Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club

 HappeningsOctober 28,2008


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

                                    This issue by Julie H.   

No Lesson This Wednesday, October 29

Take a breather, dancers.  On this 5th Wednesday, soak your feet, watch some dance videos, and get ready for a terrific holiday dance season:  no lesson.

new: Home for the Holidays

Early Bird Reservations Due Nov. 15

Don’t just put it on your calendar; make your reservation!  Swing’n’Country’s annual holiday dinner-dance will be at “Home” (for the Holidays).  The festivities are on Friday, December 5 at the Centre at North Park in Franklin Park.  Pick up a reservation form at Wednesday lessons or a Friday dance, or download one from the website.  Don’t miss this annual gala!  (details)  

modified: Nightclub on Wednesdays  in November

Join Jill Popovich as she guides us through Nightclub in November.  This romantic dance is a perfect fit for the upcoming holiday season (as well as for the new ring on her finger).   With a background in Pilates and physical therapy, Jill will share some of the secrets of “whole body” dancing.

As always, you can save registration time by downloading the  form for a monthly package or single lesson and having it ready at the door.

When:           Wednesdays, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26                                              

Where:           The Centre at North Park

Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm


Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm


November Dances

Gentlemen, enjoy the tradition of L’il Abner and see what it’s like to be the center of attention at our November 7 Sadie Hawkins dance!  Not only will you pay half-price admission; the gals will flock to you, asking for a dance…or maybe just a wink and a smile.

When:    Friday, November 7
Where:   The Centre at North Park

Nightclub  lesson with Jill Popovich
Doors Open                 
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm

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

Featuring:                    Sadie Hawkins Dance
                                    Gentlemen Are Half-Price

DJ:                                 Matt Cotherman


When:    Friday, November 21

Where:   The Centre at North Park

Two Step lesson with Carlos Garcia

Doors Open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

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

Featuring:                    Harvest Dance collecting

                                    donations for “Toys for Tots

DJ:                               Ken Dillard


new:  A West Coast Swingin’ Thanks…


…to Carlos Garcia and Alisa Winkler for bringing us up to speed in our West Coast Swing.  Combining clever with cool is what these two do best.

Our Web Site


The SNC Web site continually gets updated.   Check it out for Club news, fun photos and links that will let you know of various dance venues.

new: Food for Thought


“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.  Just get up and dance.  Great dancers are not great because of their technique.  They are great because of their passion.” ~ Martha Graham



new:  Swing’n’Country welcomes Jillian, daughter of Mark and Angie Leeser, into the world.  She is, according to her parents, the most beautiful child in the world.  We’ll bet she dances!

new:  Congratulations to Jill Popovich, this month’s Nightclub instructor, on her recent engagement to Jim Powers.  Be sure to ask her about her “stand-in” ring and her “real” ring! 


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country three-month calendar.
  • Date of the next Board Meeting:  November 10.

Early Bird Cutoffs

SNC’s Holiday Dinner Dance:  November 15, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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

It’s what you’ve been waiting for:  the dancing, the workshops, the dancing, the competitions, the dancing, the food, the dancing, the vendors.  See you at Swing City Chicago!  (Did we mention the dancing?)  (details)

November 14:  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. Please note that this is the only X Dance event in November.  (map)

November 15: 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 Carlos Garcia.  Open dancing will follow until midnight. This will also be the Fourth Annual Playa’s Ball. (map)

November 15:  Saturday.   Heart Sole Dance sponsors a “Thanksgiving” Dance at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457.    Following a Hustle lesson at 8:00 pm, there will be general dancing until midnight.  (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)

Mondays:  Jill Popovich teaches Pilates in Arlington Heights starting at 7:00 pm.  Pilates will help dancers of all levels learn to move their bodies more efficiently, resulting in smoother dancing, longer endurance, and more flexibility. You will feel better too!  Contact Jill to learn more or for directions to the class.

Wednesdays: SNC Wednesday lessons feature Jill Popovich teaching Nighclub in November.

Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of Two Step classes through the month of November at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park. Two Step 101 begins at 7:00 pm, and Two Step 102 at 8:00 pm.  (map)

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. (map)

Thursdays: Jon Serletic begins a four week beginner/intermediate West Coast Swing class at Two Left Feet Studio, 605 East Ogden Ave. Naperville, Illinois, 60563. The classes run from October 23 through November 13.   Call 708/430-5875 or e-mail Jon to learn more. The first class is called “Doing Cool Moves the Easy Way.” (map)

Competition Corner

Watch this space for results of competitions.

Out-of-Town Happenings

November 13 – 16:  Dallas Dance Festival.  Sheraton Grand Hotel.  Irving, Texas. This is a UCWDC sanctioned event. (details).    Swing ‘n’ Country has “Don’s Girls” and “Hania’s Turquoise Team” attending this one.

November 28 - 30:  C.A.S.H. Bash.  Hilton Garden Inn.  Twinsburg, Ohio.  Brought to you by Cleveland-Akron Swing and Hustle Club. (details).   This event would be a great road trip after those Thanksgiving dishes are done.   Dance your mash potatoes and gravy right off!

November 27 – 30:  US Open Swing Dance Championships.  Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, California.  MC is Robert Royston. The best of the best will be competing here!   (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)


Save These Dates:


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)

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.

January 23 - 25, 2009:  Mario in Chicago.  Friday-Sunday workshops.  DanceMasters sponsors a whole weekend of our favorite Swing Daddy, Mario Robau.  Centre at North Park, Franklin Park, Illinois. 

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

modified:  March 13 – 15, 2009:   The Chicago Classic returns for its second year.   Sponsored by the Chicago Swing Dance Foundation, The Classic brings the best and the brightest of West Coast Swing to Chicago.  

April 23 – 26, 2009:   Swing Dance America 2009. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lots of workshops, lots of open dancing, competitions in both Swing and Hustle in two ballrooms.

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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