May 26, 2009


Roger Peterson

This issue by Judi T.

Open Heart,

 Giving Hands
Food Drive
June 5

 modified:   Don Macdonald Shows You the Hustle Pose


That’s it!   Lean forward, hip out, one arm up and one arm out.   It’s all about the posture in this dance.   Join Don and your SNC friends Wednesday, May 27 for the last of the month’s Hustle series at The Centre at North Park.  Beginners start at 7:30 pm with the Intermediate class following at 8:35.



Don Leynes and Nightclub in June

Don has a reputation for clever choreography and wicked humor.  You’ll experience both when you join him for a month of Nightclub lessons on Wednesdays in June as well as his Friday night lesson at the second dance of the month, June 19. 


modified:  Polka For Everyone with Jon Serletic

Jon joins SNC for a Polka lesson on Friday night, June 5.  Learn how you can control the energy level of the dance. Polka can be a surprisingly easy dance.  Local Country establishments play polkas each night.  With a few simple moves you could be out there.

Food Drive on June 5


new:  Food Drive:   The SNC annual Food Drive benefiting the Leyden Township (Franklin Park) Food Pantry will be held at this dance.   In these hard economic times, we ask that you be as generous as possible.  Reward:  Feel good that you’ve helped someone and earned $1 off of admission to dance up to $6.  Of course, bring as many cans as you are able.     

June Lessons

When:  Wednesdays, Jun 3, 10, 17, 24
Where: The Centre at North Park

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


June Dances

When:    Friday, June 5
Where:   The Centre at North Park
Food Drive benefiting
Franklin Park Food Pantry.


Polka lesson with:       Jon Serletic
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm – 12:00 am
DJ:                               Matt Cotherman

When:    Friday, June 19
Where:   The Centre at North Park


Nightclub lesson with: Don Leynes
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm – 12:00 am
DJ:                               Ken Dillard

Monty Kristin Ham

Thank You Kristin and Monty Ham


After a wonderful 3 days with SNC and the Chicago dance community, this couple has returned home to Colorado.


Here is a video of their performance at SNC’s dance on Friday night, May 5.

Dance Camp Survey Online

modified:  This is the last week the Dance Camp Survey will be available through Happenings. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the five minute exercise to help shape Dance Camp 2010. Use this online version to give your input on what did, or did not, work well for you this year.   Thank you from the Dance Camp Committee.


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country May/June/July three-month calendar.
  • modified:  Next Board meeting: June 29.
  • Fill out a feedback form so your Board knows what you think.
  • There is no dance scheduled for the 5th Friday in May.

SNC Event Table – Pre-Event Special

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 a great deal: workshops and late night buffets are included in the weekend price.

Other Chicagoland Happenings

May 29:  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 29-31:  Circle City Classic.   Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Fully-sanctioned UCWDC event.    Many dancers are taking a road trip to Indy for the party. Local teachers on staff include Don Macdonald, Hania Richmond and Julie Hein as well as Christopher Hussey and Katrina Branson.  Check the website for more details.

new: June 27:  Saturday.  Brian Wong, editor of Chicago Dance News, hosts Double Dance at Ballroom City, 207 Villa Avenue, Villa Park, 60181. There will be lessons at 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm and open dancing from 9:00 pm - midnight. Brian will tell us his theme for June shortly. (map)

new: Jun 27:  Saturday.  Studio Viva presents a Swing and Hustle Dance from 8:00pm - Midnight.   Studio is located at 41 E.  Northwest Hwy, Palatine 60067.  (map)

new: Mondays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of West Coast Swing through the month of June at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. WCS 101 begins at 7:00 pm and is followed by WCS 102 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.

modified:  Mondays:  Alisa Winkler teaches beginner West Coast Swing from during the month of Jun from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Sonia’s Dance Rhythm, 534 W. Wise Rd. Schaumburg.  (map) (details)

new:  Tuesdays:  Maren Oslac teaches four weeks of East Coast Swing as part of her Dancing for All Occasions series during the month of June at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. Lesson is from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.  (map)   

modified:  Wednesdays: SNC’s last Wednesday in May lessons features Don Macdonald teaching Hustle.   Don Leynes will be teaching Nightclub in June.

modified:  Thursdays: Alisa Winkler teaches West Coast Swing during the month of June at Studio Viva! in Palatine from  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Contact Alisa for more details. (map)

modified:  Competition Corner

Happenings is still waiting for Pro Am results from the Easterns Dance Championships, held 05/07 – 05/10.   We’ll share with you when they are available.


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)

modified:  July 24: Swing’n’Country invites one and all to its annual mid-summer party.  The theme is In the Good Old Summertime’ and pizza will be served.

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.  Chris VanHouton and Julie Hein are on staff.  Matt Cotherman and April Prince are among the featured DJs.

modified:  August 7: Swing’n’Country presents its pre-Chicagoland dance.  Get ready for Chicago’s very own dance festival. Theme:   In the Heat of the Night with Ice Cream Social.

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 847/827-9021 for class status and other information

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