June 16, 2009


Roger Peterson

This issue by Ken D.

Summer’s only a handful of days away


modified:  Nightclub is Dance of the Month

Last week, beginner dancers attending Don Leynes Nightclub 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.  

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 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

new:  Summer Schedule


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 three-month calendar.
  • Next Board meeting: June 29.
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Other Chicagoland Happenings

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.

modified:  June 20:   Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels hold a West Coast Swing dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park.  Lessons are from 8:00 to 9:00 pm, followed by open dancing until midnight. This night marks the return of a monthly West Coast Swing Jack & Jill dance contest. The contest starts at approximately 10:30 p.m. 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)

June 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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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)   

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  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Contact Alisa for more details. (map)

Competition Corner

new:   Results from the Orange Blossom Dance, held June 12 – 13, will be available soon.


Out of Town Happenings

new:  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 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 or Doug Rousar have more details.


Save These Dates:


August 7: Swing’n’Country presents its pre-Chicagoland 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 - 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. A tentative schedule has been posted.

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.

September 17-20:  Meet Me In St. Louis.  St. Louis Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.   Swing Dance Championship.  Chicago’s Maren Oslac is on staff.

October 30-Nov 1:  Swing City Chicago.  The Westin Lombard.  World Swing Dance Council.

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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