August 4, 2009


Roger Peterson

This issue by Julie H.

SNC’s Ice Cream Social

This Friday!!

August 7 Dance: In the Heat of the Night – Ice Cream Social!

When:              Friday, August 7
Where:             The Centre at North Park
Theme:            In The Heat of the Night

                        Ice Cream Will Be Served

Doors Open:                 7:15 pm
Open Dancing:            
7:30 pm – 12:00 am

DJ:                               Matt Cotherman

September Two Step Lessons with Hania Richmond

When:  Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23

Where: The Centre at North Park

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


September Dances

When:    Friday, September 4
Where:   The Centre at North Park
”Welcome Back!” dance


Two Step lesson with: Hania Richmond
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm – 12:00 am

When:    Friday, September 18
Where:   The Centre at North Park


Cha Cha lesson with:   Brian Wong
Doors Open:                
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Open Dancing:            
9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Bonus for all attending the first dance: two SNC points to start off the dance year.   Accumulating volunteer points can get you free admission, free dance lessons or even free admittance to Dance Camp.     Here’s how it works: 

Volunteer Point Policy:   1 hour of volunteering earns 2 volunteer points.

1 Admission to Dance

4 volunteer points

1 Dance Lessons

8 volunteer points

1 Month Dance Lessons

24 Volunteer points

Admission to Dance Camp

100 Volunteer points

Contact any board member to see where the Club can best use your talents.   Actually, you can begin volunteering for points by helping the Chicagoland set up crew on Thursday, August 21.   See below.

new:   Shout Out for Swing’n’Country

The following e-mail was received from a California visitor to our recent pizza party dance:

It was great to see everyone again since November 08.  Even though I had a pretty severe case of food poisoning last Friday, I still wanted to go to the Centre.  My sister and her husband who have recently started dancing, and who have never been to the Centre before wanted to tag along.  Thank you so much for your hospitality to them and the fact that you took so much time showing them some new steps and technique.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work, set up, great DJ, staying late, in making the dance a success.   

Your dance was the highlight of the weekend!


  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • modified:  View the Swing ‘n’ Country Aug/Sep/Oct  three-month calendar.
  • Next Board meeting: August 10.
  • Fill out a feedback form so your Board knows what you think.

Other Chicagoland Happenings

Wednesday, August 5: Wear your SNC "colors" (t-shirt) to Sugar Creek Road, a country/Americana band, which will be featured at Clarendon Hills' 10th annual Dancin' in the Streets. Join your friends for an early evening (6:30-9:00 pm) of dancing.  Julie Hein is the organizer. Dancing is literally IN the street. Wear boots/shoes that are asphalt-friendly.

Love n’ Dancing Screening on Monday, August 17

SNC is co-sponsoring a showing of the new film “Love N’ Dancing.”  The Chicago premier will be held at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine. In addition to the showing, there will be a chance to win prizes donated by the area dance clubs for those who purchase early-bird tickets. After the movie, there will be open dancing. Ticket price includes $5 of Nellie Bucks good toward food or drink.   Click here for the event flyer.  Click here to order online.

Hosted by Jennifer and Randy Jeffries

Chicagoland Dance Festival - HOME

August 21-23, Friday – Sunday:
Chicagoland Dance Festival,
Crowne Plaza, Chicago O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois. (map)

Chicago Dancer Stimulus Plan:   Deduct $15 for a Weekend Pass!  Simply click here for registration instructions.

Whether you want to compete, take workshops or just social dance, this is the event for you!   Click here to see the fun 2008 photos.


modified:   Chicagoland:  Super Saturday

The action on Saturday just doesn’t stop! Take your pick of dance activity; there are too many to count! (Please note that the schedule is tentative and could change between now and the event):

·        8:30 am – Pro Am competition (Newcomer and Starter)

·        10:00 am- 5 pm – Three workshops each hour (separate from competition)

·        12:00 noon – Pro Am competition (Novice and Line Dance)

·        3:30 pm – Couples Classic competition (Gold Combined, Newcomer, Juniors, and Line Dance)

·        5:30 pm – Both ballrooms closed. (Whew! Eat. Shop. Catch a nap.)

·        7:00 pm – Both ballrooms reopen. Open dancing.

·        8:00 pm – Ballroom 1: Masters competition, exhibitions, Classic Open Swing Challenge

                               Ballroom 2:  Open dancing: Chicago mix of Country and Swing music

·        10:30 pm  Ballroom 1:  Open dancing ‘til the cows come home

·        11:00 pm – Ballroom 2:  Swing Jack & Jill finals (Novice, Intermediate & Advanced)

·        Midnight Ballroom 2:  Late, late, late night Swing party

Jottings from Jennifer:

The guest rooms are newly-refurbished and fantastic!  (I stayed in one to test it out!) You won't recognize the guest rooms!  The funky 1970's hair dryers are gone, the beds are incredibly comfortable, bathrooms completely overhauled.  A night in the Crowne Plaza O'Hare will feel like a vacation!”

Crew call from Julie Hein:

We need volunteers to help put up the Skyscraper backdrop and miscellaneous preparation as well as to take it down.   Come about 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 20 and/or 5 pm on Sunday, August 23. Work with fun people and be rewarded with pizza and beer on Thursday. Sunday crew is invited to join the victory celebration at the fabulous Maria’s Mexican restaurant.  Email Julie with your name and positive commitment so she doesn’t have to drink the all the beer herself!    The team will earn SNC volunteer points!

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:   August 14 and August 28:  Fridays.  X Dance holds their dances at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, 60131.  Doors open at 7:15 pm.  Instructors are TBA.  (map) 

modified:   August 29:  Saturdays.   The Chicago Rebels hold a West Coast Swing Party at the Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park. Lessons by Jimmy Mulligan are from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, followed by open dancing until midnight. (map)

Mondays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of West Coast Swing through the month of August 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.

Wednesdays:   SNC is on hiatus from summer classes.    Come back in September when Hania Richmond will be teaching Two Step.  

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

Early-Bird Cutoffs

Meet Me in St, Louis Swing Dance Championships: August 15, 2009

Boogie by the Bay: September 30, 2009


Out of Town Happenings


August 27 – 30:  Swingin’ Dance Party.  Drawbridge Inn, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.  Thirteen hours of workshops and open dancing with no competition.  Pool Parties and Poker Parties. Staff includes Maren Oslac and Jeff Sanchez.  Contact Maren to sit at a table with your Chicago friends.


modified: September 17- 20:  Meet Me In St. Louis.  St. Louis Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.   Join our friends the St. Louis Rebels for their annual dance convention. Maren Oslac is on staff. Contact Leah Noparstak if you’d like to sit at the SNC table or, for more information, visit their website.


Save These Dates:


October 8-11:  Boogie by the Bay.  This is one of the best events on the NASDE circuit.  Great dancers, great competition, great music.  The Chicago Rebels has a table at this event.  To purchase a ticket, contact Nancy Tuzzolino by phone at 312-953-3336, or via e-mail.

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.

February 19 – 21, 2010:  Dance Camp Chicago. Waterford Banquet Hall.  Details coming soon.

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



Questions? Please contact any board member.

SNC hotline 847/827-9021 for class status and other information

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