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Dear Roger,
Nominations are Open for the 2013-2014 SNC Board of Directors

As Swing 'n' Country is a member-run organization , it is imperative that we have a full  complement of board members to maintain our club's reputation of being one of the finest.
If you've enjoyed  our lessons and dances and want to give back to our membership by filling one of these positions, please contact our Vice-President, Jerry Kieras.    Questions regarding the job functions can be answered by  any board member.

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January is West Coast Swing Month
Wednesday Lessons:  January 9, 16, 23, 30
Friday Dance:  January 4 
Maren Oslac, owner of  Heart and Sole Dance returns to Swing 'n' Country to teach West Coast Swing.    Maren is a highly skilled instructor who shares her strengths with students in her Ballroom Teachers College, her performance classes, her children's classes and much, much more. 

Matt Cotherman will be your DJ.  Theme is Winter Wonderland.

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

The  Friday Night 7:30pm Beginner Class and the 8:15pm Intermediate Class are  separate entities beginning January 2013.  Each class will have it's own fee of $5.  Another change is that we are holding a dance once per month.  See detail for new member and non-member costs.  
Beginner's Class
7:30 pm.  Cost $5
Intermediate Class
8:15 pm  Cost $5
Open Dancing
9:00 - Midnight
Early Bird Cut Off January 25
Dance Camp Chicago, February 22-24, 2013

Swing 'n' Country's very own dance convention is held at the Waterford Conference Center in Elmhurst.

You can register now.   There will be tons of open dancing and plenty of workshops for all levels.    

Questions?  Contact Leah our event director.    More information will be available soon on the web site.

What's Up in February?
February 6, 13, 20, 27
Wednesday Lessons:  Two Step Lessons by Jeff Sanchez.

February 1

Friday Dance 

1.  Nominations to the Board of Directors will be closed.    

2.  Two Step Lesson by Jeff Sanchez followed by open dancing.  DJ is Ken Dillard.

3. Dance Camp Chicago Pre-Party Dance.  Two-Step Jack and Jill.  Contact Ingrid or Leah for application.

February 22-24

Dance Camp Chicago

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Other Chicagoland Happenings 
January 25-27:   Mario in Chicago.  A Friday night dance party will be held at the Centre at North Park which will include a west coast swing lesson.   Your DJ will be Mario himself.  On Saturday and Sunday Mario will teach west coast swing and hustle workshops.   For more info, contact Julie Hein  or Don Leynes.  (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:  May I Have This Dance offers two four-week-series of West Coast Swing, January 8 - 29.  8:00p West Coast Swing Hooks, Lunges & Simple Tricks (Int/Adv) and 9:00p I Love Rock 'n' Gos's (Int/Adv) (map)

Thursdays:  Maren Oslac hosts  two four-week  series of West Coast Swing lessons a month plus a dance at Heart and Sole Dance Studio  , 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477. (map) 

Thursdays:   Thursday Dance is the new name of the practice party coordinated by Richard Blumenthal and is newly located at Dress Up and Dance at 34121 U.S. 45 Grayslake.  The evening gives dancers an opportunity to share information about their country, latin and swing techniques and moves.  Email Richard for more information.

Fridays:  Dance Night with Julie & Don!  (formerly Sole-Ful Swing) held the 2nd Friday of the month.
Address:  Tango Argentina Club, 179 W. Washington St., West Chicago, IL.  Lesson; 8:00p; followed by dinner; then dancing from 9:00p-1:00a.  Dancing includes:  WCS, Counry Two-Step, Hustle, NightClub 2, ChaCha.  For more info, contact Julie Hein,  (map)


Saturdays:  Ballroom City Goes Country.  A country/western dance is held the second Saturday of the month at  Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park 60181.   Teacher and lesson: TBA.  (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  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)  

Save The Dates

February 22-24, 2012:  Dance Camp Chicago.    Waterford Conference Center and Hotel. Swing 'n' Country's own annual event.  New in 2013 is national UCWDC and swing champion, instructor  and choreographer, Ronnie DeBenedetta  joining the staff.   Watch Ronnie dance.
March 7-10, 2012:  The Chicago Classic .   Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont.   Fifth annual national West Coast Swing convention directed by Nancy Tuzzolino and Jim Becker. 

April 25-28, 2012:  Swing Dance America.   The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Lake Geneva, WI.  A swing event hosted by Glen Miller.  

Judi Troemel
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