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March Happenings
  • Ballots
  • Lessons and Dance
  • Happy-nings About our Members 
  •  Links to Good Dancing 

Dear Roger,

March 7, 2011 - Post Mark Date
Your Swing 'n' Country Board Member 2011-2012 Ballot

Look for your ballot in the mail.  Ballots can be postmarked by March 7,  brought to the SNC dance on March 4, or brought to DCC this weekend 02/25-02-27.     The new board will assume leadership at the first dance in April.


The Club has been very fortunate this year in having a number of members willing to help it grow.

Candidates          Sample Ballot


March 2011 is Two Step Lesson Month
Wednesday lessons:   March 9, 16, 23, 30
Friday Dance:   March 4 

Julie Hein
Julie Hein is a very rich-in-experience lady.   She was one of the  founders of Swing 'n' Country and continues to serve the club in too many ways to list.   Julie is a teacher, competitor and event director.   Her latest organizational endeavors include Flash Mob, co-event director of Swing City Chicago and the brand new Chi-Town Swings event.


Julie knows how to bring giggles and laughter to her lessons.    Please join us in enjoying her teach this core country dance, Two Step, on Wednesdays in March and at the March 4 dance.


All Swing 'n' Country lessons and dances are held at the Centre at North Park in Franklin Park.  (map)  

When, Where and What Time   
All lessons and dances are held at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Avenue, Franklin Park, 60131. (map)
Wednesday Lessons:  March 2 (Nightclub make-up lesson).  Two Step:  March 9, 16 ,23 ,30
Beginner:   7:30 pm
Intermediate:  8:35 pm
Click here  for lesson pricing.
Friday Dances:  March 4  (DJ,Matt Cotherman)
(There is no dance on March 17; Happy St. Patrick's Day and we'll see you at the Chicago Classic)
Beginner:  7:30 pm
Intermediate:  8:15 pm
Open Dancing:  9:00 pm until Midnight
Click here for admission pricing.   
No partner necessary; we rotate often.   

Happynings 1:

Congratulations to Jan Kepner and Lou ChatroopJanand Lou Engaged

Jan and Lou announce their engagement... 


It was love at first sight on October 17, 2008 when they met at the Swing 'n' Country dance that Friday night.  Interestingly, after having taken lessons with SNC for months before, this was the first dance Jan attended; Lou first started with SNC when the club started.  One never knows when two lives can change at a Swing 'n' Country dance.


Happynings 2:

Congratulations to Penny Rusch and John Fini

Penny and John announce their marriage...


Penny and John were married on New Year's Eve at their home in front of their fireplace.   Their family and friends joined them in welcoming 2011 in this very special way.


Swing 'n' Country knows this couple as long time members, competitors and volunteers.   Congratulations Penny and John!


Happynings 3:

Congratulations to Lori Wahl and Doug Rousar

Lori and Doug say "I do" ...

Lori and Doug shared a tropical island wedding on February 8 with family and close friends.

Swing 'n' Country has had a long term relationship with Doug as a judge and teacher at Dance Camp Chicago.    We wish them much happiness....they sure look like they are off to a good start!

What's Up in April?

April 6, 13, 20, 27 

Wednesday Lessons:   Cha Cha  Lessons by Don Macdonald
April  4, Friday:
Dance with Cha Cha lesson by Don Macdonald.
April 15:   Waltz lesson by Alisa Winkler.
Quick Links

Other Chicagoland Happenings 


March 12-14, 2011:    The Chicago Classic  Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rosemont 60018. Swing Event. 


Fridays:  XDance hosts its dances  on the second and fourth Fridays at The Centre at North Park,  10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, 60131.  Contact Jim Becker  for the 2011 schedule. (map)


Saturdays:  Chicago Rebels host a swing workshop and dance at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, 60131 on the first and third Saturdays of each month.   (map) 

Sundays. SOS (Swing on Sunday) presented by May I Have This Dance. There is a Hustle lesson at 6:00 pm followed by West Coast Swing at 6:30 pm each and every Sunday.   Lessons are followed by open dancing from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  (map) 

Mondays:  Maren Oslac hosts  two four-week  series of West Coast Swing lessons a month plus a dance at Heart and Sole Dance, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. WCS 101 begins at 7:00 pm, WCS 102 begins  at 7:45 pm and a dance immediately follows.  (map) 
Mondays: Jill Popovich Powers  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.

Tuesdays :    Jon Serletic will host a four week series of  introduction to 3 Count Hustle at 8:00 pm followed by introduction to West Coast Swing at 9:00 pm at Two Left Feet Studio, 605 E Ogden, Naperville, 60565.  Questions, email Jon  or call him at 708-430-5875.  The classes are designed to keep the dances simple and fun.  


Wednesdays:   Two Step at Swing 'n' Country  .   

Thursdays:   Thursdays at Sundance.  A practice party coordinated by Richard Blumenthal and Ching Lin gives dancers an opportunity to share information about their  country, latin and swing techniques and moves.   6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  300 Lakehurst Rd, Waukegan 60085.  (map)


Save The Dates

April 28 - May 1, 2011:   Swing Dance America.   Grand Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI.  Swing event.

June 10-12, 2011:  
Chi-Town Swings.  Glenview Windham, Glenview, IL.  Grand Opening of new Social Swing event.

May 26-30, 2011
:  Grand National Championships.   Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia.  Swing and Shag Competition.


July 8 - 10, 2011:    Wisconsin Dance Challenge .   Radison Hotel, Green Bay, Wisconsin

August 19-21, 2011:  Chicagoland Dance Festival.    Crown Plaza, Rosemont, Illinois.   A swing and a country event. 



Judi Troemel
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