Fermilab Goes COUNTRY!

April 28, 2016

It's another outstanding day!  How wonderful that we have another day to live.  Tomorrow we'll dance at the West Chicago VFW 6791, and guess what?  On Saturday, FERMILAB is hosting our dance from 7 – 10 pm!  For many years, various dances have been held in Kuhn Barn, and this weekend it's our turn.  FERMILAB GOES COUNTRY, HOORAY!!

What a ride it's been locating roomy dance venues.  I've been teaching Fermilab employees since September, and the barn in which we dance has such ambiance!  I told them I'd love to host a dance there, and they made it a reality!  To attend, you'll need to show your driver's license at the guardhouse and say you are there for the Dance With Janet dance in Kuhn Barn, as it is a secure government facility.  $5 is the suggested admission donation, and restrooms are DOWNSTAIRS.  Here's how to get there: 

From Kirk Road:
Turn EAST onto Batavia Rd. (also PINE STREET; it's a stoplight).  Count SIX stop signs (NOT three).  The sixth stop sign will be Sauk Rd. (the bison will be on your left after you pass the tall building on your right, Wilson Hall, at the third stop sign).  Turn LEFT (north) onto Sauk Rd.  You'll see blue and orange ranch houses.  The barn is GREY with a LIGHT BLUE SILO and will be visible from the intersection of Sauk & Batavia; it's on the northeast corner.  PASS the barn and turn RIGHT at the first street, Che Che Pinqua, and park in one of the two lots there (one on either side of the street).  Please DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRST LOT YOU PASS, to the south of the barn – that's reserved for the residents of Aspen East, the white farmhouse adjacent to the lot.  Enter the barn from the ramp on the west side of the barn by the picnic tables.

From Rte. 59:
Turn WEST onto Batavia Rd. (it's a stoplight).  Go through the residential area, and right across the train tracks is the entrance to Fermilab.  Once you've passed the guardhouse, Sauk Rd. will be the FIRST stop sign.  Turn RIGHT (north) onto Sauk Rd.  You'll see blue and orange ranch houses.  The barn is GREY with a LIGHT BLUE SILO and will be visible from the intersection of Sauk & Batavia; it's on the northeast corner.  PASS the barn and turn RIGHT at the first street, Che Che Pinqua, and park in one of the two lots there (one on either side of the street).  Please DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRST LOT YOU PASS, to the south of the barn – that's reserved for the residents of Aspen East, the white farmhouse adjacent to the lot.  Enter the barn from the ramp on the west side of the barn by the picnic tables.

We are not allowed to bring alcohol, but may bring our own water and snacks.  No concessions or beverages will be sold.  Grab your boots and get ready to stomp your way to Heaven on a beautiful oak hardwood floor.  I cannot wait to dance in this barn!!  It is SIMPLY FABULOUS, and we're going to have a BALL!!!

ALSO – before the dance this Saturday, we’ll be performing AMERICAN POP at 1 pm at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville.  Please wear your DWJ shirt and blue jeans; ICE CREAM (my treat!) follows, as usual.  Call is 12 pm on the stage.

DANCE DETAILS:

  • Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday we’ll dance at the Wheaton VFW Post 2164. The vets are offering hot dogs & chips for $2 in case we are hungry
  • EVERY FRIDAY (except for 5/6, 5/13, & 5/20) we’ll have a floor for line dancing and a separate floor for couples at the West Chicago VFW 6791  If anyone would like to show up early to help take down tables, that would be much appreciated! *:) happy
  • Dances have come to an end at the Lake In The Hills American Legion Post 1231
  • Starting May 10th, and continuing every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, we’ll dance at the Elgin American Legion Post 57 (NOT the VFW where DJ Dave holds his Sunday dances)
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, May 7th (7-10 pm) & SUNDAY, May 22nd (6-9 pm) at the Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave.   Saturday’s dance will follow our new format of 4 – 5 lines/3 couples, based on who is in attendance.  As previously stated, we are encouraging lines AND couples dancing at all the dances from now on.  $5 cover includes 2 line dance lessons, at 7:30 & 8:30; you’re welcome to bring snacks.  Dance alternating sets of Couples and Lines at Sunday Nite Country following the format of the former Sunday Stampede on the 10th (dance, dinner, & beverage for $10; dinner served from 5:30 – 7).  No outside beverages; please support the Park District by purchasing water or pop for $1 each
  • The Cadillac Ranch and Warrenville tabs on my website have been absorbed into our new best friend, the Upcoming Events tab. Videos & Step Sheets of dances I’ve taught at ALL dances (Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays) are there
  • Warrenville’s Saturday class has moved to Thursdays at 7 pm.  Any unused punches on your punch card can be applied to the Thursday class, which my daughter Kat Warner will teach
  • Friday’s St. Charles class on May 20th will meet at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church instead of the Salvation Army
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the THOUSANDS 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
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  We are 1/4 full, and JULIE HEIN has just been added to our list of fantastic instructors!  Check out all the exciting details & book your cabin at www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2017

See you on the dance floor !

