May 5, 2009


Roger Peterson

This issue by Ken D.

April Showers: Check
May Flowers: Coming Soon


modified:  Don Macdonald Hustles His Way Into May


Don Macdonald, our locally appreciated and nationally renowned dance instructor, will be tearing up the floor with his Hustle lessons, starting this Wednesday and continuing throughout May. If knowing that he took second place as best male teacher at the 2008 Los Angeles Classic isn’t enough to convince you come out this month, then check him out dancing Hustle at the 2005 Da Dance Camp.


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



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 Dances


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


Did You Hear ?

new:  (Reprinted with permission from Carlos Garcia) Swing Dance America (SDA) has come and gone and for the first time in five years, the dancers from Chicagoland have not taken home the team trophy.  Texas and Louisiana made adjustments from last year when they realized they were light in the Hustle divisions. Texas arrived in 2009 at SDA prepared with Hustle dancers and a great showing in the routine divisions along with more judges from their area.  Chicago was without a single routine in either Open Classic, Masters, Rising Star, or Pro-Am divisions. Congratulations again to Texas and Louisiana.



  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country May/June/July three-month calendar.
  • Next Board meeting: May 18
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SNC Event Table - Early Bird Special

modified: Wisconsin Dance Challenge:  The first SNC table has been filled for this event, so we’re starting a second.  Contact Leah Noparstak if you’d like to be part of the 2nd SNC table as well as get the best deal.


Other Chicagoland Happenings


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.  Jim Becker will teach a West Coast Swing lesson.  (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.


new:  May 16:  Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels hold a West Coast Swing dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park.  Lessons with instructor Jimmy Mulligan are from 8:00 pm to 9:00, followed by open dancing until midnight. (map)


new:  May 22:  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) 


new:  May 23:  Saturday.  Brian Wong, editor of Chicago Dance News, hosts a Double Dance at Ballroom City, 207 Villa Avenue, Villa Park, 60181. The theme for the evening is “Double Dance Redneckin' Romp” with a dash of ballroom.  (map)


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)


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 teaches 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: Alisa Winkler teaches 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 teaches 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)


Competition Corner

new:  Results from Swing Dance America, held 4/23 4/26, are now available online. Check ‘em out to see how fellow SNC members did.

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)

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

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.

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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