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  September 2013 Happenings
Dear Roger,
September is Two Step Month
1st Friday Dance:  Annual Meet the Instructors Dance
Wednesday Lessons:  September 4, 11, 18 & 25  
Friday Dance:  September 6, 2013 
Don M
Don M is an icon of the Chicago dance community. He will be teaching Two Step at our annual Meet the Instructors Dance.  This is your opportunity to "dance up" with a pro. Your SNC instructors are  your dance angels for the entire evening.  

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) 


Liz Gutzwiler Makes Her Debut at SNC
3rd Friday of the Month Dance (New!), September 20 
Liz will teach Hustle
Liz Gutzwiler
Let's give Liz Gutzwiler a big welcome as she teaches for the first time at Swing 'n' Country.   Liz is often seen at many of the SNC dances leading or following her favorite dance, the Hustle.

SNC will also bring back "Dance Angels" at this second dance. The team will be  headed up by board member, Susie Kaplan.   Contact Susie if you have questions or, even better, if you'd like to volunteer.

Powder on The Centre at North Park Dance Floor
Real Dancers Don't Do It!
Whoops from fall

Yesteryear, before real dance floors and real dance shoes, baby powder was used to help folks make their footwork smoother.   This practice was done even at the expense of someone else slipping and hurting  important body parts.   There isn't any need for powder or dance salts on Franklin Park's smooth,  wooden dance floor.  Any dance club having a member who continues this practice  will be fined $100.

Be a real dancer.

  • SNC Teacher, Hania Richmond will be on a one year sabbatical to merry 'ole England as her husband Pierrik's job as a research scientist takes them abroad to complete an IIT project. We all know son Pierre who has competed with Mom while, at the same time, enchanting the audience.   
  • SNC Teacher, Jill Popovich Powers and husband Jim officially became "Mom and Dad". Their baby daughter  Hope Vivienne Powers  was born June 17, 2013.
  • Long time Dance Camp Chicago instructors, Kristin Ham and husband Monty announced they will soon become a family of three.   Their baby is due at the end of February 2014.  We will miss seeing these long time teachers, performers and judges at DCC however know that their next appearance on the dance floor will be with baby Ham.
  • Jim Becker, part owner of The Chicago Classic, and wife Laurie welcomed baby Brooke Jenna Becker  at 8 lbs, 21" on August 16.
What's Up in October
Wednesday Lessons
October 2, 9, 16 & 23 
West Coast Swing Lessons by Nancy Tuzzolino
Friday Dance
October 4 
West Coast Swing Lesson by Nancy Tuzzolino followed by open dancing.
Friday Dance
October 18 (New!)
Instructor to be determined.
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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 Sept 3-24.  9pm Two Step Lessons by Bev Solazzo. 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.  Lesson at 8pm followed by dinner, then dance from 9pm-1:00am at Tango Argentina Club.  179 W. Washington Street, West Chicago.   (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.  On September 14 and 15, they will be hosting workshops presented by Matt Auclair.  Check out their web site for details.  (map)

Saturdays:  Ballroom City Goes Country.   207 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park, There will be no Country Dance in September.  Instead there will be a Members Appreciation Dance that will include Ballroom, Country and Swing dancing.  The mini lesson will be a Lead & Follow class by Heidi Lucky.

Save The Dates

September 26-29:  Meet Me In St. Louis.  Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.  A swing event hosted by Crystal Auclair and Katie Slater.

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 2-3:
Special West Coast Swing Workshops.  Instructors are Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollmann-Bennett.  The two-day event is sponsored by May I Have This Dance

October 24-27:  Swing City Chicago.   Lombard Westin.  A swing convention hosted by Julie Hein, Randy and Jennifer Jeffries. 

Nov 29- Dec 1:  Cash Bash.  Hilton Garden Inn, Twinsburg, OH.  A swing event sponsored by the Cleveland Akron Swing and Hustle Club.

Dec 28 - Jan 1, 2014:  Spotlight Dance Celebration.  Grand Plaza Hotel, Toledo Ohio.  A swing event hosted by Doug and Lori Rouser.

Dec 30 - Jan 5, 2014.  UCWDC Worlds Competition.  Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN.  A country and swing final competition of the 2013's best dancers.

Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014:  Dance Camp Chicago Waterford Conference Center, Elmhurst.  A country and swing event hosted by your own dance club, Swing 'n' Country.

Mark your calendars!   Swing 'n' Country will be holding two dances per month in September, October and November.
Judi Troemel
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