I Really Did Warn You…

October 6, 2015

My online lessons are a fantastic way to reach people anywhere, and are a complimentary benefit of anyone taking in-person classes with me.  They have been revamped, and the subscription fee is now per level of Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate 1, or Intermediate 2, with new passwords for each level.  For those of you who have already subscribed and using the videos, your passwords HAVE NOT CHANGED, but the location of where your videos HAS changed in the drop-down menu of my website.  They are still under the “Members Only” tab, and are directly under the “Members Only Info”.  I did warn you this would happen…please take a look at the picture showing you where your videos can now be found.  They are still there, and accessed the same way!  And while you’re seeing what’s where, check out the new lineup of available online lessons at www.dancewithjanet.com/online.

  • Dance Lessons for the 2nd Annual Dance With Janet Cruise are now at the second price tier of $65 for the entire week (the lessons & open dance schedule & other details can be found at www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2016).  This second Early Bird rate EXPIRES NOVEMBER 30th.
  • Windy City was a smashing success, with about 2 dozen line dancers from the Dance With Janet community learning, laughing, dancing, sweating, & repeating.  Oh what a weekend!!!  Thank you so much for joining me in the fun!!  I look forward to doing it again next year with even more of you!!  Pictures can be viewed on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dancewithjanet.  The only thing that could be better than a weekend away at Line Dance Boot Camp with friends is spending a week together on a dance cruise – and oh look!  We’ll be doing just that in February!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I’m teaching at Cadillac Ranch (www.cadranch.com) on Tuesdays & Fridays. Tonight I’ll be teaching Good Night Swing at 7:30 and a new popular dance, Double D (Duck Dynasty, by the choreographer of Crank It Up), at 8:30.  This Friday I’ll present Double D, American Kids, & Mustang Sally (at 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30, respectively)
  • ****SATURDAY 10/10 and MONDAY 10/12 classes WILL NOT MEET****
  • This weekend is our next SUNDAY NITE COUNTRY on October 11th at the Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave., from 6 – 9 (dinner served from 5:30 – 7).  Dance alternating sets of Couples and Lines on a wood floor a la the Sunday Stampede!
  • We meet again for our OPEN LINE DANCE PARTY on October 17th, also at the Warrenville Community Building, from 7 – 10 pm (and then I run off to Rob’s party afterwards!!)

That’s all for now – I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

I Have No Excuse

September 30, 2015

Meet Frank & Darlene, a couple who has been taking both private and group lessons with me for about a month.  While Darlene has had some dance experience, Frank has not, and Frank has a lot of negative “You Cannot Possibly Do This” tapes playing in his head from his past.  If you ever wonder how powerful your words are, stop wondering.  Words last; they can be seared into our memories like they have been branded there with a hot iron, and they can sting for a lifetime. Take great care with what you say!

But I digress.  Every time I think about Frank, I realize I have no excuse for whining about anything at all.  He is a true dance trooper who is an incredible inspiration to me.

Frank has always wanted to dance, and always been told he’s the one without an ounce of musical talent; it all went to everyone else in his family.  That was a tough pill for him to swallow for years, but he did.  But now, he has decided he’s not going to believe what he was told anymore.  He just made the decision to change, and acted on it.  Even though it was hard to do.

With Darlene’s encouragement, Frank contacted me, and we’ve been working on line AND couples dancing (WOW!) every week – drilling steps and patterns over and over, as we all do.  When Frank misses a step, I watch his face tighten up, as he hears those tapes play in his head.  Then he gets That Determined Look on his face, and he says, “Again.”  And we do it again.  And again.  And so it goes.

This past Sunday Frank & Darlene attended their first dance at Sunday Nite Country in Warrenville, and guess what?  FRANK DANCED all the line dances he learned (Darlene did too)!!  In public!!  And WELL!!!  I was pretty excited, and extremely proud of him…I might have even teared up.  Look how ecstatic they were after those dances were over!  I have never seen such a delighted man, and with good reason!!  HE DID IT…and we can too!!  We can ALL face our fears and ACT THROUGH THEM, and bask in the success on the other side.

Have you seen the video of Frank & Darlene dancing with the group at Sunday Nite Country yet?  You can find it on the Dance With Janet Facebook page, facebook.com/dancewithjanet. Have you clicked the “LIKE” button on my page yet? If not, please do so!  Let’s get the word out about how wonderful dancing is!!

