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Last revised: April 4, 2017

April is a big month at Swing 'n' Country.  Board elections on the first dance and our club's anniversary dance party on the second.  Our first dance will also celebrate the opening of the baseball season.  Brittney Valdez teaches her popular Cha Cha on Wednesdays and the first dance; Don Leynes covers the second with Double Two-Step.  Finally, we introduce for the first time, a new section in our web news, "Someone You Should Know." 

April 2017 Schedule 

Wednesday Lessons:

April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017 
Cha-Cha with Brittney Valdez
Beginner/Novice Lesson 7:30 - 8:25 pm
Intermediate Lesson 8:35 - 9:30 pm

Brittney is back to teach one of her most awesome dances, Cha Cha.  If you have not witnessed Brittney perform a Cha Cha exhibition at one of the local dance conventions, you missed what Cha Cha should look like.  If you were one of the fortunate ones to catch her performance and want to learn what some of her secrets are, then you need to be here on Wednesdays this month.

Brittney Valdez


Friday Dance #1:

April 7, 2017 ~ 9:00 pm
Tonight's Theme: 
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" 
Also, tonight: SNC Elections

Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
Cha-Cha with Brittney Valdez
Beginner/Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm
Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight with
Matt Cotherman as our Home Run DJ

Baseball season officially opens this week with the season's opening games.  This means wearing your Chicago Cubs World Series Championship attire and caps or any other attire depicting your favorite team.  So whether its the Cubs, White Sox, or a non-Chicago team, be sure to show your support in your team's attire.

But first, you will want to be here to take part in the pre-game activity as Brittney Valdez hits a Grand-Slam with the red-hot Cha Cha lessons she has planned for tonight.

Finally, also tonight are the Swing 'n' Country elections for those nominated for a continued term on the club's Board of Directors.  

What a night this will be!


Friday Dance #2:  

April 21, 2017 ~ 9:00 pm
Theme: 23rd Anniversary Dance
Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
Double Two-Step with Don Leynes 

Beginner/Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm

Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
Ken Dillard is our Birthday Party DJ

In 1993 a small group of dance pioneers got together to discuss creating a dance club that combined Swing and Country Western dancing - the best of both of their dance worlds.  A year later in 1994, the Swing 'n' Country Dance Club was born.  Here we are now in 2017 to celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of the club's inception.  Tonight we will have cake, introduce to you the Board of Directors for the coming year, bring to your attention any of those original founders who are present, and take a club photo. But before we put on our party hats, we first have one of the club's longest, continuously teaching instructors, Don Leynes, teach the Double Two-Step, a dance he masters. 

Swing 'n' Country  Celebrates its 23rd Birthday tonight


Someone You Should Know

Welcome to a new section we are adding to our Web Site and to our Happenings News Letter.  Our club would not have made it to it's 23rd Birthday and be the club it has been for all those years without the dedication of volunteers.  We have a great many volunteers, and we love them all, but some have provided so many years of faithful and continuous dedication of duty to the club with uncounted hours of work, much of it behind the scenes, that we will on occasion throughout the year, be featuring one of them with a public honor of recognition.

Meet Carey Schug

Carey is the club's videographer.  For many years now, week after week, every Wednesday when lessons are being held, and on Friday's for the Pre-dance Lessons, Carey is here behind his camera shooting the videos of the lessons.

Later, he copies the videos from his camera to his computer.  At the end of each month, he consolidates all the videos into a compilation of the entire month's lessons.  He collects all the orders for a DVD of the month's lessons, and burns the required number, each complete with a nice label on the disc identifying the lessons and DVD Titles programmed on the DVD so you can go to the lesson you wish to review.  

He then brings the DVDs to dances and the next month's lessons to pass out to those who ordered them.  Finally, if an individual has not returned for a while to pick up his or her DVD, he mails it to the mailing address we have on record for that person.  In some cases, such as over the Christmas Holiday where there is a span of time between the Holiday Dance and the January dance, he mails all remaining DVD's he has after the Holiday Dance to persons who placed orders.  
This is Carey Schug, someone you should know.

Thanks, Carey, for all you do for the club. 

Planning Guide for May 2017

For May, 2017...  It's Hustle Month with Liz Gutzwiler
Wednesday Lesson: May 3, 10, 17, and 24

Friday Dances: May 5 & 19
May 5 - 
Tonight's Lesson: Hustle with Liz Gutzwiler.  
This is Cinco de Mayo Day!  ("The 5th of May")  So, the theme of tonight's dance is exactly that.  Dress accordingly and be ready to party! 
Tonight's DJ will be April Prince.
May 19 - Tonight's Lesson: Special Guest Instructor Fred Price in from Arizona to teach West Coast Swing.  Tonight's DJ will be Matt Cotherman.  Dance theme to be announced.

Planning Guide for June 2017

For June, 2017...  Wednesday Lessons start their Summer Vacation.  
No Wednesday Lessons June through August.  

Friday Dances: June 2 & 16
June 2 - 
Tonight's Lesson: Two-Step with Jon Serletic.  
Tonight's DJ will be April Prince.  Dance theme to be announced.
June 16 - Tonight's lesson: West Coast Swing with Beverly Solazzo. 
Tonight's Theme: It's back by popular demand!  The Swing 'n' Country Pajama Party.  Start thinking now of what you are planning to wear.
Tonight's DJ will be Ken Dillard.

Get additional details on our 3-month Calendar covering March through May 2017. 

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