Happenings – September 9,2008

Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Judi T.

September Lessons

Two Step with Don Leynes


modified:  Don Leynes, assisted by Julie Hein, continues teaching Two Step.    The first Wednesday lessons, as well as last Friday’s lesson, were both hugely applauded by the Beginners and Intermediates.   Jump in anytime.    Don has a tremendous amount of knowledge to share while Julie will explain the fine point detail of his creativness.

Give your self extra warm up time by downloading the registration form and bringing it to class filled out.


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


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, accomplished Hustle and West Coast Swing dancer, comes to SNC to teach a Hustle lesson. Among her many wins in dance competition, one of the crowning achievements is her win at the 2007 US Open Jack n Jill competition.

new:  Kristin and Monty Ham in Chicago

   Friday – Sunday, October 3 – 5


·        Friday, October 3:  The weekend begins by Kristin and Monty teaching Two Step at Swing ‘n’ Country’s Friday night dance.  Both will be available for private lessons during the day.

·        Saturday, October 4: Three workshops at the The Centre at North Park will include Two Step, Night Club and West Coast Swing. They will be held at 2:00 pm, 3:15 pm and 4:30 pm.

·        Sunday, October 5:     Private lessons available.


To arrange for privates call Susie at 847/436-1875 or email KristininChicago@SwingnCountry.net .

Happenings will provide workshop registration forms as soon as available.  The lesson cost for Friday night is $10.   Saturday workshops are $12 or three for $30.  (details)

Editor’s note of personal experience:  Yes, Kristin is as bubbly and enthusiastic as her picture portrays!  You’ll love this national champion’s classes whether private or group! 

new:  DaDance Camp Has a New Name

The Swing ‘n’ Country event that celebrated its tenth anniversary last year has been renamed Dance Camp Chicago.   Although a long way off (February 20-22, 2009) a registration form and a flyer have already been created by SNC’s early planners.  There will be more to this event than just a new name!


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country three-month calendar.
  • Date of the September Board Meeting:  September 22.

Early Bird Cutoffs

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

World Championship Country Dance: September 28, 2008

Dallas Dance Festival: October 6, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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)

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)

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 24:  Wednesday.   Heart Sole Dance sponsors its third Dinner, Dancing and Drinks night including an All You Can East Pizza Buffet @ Vita & Nicks II, a Dance Lesson and a specialty nightcap @ Intimo Martini.   These facilities are steps away from each other in the Tinley Point Plaza, 7050 183rd Street, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477. Click here to read the newspaper review on their first event. (map) 

September 25 – 29: Thursday – Monday.


Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollman In Chicago. They are the #1 West Coast Swing couple in the world, and they will be in Chicago from Thursday, Sept. 25th to Monday, Sept. 29th.  All activities will be held at The Centre at North Park.



  • Thursday, September 25: Private lessons are available in the afternoon and early evening.
  • Friday, September 26: - Private lessons are available in the afternoon; Jordan and Tatiana will teach at X-Dance in the evening.
  • Saturday, September 27: - Four awesome and different West Coast Swing workshops will be taught with lunch provided Christopher Hussey and Katrina Branson style. That night, there’s open dancing with a great show! 
  • Sunday, September 28:  - Private lessons are available in the afternoon and a special VIP workshop that night, geared toward the competitive dancer.

To book a private lesson, or for further information on the weekend, please contact Christopher Hussey.


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)

September 27:  Saturday.  Brian Wong, editor of Chicago Dance News, hosts a Double Dance at Ballroom City, 207 Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181.   Both Swing and Country music will be played.   Double Dance is held the on the last Saturday of each month.  (map)

new:  October 11-12:  Chicago Country Music Festival Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois.   Live concerts on three stages and two tents running simultaneously are free.

new:  October 31 – November 2:  Swing City Chicago.  Westin, Lombard, Illinois.  Event Directors:  Maren Oslac, Jeff Sanchez and Julie Hein.  A returning feature is “So You Think You Can Dance with the All Stars.”….. A ten-minute session with an All Star of your choice with the topic of your choice and proceeds going to charity.  The event begins on Halloween. You guessed it!   There will be prizes for best costumes. (details)

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:   SNC Wednesday lessons feature Don Leynes teaching Two Step in September.

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)

Out-of-Town Happenings

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)

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

Save These Dates:


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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