April 28, 2009


Roger Peterson

This issue by Julie H.


around SNC’s Maypole this Friday

Modified:   Jeff Sanchez – Thanks a Bunch!

Thanks to Jeff Sanchez for April’s terrific Two Step lessons.

(Remember:  There is no lesson this Wednesday, April 29.)


Modified:   Don Macdonald Teaches Hustle in May!


Don will be tearing up the floor with his Hustle lessons on Wednesdays and at the dance on Friday, May 1.  Check him out dancing Hustle at a recent Dance Camp.

Kristin (Geil) and Monty Ham Teach at May 15 Dance

Chicago favorites Kristin and Monty teach Two Step at the May 15 dance. Note:  The cost for this lesson is $10.00.  In addition, there will be private lessons available from May 15-17 with Kristin or Monty. Contact Susie Kaplan at 847/436-1875 to schedule.  Learn more about Kristin and Monty and watch them dance here.

May Lessons

When:  Wednesdays, May  6, 13, 20, 27
Where: The Centre at North Park

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

May Dances

When:    Friday, May 1
Where:   The Centre at North Park
Theme:   Gently Used Clothing

Hustle lesson with        Don Macdonald
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm – 12:00 am
DJ:                               Matt Cotherman

When:    Friday, May, 15
Where:   The Centre at North Park

Note:   The fee for this lesson is $10.00

Two Step lesson with  Kristin Ham
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm – 12:00 am
DJ:                               Ken Dillard

Gently Used Clothing and Accessory Sale at May 1st Dance

Let’s Go Green


Swing ’n’ Country’s fourth annual Gently Used Clothing Sale will be held at our May 1st Dance.  This year we’re adding jewelry to the items. In the interest of recycling and finding some new treasures, here’s your opportunity.

Guidelines to the sale are:

  • Bring items in excellent condition on hangers with your name and asking price attached.
  • Jewelry to be brought in zip-lock bags with your name and asking price zipped inside.
  • No early birds (sorry). Sale begins when lesson is over and runs until 10:30 pm.
  • Cash only
  • Sellers must pick up unsold items at 10:30 pm.


It’s suggested you price to sell.  Questions?   Email Judi.


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country April/May/June 3-month calendar.
  • Next Board meeting: May 18
  • Fill out a feedback form so your Board knows what you think.

SNC Event Table - Early Bird Special

Wisconsin Dance Challenge:  Three-tiered pricing begins May 1, 2008.  Contact Leah Noparstak if you’d like to be part of the SNC table as well as get the best deal.


Congratulations to Bob Bohl, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday with many of his friends.  May you always dance the way you live, Bob – with joy and wonder!  See photos here.


This just in from Bob: 

“A message from Bob

I wish to thank all of my friends who came to my Birthday "gala" and helped make it a memorable event.  I received so many wonderful cards and gifts, Thank you.  Unfortunately in the process of cleaning up, I may have misplaced from whom I received what.  I am still trying to figure some of this out and send a personal thank you.  But if I missed you, you are included in this message.  I wanted to try and visit with all of you and dance with all the ladies present.  That didn't seem to happen....the evening went by too quickly.  Thank you again.  I had a wonderful time...hope you did too....We'll do it again in another 10 years.

                             Forever grateful..............Bob”


Other Chicagoland Happenings

May 2:     Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels hold a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park.  Lessons are from 8:00 pm to 9:00, followed by open dancing until midnight. (map)

May 8:  Friday.  X Dance holds a dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, 60131.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Instructor is TBA.  (map) 

May 15-17:   Kristin & Monty Ham Private Lessons.  Ballroom City, Villa Park.  Book a private lesson with one of these Chicago favorites by contacting Susie Kaplan.  (map) Kristin and Monty will also be teaching at the SNC dance on Friday, May 15.

May 29-31:  Circle City Classic.   Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Fully-sanctioned UCWDC event.    We have SNC members competing at this one.

Mondays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of West Coast Swing lessons through the month of May at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. West Coast Swing 101 begins at 7:00 pm, West Coast Swing 201 begins at 8:00 pm.  (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:  Alisa Winkler teaches beginner West Coast Swing from during the month of May from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Sonia’s Dance Rhythm, 534 W. Wise Rd. Schaumburg.  (map) (details)

new:  Wednesdays: SNC Wednesday lessons feature Don Macdonald teaching Hustle in May.

Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of lessons through the month of May at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. Waltz 101 begins at 7:30 pm.  (map)   

Thursdays:  Angie Cameron will be teaching Beginning West Coast Swing in Studio B at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park 60181 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm May 7 through May 28.  Contact Angie by e-mail or by phone at 312/771-1007 to learn more.


Thursdays: Carlos Garcia will be teaching Intermediate Two Step during the month of May at Studio Viva! in Palatine from  8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Contact Alisa for more details. (map)

new:  Thursdays: Alisa Winkler will be teaching West Coast Swing during the month of May at Studio Viva! in Palatine from  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Contact Alisa for more details. (map)

Thursdays:  Randy Slone of Boot Scoot Boot Camp will be teaching Beginning West Coast Swing from April 9 until Thursday, May 14 at Lindenhurst Health & Fitness Center, 3098 Falling Waters Blvd, Lindenhurst, 60046.  Class is from 7:10 to 8:10 pm.  (map)

Save These Dates:


June 11 - August 23:  Chicago Summer Dance Festival.  Grant Park. Group dance instruction in everything from ballroom to country line dancing on a 3,500 square foot open-air floor at the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

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

July 11:   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 re-enactors. Contact Jacqueline Frank for more information. (map)

new: July 24: Swing’n’Country invites one and all to its annual mid-summer party.  Details to follow.

modified July 17 - 19: The North East Wisconsin Rebels Swing Dance Club presents the 9th annual Wisconsin Dance Challenge. Radisson Hotel, Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Event Directors are Vivian Hahn and Doug Rousar. Contact Leah Noparstak if you’d like to be part of the SNC table.

new: August 7: Swing’n’Country presents its pre-Chicagoland dance.  Get ready for Chicago’s very own dance festival.  Save the date!

August 21 - 23:  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:  Swingin’ Dance Party.  Drawbridge Inn, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.  Thirteen hours of workshops and open dancing with no competition.  Staff includes Maren Oslac and Jeff Sanchez.  Contact Maren to sit at a table with your Chicago friends.

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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