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

Latest News and Information

Last revised: March 22, 2018

March 2018

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.  This year in March will be the start of our annual election to the board of directors.  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.

Current and Upcoming Important Club Business

Next Board of Director Meetings:  (Members Only)

The next board of directors meeting is Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Hi-View Restaurant, 425 St. Charles Rd., Villa Park.  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.


Annual Financial Report:  (Members Only)

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).


Board of Director Meeting Minutes:

Want to know what is happening in the board of directors meetings?  Who is doing what?  What is happening in the various committees? How the club is doing?  Find it in the minutes of each board of directors meeting.  Click HERE or the club policies link in the column to the left.


2018 Swing 'n' Country Election News 

Ballots just went out to all members for voting in this year's election.  Look for it in your normal postal mail.  Then please check back.  More information will be on this web site very soon to help you in that process.

March 2018 Dance & Lesson 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


Upcoming Club Business

Upcoming Board of Director Meeting:

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

(Please note a change in the Friday dance lesson schedule)

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

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