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

Latest News and Information

Last revised: March 17, 2018
(Updated for election news)

We launch the month of March with UCWDC Champion Megan Wheeler teaching Night-Club Two-Step at our first dance.  March Wednesday Lessons and the second dance feature that dynamic teaching duo Julie Hein and Don Leynes teaching Two-Step.  Also, March is the month for all members interested in joining that elite special ops known as the Swing 'n' Country Board of Directors to self-submit their nominations.  Plus, we announce our schedule all the way out to June and cover important lesson policies and changes in this addition of Latest News and Information.

Special Notice and Announcement:

2018 Swing 'n' Country Election News 

In a special meeting of the current board of directors held March 14 concerning the 2018 election for the next board of directors, the following actions have been approved.

  1. Improve communication with club members during the election process.  Web site, Happenings, Direct Member Email, Notices and Announcements at Lessons and Dances will all be used in this endeavor.  This notice is the start of such.

  2. With the exception of running a little behind the specified schedule, all the rules of the bylaws will be followed.

  3. Acceptance of nominations for a position on the board of directors for the next term is being reopened and will remain open until Monday, March 19, 2018.  All nominations must be received by 11:59 PM of that day. Nominations will be officially closed at 12:00 AM, March 20, 2018.

  4. Members wishing to run may download the 2018 Intent to Run form from the club web site or pick up one at the Friday, March 16 dance.

  5. You may turn in your completed form in person at the Friday, March 16 dance to the Elections Committee lead by Don Moeller, Vice President, or scan and send your completed form as an email attachment to  The email form must be time stamped as received into the email inbox by March 19, 11:59 PM to be accepted.  The Elections Committee will notify you by email or phone of your acceptance as a nominee.

  6. Any member in good standing may nominate himself or herself for any position on the board of directors.  Positions are Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Board Member (a/k/a in the bylaws as Member at Large). Note the Vice President office requires also having served at least one year on the current or any previous board of directors.

  7. This will be a ballot election following the rules of the bylaws, except for the schedule and deadlines.  Further details regarding the election will be provided by the Elections Committee after the close of nominations.

  8. The list of all candidates and the position for which each is running will be released from the Elections Committee  during the week of March 18 using all the methods mentioned in item #1.

  9. The Elections Committee per bylaws must be comprised of the Vice President and two club members.  We are seeking two club members for this process.  This is very short term assignment that will last only about a month.  Your assignment will be over after the Elections Committee releases the Election results.  Please see Don Moeller at the March 16 dance or contact him by email or phone if you want to be appointed to the Elections Committee. The members of the Elections Committee will be announced as soon as the two club members have been appointed.

  10. For clarity, the following current board members (alphabetically) remain on the board serving their second year of term

    • Dan Brabec, Board Member

    • Lou Chatroop, Board Member

    • Don Moeller, Vice President/President Elect becoming President

  11. For clarity, the following board members (alphabetically) have their terms and positions ending this period

    • Ingrid Dubman, Board Member

    • Marcia Emmett, President

    • Susan Kaplan, Secretary

    • Gary LaForte, Treasurer

    • Reike Moskal, Board Member

    • Leah Noparstak, Board Member

    • Karen Saunders, Board Member

  1. The nominations slate is being wiped clean of any previous nominations.  Anyone wishing to run for a position on the board of directors, including present board members wishing to rerun for another term of office, must submit or resubmit their notice of intention to run in accordance with item #5.

Important Downloads:


March 2018 Schedule 

Friday Dance #1:

Friday, March 2, 2018 
Nominations for the Board of Directors
and Officer Positions Accepted Tonight 

Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
Night-Club Two-Step
with Megan Wheeler

Beg./Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm

Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
April Prince is tonight's DJ

Tonight we are proud to be featuring Megan Wheeler in her  teaching debut for Swing 'n' Country.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree from Oklahoma City University. Originally trained in solo dance styles such as jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, and Broadway-character, Megan went on to train in Country Western partnership styles such as two step, waltz, west coast swing, east coast swing, cha cha, polka, triple two step, and nightclub two step. She is the UCWDC 2016 World Champion in Open Advanced as well as in Open Showcase. Megan also completes in and teaches line dance. 

Her Night-Club Two-Step Lesson tonight is sure to be something special and not to be missed.

Night-Club Two-Step
tonight featuring

WCWDC Champion Megan Wheeler

in her debut teaching appearance at SNC


Wednesday Lessons:

March 7, 14, 21, and 28
Two-Step with Julie Hein and Don Leynes
Beginner/Novice Lesson 7:30 - 8:25 pm
Intermediate Lesson 8:35 - 9:30 pm

That fun-loving and goofy play-off-each-other teaching duo is back.  They are a club favorite because their lessons are so much fun.  It's like going to a party and leaving it with it with new dance skills.  What a way to learn!

This month they will be teaching Two-Step, a dance that they are not only spectacular at performing, but also a dance that they teach so well to their students.  

Students of all levels accepted.  If you have never dance before, never danced two-step before or need more basic training, or just want to refresh yourself on the basics of two-step, the Novice class is for you.  The intermediate class is for experienced two-steppers with knowledge of all the basics of the dance, knowledge of most of the basic patterns, and want to advance those skills and learn more complex variations or those show-stopper competition moves. 

this month with

Julie Hein &
Don Leynes



Friday Dance #2:

Friday, March 16, 2018 
Theme: St. Patrick's Day Party
Also, Final Dance to turn in your Nomination to run for the Board of Directors
Tonight's Pre-Dance Lesson:
Two-Step with Julie Hein and Don Leynes
Beginner/Novice Lesson at 7:30 pm
Intermediate Lesson at 8:15 pm

Dance: 9:00 pm - Midnight
Matt Cotherman will be tonight's DJ

That dynamic duo known as Julie Hein and Don Leynes from this month's Wednesday lessons will be teaching their infamous Two-Step at tonight's dance.

