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August 2013 Happenings
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Dear Judi,
Friday August 2 - Ice Cream Social Dance
Dance, Meet and Mingle at SNC's Ice Cream Social  
Summer dance times are 8:00 pm through Midnight. Spinning tunes for you at our August dance will be Ken Dillard.

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

Friday, Saturday, Sunday - August 16, 17, 18
Sponsored in part by Swing 'n' Country 
  • Fully-sanctioned, qualifying event for the United Country Western Dance Council's World Championships of Country Dance and
  • A points event for the World Swing Dance Council's Jack & Jill Swing Dance Points Registry
Click on photo to register!
Jennifer and Randy Jeffries' idea of fun includes their famous Chicago-style pizza party on Friday night hosted by Swing 'n' Country, lots of social dancing, nearly 50 hours of workshops, a talented and friendly staff, fierce competition, an awesome hotel and a healthy dose of silliness.

This weekend also gives you the opportunity to book private lessons by  enthusiastic professionals on staff.

What's New/What's Old on Our Swing 'n' Country Web Site

New:   The steps needed to become an SNC deejay and the official song rotation with their beats per minute. ..... Read here.

Old:   DVD Lesson Summary pricing.  ..... Read Here.
Dance Tip

Understanding a dance concept
  1. Write the "concept" or "move" on a piece of paper as simple as possible.
  2. Explain the concept/move to someone who has zero understanding of dance using language that is easily understandable and descriptive. It's a bonus if you have a willing and patient non-dance friend who you can explain this concept/move out loud to them.
  3. Pay attention to the places where you get stuck. Those are your gaps.
  4. Ask a teacher or a dance friend for feedback.   You will then improve your understanding of your gaps. 

(A synopsis of the Richard Feynman technique of learning) 


What's Up in September?
Wednesday Lessons 
September 4, 11, 18 & 25 - Two Step by Don M.
Friday Dance 
September 6.  Our annual "Meet the Instructors" Dance.
Two Step lesson by Don M.
Reminder: Your memberships are due at the 1st dance in September. 
Financial Tip
Is it wise to pay the $20 annual membership dues to Swing 'n' Country this September? 

Break Even Points:
  • If you attend 4 dances per year, you more than break even.
  • If you attend 2 dances per year and attend one month's lessons, you more than break even.
  • If you attend 2 dances per year and attend Chicagoland Dance Festival  getting a $10 discount as an SNC member, you more than break even.  
Quick Links
Dance times and costs
Lesson times and costs
Swing 'n' Country 3-month calendar
Swing 'n' Country web site
Other Chicagoland Happenings

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)

Mondays: Chicago Dance Factory.  Brian Wong teaches West Coast Swing Concepts at 7pm at Ballroom City, 207 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, 60181.  (map)
Tuesdays: May I Have This Dance.   4-week series August 6-27.  7pm West Coast Swing I ; 8pm West Coast Swing Give Me Sugar; 9pm Hustle Yo-Yo Wraps. 5246 N Elston Ave, Chicago, 60630. (map)
Thursdays:  Maren Oslac hosts two four-week series of West Coast Swing lessons and a dance at Heart & Sole Dance Studio.  7038 183rd  St., Tinley Park, 60477.  (map)

Fridays: Dance Night  with Julie and Don held the 2nd Friday of each month. For July only Dance Night will be the 3rd Friday. Lesson at 8pm followed by dinner, then dance from 9pm-1:00am at Tango Argentina Club.  179 W. Washington Street, West Chicago, 60185   (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 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, 60714.  Check their web site for dates (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.  August's host is Julie Hein teaching Two Step.  Lesson at 7:30pm.  Open dancing follows until 11pm.  (map)

Save The Dates

August 22-25, 2013:  Jason and Sophy.  Jason & Sophy's Swingin' Summer Dance Party.  Millenium Hotel  Cincinnati, OH.  An all social swing event with activities  There is also a Mario Robau West Coast Swing Weekend Intensive.

September 26-29, 2013.  Meet Me In St. Louis.  Renaissance Hotel St. Louis.  Katie Slater and Crystal Auclair are the event directors for this swing event.

Octber 25-27, 2013:  Swing City Chicago. Westin Hotel, Lombard, IL.  Your hosts for this swing event are Julie Hein and Jennifer & Randy Jeffries. 

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