January 20, 2009

President: Leah Noparstak

This issue by Ken D.


Get your boogie shoes ready, Dance Camp is fast approaching!

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

modified:  Hania Richmond Waltzes through January


Last week, Hania drilled students on how the use of collecting and swaying on Count 2 made even the most difficult of maneuvers easier and prettier. Hania continues her Waltz instruction in this, her third week of Wednesday night lessons in January.


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

February Dances

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

Waltz lesson with                    Maren Oslac
Doors Open:                            
7:15 pm
7:30 to 9:00 pm
Open Dancing:                        
9:00 pm to 12:00 am
DJ:                                           Ken Dillard

modified:  Dance Camp Chicago

We’re a little over a month away from Swing ‘n’ Country’s Dance Camp. 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.
  • Jack ‘n’ Jill competitions for Two Step and West Coast Swing with WSDC points awarded for West Coast swing winners.
  • Over 30 hours of open dancing.
  • Included in the weekend pass: four meals!
  • A special Friday evening Mario Robau Jr.-led workshop.

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. Save time by registering online. Save money by registering early. We hope to see you there.

modified:  Swing ‘n’ Country Elections

(Note: Swing ‘n’ Country is a member-run club. On the Board, members help decide the direction of the club. It is members that keep the club running. Please remember that if you’re thinking about running for a position this year.) Elections for officers and the board of directors of our club are coming soon.  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 meet and check-in dancers at the registration desk at the regularly-scheduled dances 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.

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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.  Saturday-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)


modified:  January 24:  Saturday.  Double Dance.  Held at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Illinois, the evening will begin with an East Coast Swing lesson from 7:30-8:00 pm, followed by open dancing from 9:00 pm until midnight.  Anyone who attends Saturday’s “Mario in Chicago” workshops receives a discount coupon to attend Double Dance that evening. Brian Wong has all the details on this special dance which also serves as a fundraiser for a friend of Brian’s, whose six-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer. (map)


new:  January 24:  Saturday.  Studio Viva is hosting a swing social at 41 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, Illinois, 60067. A beginner West Coast Swing lesson will be taught by Alisa Winkler at 8:00 pm. Open dancing follows from 9:00 pm1:00 am.  A discount will be given by the Studio for “Mario in Chicago attendees. Visit the Studio Viva Web site to learn more. (map)


new:  January 25:  Sunday.  “Swing!  The Musical.” A local version of the musical is being put together and dancers are needed.  Lindy dancer extraordinaire and local instructor Riley Wymes Jr., is the choreographer. Auditions are being held at the Memorial Opera House,  104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, Indiana. Contact  Michele Craig to learn more.


new:  January 30:  Friday.  X Dance hosts a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131.  Doors open at approximately 7:15 pm. The instructor will be announced shortly. General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight. (map)


new:  January 31:  Saturday.  Salsa, Swing & Hustle Party. May I Have This Dance sponsors the event at Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 Archer Ave., Willow Springs, IL. Salsa and Hustle lessons start at 7:30, preceding 8:00 pm open dancing. The evening includes a Salsa competition and two rooms of dancing: Salsa, Latin and Ballroom in one, West Coast Swing and u in the other. Contact May I Have This Dance for more information. (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. (map)


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)   


Thursdays:  Angie Cameron teaches a beginner Hustle class for four-weeks from 9:00-10:00 pm, starting this Thursday, 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

modified:  Results of the UCWDC World Championships are now available online.


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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