June 21, 2009

(Summer Solstice
The Longest Day of the Year)


Roger Peterson

This issue by Judi T,

There are 24 hours of daylight north of the Artic Circle on June 21


modified:  Nightclub This Wednesday June 24

SNC Lessons then on Hiatus until September

This is your last opportunity to have an SNC Wednesday lesson before the summer hiatus.  Lessons will resume in September. Ask Don Leynes what he meant when he told the intermediates last week to “grab it while you can.”  

new:   July and August Lessons: There are no Wednesday lessons during these two months.

new:   July and August Dances:

When:                          Friday, July 24
Where:                         The Centre at North Park
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
Open Dancing:            
7:30 pm – 12:00 am

When:                          Friday, August 7
Where:                         The Centre at North Park
Doors Open:                 7:15 pm
Open Dancing:            
7:30 pm – 12:00 am


Theme:            Good Old Summer Time
                        Pizza Will Be Served.


Theme:            In The Heat of the Night
                        Ice Cream Will Be Served.

new:   Early Bird Cutoffs

Worlds XVII Country Dance Championships:     July 1, 2009

Chicagoland Dance Festival:  July 15, 2009

new:   Competitive Dancing

Now that we’re nearing Chicagoland and half-way to Worlds’, the following may be of interest:

Competitive and Social:   All the dances can be danced for the simple social pleasure of people moving to music together, or can be taken to the level of competitive dancing, where the partners are no longer striving just to have fun, but rather to meet a high standard of technical and artistic goals.   Read more from Chicago Dance.


  • 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.
  • Fill out a feedback form so your Board knows what you think.

Other Chicagoland Happenings

Jennifer and Randy Jeffries
Chicagoland:   2006 Star Award
Favorite North American Event

new:   August 21 - 23:  Chicagoland Dance Festival.  Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare.  Look forward to workshops, open dancing and competitions at CDF.  A tentative schedule has been posted.

Chicago Dancer Stimulus Plan:  SNC members can save $15 on their weekend pass using the promo code CHISWG. (Remember it was only $10 last year.)   As you register online, the promo code field appears after you enter your name and address info.  The discounted rates will NOT show up on the general pricing page - you must enter the promo code before you'll see the reduced rates.  Of course folks are welcome to complete a hard copy of the registration form and deduct the $15 from the total.

And finally, the event has a Facebook page!  Just search for Chicagoland Dance Festival and join the group!

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.

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 Forces 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.   Jon Serletic will be teaching Hustle.   The first half hour is beginner, learning the rhythm with easy patterns and the second half hour is intermediate patterns.  The 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. 

modified: Mondays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of West Coast Swing through the month of July 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 July from 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Sonia’s Dance Rhythm, 534 W. Wise Rd. Schaumburg.  (map) (details)  

Wednesdays:   Don Leynes teaches Nightclub the last Wednesday lesson on June 24 for the summer.  Classes resume in September.   

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

Competition Corner

modified:   Results from the Orange Blossom Dance, held June 12 – 13, are still pending.


Out of Town Happenings

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 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 an SNC table.  Chris Van Houton and Julie Hein are on staff.  Matt Cotherman and April Prince are among the featured DJs.  Workshops and late night buffets are included in the weekend price. There is a Team Strictly Swing Tournament Relay. Contact Leah or Doug Rousar for more details.


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.


Save These Dates:


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.

modified:  October 30-Nov 1:  Swing City Chicago.  The Westin Lombard.  World Swing Dance Council.  Hosted by Maren and Jeff Oslac and Julie Hein.

new:  January 4 – January 10, 2010:  Worlds XVII Country Dance World Championships.  Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee.  Note:  Early Bird Cutoff is July 1.

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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