November 11, 2008




President:  Leah Noparstak


This issue by:  Judi T.

Let us remember all who have served us.

Home For the Holidays

We’ll be celebrating at our home venue on Friday night, December 5, at 6:30 pm.


modified:  Tina Reitz, coordinator for our annual holiday party would really, really like you to get going and make your reservation so that dinner will be just what Santa ordered in the downstairs banquet hall of the Centre at North Park in Franklin Park.  You’ll benefit too by saving $5 per plate when you register early.

You can pick up your reservation form at this Wednesday’s lesson or download one from the web site.

Country Dancers on ABC Country Music Awards

November 12 – Wednesday:   UCWDC dancers Rex and Rachel Jones, Toby and Harmony Monroe and Nicola Royston will be dancing in three routines choreographed by Robert Royston, including Taylor Swift's number as well as Kellie Pickler and Sugarland's performances.   You might want to record the show while you’re at SNC’s Wednesday lesson with Jill.

modified: Nightclub on Wednesdays  in November

Join Jill Popovich as she guides us or glides us through Nightclub in November.    Find out what Jill considers an essential of all dances …. “Zip and Squeeze.” 

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

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

Now complete.

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


modified:  Carlos Garcia Returns for Two Step Lesson

November 21.  Fresh from his month-long stint teaching Wednesday nights in October, Carlos Garcia is set to make another visit to Swing’n’Country.   Carlos and his partner Alisa will be presenting their Two Step choreography at the World’s UCWDC competition in January.

modified:  Toys for Tots

November 21: Please bring new unwrapped toys to the dance on November 21, 2008 and/or the Holiday Dance on December 5, 2008. Toys for Tots was originated by the United States Marine Corps.  The first toy donated was a Raggedy Ann Doll.  Walt Disney was asked to create posters supporting this campaign and he designed the red train logo that represents Toys for Tots.  Toys are needed for infants through teenagers.

new:  Global Dance Television

Global Dance Television is brought to you by Ron and Tyoni Martin, directors of the prestigious U.S. Open.  This the first internet television programming dedicated to dance.  

Currently there are four hours of daily scheduled programming looping 24/7.  Some is free and some is pay per view.  Live coverage of the US Open Swing Dance Championships will be available.   Visit Global Dance’s Web Site to download your personal viewer and get more information.

Did you Hear?  Jill Popovich, currently teaching at our SNC Wednesday lessons, has made recordings for GDT.  At lessons on Wednesday, ask her about her made-for-TV “dance notes.”

Early Bird Cutoffs

SNC’s Holiday Dinner Dance:  November 15, 2008  


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country three-month calendar.
  • modified:  Date of the next Board Meeting:  December 8.

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)

modified:  November 22:  Saturday.  Brian Wong, editor of Chicago Dance News, hosts a Double Dance at Ballroom City, 207 Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181.   The month’s theme is Thanksgiving Formal.  Guests are requested to dress their best.  Both swing music and country music will be played.    (map)

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)

new:  December 10:  Heart Sole Dance sponsors their Holiday DDD (Dinner, Dance, Drinks) evening at its Tinley Park Facility 7050 183rd Street, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477.  (map)

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)

new:  The Happenings editors are attempting to verify if the move on the left will be part of John’s workshops. 

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: 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. (map)

Competition Corner

new:  Results from Swing City Chicago, held this past weekend in Lombard, Illinois are now available.   Congratulations to our SNC members and friends who competed.  

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.

February 12 – Jan 15, 2009 Capital Swing.  Radisson Hotel and Convention Center, Sacramento, 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

Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Swing and Country Dancing

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.

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