All around the world – or at least in Itasca – there'll be dancing in the streets!  The photo above shows members of the Cadillac Ranch Dance Team performing in the Swedish Days Parade in Geneva last year.  Dance With Janet dancers step out in the Itasca Memorial Day Parade in a little over 24 hours (the parade begins at 9:30 am) – come join us either in the performance, audience, or for ice cream afterwards!!  For details on this and other shows, visit  

I'm so excited to be sharing this opportunity to demonstrate line dancing to the local community.  People simply don't know what it is or that it's even out there until they see it.  If you know these dances (take a look at the Dance With Janet Facebook page for show playlist and a diagram of what the line up will look like), I hope you consider showing off; performing is a lot of fun and is also one of the best ways to meet fellow dancers.  You are part of a community now – enjoy it!!!  

  • Call is at 8 am ish with step off at 9:30
  • Wear COMFORTABLE shoes (tennies are recommended) and blue denim bottoms, any length, and your Dance With Janet shirts.  You won't be able to perform with us without a shirt (sorry about that but it would look dumb)
  • Park at the Itasca Community Library at Irving Park Rd (Rt. 19) & Catalpa, & walk up Catalpa for the meeting place
  • We'll be waiting to begin in a church parking lot, and bathrooms will be available in the church
  • Feel free to bring water to have on your person
  • I'll have flyers for you to hand out if you would like to do so

See you on the dance STREET!

Janet Kruse


It was recently pointed out to me that one never knows what kind of mood will be encountered when opening an email from me – which is an indisputable fact.  Rest assured, the Melancholy Monster is not in residence today.  On the contrary, I am in awe of the sheer delight I’ve seen in dancers this past week.  Everyone seems on the edge of giddiness (some have happily toppled into the Giddy Abyss).  What’s the deal; is it our excitement of spring’s arrival?  Regardless of the reason, I can’t stop smiling about it.  THANK YOU for spilling your sparkles onto me!!  I remember thinking years ago, if I could share dancing with people, they’d see how much fun it is and love it as much as I do.


We’ll get to dance an EXTRA HOUR at Cadillac Ranch on Fridays now, starting TONIGHT!  Doors open at 6, and I’ll start the first lesson at 6:30, with another at 7:30 and 8:30.  The full Moretti’s menu is available, so start your evening off with dinner, and then dance with the DJ for four hours!  DJ Dave will be there tonight & next week for sure.  The band, Rockstar Rodeo, takes the stage at 10:30.  Please note, this new schedule starts TODAY!!

Dance Details:

  • NEW DANCERS:  FIELD TRIPS are THIS WEEKEND!  Choose tonight at the Ranch or tomorrow in Warrenville
  • We dance in Warrenville on Saturday 5/16 from 7-10 (I’ll be teaching Neon Light at7:30 & Sweet Sweet Smile at 8:30) and Sunday 5/17 from 6-9
  • The next Saturday Warrenville dance is not until JULY 18th
  • Our first performance is MEMORIAL DAY in the Itasca parade.  I’ll treat to ice cream afterwards.  See (scroll down for the performance calendar) for details
  • Performance attire is Dance With Janet shirts and any shade of BLUE DENIM bottoms; your choice of shorts, capris, skirts, or pants/jeans.  I suggest tennis shoes, as dancing in boots on concrete/asphalt/blacktop is difficult for most people, but whatever footwear you prefer is fine

WOOHOO, let the fun begin!  I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse


Me & Mr. Moo

May 8, 2015

Meet Mr. Moo, who graciously posed for a picture with me last evening at the “Thank You” banquet for the DuPage Forest Preserve volunteers.  We’re stunning, don’t you think?  Many thanks go out to Maureen & Leslie, who dropped everything to dance with me there.  We were quite the floor show, and were joined by […]

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How To Reach Them?

May 1, 2015

Kneeling L-R: Courtney, Jean, Michael, Peggy K., Debbie Standing L-R: Betty, Barb K., Dan, Peggy R., Karen, Emily, Barb C., John, Linda Once again, a group of Dance With Janet dancers got together to perform last weekend at Hubble Middle School.  Thank you all for sharing some of your day showing the community how much fun dancing […]

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Are You Where You Are?

April 24, 2015

Even in this life of privilege we lead, it’s so easy to want more.  Since life IS problems (and the constant challenge is to solve and grow through them), we tend to focus our energies on them instead of on the positive things in life.  We think everything will be better if we get a […]

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$100 Sale & Weekend Happenings

April 17, 2015

The $100 SALE is back!!  Princess Cruise Line is offering a reduced deposit special of $100 through April 22nd.  Of course, your balance is still due by 12/7/15 (and fully refundable till then; $100 a month will get it done), but this will get you started for less up front. Thinking about attending the Dance With Janet Cruise?  Fill out your registration form and submit […]

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Guess Who’s Coming To Town?

April 10, 2015

Way better than Santa Claus – Keith Anderson is coming to town!  He’ll be joined by AWESOME local country bands Suburban Cowboys & Southern Comfort NEXT SATURDAY April 18th at Cadillac Ranch‘s annual fundraiser.  All proceeds go to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Don’t miss it!  I’ll be stopping by after the Warrenville dance that evening. I’m […]

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Freestyle vs. Patterns

April 3, 2015

I teach a lot of line dancing, but I’m also a huge fan of couples dancing.  Lines are an excellent way to get started dancing, as you can learn steps and fully control your own movements.  Line dancers often “graduate” to couples dancing, which is always exciting.  And then the question poses itself to a […]

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So You Dance With Janet!

March 27, 2015

Everybody wants to belong. I recently picked up three dozen Dance With Janet shirts; I’m overwhelmed at how many people feel like they belong with me in one way or another. I am honored. Thank you for your trust and friendship!  I am so blessed to have met so many wonderful people by just doing something I […]

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The Kat In The Hat

March 19, 2015

Nowadays, it’s tough to know what to call my younger daughter when I talk about her.  I’ve called her Katie or Kate her whole life, and she went by her full name of Kathleen for a couple of years, but people who’ve met her recently know her by Kat.  Please understand if the names we […]

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