December 9, 2008




Leah Noparstak


This issue by Julie H.



Snow:  You Gotta Love It!

new:  Holiday Dinner Dance

“Home for the Holidays” saw over 100 dancers don some daring duds, dine on delicious dinner, drool over delightful decorations, and dance dynamically to DJ Dillard’s ditties.  (Enough alliteration, already!) 

What a wonderful evening!  Thanks to the Special Events Committee for making the evening a night to remember.  Special congratulations to Adrienne Wanek, recipient of the President’s Volunteer of the Year award.  Adrienne has coordinated decorations for the din/dan for more than ten years!

Check out some snapshots and a video on the website or on Julie’s Facebook here or here.  If you are interested in better resolution for the photos, contact webmaster, Roger Peterson.

new:  Toys for Tots

Many thanks to the SNC membership for their community and holiday spirit.   Committee Chairman, Ann Clark, reports that Swing’n’Country received a total of 52 items which were dropped off on Saturday, December 6. 

Hania Richmond Kicks off 2009

Hania Richmond starts off 2009 with Wednesday lessons and our single dance in January.  If you aren’t familiar with Hania, here she is in action at Dallas in a pro-am competition, earlier this year.  Join us and discover how it’s actually left-brained geometry that can make your waltz look right-brained smooth and curving.

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.

January Lessons

When:    Wednesdays, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28

Where:   The Centre at North Park

Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm


Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm


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

new:  Dance Thought

“If it were all about the steps, we wouldn’t have so many people involved in dance.  It’s not about how good you are, but the fact that you are dancing.  It unifies people and breaks barriers.”

-Angela Prince, USA Dance


  • 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:  TBA.
  • Date of the next Friday night dance: January 16

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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)


modified:  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 West Coast Swing lesson at 8:00 pm.  Instructor To Be Announced.  General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight. Please note that this is the only X Dance event in December.  (map)


modified:  December 12 – 14:  John Lindo is the featured guest at the celebration of Genesis’s Third Anniversary.  There will be a Specialty Workshop on Friday and four workshops on Saturday, followed by Genesis’s Third Anniversary Dance and Holiday Party.  (Photo features great core work by John and Genesis owner, Maren Oslac.)  All activities take place at 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, Illinois  60457. (map) (details)


Robert And Nicola Royston

December 20:   Saturday.  The Milwaukee Rebels host Robert & Nicola Royston at Hot Water” 818 South Water Street,  Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53204 (S. Water is not the same as N. Water). There will also be three hours of workshops and a dance that evening.  You may call 262-901-0252 for further information. (map)   (details)


December 27:  Saturday.   Chicago Dance News dance is held the fourth Saturday of each month at Ballroom City, 207 N. Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181.  Host Brian Wong will contact Happenings as soon as his December theme is planned.  


modified:  January 2 – 4, 2009:  Spotlight Dance Challenge, New Year's Event.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  SNC is sponsoring a table.  This event features Doug Rousar’s famous dance “tournament” as well as free Jack & Jill competition.  The staff includes our own Maren Oslac as well as US Open winners Kellese Key and Annmarie LaFramboise. 


January 22, 2009:  Thursday.    Julie Hein offers her Spins and Turns workshops from 7:00-8:30 pm (includes a practice period)...just in time for Mario's workshops, which begin the following day. Learn chaine and pivot turns both from front and back-line of-dance positions.   This is an excellent class worth repeating.  DVDs of the class will be available for purchase.   It will be held at Ballroom City207 N. Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181.


modified:  January 23 – 25, 2009:  Mario in Chicago.  Friday-Sunday workshops.  DanceMasters sponsors a whole weekend of our favorite Swing Daddy, Mario Robau.  Saturday features West Coast Swing workshops, and Sunday workshops focus on Hustle.  All activities will take place at Centre at North Park, Franklin Park, Illinois.  Contact Julie for additional information.


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 Hania Richmond teaching Waltz in January.


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)


new:  Competition Corner

Congratulations to the winners at the US Open Swing Dance Championships.  Check out winners’ videos, and see what you missed.

Congratulations to the winners at Christmas in Dixie, held in Birmingham which was, by all accounts, considerably warmer than Chicago.

Results from the C.A.S.H. Bash will be available soon.


Out-of-Town Happenings


December 29, 2008Jan 4, 2009 Worlds XVII Country Dance World Championships.  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida.    SNC has quite a few competitors who will be celebrating their New Year’s Eve in Florida this year.  (details)


Save These Dates:



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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