December 23, 2008

President: Leah Noparstak

This issue by Judi T.


The Happenings editors will be on holiday for two weeks.  We’ll be back on January 13.  Peace and joy to all, Julie, Ken and Judi.

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new:  What Do You Think?

Let us know how we’re doing.  Use the online feedback form so your opinions can be discussed at the next Board Meeting on January 19.  We want to make 2009 the best year ever!

Hania Richmond Kicks off 2009

Hania Richmond starts off 2009 with Wednesday lessons and our single dance in January. Here's Hania in action.  Join us and discover how it’s actually left-brained geometry that can make your waltz look right-brained smooth and curving.

Download the registration form for a monthly package or single lesson to give you more warm up time prior to the lessons.

January Lessons

When:           Wednesdays, Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
Where:          The Centre at North Park

Beginner:                                             7:30 to 8:25 pm
8:35 to 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
7:30 to 9:00 pm
Open Dancing:                        
9:00 pm to 12:00 am
DJ:                                           Matt Cotherman

Competitions, Workshops and Open Dancing for the Beginner to the Intermediate.
 Learn detail by detail of the event in this flyer.
 Online Registration is
available now.

February 20 to 22, 2009
Waterford Conference Center
Elmhurst, Illinois   60126

View more pictures from last year

new:  Remembering Those Moves

Do you suffer from information overload after workshops?   Here are some tips for retention:  Take good notes or video, practice what you learned immediately that day even if just for a few minutes and then practice three more times within the next 48 hours

The above borrowed from Maren Oslac’s December 2008 monthly e-letter.


  • 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


Other Chicagoland Happenings:

new:  December 31:  Wednesday.  Heart & Sole Dance Studio hosts a New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance Party complete with appetizers, a sit-down dinner, a DJ dance and much more.  The event is at 7038 183rd Street, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477.  (details) (map)


modified.  January 2 – 4, 2009:  Friday-Monday.  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 and Julie Hein as well as US Open winners Kellese Key and Annmarie LaFramboise. 


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.


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 Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park.   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, Illinois. 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.


new:  Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of Hustle classes through the month of January at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477. Hustle 101 begins at 7:00 pm, and Hustle 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 January 29.   Call 708/430-5875 or e-mail Jon to learn more. (map)


Competition Corner

We’re all looking forward to seeing the results of World’s posted here.


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 is Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Swing and Country Dancing.
and Lessons are held at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Avenue, Franklin Park,IL 60131


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

Lesson, Student $2.00
Lesson, Adult $4.00

Students $3.00
Members $6.00
Non-Members $12.0


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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