June 30, 2009


Roger Peterson

This issue by Julie H,

Independence Day:

 Happy Birthday, America!

new:  Happenings is on Vacation

Happenings will be on vacation for two weeks – July 7 and July 14.  The editors wish readers a Happy Independence Day and a Happy Bastille Day.  We’ll return with the July 21st edition.

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:            In the Good Old Summer Time
                        Pizza Will Be Served.


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

modified:   No Wednesday Lessons…during July and August.  Join us in September, when Hania Richmond teaches a month of Two Step.

new:  Thanks to Don Leynes and his jet-lagged assistant, Julie Hein, for a rousing finish to the month of Nightclub lessons.  Neither heat nor storms nor lack of sleep keep intrepid dancers from their appointed tasks…


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country Jun/Jul/Aug three-month calendar.
  • modified:  Next Board meeting: July 20.
  • Fill out a feedback form so your Board knows what you think.

Did You Know?

At five minutes and six seconds after 4 am on the 8th of July this year, the time and date will be 04:05:0607/08/09. This will never happen again.

new:   Why Take Dance Lessons?

·      You get to dance with (and meet) a variety of people.  Fun people.  Happy people.  Friendly people.  Single people.  “Couple” people.  People, like you, who are also learning to dance.

·      You’re going to have fun.  Laugh.  Dance.  Turn.  Step on toes.  Apologize.  Dance some more.  Laugh some more.  Let go of your inhibitions.  Bring enjoyment into your life.

·      You’re going to feel good.  Energized.  Motivated.  Giddy.  Proud of your progress.  Wanting more.  Many dancers say that stepping onto the dance floor and into a lesson is their favorite time of the week.  It could be yours, too.       

Other Chicagoland Happenings

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

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.

modified:  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. If you think this is just about Jitterbug, you might be surprised.  Julie Hein is a featured instructor and performer. 

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

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.

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)  

modified:   Wednesdays:   There are no Wednesday lessons during July and August.  Classes resume in September with Hania Richmond teaching Two Step.   

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

Early Bird Cutoffs

Worlds XVII Country Dance Championships:     July 1, 2009

Chicagoland Dance Festival:  July 15, 2009


modified:   Pro Am results and couples results from the Orange Blossom Dance Festival, held June 12 – 13, are available.

new:   Results from the Colorado Country Classic, held June 26 – 28, will be available soon.

new:   Results from the Michigan Classic, held June 26 – 28, will be available soon.


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.  Maren Oslac is on staff.

modified:  October 30-Nov 1:  Swing City Chicago.  The Westin Lombard.  World Swing Dance Council.  Spend ten minutes with a pro and make a difference:  The All-Star Studded Hour is back!  Hosted by Maren Oslac, Jeff Sanchez and Julie Hein.

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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