March 3, 2009

Leah Noparstak

This issue by Ken D.


Have you cast

your ballot yet?

modified:  Board News

Ballots have been mailed. Campaigns have been run. The time to decide on your 2009-10 Board Members is almost up. March 20 is the deadline for delivering/postmarking ballots. Return your completed ballot at the Wednesday lesson or this Friday’s dance.  For more information, read the candidate’s bios or download a ballot.  Links to the bios are found towards the bottom of the SNC home page.

new:  Thank You To Maren Oslac

A huge thank you to Maren Oslac for her month of teaching West Coast Swing.  Maren came to SNC with a plan of success for both the Beginner and Intermediates.  Dancers were given a great foundation and fantastic tips for executing their moves so they look smooth and relaxed.  Maren’s parting gift to her students is three ways of obtaining practice music:

Julie Hein brings in March with Double Two

Our ever popular Julie Hein will be teaching Double Two during Wednesdays in March.   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

new:  March Dances

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

Double Two  lesson with Julie Hein
Doors Open                 
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 pm – 12:00 am

DJ:                                Ken Dillard



When:    Friday, March 20

Where:   The Centre at North Park


Two Step lesson with Jeff Sanchez

Doors Open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:              9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Featuring:                     St. Patrick’s Day Dance

DJ:                                Matt Cotherman


  • 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:

new:  March 7: Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels will hold a Hustle party at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave. Nancy Tuzzolino will teach a Hustle 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 to the Marriott-Chicago O’Hare, 8535 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL., 60631.   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!  (map) (details)

new:  March 21: Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels will hold a West Coast Swing party at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave. Carlos Garcia will teach a West Coast Swing lesson from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Open dancing will follow until midnight.  (map)

new:  March 22: Sunday.   Angie Cameron holds a one-hour intermediate Hustle workshop. Contact Angie by e-mail or by phone at 312 771-1007 to learn more.

new:  March 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)

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 

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)

Wednesdays: SNC Wednesday lessons feature Julie Hein teaching Double Two in March.

new: Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of Nightclub through the month of March at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477. Nightclub 101 begins at 7:30 pm, and Nightclub 102 at 8:30 pm.  (map)   

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)

new: Thursdays:  Angie Cameron teaches Hustle through March 19. Both beginner and intermediate dancers will benefit from this class. Contact Angie by e-mail or by phone at 312 771-1007 to learn more.

Save These Dates:


modified:  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 has a table at the event. Contact Leah Noparstak if you’d like to be part of the SNC table.

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 Susie Kaplan.  (map) Kristin & Monte will also be teaching at the SNC dance on Friday, May 15.

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.

new:  July 11, 2009:   WWII USO themed Swing Dance.  Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Hosted by the National Railroad Museum. The event includes a live swing band, cash bar, food, and WWII reenactors. Contact Jacqueline Frank for more information. (map)

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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