December 16, 2008




Leah Noparstak


This issue by Ken D.


Happy Holidays from the
Happenings editors

new:  Dance Camp On The Horizon

It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time for Dance Camp to return. The 2009 edition of the annual dance happens the weekend of February 22 – 24, 2009, at the Waterford Conference Center, in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Some of the early highlights include:

  • Familiar instructors that are an integral part of Dance Camp including Kristin and Monty Ham, and Mario Robau, Jr.
  • Jack ‘n’ Jill competitions for Two Step and West Coast Swing
  • Over 30 hours of open dancing.

Remind yourself of the fun of the event by viewing pictures from last year’s Dance Camp. Learn more about the event on the SNC Web site. And if you’re anxious to get a jump on registering, online registration is available now. We hope to see you there.

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:  Reminder

Happenings will be on a two week hiatus—the weeks of Dec. 30th and January 6. We wish everyone warm feelings and joy through the holiday season.

new:  Dance Thought

“The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.”

- James Brown


  • 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:  January 19
  • Date of the next Friday night dance: January 16
  • Let us know how we’re doing. Use the online feedback form to let your opinion be heard.

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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.  


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. 


new:  January 9:  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. (map)


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.


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.


new:  January 23:  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 by Mario Robau beginning at approximately 8:00 pm.  This is a tie-in with the “Mario in Chicago” weekend.  General dancing runs from 9:00 pm 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.


Mondays:  The weeks of January 12th, 19th, and 26th, Alisa Winkler teaches beginner West Coast Swing at Sonia’s Dance Rhythm, 534 W. Wise Rd. Schaumburg, IL. This is a three week session of classes. E-mail Alisa for more details.


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)


modified:  Competition Corner

C.A.S.H. Bash results are now available for viewing.


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.

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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