November 25, 2008




Leah Noparstak


This issue by:  Ken D.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

This is what the holiday party is about—friends getting together for a good meal and conversation, before dancing the night away.

“Home for the Holidays” is Almost Here

modified:   “Home for the Holidays” is almost here. We have just over two weeks until we close the year with our annual gala, and SNC’s only dance in December. You can reserve a spot at Wednesday’s lesson or by downloading a reservation form from the SNC Web site, and mailing it in. The form includes more information on the dance as well. We look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating a year of great dancing and great friends.

Nightclub on Wednesdays  in November

modified: Join Jill Popovich the night before Thanksgiving as she concludes her series of Nightclub lessons in November.  Jill’s teaching style brings smiles to faces, and laughs to the belly—both great ways to start off the holiday weekend by burning a few extra calories.

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



Hania Richmond Kicks off 2009

new: Hania Richmond starts off our 2009 Friday night dance lessons with Waltz on January 16. This will coincide with her month-long series of Waltz lessons on Wednesdays throughout January. Hania’s taught regularly at SNC for years, with a background that includes training at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios and with many Ballroom and Country/Western dance coaches. If you aren’t familiar with Hania, here she is in action at Dallas in a pro-am competition, earlier this year.

January Dances

When:    Friday, January 16
Where:   The Centre at North Park

Waltz lesson with Hania Richmond

Doors Open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

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

DJ:                               Matt Cotherman


  • 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:  December 8.
  • new: Date of the next Friday night dance (not counting the Holiday dance): January 16

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

December 6: Saturday.   Heart Sole Dance sponsors three workshops by Gary Ulaner, National Hustle Champion, at the Centre at North Park, 10400 Addison Road, Franklin Park, IL.  The workshops will be at 4:00 pm and 5:15 pm, with a break for dinner, followed by an 8:00 pm workshop prior to the Rebels dance.  See Gary on YouTube. (map)


December 6: Saturday.  The Rebels  host their annual Holiday Dance.  Uniting with Heart and Sole Dance, they present Gary Ulaner, national Hustle Champion, who will teach Hustle from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  (see above)  General dancing immediately follows at 9:00 pm.  Workshops and dance will be at the Centre at North Park, 10400 Addison Road, Franklin Park, IL.  (map)  


December 6: Saturday.  Kim Beachy hosts a West Coast Swing workshop and dance at  the Prairie Land Dance Club, 650 W. Matilda, Illiopolis, Illinois 62539.    Two workshops will be held concurrently at 7:00 pm, with the dance immediately following. Beginners will be taught by Kim Beachy; Intermediate/Advanced by Matt Auclair.  This facility has a 4000 sq ft dance floor! 


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)


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


December 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. Please note that this is the only X Dance event in December.  (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)




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 December 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 teaches 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 December 11.   Call 708/430-5875 or e-mail Jon to learn more. (map)


Competition Corner

new:  Results from the Dallas Dance Festival, held 11/13 16 in Dallas, Texas, are now available online.

new:  Results from the Tampa Bay Classic, 11/13 16 in Tampa Bay, Florida, are now available online.


Out-of-Town Happenings


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 – 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.


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


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