Happenings – September 30,2008

Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Judi T

Go Chicago!

Cross Town Dreamin

new:  Tips and Tricks on Speed Reading Through Happenings

·        Brand new entries are prefaced by the word “new.”

·        Modified entries are prefaced by the word “modified.”

·        Repeated entries carried over from previous weeks do not have an indicator.


October Lessons

West Coast Swing with Carlos Garcia


modified: Carlos Garcia, a two-time Mid-United States Hustle Champion, all-star level West Coast Swing champion, and 2008 World Showcase II Champion in Country Western, begins teaching West Coast Swing this week.  Check out some of Carlos’ moves online.  He may just be coaching you on some of these maneuvers.  See you at SNC on Wednesday!

Save time at the door by downloading the registration form and having it ready.

When:           Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22

Where:           The Centre at North Park

Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm


Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm


October Dances

When:    Friday, October 3
Where:  The Centre at North Park                                                                                        

Two Step lesson with Kristin & Monty Ham
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm

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

Featuring:                     50-50 raffle benefiting JDRF

DJ:                                 Matt Cotherman

Special Lesson Price:  $10.00

When:    Friday, October 17

Where:  The Centre at North Park                                                                                      

West Coast Swing lesson with Colleen McDonald

Doors Open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

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

DJ:                                 Kenneth Dillard




Kristin & Monty Ham

 in Chicago

Friday – Sunday, Oct 3 - 6




modified:   In addition to Friday night’s SNC October 3 lesson, Monty and Kristin will be available on Saturday at the The Centre at North Park for three workshops.


2:00 pm

Two Step

Driver’s Ed for Two Step

3:15 pm


Dance As One

4:30 pm

West Coast Swing

Elasticize Your West Coast Swing


Register here or at the door for individual classes or make a dancin’ day of it by attending all three.  As long as they’re in town, you might as well capture all that you can from these two talented people!


Monty has a few available hours for private lessons.

Email KristininChicago@SwingnCountry.net or call Susie at 847/436-1875. 

50/50 Raffle to Benefit the Illinois Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

new:  October 3:  There will be a 50/50 Raffle at the October 3 dance to benefit JDRF.   Last year Swing ‘n’ Country made a meaningful donation to JDRF and we hope to increase that amount this year.  First prize is half the money collected, second prize is one month of Swing ‘n’ Country Wednesday lessons, third prize is one Friday night dance and lesson.  Please support JDRF as you are able by participating in this raffle.

Retro Dress Up Night

new:  October 17:    Let’s have some fun and wear our 80’s and 90’s dance finery to the dance on October 17. How about all the cowboys and cowgirls wear their cool retro western wear?   Never danced western?  Then how about your favorite retro Hustle or Swing outfit? 

Thank You

new: A big thank you to Don Leynes, and his assistant Julie Hein, for a great month of Two-Stepping.   We hope the follows are mimicking and practicing Julie’s fantastic turns and the leads are practicing Don’s art of inviting the follow into the new moves.

Holiday Dinner/Dance -  Friday - December 5, 2008

The folks organizing SNC’s annual Holiday Dinner Dance, “Home for the Holidays,” are giving you fair warning:  This year’s extravaganza will have you smiling from ear to ear, not to mention eating and dancing.  If you really want to be on top of things, register now! The organizers would like to note that this year’s holiday dance will take place on a Friday—which is a change from previous years’ Sunday night holiday dances.


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country three-month calendar.
  • Date of the October Board Meeting:  October 20.

Early Bird Cutoffs

Swing City Chicago:  October 1, 2008

Dallas Dance Festival: October 6, 2008

SNC Holiday Dinner Dance:  November 15, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

modified: October 10: 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 free Beginner lesson at 7:30 pm and an Intermediate lesson by special guest, Doug Rousar.  The instructor will be announced soon. General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight with April Prince as your DJ.  (map)

new: October 10:  Friday.   Heart Sole Dance sponsors Let’s Party at its Tinley Park Facility 7050 183rd Street, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477.  A lesson will begin at 8:00 pm followed by a Practice Party at 8:30pm. (map)

October 11:     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 the guest instructor to be announced. Open dancing will follow until midnight. (map)

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

October 18:  Saturday.   Heart Sole Dance sponsors a “Fall Fling” Dance at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457.    Following a West Coast Swing lesson at 8:00 pm, there will be general dancing until midnight.  (map)

new: October 24:  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)

October 25:     Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels will hold a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave. The pre-dance lesson is from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the Nancy Tuzzolino. Open dancing will follow until midnight. (map)

new: October 25:  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)


Event Directors: Julie Hein, Maren Oslac, and Jeff Sanchez. 

modified: October 31 – November 2:  Swing City Chicago.  Westin, Lombard, Illinois.  (map)

The weekend promises a beginner’s track of workshops and higher levels for the intermediate and advanced dancers.  Of course, those who like to compete will have their fair share of floor time too!

There are still a few table spaces next to the dance floor. Contact Julie for details.  (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)

new: Wednesdays: SNC Wednesday lessons feature Carlos Garcia teaching West Coast Swing in October.

Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of classes through the month of October at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park. Cha Cha begins at 7:00 pm, and Two Step at 8:00 pm.  (map)

new: Thursdays:   Bootscoot Bootcamp will be offering a six-week West Coast Swing class at the Health and Fitness Club located at 3098 Falling Waters Boulevard, Lindenhurst, Illinois, 60046.  Class starts at 7:10 pm beginning October 6 through November 6.   Call 847/535-7500 for registration.

Competition Corner

Results from the Music City Swing Dance Championships, held 9/12 – 9/14, will be available soon.

Out-of-Town Happenings

modified:  October 9 – 12:    Boogie By the Bay Hyatt Regency, Burlingame, California.  National WCS competition.  Tickets previously available by Nancy Tuzzolino are now sold out.

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.

Save These Dates:


December 5:  Friday.  Home for the Holidays, Swing’n’Country’s annual Holiday Dinner Dance.  Centre at North Park, Franklin Park, Illinois.  (details)

December 67:   Parker Dearborn and Jessica Cox.  Workshops sponsored by May I Have This Dance , Chicago, Illinois. 

December 12 – 14:  John Lindo.  Workshops, Second Anniversary Dance, and Holiday party, hosted by Genesis Dance Club, Hickory Hills, Illinois.  (details)

December 29, 2008Jan 4, 2009 Worlds XVII Country Dance World Championships.  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida. (details)

new: January 2 – 4, 2009:  Spotlight Dance Challenge, New Year's Event.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  SNC will be sponsoring a table.  Contact either Leah or Tobi to reserve a spot at our Club’s table.

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

March 13 – 15, 2009:   The Chicago Classic returns. More information will be coming soon.

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)



Questions? Please contact any board member.

SNC hotline 847/638-7621 for class status and other information

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