January 13, 2009

President: Leah Noparstak

This issue by Julie H.


New Year’s Resolution:  I will dance more often with more people in more places…and love it!

Hania and student (aka SNC Vice President, Roger Peterson) at Chicagoland Dance Festival.

modified:  Hania Richmond Waltzes through January


Hania Richmond continues her Waltz instruction at our Wednesday lessons and our January 16th dance.  Here she is in action.  Congratulations to Hania on her 5th place Top Teacher Award at the UCWDC World Championships in Orlando!


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

Four meals and most workshops – plus 30 hours of open dancing are included in a weekend pass!

Get all the details in this flyer.
 Online Registration is
available now.

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

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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!

new:  Swing ‘n’ Country Elections

We need you!!  Elections for officers and the board of directors of our club will occur soon and we are in the process of preparing the ballot.  This year we are electing Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and three full-term board members.  Secretary and Treasurer serve for one year; board members serve for two years.  Because of recent vacancies, we are also electing a fourth board member for a one-year term.   

Please consider serving Swing ‘n’ Country by running for one of these positions.  Board meetings occur once per month usually on a Monday evening.  Board members serve on one or more committees and are expected to work at the registration desk several times per year.  Please contact any board member for information on the duties for each position.  If you are interested, please contact Roger via e-mail or telephone (224-622-1223).


  • 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
  • new:  Hotline number has been changed to:  1-847-827-9021

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

new:  January 17, 2009:  Saturday.  Maren Oslac will teach a Two Step Weave workshop from noon until 1:30 pm at Heart and Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, Illinois.  (map)   


new:  January 17, 2009:  Saturday.  Chicago Rebels.  Nancy Tuzzolino will teach an Intermediate lesson from 8:00-9:00 pm prior to general dancing, which will take place from 9:00 pm until midnight.  The dance will be held at The Centre at North Park , 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, Illinois.  (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 S. 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 celebrates its anniversary 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)


new:  January 24:  Saturday.  Double Dance.  Held at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Illinois, the evening will begin with a lesson from 7:30-8:30 pm, followed by open dancing from 9:00 pm until midnight.    


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.


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)   


new:  Thursdays:  Angie Cameron teaches a beginner Hustle class for four-weeks from 9:00-10:00 pm, beginning on January 22 at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Illinois 60181.  For more details, e-mail Angie, or call her at 312 771-1007.


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

Results of the UCWDC World Championships, held in Orlando, Florida, highlight our wonderful area dancers and teachers.   Results will be posted as soon as the UCWDC website is back to normal.

Results of Spotlight Dance Challenge, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are available.  Check out the winner of Newcomer Jack & Jill!


Out-of-Town Happenings


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
  Hotline:  1-847-827-9021



Questions? Please contact any board member.


SNC hotline 847/638-7621 for class status and other information


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