The Place to Swing Dance and Country Dance in the Chicago Area

Enjoy dancing to West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Hustle, Two Step, Double Two Step, Night Club Two Step, Waltz, Cha-Cha, & Polka

A friendly place to socialize, dance, & take lessons    Visitors welcome    Dancers of all levels welcome    Best hospitality in the Midwest

The Centre at North Park  ~ 10040 Addison Avenue  ~  Franklin Park, Illinois 60131

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Last revised: May 9, 2018
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May 2018

May brings the return of the incredible Rachel Mercedes teaching Cha-Cha on Wednesdays throughout May and at the 1st Friday dance on May 4 where we also party Cinco de Mayo style. Our 2nd Friday dance on May 18 brings the also incredible Nancy Tuzzolino with her amazing West Coast Swing in full bloom for May flowers.


May 2018 Dance & Lesson Schedule 

Wednesday Lessons:

May 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2018
Cha-Cha with Rachel Mercedes
Beginner/Novice Lesson 7:30 - 8:25 pm
Intermediate Lesson 8:35 - 9:30 pm

Rachel Mercedes made her debut teaching appearance for Swing 'n' Country with her Cha-Cha at the Friday night dance on January 19.  If you were in one of her two classes that night, you will remember how great the class was and how popular she was as a teacher.  

So great was the feedback from students and the request for more of Rachel, that we just had to meet that demand and give you a full month's of her Cha-Cha.  So, here she is again, this time making her teaching debut for our month-long Wednesday lessons.

Rachel comes to us from the ballroom genre where she has danced and taught the American Standard, Smooth, Latin, and Rhythm styles and has competed professionally in Smooth and Rhythm.  Rachel is also a Country/Western dance instructor and competitor and has recently won the 2nd place title in Open Division 1 at the UCWDC Worlds 2018.

Rachel Mercedes

Teaches Cha-Cha
Wednesdays in May

 


 

Friday Dance #1:

Friday, May 4, 2018 
Theme: Cinco de Mayo
Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
Cha-Cha with Rachel Mercedes
Beg./Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm

Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
Ken Dillard is tonight's DJ


We start tonight off with a pair of Cha-Cha lessons by Rachel Mercedes.  Read all about Rachel above.

Then for the dance, Mr. Ken Dillard spins the tunes and takes us into "Spring is here to stay" mode.

As is tradition here at Swing 'n' Country, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo at our first dance in May.  Tonight you will find southwestern snacks on our hospitality table and decorations in our dance room.  Join the Cinco de Mayo theme and party it up yourself if you wish with your own theme related attire.

Theme is
"Cinco de Mayo"
for tonight's
dance

 


 

Friday Dance #2:

Friday, May 18, 2018 
Theme: May Flowers
Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
West Coast Swing with Nancy Tuzzolino
Beginner/Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm

Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
Bob Boyle is tonight's DJ

The lovely Nancy Tuzzolino will be in full bloom tonight as she launches everything off with a pair of West Coast Swing lessons.  Much of what Chicago's West Coast Swing community has become and is today comes from Nancy's influence and leadership.  Learn from one who has made this dance happen in Chicago. 

Then, for the dance portion of the evening, we think spring and "May Flowers."  Be a part of tonight's theme yourself by leaving the black attire at home and dressing in colors, floral prints, or whatever you have that will brighten up the evening.

 

Nancy Tuzzolino and
"May Flowers" tonight

 


Payments Accepted for Dances, Lessons, Memberships, etc.

We want to remind everyone that the only forms of payment accepted for all Swing 'n' Country transactions is cash or check.  This includes Membership Fees, Dances, and Lessons.  >>> We do not accept credit or debit cards.  

 

 


Club Business

Next Board of Director Meetings:  (Members Only)

The next board of directors meeting is Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Hi-View Restaurant, 425 St. Charles Rd., Villa Park.  Members welcome to attend.  This meeting with be our first official normal business meeting with our new board of directors that were elected in April. 

 


Planning Guide for June 2018

Wednesday Lessons: Wednesday Lessons start Summer Vacation
No Wednesday Lessons from June through August. 
See you in September.

Friday Dances: June 1 and 15, 2018

June 1 -  
Lesson: Two-Step with Don M.
Ken Dillard will be tonight's DJ
Theme: To Be Announced

June 15 - 
Lesson: - Night-Club Two-Step with Eric Nava
Final lesson until September!
Matt Cotherman will be tonight's DJ
Theme: To Be Announced


Planning Guide for July 2018

Wednesday Lessons: Wednesday Lessons on Summer Vacation

Friday Dances: One dance only on July 20, 2018
We have only one Friday dance each month in July and August.  
This is a dance only (no lessons) with special Summer hours.
Open Dancing is the usual 3 hours but starts early at 8:00 PM.
Dancing closes at 11:00 PM

July 20 -  8:00 - 11:00 PM
Theme: "Picnic in the Park"
Bob Boyle will be tonight's DJ


Planning Guide for August  2018

Wednesday Lessons: Wednesday Lessons on Summer Vacation

Friday Dances: One dance only on August 3, 2018
We have only one Friday dance in August.  
This is a dance only (no lessons) with special Summer hours.
Open Dancing is the usual 3 hours but starts early at 8:00 PM.
Dancing closes at 11:00 PM

August 3 -  8:00 - 11:00 PM
Theme: "Ice Cream Social"
This is our annual Ice Cream Social Dance.
Free Ice Cream for all attendees.
Ken Dillard will be tonight's DJ

 

Also in August...

The Chicagoland Dance Festival - August 20-22

Swing 'n' Country is a proud sponsor of the Chicagoland Dance Festival with it's signature Friday Night Pizza Party. .  

Click image above to visit their web site


 

 
Contact us by emailing the entire board of directors:
board@swingncountry.net