August 31, 2008

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

World Championship Country Dance: September 28, 2008.

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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 pm, 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 (back in the day, see photo, left):   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 Dance Festival couple

Chicagoland:  An Overview of Sunday

We’ll get to Sunday in a minute.  Here are some updates from Randy and Jennifer:

·      The workshop schedule has been posted!  Check it out, plan your day(s), and be ready for an over-the-edge Chicagoland weekend!

·      Deadline for room reservations is this Wednesday, August 6 so, in good Chicago fashion, reserve your room early and often!

·      Parking at the hotel is a bargain this year:  $8/night for all Chicagoland attendees.  At an O’Hare area hotel, this is miraculous!

·      Competition deadlines are looming:  Monday, August 11 for UCWDC Pro Am and Swing/Hustle Pro Am.  Friday, August 15 at 7:00 pm for Swing/Hustle Jack & Jill, Strictly Swing/Hustle, and UCWDC couples.

·      Registration:  Haven’t gotten around to it?  What’s holding you up?  You can even do it online and pay at the event! 

About Sunday:

It really doesn’t matter how late you stayed up on Saturday night; the workshops will begin at 10:00 am, with or without you.  They run until 2:00 pm, so if you drink your Starbucks and can remember where you put your dance shoes at 3:00 am, you’ll be able to get a few more workshops in on Sunday.

Pro-Am Dancers will up early for sure; they collect their awards at 9:00 am, with or without dance shoes.  If you cheered for them while they competed, you should certainly be there when they receive their award! 

Late morning and early afternoon will feature competition in all Couples divisions (except Division I and Showcase), followed by the “offered by popular demand” Pro Am Swing Spotlight and Strictly Swing and Hustle.  What a show it’s going to be!

When all is said and done (and more awards are given), you’ll head home, giddy and exhausted, vowing to do it all again next year.

In the meantime… 

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!

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)

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 music and provides a really cool pre-printed play list.   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)

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

modified:  August 28-31:   Music City Dance Challenge.  Nashville, Tennessee.   Event Director:  Kevin Johnson.  UCWDC fully sanctioned World’s qualifying event.  The weekend includes Swing, Hustle, and Ballroom in addition to Country competition.  Hint:  you don’t want to miss the Sunday night pajama party!  (details)

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

modified:  September 12-14:   Music City Swing Dance Championships.  Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee.  World Swing Dance Council and AANCE (Novice) Tour sanctioned.  Featured instructors include some Chicago area favorites:  Christopher Hussey and Katrina Branson as well as Maren Oslac.

Save These Dates:


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

modified: October 31 - November 2:  Swing City Chicago.  Westin, Lombard, Illinois.  Event Directors:  Maren Oslac, Julie Hein, and Jeff Sanchez.   Want to win a free weekend stay at the hotel? a free pass to the event? a free set of 2007 DVD’s?  Check out this letter to SNC members. (details)

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

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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