February 24, 2009

President: Leah Noparstak

This issue by Julie H.


Keep the faith:

Spring IS coming!

modified:  Board News

Ballots for members of the 2009-2010 Swing ‘n’ Country Board have been mailed.  You can return the completed ballot at the Wednesday lesson or dance on March 6, or send it via return mail in the enclosed envelope.  Candidate’s bios and ballot have been put on the web site.  Links can be found on the main web page at the bottom.

modified:  Maren Oslac teaches West Coast Swing in February

Last Wednesday Maren introduced the Beginners to eight count patterns. She then challenged the Intermediate dancers with a left-side swivel pass amalgamation that depends on maintaining frame to be successful. Find out more great tips and tricks to make your West Coast red hot.  Join us this Wednesday!  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

Julie Hein brings in March with Double Two

Our ever popular Julie Hein will be teaching Double Two during Wednesdays in March and at our first dance on March 6.   This country dance combines swing with two-step in that it has a left track and a right track in weaves and will include lariats and free spins.  Join us with triple, triple, walk, walk footwork and giggle, giggle, grin, grin laughter in March.

When:           Wednesdays, Mar  4, 11, 18, 25
Where:          The Centre at North Park

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





Thanks to this group of hard-working people – as well as to the scores of volunteers – who helped to make Dance Camp Chicago 2009 the best yet!


Even with a little bit of that fluffy, white stuff, dancers came out in droves to enjoy the workshops, the open dancing, and the food at this year’s Dance Camp Chicago.


Check the SNC website for incriminating evidence of dancers’ laughter, fun and sleepless nights!


Let us know your thoughts about the weekend, either by filling out the electronic feedback form you’ll receive from Dance Camp or by responding to the feedback form on our website.


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country three-month calendar.
  • Next Board meeting: March 23.  A feedback form for discussion at the meetings is available.

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

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)

modified:  February 27: Friday.  X Dance hosts a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131, featuring guest instructor, Angie Cameron.  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)

modified:  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.  Bonus:    Dance Camp Chicago’s very own Jennifer Jeffries will once again emcee, and over $18,000 in prize money is offered to some of the hottest competition dancing you’ll see.  Don’t miss this event! 

new: March 28:  Saturday.  Viva Swing Dance starts with a beginner Hustle class at 8:00 p.m. by Carlos Garcia & Alisa Winkler, followed by social dancing beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Contact Studio Viva! for details.  Bring someone new and you both get in half price!  (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.

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. 

new:  Mondays:  Alisa Winkler teaches beginner West Coast Swing from March 2nd to the 23rd from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Sonia’s Dance Rhythm, 534 W. Wise Rd. Schaumburg. Leaders are needed. (map) (details)

modified: Wednesdays: SNC Wednesday lessons feature Maren Oslac teaching West Coast Swing in February and Julie Hein teaching Double Two in March.

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:  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.

new: Thursdays: Alisa Winkler will be teaching West Coast Swing  March 12, 19 & 26 at Studio Viva! in Palatine.  Beginner II (Building on the Basics) will be taught from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Beginner I (Basics only) will be taught at 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Contact Alisa for more details. (map)

Out-of-Town Happenings

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.

new: May 15-17, 2009:   Kristin & Monte Ham Private Lessons.  Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Illinois.  Book a private lesson with Chicago favorites by contacting Roger or Susie,  (map)

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. 

July 17-19, 2009: The North East Wisconsin Rebels Swing Dance Club presents the 18th annual Wisconsin Dance Challenge. Radisson Hotel, Green Bay, WI.  Doug Rousar, Event Director.

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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