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Last revised: January 17, 2017
Updated with additional Mario in Chicago Information, Changes to the February Schedule, Completion of the March Schedule, Addition of the April Schedule, and
A new early-release of the 3-Month Calendar of upcoming months

Happy New Year!

We are kicking off 2017 with something truly special and a real bang.  

January is an all-out blast of West Coast Swing lessons featuring two instructors known throughout the country.  First is our own local expert, Jeff Mumford.  Second is the grandmaster Swing-Daddy himself: The legendary Mario Robau, Jr. in from Houston in his final cross-country tour.  This is the month not to miss a dance or a lesson. 

Then in February we have 2 dances and in between them our own Dance Camp Chicago convention. 

January 2017 Schedule 

Wednesday Lessons:

January 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2017 
West Coast Swing with Jeff Mumford
Beginner/Novice Lesson 7:30 - 8:25 pm
Intermediate Lesson 8:35 - 9:30 pm

Swing 'n' Country welcomes Jeff Mumford in his debut as a month-long Wednesday evening instructor.  Jeff is one of the most sought-after instructors in the Chicago area with a following throughout the WCS community at various venues.  We are happy to welcome Jeff to our Wednesday teaching team.  Come out and learn a bit of the smooth and funky WCS style Jeff is known for.  And if you are planning on a WCS Jack 'n' Jill at DCC in February, you will have been thankful you took Jeff's lessons this month.

Jeff Mumford


Friday Dance #1:

January 6, 2017 ~ 9:00 pm
Theme: Happy New Year!
Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
West Coast Swing with Jeff Mumford.
Beginner/Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm
Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
Matt Cotherman is our New Year DJ

This is the first club dance of 2017 of any of the dance clubs in the Chicago area.  This means we celebrate New Years at this dance.  Let all us dancers come together this evening and bring in 2017.  New Year's Party attire optional, just in case you haven't put it or your party hats, beads, or sparkly items away yet.

Happy New Year!

Special Event 

Friday Dance #2:

January 20, 2017 ~ 9:00 pm
Theme: "Mario in Chicago" Sponsored by
the Swing 'n' Country Dance Club in his 
Final & Farewell Tour.

Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
West Coast Swing with Mario Robau, Jr.

This is a special dance lesson night with only one intermediate-level lesson running a full hour and a half from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.
Special price for this lesson is $15 for everyone.  (no exceptions***)

Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
Regular Dance Pricing of $6 for members and $10 for non-members.  (no exceptions***)  
Mario Robau, Jr. will be our M.C. and our DJ for tonight.  This means to be ready to party and burn the floor!

*** No passes, Free 1st-timers, Student prices, etc.

Mario Robau, Jr.
"Swing Daddy"

Download the Swing 'n' Country Mario in Chicago Event Flier Here

Farewell, Mario - A Trip Down Memory Lane 

After decades of touring the country (always with a stop in Chicago for "Mario in Chicago") Mario will be hanging up his touring dance shoes to have more time in his home town of Houston. Don't miss this final opportunity to be a part of "Mario in Chicago" history. 

Originally, it was Swing 'n' Country who brought Mario in for this special event.  Later, the administrative task of "Mario in Chicago" was handed off to a couple of Swing 'n' Country Members who managed it in concert with but independently from the club.  But, for this special final event and farewell to Mario from the touring circuit, this evening's dance and lesson is returning from whence it came and is being brought to by the Swing 'n' Country Dance Club. 

We will miss you, Mario!

Mario in Chicago ~ A Full Weekend Extravaganza

Mario in Chicago is a 3-day, Farewell Weekend Extravaganza that is launched on Friday, January 20 by Swing 'n' Country as shown above. On Saturday, January 21, Swing 'n' Country staff members, Ingrid Dubman, Julie Hein, and Don Leynes pick it up with four Mario WCS workshops during the day and a dance party that evening. On Sunday, January 22, in the  morning, Swing 'n' Country Hustle Instructor, Liz Gutzwiler, picks up the lead with Mario teaching Hustle. There are separate fliers on each of the events that you can pick up at SNC dances and classes and at other dance venues., or you may visit


Planning Guide for February 2017

Note: Change in February 17 Dance Class (Rev. 1/16/2017)

For February, 2017...  It's Waltz month with Don M.
Wednesday Lessons: February 1, 8, 15, and 22

Friday Dances: February 3 & 17
February 3 - 
Waltz with Don M. and April Prince as this evening's DJ.
February 17 - Brian Wong teaches West Coast Swing and 
Matt Cotherman as your DJ.


Dance Camp Chicago 2017

February 10 - 12, 2017

Click above Icon to Visit the DCC Web Site and learn all about it.

Important!   Early-Bird Pricing Ends January 20

Planning Guide for March 2017

Note: Updated 1/16/2017 with March Dance Class Details

For March, 2017...  It's Two-Step Month with Julie Hein and Don Leynes
Wednesday Lesson: March 1, 8, 15, and 22

Friday Dances: March 3 & 17
March 3 - 
Hustle with Liz Gutzwiler & Ken Dillard as your DJ.
March 17 - Two-Step with Julie Hein and Don Leynes and 
April Prince as your DJ.

Planning Guide for April 2017

For April, 2017...  It's Cha-Cha Month with Brittany Valdez
Wednesday Lesson: April 5, 12, 19, and 26

Friday Dances: April 7 & 21
April 7 - 
Cha-Cha with Brittany Valdez and with 
Matt Cotherman as your DJ.
April 21 - Double Two-Step with Don Leynes and Ken Dillard as your DJ.

Get additional details for the above three upcoming months (planning guides) on the new early-release of the 3-month Calendar covering February through April, 2017. 

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