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April 2013 Happenings
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April is Cha Cha Month
Wednesday Lessons:     April 3, 10, 17 & 24
Friday Dance:   April 5
Don Macdonald 2010

Don M is a very popular choreographer and teacher.   Once you've become a student of Don's, you dynamically grow  in your knowledge of form and your ability to accent the "wow" moments of music.  Don has brought many to victory in UCWDC world competitions.

If you are a beginner, join us in April to learn the basics steps of Cha Cha.  If you are an intermediate, Don will help you with creative moves and the dance's rhythm.

All Swing 'n' Country dances and lessons are held at The Centre At North Park in Franklin Park.  (map)  (Lesson Times and Costs)  (Dance Times and Costs)
We have three themes for this month's dance:
  • Back to the 70's
  • Happy 19th Birthday
  • Introduction of the New 2013-2014 Board 

We hope you'll help us celebrate by wearing something groovy while eating some birthday cake and applauding and thanking your new board.


Your DJ will be April Prince. 

What's Up in May?
May 1, 8, 15 & 22
Wednesday Lessons:  Waltz Lessons by Hania Richmond

May 3     

Friday Dance:   Waltz Lesson by Hania Richmond 

Theme:  May Flowers and Happy Mother's Day 

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Other Chicagoland Happenings 
Fridays:  Dance Night with Julie and Don held the 2nd Friday of each month. Lesson at 8:00p followed by dinner, then dancing from 9:00p-1:00a at Tango Argentina Club, 179 W. Washington Street, West Chicago.   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.  April 13th's host is Don M teaching Cha Cha at 7:30pm.  Open dancing follows until 11:00pm     (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)   

  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) 

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
Mondays:  Chicago Dance Factory.  Brian Wong teaches West Coast Swing Concepts 201 at 7pm followed by Ultimate Dance Training at 8:00pm at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park 60181.  (map) 

Save The Dates
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.

May 23-26, 2013:  DanzaPalooza.  Wyndham Lisle.  A mix of country, swing and ballroom.   A new event hosted by Alfred and Ralph Dahma.
August 16-18, 2013:  Chicagoland Dance Festival.  Crowne Plaza, Rosemont.   A fully sanctioned UCWDC  country dance event and sanctioned swing event.   Sponsored by Swing 'n' Country.   

Judi Troemel
Editor, Happenings