February 10, 2009

President: Leah Noparstak

This issue by Ken D.


10 days…and counting!

modified:  Maren Oslac teaches West Coast Swing in February

Multiple-time dance competition winner Maren Oslac is back as a Wednesday instructor at Swing ‘n’ Country. Last week, Maren went over basic rhythm and the sugar push with Beginners. Intermediates were privy to a 32 count pattern.  One of the moves has been aptly named “spinnus interruptus” by one her students. The dancers now know how to tell if it’s a 6 count pattern or an 8-count pattern.   Hint:   Which way is the followers’ foot facing on count 4? Another unveiling mystery, “Why does the lead squeeze his thumb on top of my hand?  The answer just may lie with the follows.  Find out more good stuff from Maren this Wednesday. Join us!  Watch Maren in competition at a Jack ‘n’ Jill and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in store for at one of her lessons.

February Lessons

When:           Wednesdays, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
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

WCS 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

Sunday Schedule


* 8:00 am: Registration Opens


* 8:30-9:30 am: Open Dancing


* 9:30-10:30 am: Free Workshops


* 10:30-Noon: Breakfast


* 12:00-1:00 pm:   Free Workshops



Event Details

Get an overview of the entire event (including workshop schedule) on the SNC Web site. Save time by registering online.




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



Featured instructors:

Mario Robau Jr * Kristin Ham * Stephanie Kusibab * Maren Oslac

Doug Rousar * Jeff Sanchez





30+ hours of open dancing!

Burn the candle at both ends at

Dance Camp Chicago!





Advertise your business!

   Donate an item or a service to our “fishbowl” drawing.  Join the “business card” page of our program for just $20.  Flyer table is available.  Contact Alfred  or Tobi for details.


Lower Room Rates! 

The Dance Camp Chicago room block is almost sold out. There are a few double rooms left. Hurry, though. The room rates—

$59.99 for a queen and $69.99 for a double queen or a king —go up next Monday. For reservations call 630/279-0700. 




  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country three-month calendar.
  • modified:  Next Board meeting: March 23

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

modified:  February 13: 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. Jim Becker will teach an intermediate West Coast Swing lesson. Open dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight. (map)

February 14: Saturday.  Valentine’s Day Ball.  A “Special Edition” of Double Dance will feature a semi-formal dance at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Illinois.  A beginner Nightclub lesson will be offered at 7:30 pm, with an Intermediate lesson to follow.  Open dancing begins at 8:30 pm.  Fellow clubs discounts are available.  (map) 

February 16: Monday.  Swing and Hustle with the best at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park.  West Coast Swing lessons start at 7:00 pm. Dancing begins at 9:00 pm.  (map)

February 26: Thursday.  Julie Hein and Don Leynes will teach two Double Two workshops at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Illinois.  Beginner workshop begins at 7:00 pm, followed by an intermediate workshop at 8:00 pm.  A videotape will be available for purchase.  (map) 

February 27: Friday.   A Friday Night Dance Party will be held Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park.   Lesson begins at 8:00 pm followed by open dancing. (map) (details)

February 27: 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. General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight. (map)

February 28, Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels will hold a West Coast Swing party at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave. UCWDC champion, Carlos Garcia, will teach a West Coast Swing lesson from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Open dancing will follow until midnight. (map)

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.  

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:  Bev Solazzo and Randy Baustert  teach a six-week Swing class at Lyons Township High School, 100 S. Brainard Ave., La Grange, from Feb 2 – March 16.  Class runs from 8:15-9:15 pm.  The class will cover West Coast Swing, Hustle and Nightclub.  Contact Bev at 708 214-5354 or e-mail her at Time2Dance1@comcast.net. 

Mondays:  Alisa Winkler teaches beginner West Coast Swing on February 16th and 23rd from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Sonia’s Dance Rhythm, 534 W. Wise Rd. Schaumburg. Leaders are needed.   (map) (details)   

Wednesdays: SNC Wednesday lessons feature Maren Oslac teaching West Coast Swing in February.

Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of Hustle through the month of February 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, which started 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.  (map)    

Thursdays:  Randy Slone teaches a four-week Nightclub class at The Health and Fitness Club, 3098 Falling Waters Blvd, Lindenhurst, Illinois, 60046. The classes run from 7:10-8:10 pm through February 26.  Call 847/535-7500 or contact Randy to learn more.

Thursdays:  In February, Alisa Winkler will be teaching at Studio Viva! in Palatine. From 8:00 – 9:00 pm, West Coast Swing Beginner II (Building on the Basics) will be taught, followed from  [jrt1] 9:00 – 10:00 pm by West Coast Swing Beginner I (Basics only). Contact Alisa for more details. (map)

Out-of-Town Happenings

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.

February 26 – March 1, 2009 Ft. Wayne Showdown.  Hilton Ft. Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46802.  Featured are workshops, open dancing, and the Saturday night “Dance Academy Awards Show.”

Save These Dates:


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.

July 2 - 4, 2009:   Sweet Home Chicago.  Wyndham Hotel O’Hare.  Party, dance, eat, dance, shop, dance (no competition) with the folks from the Windy City Jitterbug Club.  Staff includes Julie Hein.  

August 21 - 12, 2009:  Chicagoland Dance Festival.  Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare.  Look forward to workshops, open dancing and competitions at CDF.  See if its reputation as an event that is fun to the MAX is true.

August 27 - 30, 2009:  Swingin’ Dance Party.  Drawbridge Inn, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.  13 hours of workshops and open dancing with no competition.  Staff includes Maren Oslac and Jeff Sanchez.

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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