Happenings – August 12,2008

Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Ken D.

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

modified:  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!) The evening will feature special guest DJ, and Da Dance Camp mainstay, Bob Boyle.



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:                                 Kenneth Dillard

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


Did You Hear: ?

new:  ...that Swing 'n' Country got some promotional air time on US99 last Friday morning, thanks to early risers, Kathy Poppke and Julie Hein.  The interview challenged listeners to check out SNC's people-friendly environment and included information about lessons and dances. Way to go, ladies!



new:  Congratulations to Randy and Becky Slone, who were married on August 8, 2008, at 8:08 p.m—after 8 years together. (Does anyone notice a pattern here?) The reception at the Itasca Country Club was filled with family from out of town—some as far away as Texas—and friends from the dance community. Here’s to years of happiness for the newlyweds!


Early Bird Cutoffs

Music City Swing Dance Championships:  August 12, 2008

Boogie by The Bay:  August 31, 2008

new: Meet Me in St. Louis: September 1, 2008

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

World Championship Country Dance: September 28, 2008.

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

Chicagoland Dance Festival - HOME


August 15 - 17:  Chicagoland Dance Festival. Crowne Plaza Chicago-O’Hare. Chicago, Illinois.  Event Directors Randy and Jennifer Jeffries (Can anyone tell us how long as the picture of these two at the left is? ) .  (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:

We’re less than four days from Chicagoland. Hopefully, you’ve already registered (don’t forget to use Duck08 as a SNC member to get your $10 discount), previewed the workshop schedule to decide which classes to take, and made your room reservations.

A couple of notes for everyone to consider when planning this weekend’s events:

·      Parking at the hotel is $8 per night for all Chicagoland attendees.  At an O’Hare area hotel, this is nice. So even if you decide not to stay at the Crowne Plaza, you’ll get a great deal on parking while you dance most of the night away.

·      Competitions. The deadline for UCWDC Pro Am and Swing/Hustle Pro Am was Monday night, August 11. If you’re still looking to compete, Swing/Hustle Jack & Jill, Strictly Swing/Hustle (both Jack & Jills taking place on Friday night), and UCWDC couples all have deadlines of August 15. There’s still time to sign up for a competition and have family and friends cheer you on. Please note with regards to the Hustle Jack and Jill, that this is a recently added competition at Chicagoland, and if you wish to enter, you will need to hand write it on the registration form.

·      Speaking of competitions, the 4 pm Saturday afternoon competition should be noted for its change from years past. Masters competitors will dance in that session and in the show later in the evening.  Additionally, the competition will include Showcase Open, Crown Couples and Junior couples, none of which should be missed.

·      The official Chicagoland after party. With three days of activities behind you, if you still need to scratch that itch to dance, SOS—Swing on Sunday—presented by May I Have This Dance, will have a party Sunday night. Chicagoland attendees who show up with their wristband will get a $3 discount off the admission price.


Everything is now in place. With close to 40 workshops, a wonderful hotel to accommodate the dancers,  some of the biggest names in the dance world teaching (Reigning UCWDC Showcase Masters Champions Sam and Denise Miller, Jason Barnes and Erica Berg, Robert Cordoba & Deborah Szekely, and Ronnie DeBenedetta are among the multitude of professionals coming in), hours of open dancing, a Friday night pizza party hosted by a certain local club, and one of the best MCs in the country, Jennifer Jeffries, you couldn’t ask for a better mix. Come out and catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and dance with everyone you can.

We’ll see you this weekend at the 2008 Chicagoland Dance Festival.

One more note… 

Hotel Reminder. Room nights make ballroom space, workshop rooms and other amenities possible. The Crowne Plaza gives more things at less expense to Chicagoland, the more people we have staying at the hotel, 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, and missed out on a chance to dance with someone you’ve been wanting to dance with for a long time?  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. (If anyone does spot Jennifer, get a picture for Happenings.)

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)

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

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

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:


new: September 25-28:    Meet Me In St. Louis. Renaissance St. Louis Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.  WSDC Registry Event. (details)

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.   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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