Happenings – August 26,2008

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 Lessons

Two Step with Don Leynes


modified:  If you were at Chicagoland and saw a guy not named Kermit taking pictures, that was Don Leynes, our instructor for the month of September. Don will be teaching the Two Step—the foundational dance of country music. Attendees will benefit from Don’s expertise and sense of humor as a regular SNC instructor, as well as a favorite at Cadillac Ranch, where he teaches on occasion with Julie Hein. We hear Julie will be joining him for the lessons.

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


Friday, September 5:
Dancer Appreciation Night!


modified:  As a way of starting our weekly dance lessons off with a big thanks, we invite you to our September 5 dance for half price!  Everyone pays half price—members ($3), non-members ($6)—everyone. For the non-members, if you become a member that night, not only do you get member half-priced admission, you’ll get a free t-shirt to boot! The evening will feature special guest DJ, and Da Dance Camp mainstay, Bob Boyle.


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

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

Hustle Lesson with Angie Cameron on Friday, September 19

Angie Cameron is an accomplished Hustle and West Coast Swing dancer with many titles under her belt. Her proudest moment was winning the All Star Jack and Jill at the US Open in 2007.  Watch her on YouTube.


Early Bird Cutoffs

Boogie by The Bay:  August 31, 2008

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:

August 27:   Wednesday. Heart & Sole Dance Studio presents its second Dinner, Dancing and Drinks night.

7:008:00 pm


8:00 - 8:45 pm


8:45 pm

All you can eat Pizza Buffet at Vito & Nicks II.


Dance lesson at Heart & Sole Dance.


Choice of one specialty nightcap at Intimo Martini Lounge.

Reservations can be made on line.   All three facilities are within steps of each other.

new: August 30:  Saturday. Studio Viva is holding a dance at 41 E. Northwest Hwy, Palatine, Illinois 60067. Carlos Garcia and Alisa Winkler will be teaching a beginner/Intermediate Hustle pre-dance workshop at 8:00 pm.  Open dancing goes from 9:00 pm – 1:00 am.  (map)

new: September 12:  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 with April Prince as your DJ.  (map)

new: September 20:     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 Nancy Tuzzolino, followed by open dancing until midnight. (map)

new: September 20:  Saturday.   Heart Sole Dance sponsors a “Back to School” Dance at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457.    Following a Two Step lesson at 8:00 pm., there will be general dancing until midnight.  (map)

new: September 26:  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 by special guest instructors, and multiple time U.S. Open dance champions, Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollmann. General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight with April Prince as your DJ.  (map)

new: September 27:  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)

Wednesdays:   Swing ‘n’ Country dance lessons on hiatus until September at which time Don Leynes will be teaching Two-Step.

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

Competition Corner

new: Results from the Chicagoland Dance Festival are now online. Congratulations to all SNC members who competed.

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.  “Girls Gone Wild” is being offered as a ladies-only sexy styling workshop with Jennifer DeLuca and Erica Berg. 

September 25-28:    Meet Me In St. Louis. Renaissance St. Louis Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.  WSDC Registry Event.  Free parking and airport shuttle offered.  (details)

Save These Dates:


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.  (details)

new: November 13 – 16:  Dallas Dance Festival.  Sheraton Grand Hotel.  Irving, Texas. This is a UCWDC sanctioned event. (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)

Feb 20 – 22, 2009:   Dance Camp Chicago presented by our own Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club. Download the flyer to learn more. (registration form)

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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