Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club

 HappeningsNovember 4,2008


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue by Ken D.

Home for the Holidays

Early Bird Reservations Due Nov. 15

modified: Swing’n’Country’s annual holiday dinner-dance will be “Home” (for the Holidays) this year. It’s a great way to end the year, celebrating the dancing we’ve come to love, and the friendships we continue to make and build upon in the dance community.

The evening includes a wonderful dinner buffet in the downstairs banquet hall and door prizes. After dinner, we’ll head upstairs to dance off the food we’ve eaten.

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 Web site.  Don’t miss this annual gala! Don’t just put it in your calendar; make your reservation!   (details)  

modified: Nightclub on Wednesdays  in November

Join Jill Popovich as she guides us through Nightclub in November. Jill incorporates 15 years of physical therapy training and eight years of dance experience, to provide dancers with what can be best described as “a new way to look at dancing.”

Jill’s lessons are not just about patterns. They are about body placement and motion. In previous teaching stints at Swing’n’Country, attendees have commented with great enthusiasm over Jill’s style at teaching body movements and motion. If you think you know all the basic of Nightclub, you’ll be in for a treat as Jill gives new perspective to a dance that is both romantic and stylish.

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:                                Ken Dillard


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


Carlos Garcia Returns for Two Step Lesson


new: Fresh from his month-long stint teaching Wednesday nights in October, Carlos Garcia is set to make another visit to Swing’n’Country. Come out November 21st and get some pointers and techniques on improving your Two Step.


Toys for Tots. Swing’n’Country is sponsoring a Toys for Tots drive at this same dance. Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy as a way of showing support for kids in need this holiday season.  Toys are needed from infants through teenagers.



  • 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

new:  Swing City Chicago – A Message from the Directors


 (From Maren Oslac and Julie Hein)

Did you pick up hot tips from workshops?  Get 10 minutes with an All-Star?  Remember Doug doing his Jim Becker oatmeal dance—or Sophy hanging upside down?  To all you Swing City Chicago, purple-t-shirt-wearers who partied till dawn (and then some), we say thanks for coming (and get some sleep)!  You are what's best about this dance community.  See you next year!


Maren & Julie


P.S. Our dancers chowed down 35 pizzas in record time, thanks to Swing’n’Country's generous sponsorship.  Swing’n’Country rocks!

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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)

new: November 22:  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)

modified: December 67:   Current US Open Showcase Champions Parker Dearborn and Jessica Cox will be in town to teach.  Workshops are sponsored by May I Have This Dance, 5246 N. Elston, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Illinois, 60630. (map) (details)

modified: December 12 – 14:  John Lindo.  Workshops, Second Anniversary Dance, and Holiday party, hosted by Genesis Dance Club, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457. (map) (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)

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 Nightclub 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 finishes up its six-week West Coast Swing class at the Health and Fitness Club located at 3098 Falling Waters Boulevard, Lindenhurst, Illinois, 60046, this week.  The final class starts at 7:10 pm. Call 847/535-7500 for registration. (map)

Thursdays: Jon Serletic is teaching a four week beginner/intermediate West Coast Swing class at Two Left Feet Studio, 605 East Ogden Ave. Naperville, Illinois, 60563. The classes run 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

modified: Results from Swing City Chicago, held this past weekend in Lombard, Illinois, will be available soon.

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

Save These Dates:


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.

new: February 12 – Jan 15, 2009 Capital Swing.  Radisson Hotel and Convention Center, Sacremento, California. The Chicago Rebels has a table for the event. If you would like to purchase a ticket, contact Nancy Tuzzolino.

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 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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