November, 2009
 Monthly E-letter


Roger Peterson

This issue by Judi T.

The Season Where We
Give Thanks




A Gingerbread Holiday Dinner Dance
Friday, December 4, 2009


Our holiday dance will be held at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, 60131 with a cash bar opening at 6:30 pm.  Dinner will be served promptly at 7:30 pm with open dancing following from 9:00 pm ‘til midnight.  Early Bird Cut Off is November 15.  Member pricing is only $25.00 for dinner and dance.  If you just want to dance, $12 will cover it.   Holiday dress is requested.   Click here for mail-in registration detail or call Leah Noparstak at 847-363-4705.


We are helping the U.S. Marine Corp in their Toys for Tots mission to deliver new, unwrapped toys to children at Christmas.   You can bring your gift to the second dance in November as well as the Holiday Dinner Dance.

November Dances


When:    Friday, November 6
Where:   The Centre at North Park

Theme:  Sadie Hawkins,
              Ladies Ask the Men to Dance


West Coast Swing
lesson with:                 Colleen Macdonald
Doors Open:                 7:15 pm
Lessons:                       7:30 –
9:00 pm
Open Dancing:             
9:00 pm12:00 am

DJ:                               Ken Dillard

When:    Friday, November 20
Where:   The Centre at North Park

Theme:   Bring unwrapped “Toys for Tots”


Hustle Lesson:             Nancy Tuzzolino
Doors Open:                 7:15 pm
Lessons:                       7:30 –
9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm12:00 am

DJ:                               Matt Cotherman

Bev Solazzo Teaches West Coast Swing

On Wednesdays in November


Bev Solazzo will bring something for everyone including rhythm/timing patterns, styling, musicality and lots of fun learning.  Bev is a successful national competitor and loves to teach rhythm dances including the Carolina Shag.


West Coast Swing (WCS) is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor.  (Taken from Wikipidia.)

When:           Wednesdays, Nov.  4, 11, 18, 25

Where:          The Centre at North Park

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

Colleen MacDonald teaches WCS at the November 6 Dance


Colleen MacDonald is a regular teacher at May I Have This Dance and is returning to Swing ‘n’ Country for the second time.


The Friday night lesson can go by quite quickly when Colleen is teaching as she is a dynamite teacher with lots of energy.


Theme for this dance:   Sadie Hawkins.   Ladies can feel free to ask the men to dance.  No, it’s not a marriage commitment as was in the Al Caps comic strip!

Nancy Tuzzolino teaches Hustle at the November 20 Dance


Nancy Tuzzolino is the Special Events and Dance Director for the Chicago Rebels and has been a member of that club since its inception in 1996.  She is also co-director of the Chicago Classic.   Nancy is a teacher and competitor in both Hustle and West Coast Swing.


The word “Hustle” means to move energetically or rapidly.   This is exactly what this dance does.   Leads, be ready to think on your feet!


Theme for this dance:    U.S. Marine Corp Toys for Tots:   This is your first opportunity to bring in an unwrapped toy for a child to be distributed at Christmas.  Your second opportunity is the Holiday Dinner Dance.

DVD Recorder Wanted  – Wednesday Lessons


Is there a reader out there who can faithfully come to the Wednesday lessons to video record and make DVDs 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.

Next up in December

December Wednesdays

There are no lessons in December.


December 4

Holiday Dinner Dance

Taste JoAnn’s Special Dessert and dance to holiday music.

December 18

Dance Only

No Lesson


Competition Corner

Congratulations to Swing ‘n’ Country members and friends who competed in these two events:  

Boogie By the Bay, October 8-11.   Click here for results.

Paradise Country Dance Festival, October 16-18.   Click here for results.

Other Chicagoland Happenings

November 7, Saturday:  Jon Serletic teaches East Coast Swing at 7:30 pm at the Saddle Up Saloon , 4440 West Ogden Ave. @ Hwy 59, Aurora, 60504.  (map)

November 7 and November 21:  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.  Christopher VanHouton will be teaching at the November 7 dance.  (map)

November 13:  Friday.    X Dance holds its dances the second and fourth Fridays at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, 60131. During November there will be once dance only.  There is a free beginner’s lesson at 7:30 pm, followed by an intermediate/advanced lesson at 8:00 pm.   Details can be found on their web site.  (map) 

November 14: Saturday.  Chicago Dance News hosts Double Dance Swing with Swing Styling taught by Dallas Radcliff.   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.  Double Dance Country will be held December 26.   (map)

Mondays:  Maren Oslac hosts a four week series of West Coast Swing lessons during November 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:   Bev Solazzo teaches West Coast Swing at SNC.

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

Thursdays: From November 5 to December 3 (no class November 26), Angie Cameron is teaching four weeks of intermediate 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)

Out of Town Happenings

November 21:  Saturday.   Swing n Country Madison is a brand new dance venue being put together by Doug Jenkins. It is located at 3001 S. Stoughton Rd 53716.  Mike Topel will be teaching three workshops:    Beginning Two Step at 3:00 pm, Double Two Weaves at 4:15 pm and Beg/Int Two Step Samba Turns.  Open dancing begins at 8:00 pm.    Early bird pricing can ends November 17.   This sounds like a fun mini road trip for the Chicago dancers.   (map)

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.




Save These Dates:


December 31 – January 3, 2010:   Spotlight Dance Challenge. Wyndham, Milwaukee, WI.   Event Director, Doug Rousar.  Premier event for social dancers, competitors and students.  Maren Oslac will be teaching.

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.

March 12-14, 2010:   Chicago Classic.   Hyatt Regency O’Hare.  Hosted by Jim Becker and Nancy Tuzzolino.

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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