Last week, beginner dancers attending Don LeynesNightclub
lesson learned to double spin out; intermediate dancers learned a very cool
forward and back shadow amalgamation. Join us for the final two Wednesday lessons
during June as well as the next SNC dance to learn more about the romanticism
of Nightclub, and to confirm Don’s reputation for clever choreography
and wicked humor.
The Happenings staff would like to remind everyone that the summer
schedule for SNC is tweaked slightly during the summer. For July and August,
there will be only one Friday night dance a month–July 24 and August 7–not
the normally scheduled two dances per month. Also note that there are no
Wednesday night lessons for July or August as well. Wednesday night lessons
end in June, and pick up again in September. The online 2009 schedule
has more information.
Let us know of Country or
Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
View the Swing ‘n’ Country Jun/Jul/Aug
June 11 - August
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.
modified:June 20:Saturday.The Chicago Rebels hold a West
Coast Swing dance at The Centre at North
Park10040 Addison Ave.,
Franklin Park.Lessons are from
followed by open dancing until .
This night marks the returnof a monthly West Coast
Swing Jack & Jill dance contest. The contest starts at approximately
More than $300 in cash and prizes are available. Learn more when you register
online for the competition. (map)
June 27:Saturday.Brian Wong, editor of Chicago Dance News, hosts Double
Dance at Ballroom City, 207 Villa Avenue, Villa Park, 60181. The theme is
Red, White and Blue Jam.Active and veteran US Armed Forced who
wear their uniform or clothes with a military logo get in half price.(map)
Viva presents a Swing and Hustle Dance from - .Studio is located
at 41 E.Northwest Hwy, Palatine
July 2 - 4:Sweet Home
O’Hare.Party, dance, eat, dance,
shop, dance (no competition) with the folks from the WindyCity Jitterbug Club. Julie Hein is a
new: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.
teaches a four-week series of West Coast Swing through the month of
June at Heart & Sole Dance Studio,
183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. WCS 101 begins at and is followed by WCS 102 at .(map)
Popovich teaches Pilates in Arlington Heights starting at .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.
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 .(map)
Wednesdays:Don Leynes teaches Nightclub
on Wednesdays in June as well as at the dance on Friday, June 19.
Thursdays:Alisa Winkler teaches West Coast
Swing during the month of June at Studio Viva!in Palatine from to .Contact
Alisa for more details. (map)
new:July 11:WWII USO themed Swing Dance. Green Bay, Wisconsin.Hosted by the NationalRailroadMuseum. The event includes a live swing band,
cash bar, food, and WWII re-enactors. Contact
Jacqueline Frank for more information. (map)
new: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 2nd SNC table contact
Leah Noparstak.Chris VanHouton
and Julie Hein are on staff.Matt
Cotherman and April Prince are among the featured DJs. The first
SNC table has been filled for this event, so we’re starting a second.Workshops and late night buffets are included in the weekend price.
There’s also a Team Strictly Swing Tournament Relay. Leah
Rousar have more details.
August 7: Swing’n’Country presents
dance.Get ready for Chicago’s very
own dance festival. The dance’s theme, “In the Heat of the Night,” features
an Ice Cream Social.
August 21 -
Festival.CrownPlazaChicago 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. A tentative schedule
has been posted.
August 27 -
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.
Me In St. Louis.St. Louis
Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.Swing
Dance Championship.Chicago’s Maren Oslac is on staff.