October, 2009
 Monthly E-letter


Roger Peterson

This issue by Judi T.

New Beginnings
Announced in
 This Issue

Happenings New Beginnings


Effective with this issue Happenings will be emailed on a monthly basis.  We’ll give you everything you need to know to plan your dance schedule.   Not to worry, we’ll be sending out lesson and dance reminders each week.

Thank you Ken Dilliard


Next time you see Ken, please give him a huge thank you for his last three years of service to SNC as a Happenings Editor.   Ken also received the SNC President’s Award in 2007 for his many hours of volunteering with a smile.   You’ll find him often dj-ing for SNC and XDance.


DVD Recorder Wanted  – Wednesday Lessons


Is there a reader out there who can faithfully come to the Wednesday lessons to video record and make CDs for the students?   The SNC Board is looking for someone to take over this volunteer position effective with the lessons beginning in January.   Contact Roger Peterson if you think you can help carry on this value-added benefit.

October Dances


When:    Friday, October 2
Where:   The Centre at North Park


Cha Cha lesson with:   Jeff Sanchez
Doors Open:                 7:15 pm
Lessons:                       7:30 –
9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm12:00 am

DJ:                               Matt Cotherman

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

50/50 Raffle


East Coast Swing

lesson with:                 Mike & Debbe Lapina
Doors Open:                 7:15 pm
Lessons:                       7:30 –
9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm12:00 am

DJ:                               Ken Dillard

Jeff Sanchez Teaches Cha Cha
First Dance of the Month and Wednesday lessons


Jeff Sanchez will be teaching Cha Cha, a rhythmic dance born in Latin America.  It has fast small steps and is sometimes called the Cha Cha Cha.

Jeff, along with Maren Oslac and Julie Hein, helps produce Swing City Chicago, a yearly hometown Swing event which takes place at the end of October.


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

Beginner:                                 7:30 to 8:25 pm
Intermediate:                           8:35 to 9:30 pm

Mike and Debbe Lapina Teach

East Coast Swing the Second Dance of October


Mike and Debbe will be teaching East Coast Swing, a dance known for its six-count triple step form.  It originated at the height of the Swing Era around 1942.  Mike and Debbe also teach at Windy City’s Jitterbug Club.



50/50 Raffle at Second Dance of October


There will be a 50/50 Raffle at the October 16 dance. Tickets are $1 each; ten for $5; and an arm’s length for $10.   Not to worry, we’ll find someone with a wide wing span to measure these out!

Next up in November

November 4, 11, 18, 25

West Coast Swing Lessons

By Bev Solazzo

November 6

Dance with

West Coast Swing Lesson

By Colleen McDonald

November 20

Dance with

Hustle Lesson

By Rich Cooper


Other Chicagoland Happenings

October 3 and October 24:  Saturdays.   The Chicago Rebels holds its dances the first and third Saturdays of the month at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, 60131.  Concurrent beginner and intermediate/advanced lessons are held from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm followed by open dancing until midnight.  Fall birthdays (Oct., Nov., and Dec.) will be held at the October 3 dance. (map)

October 3-4:  Saturday-Sunday.   Chicago Country Music Festival. Grant Park. Performers include Miranda Lambert, John Rich, and Lee Ann Womack. Visit the website for more details. (map)

October 9 and October 23:  X Dance holds its dances the second and fourth Fridays at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, 60131. There is a free beginner’s dance at 7:30 pm, followed by an intermediate/advanced lesson at 8:00 pm.   Details can be found on their web site.  (map) 

October 10 and October 24: Saturday.  Chicago Dance News begins hosting two dances per month Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, 60181. The 8:30 pm lesson is followed by open dancing from 9:00 pm until midnight. The first dance of the month will be predominantly swing; the second dance will be predominantly country and swing.  (map)

October 29-Nov 1:  Swing City Chicago.  The Westin Hotel, Lombard. Now you can dance with the “Early Birds” on Thursday beginning with a West Coast Swing lesson from Mario Robau from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm and open dancing from 8:30 pm until ????.   Come one! Come all! To sit at a table with your friends, contact Leah Noparstak.  West Coast Swing Jack and Jill competitors earn World Swing Dance Council points. Hosted by Maren Oslac, Jeff Sanchez and Julie Hein.

Mondays:  Maren Oslac hosts a four week series of West Coast Swing lessons during October at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. WCS 101 begins at 7:00 pm and is followed by WCS 102 at 8:00 pm. (map)   

Mondays:  Jill Popovich teaches Pilates in Arlington Heights starting at 7:00 pm.  Pilates helps 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:   Jeff Sanchez teaches Cha Cha in October at SNC.

Thursdays: Alisa Winkler teaches West Coast Swing during the month of October at Studio Viva! in Palatine from  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Contact Alisa for more details. (map) 

Thursdays:  From September 24 to October 15, Jon Serletic is teaching Nightclub. Lessons are from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and are held at Two Left Feet Dance Studio, 605 E. Ogden Avenue, Naperville 60563. (map)

Thursdays: From October 8 to October 29, Angie Cameron is teaching four weeks of beginner/refresher West Coast Swing classes, 8:00 - 9:00 pm, at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, 60181. E-mail Angie or contact her at 312 771-1009. (map)

Early-Bird Cutoffs

C.A.S.H.  Bash Weekend: October 31, 2009


Out of Town Happenings


October 8-11:  Boogie by the Bay.  This is one of the best events on the NASDE circuit.  Great dancers, great competition, great music.  The Chicago Rebels has a table at this event.  To purchase a ticket, contact Nancy Tuzzolino by phone at 312-953-3336, or via e-mail.


October 16-18:  Paradise Country Dance Festival. Sheraton Suites. Pomona, California.  Paradise in Pomona? Several local dancers are trying this one on for size. Best of dancing to them!


October 24:  Swing N’ Country, Madison.  A brand new place for country couples located in Stoughton, Wisconsin  53589 (not part of our own club, but sister club).   Hania Richmond is the opening act and her groupies will be following her up there.    Contact Judi if you want to car pool.    Country style couples dance and lesson will be at the VFW Post 328 located on 200 Veterans Road.    Hot Line:  608/712-5686.  (map)


Save These Dates:


November 26-29:   US Open. Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, California. Contact Nancy Tuzzolino for tickets to see some of the best dancers on the WCS circuit. 

November 27-29:   C.A.S.H.  Bash Weekend.  Hilton Garden Inn, Twinsburg, Ohio.  Staff includes Jason Miklic and Doug Rousar.

January 4 – January 10, 2010:  Worlds XVII Country Dance World Championships.  Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee.

January 18 – January 20, 2010:  Mario In Chicago. Centre at North Park, Franklin Park. Swing and Hustle workshops. For details email Julie Hein or call her at 630 205-6451.

February 19 – 21, 2010:  Dance Camp Chicago. Waterford Banquet Hall.  New this year is reduced event passes and room rates as well as Pro-Am Two Step and WCS.

April 22-25, 2010 Swing Dance America Dance Convention. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. West Coast Swing and Hustle Dancing, Workshops, and Competitions.  Golf Outing, Dance Workshops, and Early Bird Dance are on Thursday, April 22.


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



Questions? Please contact any board member.

SNC hotline 847/827-9021 for class status and other information

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