Then for the dance, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  
So be sure to wear GREEN.

Also tonight is the final dance for any member to turn in his or her intent to run for a for a position or office on the Board of Directors.

Julie Hein
Don Leynes


Club Business

Annual Financial Report:

Swing 'n' Country's 2017 Financial Reports were submitted by the club treasurer and approved by the board of directors on February 26, 2018.  In accordance with section V.2.D of the club's bylaws, these reports are available to any club member upon request.  To receive a copy, contact club treasure, Gary LaForte by email ( or phone (630-728-1605).


Next Board of Director Meetings:

The next board of directors meeting is Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
Venue is pending, but it is planned to be in the Villa Park area.  Venue to be finalized soon.  As per club bylaws, any member may attend any regular board of directors meeting.  If a member wishes to make a presentation, they are welcome to do so; however, they must notify the president or secretary so it can be placed on the meeting agenda, and it requires a report of the presentation in advance for the board to review and prepare for the item or items to be discussed.

The April board of directors meeting is Monday, April 23, 2018.  This is the annual transition meeting as specified in the bylaws, involving the departure of the old board and welcoming of the new board.  This special meeting is not open to members for the full duration of the meeting for this reason.  No big topics or issues are normally undertaken or major decisions made at this meeting.  Should anything of significance appear on the agenda, this information will be updated and members may join only that part of the meeting later in the evening.


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.  



News You Can Use - You Spoke, We Heard, We're Acting
A Slight Change of Lesson Format to Help You

Discussed & Decided at the February 26, 2018 Board Meeting

Some of you have asked for additional time at lessons to practice what was taught that night. On Fridays, practice time is always available after the lessons during the dance.  Usually, the first couple songs played after the lesson are for the dance taught that night and at a tempo suitable for practice.  Also, we try to play more of the music throughout the night for the dance taught at the lessons.

On Wednesdays, our current and standing agreement with the instructors and with the Centre at North Park do not allow room to extend our lessons or occupancy longer into the evening.  However, we understand your need to leave that evening comfortable enough with sufficient understanding of and with the lesson material somewhat rehearsed.  

While nothing replaces practice on your own at home or elsewhere outside of the lesson, to accommodate you, we are working with our instructors to ensure the last 10 minutes of each lesson is reserved for rehearsal.  During the last 10 minutes, instructors will put together and wrap up all that was taught, and review it all with students dancing to music with standard partner rotation.  Instruction will be limited to fine-tuning, working out the kinks, and attention to details or troublesome areas.  New material or add-ons to the pattern will not be introduced in those last 10 minutes so as not to saturate you.  We understand that it is often not until the last 10 minutes of the lesson that you start putting it together and feeling like you are on the verge of moving from what feels like mechanical action to actually dancing the lesson, and we hope this simple change in lesson format will help will you accomplish that.


Information You Need to Know
Lesson Video Recording Policy

We want to remind all attendees that only students are permitted to record a video of the instructor's lesson recap conducted at the end of lessons.

Unlike many dance studios that do not permit early entry into the dance room while lessons are still in session, we have always allowed early entry shortly before the start of the dance with faith in the honor system by our attendees.  We prefer not to change this, but we need attendee cooperation to keep it this way.  

If you are arriving early to attend the dance only, you are not permitted to record any portion of the lesson or the instructor's recap of the lesson.  Free video recording is the privilege granted only to student who paid for the lesson.  However, DVDs of the entire month's worth of lessons is available for purchase to anyone, with the price based on the number of lessons you took that month.  See desk personal at a lesson or dance for the pricing schedule.

Likewise, we also do not permit armchair/spectator or side-bar free lesson taking.  If you did not pay for the lesson, you are not permitted, either solo or with a partner, to practice or follow along with the lesson anywhere in the dance room, even if in a corner.  This is disruptive to the lesson as a whole and not fair to students who paid.  However, to be clear, if both you and your regular partner did pay for the lesson, and want to remain partners, staying out of the partner rotation, you are permitted to dance out of the rotation circle or off to the side and take the lesson as dedicated partners.

In short, only paying students may take lessons and may video the lesson recaps.


Planning Guide for April 2018

Wednesday Lessons: April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2018
West Coast Swing with Jeff Mumford

Friday Dances: April 6 and 20, 2018

April 6 -  
Lesson: West Coast Swing with Jeff Mumford
Matt Cotherman will be tonight's DJ
Theme: Easter Parade - We continue the celebration of Easter

April 20 - 
Lesson: Double Two-Step with Don Leynes and Julie Hein
April Prince will be tonight's DJ
Theme: Swing 'n' Country's 24th Birthday Party is tonight and the new Board of Directors that will be taking office on April 23 will be introduced to the club members. Birthday cake will be served and a club photo will be taken tonight. 

Planning Guide for May 2018

Wednesday Lessons: May 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2018
Cha-Cha with Rachel Mercedes

Friday Dances: May 4 and 18, 2018

May 4 -  
Lesson: Cha-Cha with Rachel Mercedes
Ken Dillard will be tonight's DJ
Theme: Cinco de' Mayo

May 18 - 
Lesson: West Coast Swing with Nancy Tuzzolino
April Prince will be tonight's DJ
Theme: May Flowers

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: Night-Club Two-Step with Eric Nava
Ken Dillard will be tonight's DJ
Theme: To Be Announced

June 15 - 
Lesson: Two-Step with Don M. - Final lesson until September!
Matt Cotherman will be tonight's DJ
Theme: To Be Announced

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