Just a few Dance Details:

  • CRUISE EARLY BIRD DANCE LESSONS ARE ONLY $55 THRU SEPTEMBER 30 –TODAY – take advantage of the reduced cost before the price increases TOMORROW on October 1st!  See www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2016; it’s the bright pink button on the left. And ONLY 2 MORE ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE in our room block!!! Ocean view cabins are no longer available.
  • NO LESSONS THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1st, EXCEPT the class meeting at the St. Charles Salvation Army, due to the Windy City Line Dance Mania convention
  • Windy City Line Dance Mania will be held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Rosemont October 1 – 4.  If you would like to join Chicagoland’s biggest line dance party, registration forms can be found at www.countryedge.com.  Please note you are with the Dance With Janet group to qualify for the 4 day group rate.  Bring your dance shoes, DWJ shirt, and a sweatshirt (it’s COLD in those rooms) and a dish to pass (and $10/person for included meals within our group, courtesy of Tall Liz, whatta gal!)
  • I’m teaching at Cadillac Ranch (www.cadranch.com) on Tuesdays & Fridays. This Friday I’ll present Drinkin’ Beer, Make Me Wanna, & Mamma Maria (at 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30, respectively)
  • Our next SUNDAY NITE COUNTRY is October 11th at the Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave., from 6 – 9 (dinner served from 5:30 – 7).  Dance alternating sets of Couples and Lines on a wood floor a la the Sunday Stampede!
  • We meet again for our OPEN LINE DANCE PARTY on October 17th, also at the Warrenville Community Building, from 7 – 10 pm
  • Online lessons are scheduled to be revamped; the subscription fee will soon be per level of Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate 1, or Intermediate 2 (instead of Beginner or Intermediate).  Grab them while you can before the change goes into effect at www.dancewithjanet.com/online!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

Resistance is Futile

September 25, 2015

I'm reading a novel which includes a bit on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The characters, Miriam & Mary, were talking about when Mary was told that she was to be the mother to God Himself, while yet a virgin. "Miriam asked Mary,  'What if you had told the Messenger no?  What then?' "Mary spoke […]

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What Do I Say?

September 18, 2015

In an attempt to ward off the Melancholy Monster, I’ll be brief.  Life has thrown more than a few plot twists at me recently, so much so that as I sit here, I wonder, what do I say?  I’m moving back to my Geneva home (which will remain for sale) this weekend, and will close […]

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Demolition Has Begun

September 9, 2015

I live in a manufactured home community (well, for another 11 days, anyway) and it's usually silent around here.  This morning I woke up to the unmistakable sounds indicating demolition had begun on a home behind me.  I couldn't resist taking some photos (I'll upload them to Facebook soon) and was a little shaken by […]

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How To Be One Step Ahead

September 5, 2015

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink…remember that line?  Oh, so true.  We are one step ahead of the crowd when we know what our issues are (yes I know, I've got an Achilles heel that so many of you roll your eyes about – myself included), but until […]

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How I Dealt With Unmet Expectations

August 25, 2015

Guess what?  Things do not always go how I would like them to go.  I thought this phenomenon was something that I would outgrow.  Remember when you were going to school, when the “right person” didn’t ask you out?  When your grade on a test wasn’t what you thought it should be?  When a 45 […]

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The One Thing That Could Extend Your Life

August 20, 2015

Even though we all know our days are numbered, not many of us are anxious for them to be up.  Rather, we’d all prefer to stick around a while.  But what is the one thing that could extend your life?  You know I’ll say dancing, right?  But it’s really more generalized than that…the one thing […]

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What a Woman Simply MUST Have…

August 14, 2015

What in the world would that be?  A serious dancer – whether a woman or a man – simply must have DANCE SHOES to assist in turning and spinning on the floor.  Otherwise, you run the risk of twisting your knee, hip, or ankle…no good.  Smooth-soled rubber or vinyl shoes from your closet may work, but leather […]

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Are You Ready To JUMP?

August 11, 2015

Learning to dance can be challenging, but oh so rewarding!  Remember that feeling of satisfaction you got when you finished your first line dance and thought, "Holy cow!  I really DID it!"?  It's such a rush!  Picking up steps while you're on the floor can be done, but many people attend in-person classes with me […]

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