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February 2012 Happenings
  • Swing 'n' Country Board Nominations
  • SNC Lessons and Dances
  • Dance Camp Chicago  
  • Other Chicagoland Happenings 
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Dear Roger,
Your last opportunity to nominate is at Friday, February 3rd's Dance  Six positions are available; we have 3 candidates thus far leaving plenty of room for you. 
As Swing 'n' Country is a member-run organization , it is important to have
a fully staffed board.    Help us remain being one of the finest by raising your hand at the Friday dance or by contacting Don Moeller, Vice President beforehand. 

Questions regarding the job functions can be answered by  SNC's bylaws and the board member job descriptions .   Any board member would be glad to talk with you.

February is Two Step Month
Wednesday Lessons:   February 1, 8, 15, 22
Friday Dance:   February 3
Julie Hein is a Life Member of Swing 'n' Country.     She has brought competitors to World's competition, continues teaching and performing at various dance venues and is co-event director of two popular swing events.  Two Step has many, many turns for the follows.  Julie is amazing at helping dancers perfect these turns making your dance looks awesome.
DJ for Feb 3 dance:  Ken Dillard.    Theme:   Winter Wonderland

All Swing 'n' Country dances and lessons are held at The Centre At North Park in Franklin Park.  (map)
Dance Camp Chicago pre-Party
Friday, February 17

Join us for a "Get-Warmed-Up-for-DCC" evening with a Two Step Lesson by Don M.

The Beginner/Intermeidate lesson is one hour, from 8:00 pm until 9:00 pm  Open dancing follows immediately afterward with Matt Cotherman  as your DJ  until midnight. 
If you are a competitor, what a great evening to practice "your stuff".
Dance Camp Chicago February 24 - 26
Sponsored by Swing 'n' Country

Be sure to make this a "must attend" event.  Your MC, Jennifer Jeffries, was just voted UCWDC's favorite MC of the year.    You will listen to her enthusiastic voice and her natural gift of humor introducing Dance Camp Chicago's national instructors, local instructors and competitors.   Whether you want to socialize, compete, take workshops or do all three this event is for you.

.... Read the event details.
What's Up in March?
March 7, 14, 21, 28
Wednesday Lessons:  Cha Cha lessons by Jeff Sanchez.

March 2 

Friday Dance:   Cha Cha lesson by Jeff Sanchez.  DJ is April Prince.  

Theme:  Spring Cleaning - Gently Used Shoe and Boot Sale. 

March 16

Friday Dance:   Dance with West Coast Swing lesson by Rich Cooper.  DJ is Ken Dillard.    Theme:   St. Patrick's Day 

Quick Links

Dance Times and Costs
Lesson Times and Costs
Swing 'n' Country 3-month Calendar
Other Chicagoland Happenings 
Fridays:   Soleman Krebs teaches a beginner/intermediate west coast swing lesson on the 2nd Friday of each month  from 8 pm to 9 pm at Tango Argentina Club, 179 W. Washington Street, West Chicago.  The lesson is followed by open dancing entitled Sole-Full Swing 2nd Friday WCS Dance.   You may BYOB.  (map)

Saturdays:  Ballroom City Goes Country.  A country/western dance is held the second Saturday of the month at 207 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park 60181.  February's  host is Don M teaching Nightclub.     (map)      


Saturdays:  The Chicago Rebels hosts its dances on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park. 60131.     (map)

Saturdays:   The Mix hosts its dances on a monthly basis at the Interclub Academy of Dance. 7350-52 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL  60714.    Check their web site for dates.   (map)  


Sundays:   SOS (Swing on Sunday) presented by May I Have This Dance.     A West Coast Swing lesson, a Hustle Lesson and a dance are held each Sunday. 5246 N. Elston, Chicago. 60630    (map)   
  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.

Mondays:  Chicago Dance Factory.  Brian Wong teaches and dance he is calling Swing N Nightclub at 6:00 pm followed by Body Mechanics at 7:00 pm at Ballroom City, 207 S. villa Ave., Villa Park 60181.  Learn the discipline and parts of your body that make you a great dancer. 

Mondays:   Angie Cameron teaches a four week series of Beginner/Intermediate Hustle at Ballroom City, 207 s. Villa Ave., Villa Park 60181.   Class time is 8:00 - 9:00 pm.  For more info contact Angie.   (map)

Tuesdays:  Soleman Krebs teaches West Coast Swing at Tango Argentina Club, 179 W. Washington St., West Chicago.  The intermediate lesson is from 8 pm to 9 pm and is followed by a 15-minute practice jam.  (map) 
  Maren Oslac hosts  two four-week  series of West Coast Swing lessons a month plus a dance at Heart & Sole Dance Studio , 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. (map)       
Thursdays:   Thursdays at Sundance.  A practice party from 6:00 pm to 10 pm coordinated by Richard Blumenthal  gives dancers an opportunity to share information about their  country, latin and swing techniques and moves.     300 Lakehurst Rd, Waukegan 60085. (map)
Save The Dates
March 8-11, 2012:  The Chicago Classic .   Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont.   Fifth annual national West Coast Swing convention directed by Nancy Tuzzolino and Jim Becker. 

April 26-29, 2012:  Swing Dance America.   The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Lake Geneva, WI.  A swing event hosted by Glen Miller.  

May 25-27, 2012:   Chi-Town Swings.  Wyndham Lisle, Lisle, IL.  Non-competitive Swing Event hosted by Alfred Dahma, Julie Hein and Jill Powers. 

July 13-15, 2012:   Wisconsin Dance Challenge.   Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel.  A swing event hosted by Vivian Hahn and April Prince.  

August 17-19, 2012:  Chicagoland Dance Festival.  Crowne Plaza, Rosemont.   A fully sanctioned UCWDC  country dance event.   Sponsored by Swing 'n' Country.   

Judi Troemel
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