Have you ever wondered how dancers know where to go?  Of course they’re told the general guidelines in dance classes, but the picture above explains it in even more detail.  All dancers are expected to know, understand, and follow the information shown, so please spend a few moments studying it. Just like the song from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers says, gentlemen definitely impress their partners with their dance floor etiquette!  Although a busy dance floor looks chaotic, it is in fact quite organized.

Following the flow of traffic on the dance floor eliminates collisions, just like on the road, air, or sea.  No one wants to be trampled, and everyone wants their own space in which to safely dance.  Partner dances that progress ALWAYS dance counter clockwise around the perimeter of the floor, and line dancers ALWAYS dance in the middle of the floor.  Thus, both can dance simultaneously, and safely.  The main thing to remember is to mind the DJ, who truly is the MC of a dance.  If the DJ calls a couples dance, then the couples have the right of way, and line dancers are welcome to dance in “their area” in the middle, but must be EXTRA sensitive to the couples rotating around them, and stay out of their way.  Likewise, the reverse is true.  When we all share the dance floor and dance in our areas, everyone feels like they have space.

At some dances, only line dances are called, and at others, only couples dances are.  In those cases, the guidelines are much more simplified.  BOTH types of dancing can occur simultaneously on the same floor if we pay attention, are courteous, and follow the guidelines presented.  

Enjoy, and happy dancing!  See you tonight dancing at the Geneva American Legion!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • We’ll be dancing at the Wheaton VFW every Tuesday from now on EXCEPT JANUARY 24th The Wheaton VFW had a schedule conflict, so we’ll be dancing at the WEST CHICAGO AMERICAN LEGION on JANUARY 24th, 123 MAIN ST. IN WEST CHICAGO from 7-10 pm.  It’s a huge hall!   Visit the Upcoming Events page of my website for a full list of where to Dance With Janet
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the OVER 17,000 fans who have?  Pop on over to www.facebook.com/dancewithjanet and click the “LIKE” button to keep up on what’s new!  All the photos from dances are posted to my Facebook page, as well as the PHOTOS tab of my website
  • CLASS CHANGES:
    • The BEGINNER DROP-IN CLASS at the Izaak Walton Center (899 Jay Street in Elgin, $7) will resume on JANUARY 24th and run on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
    • The “brain cramper” intermediate line dance lessons BEFORE the dances on Tuesday  has resumed  I’ll be teaching BANJO on 1/17 and ASKIN’ QUESTIONS on 1/24 & 1/31

Love ya!
Janet

Just A Quick Note

January 10, 2017

Just a quick note to let you know a couple of schedule changes, and remind you of one truth:

When we feel helpless at what life throws at us – it’s an illusion STOP.   We are NOT helpless.  Remember:

WE control our own thoughts and responses.
WE decide the direction of our lives.
WE are the captains of our own ships in The Sea of Life, and the decisions we make are critical to how peaceful we are.

Although our minds warn us constantly about what can – and does – go wrong, WE CHOOSE how long we’ll dwell on that, and how soon we acknowledge it and then move on.  I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again:

CHOOSE WISELY.

I teach hundreds of people in person each week, and as I watch them, I know we ALL need to be reminded:

WE are in charge of OURSELVES.

Don’t worry about anyone else.  That said, on to business!  

  • The beginner drop-in class at Izaak Walton Center in Elgin has been CANCELLED today due to a power outage there.  We’ll meet again there on TUESDAY JANUARY 24th from 4:30 – 5:45.
  • We’re dancing at the Wheaton VFW tonight.  I am no longer hosting dances at the Elgin VFW.  The intermediate lesson resumes TONIGHT at 6:30 with BANJO, choreographed byLynn Card, who will be teaching on the #dancewithjanetcruise!!

That’s it for today.  Hope to see you on the dance floor tonight!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • We’ll be dancing at the Wheaton VFW every Tuesday from now on EXCEPT JANUARY 24th.  The Wheaton VFW had a schedule conflict, so we’ll be dancing at the WEST CHICAGO AMERICAN LEGION on JANUARY 24th, 123 MAIN ST. IN WEST CHICAGO from 7-10 pm.  It’s a huge hall!   Visit the Upcoming Events page of my website for a full list of where you can Dance With Janet
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the OVER 16,000 fans who have?  Pop on over to www.facebook.com/dancewithjanet and click the “LIKE” button to keep up on what’s new!  All the photos from dances are posted to my Facebook page, as well as the PHOTOS tab of my website
  • All CLASSES RESUME THIS WEEK! If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to learn to line dance, that time is NOW!  Classes meet FIVE days a week; pick your level and let’s GO!  Visit www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule for locations and times
  • CLASS CHANGES:
    • The BEGINNER DROP-IN CLASS at the Izaak Walton Center (899 Jay Street in Elgin, $7) will resume on JANUARY 24th and run on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month (today’s class has been CANCELLED due to a power outage)
    • The “brain cramper” intermediate line dance lessons BEFORE the dances on Tuesday resumes TODAY!  I’ll be teaching BANJO on 1/10 & 1/17 and ASKIN’ QUESTIONS on 1/24 & 1/31

With love,
Janet

It’s An Inside Job

January 6, 2017

What our live look like is up to us.  Yes, thing happen that we cannot control.  But the success of our lives is up to us.  It's truly an inside job. How many people have you seen who are bitter about the hand life has dealt them?  COUNTLESS.  Yet I've seen mothers BURY THEIR CHILDREN […]

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Schedule Changes For 2017

January 3, 2017

  Happy 2017!  At 12:00 am January 1st, 2017, I was "worshiping the porcelain goddess", which was not my first choice of things to do while celebrating the beginning of an new year.  Apparently I'd picked up a bug that caused an upset stomach…and produced the unforgettable experience of getting rid of the old year's garbage to […]

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2016

CHRISTMAS… That one word evokes so much emotion in us all.  It takes us back to our childhood, our memories with our own children, and our longings for what we wish we could have…and what we used to have, and now have lost.  It truly is the best of times, and the worst of times, […]

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I Do This Intentionally

December 17, 2016

  I realize I steer clear of life's catastrophes, politics, and all-in-all unjust episodes – basically most of the topics in the media.  I do this intentionally, as we are people, and people will do rotten things.  It's easier to be naughty than well-behaved…and overall, we take the easy way out.  All the horrible things that people […]

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Regarding Chris Kowalczyk

December 9, 2016

  Friends, this will be long and I do apologize. You are welcome to skip past this and ignore my post; however, I feel this is important and worth your time. Some of you may be wondering just what is going on while most of you likely have no idea. I think best that you hear […]

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Celebrating Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2016

Whew!  We went from Fall to Christmas.  And did you know today is Small Business Saturday?  I’m in that category as Dance With Janet, and I’m celebrating with a BIG SALE of 25% OFF ALL ITEMS (except online lessons) beginning TODAY! Take a look at all the lessons you can learn at home HERE:  www.dancewithjanet.com/products.  I […]

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Walking Alone or With the Crowd?

November 4, 2016

When I was growing up and I did something the rest of the kids were doing, my dad would always roll his eyes and say, "If the kids jumped off a cliff, would YOU jump off the cliff too?"  I was puzzled; my answer was another question:  "If they all jumped, wouldn't there be a […]

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Dances Cancelled

October 28, 2016

The Cubs are in the World Series!  Who’d’ve thunk?  They’re playing at Wrigley Field tonight and tomorrow night, and I know a lot of people will be watching the game – maybe I even will; it IS pretty exciting.  However, the dances I had scheduled for tonight and tomorrow night do not have TV’s in them, so I’ve decided to cancel the dances.  […]

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