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February 2013 Happenings
Dear Roger,
Nominations are Open for the 2013-2014 Board of Directors
Consider being part of a dance organization whose goals include educating its members in couples' style swing and country dancing.   Contact any board member to learn more of the board's functions.

Email Jerry Kieras, our current Vice President, with your intent to run.

Note to non-members:
It is more cost effective to become a Swing 'n' Country member if you attend only one month's worth of Wednesday lessons and attend two SNC dances during the year.   Plus you will then have the opportunity to vote!
February is Two Step Month
Wednesday Lessons:  February 6, 13, 20 & 27
Friday Dance:  February 1
Jeff Sanchez,  of  Heart and Sole Dance returns to Swing 'n' Country to teach Two Step.    Jeff's teachings will help dancers learn the intricacies of country's core dance and help them prepare for the upcoming Dance Camp Chicago.

There will be a  free Two-Step Jack and Jill at Friday's dance.  First place couple receives $100. 

April Prince will be your DJ.      Theme is Chinese New Year.

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

(2013 Dance and Dance Lesson Fees)

(2013 Wednesday Lesson Fees) 

Early Bird Cut Off Extended Through Saturday, February 2.
Dance Camp Chicago, February 22-24, 2013

Swing 'n' Country's very own dance convention is held at the Waterford Conference Center in Elmhurst.
Online Registration is open for tons of open dancing, workshops and competitions.  Of course, you can also register at the Pre-Event Dance on Friday, February 1 (see above).
The 2013 Workshop Schedule will be posted in the next few days.   Also the DCC Committee is aware that the Clarion has recently sold out.   A secondary hotel will be announced shortly.  Check the DCC Facebook page for updates..
What's Up in March?  

March 6, 13, 20 & 27 
Wednesday Lessons:  Nightclub lessons by Julie Hein.

March 1

Friday Dance 

Nightclub lesson by Julie Hein
The annual SNC slightly-used shoe, boot, and jewelry sale will be held on this night
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Other Chicagoland Happenings 
February 9-10:Heart and Sole Dance Studio is hosting the Dance Marathon Fundraiser for Dancing Classrooms Southern Chicago.   This organization is sponsoring a 24-hour dance marathon that will raise money for dance programs for kids in Southern Chicago.    For more information, contact Maren Oslac at the studio.  Visit their website:
February 22-24:   Dance Camp Chicago.  Waterford Conference Center & Hotel, Elmhurst.  Swing 'n' Country's own dance event includes couples' style swing and country dancing, workshops and competitions.  New on staff in 2013 is Ronnie DeBenedetta
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 and Two Step, Feb 4 - 25.  8:00p West Coast Swing II (learning more fundamentals, technique and patterns) and 9:00p Two-Step II (technique and patterns like the hammerlock, outside turns, shoulder catch, sweethearts, and more.  
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.  
Thursdays:   Country Meets Ballroom Dance (Country, Swing, Ballroom, Hustle, Latin). Time is 6:30p-10:30p. Dress Up and Dance at 34121 U.S. 45 Grayslake.  Contact Richard, 309-533-3001 or Ching Lin, 630-697-4710; or write to

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.   Julie Hein will be teaching Double Two in February.  (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
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.

May 9-12, 2013:Indy Swing Bash.   Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel.  A new event hosted by Jason Miklic & Sophy Kdep.  Tickets are limited to the first 400 sold.   

Judi Troemel
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