Janet Kruse

Are You Caught Up?

April 22, 2016

Lately it’s been a challenge to stay on top of all the changes in my dance world.  We’ve lost Cadillac Ranch as our main dance hall and replaced it with various locations.  We’re also adding more floor splits, so people of all levels have more opportunity to dance each time a song is played.  New dances have been introduced, as well as different songs for older dances.  Do you know them all?  Are YOU caught up?  If not, here’s your chance!

A new concept is being introduced thru the Warrenville Park District.  Starting THIS SUNDAY, April 24, and continuing every 4th Sunday, TWO HOURS of lessons will be offered (which includes DINNER and admission to the 3-hour SUNDAY NITE COUNTRY dance which follows) for $20.  I’ll teach 2 hours of line dances downstairs in the green room, while Julie & Don will teach 2 hours of couples lessons in the upstairs gym.  We’re debuting this weekend at 3S240 Warren Avenue, from 3 – 5:15 pm.  If you don’t feel you can commit to long term lessons, this will be JUST the thing for you!  I’ll cover all the beginner level dances we’ll be performing this season, which happen to be some of the newer dances you’re seeing at dances I’m hosting.  After spending two hours with me this Sunday, you’ll be able to dance 5 – 10 more line dances than before!  These dances include:

  •     Jan Loves To Boogie
  •     Mamma Maria
  •     Watermelon Crawl
  •     Cowboy Up
  •     Shut Up & Dance
  •     Lindi Shuffle
  •     Wallflower
  •     Cliche Baby
  •     Charleston Cowboy
  •     When I’m Dancing

The first six dances listed will be performed in parades.  Therefore, I’ll also go over how that will work, so we will be practicing dancing them “straight” as well as “parade style”.  Hope to see you there – as well as at the West Chicago VFW tonight!  If anyone would like to show up early to help take down tables, that would be much appreciated! *:) happy

DANCE DETAILS:

  • Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday we’ll dance at the Wheaton VFW Post 2164. The vets are offering hot dogs & chips for $2 in case we are hungry
  • EVERY FRIDAY (except for 5/6, 5/13, & 5/20) we’ll have a floor for line dancing and a separate floor for couples at the West Chicago VFW 6791
  • On Tuesday, April 26th, we’ll dance for the final time at the Lake In The Hills American Legion Post 1231
  • Starting May 10th, and continuing every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, we’ll dance at the Elgin American Legion Post 57 (NOT the VFW where DJ Dave holds his Sunday dances)
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, May 7th (7-10 pm) & SUNDAY, April 24th (6-9 pm) at the Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave.   Saturday’s dance will follow our new format of 4 – 5 lines/3 couples, based on who is in attendance.  As previously stated, we are encouraging lines AND couples dancing at all the dances from now on.  $5 cover includes 2 line dance lessons, at 7:30 & 8:30; you’re welcome to bring snacks.  Dance alternating sets of Couples and Lines at Sunday Nite Country following the format of the Stampede on the 10th ($5 admission; dinner served from 5:30 – 7 for an additional $5)
  • The Cadillac Ranch and Warrenville tabs on my website have been absorbed into our new best friend, the Upcoming Events tab. Videos & Step Sheets of dances I’ve taught at ALL dances (Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays) are there.
  • Warrenville’s Saturday class has moved to Thursdays at 7 pm.  Any unused punches on your punch card can be applied to the Thursday class, which my daughter Kat Warner will teach
  • We’ll be performing AMERICAN POP Saturday, April 30th, at 1 pm at Hubble Middle School.  Please wear your DWJ shirt and blue jeans; ICE CREAM (my treat!) follows, as usual.  Call is 12 pm on the stage
  • ***NEW!***  On APRIL 30th, we’ll be dancing from 7 – 10 pm at a SPECIAL venue:  Fermilab’s Kuhn Barn!  Stay tuned for more, and save the date!!!
  • Friday’s St. Charles class on May 20th will meet at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church instead of the Salvation Army
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the THOUSANDS 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
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  Check out all the exciting details & book your cabin at www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2017

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

Where Are You Going?

April 18, 2016

  Lady Di gets a headache trying to figure out where she is dancing every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  On the off chance that she is not the only one, the revised Dance With Janet flyer should help us ALL remember where we are going.  Each location is listed on the Upcoming Events page of my website.  VIDEOS and STEP SHEETS of what I’ve taught at […]

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C’Mon, Let’s Cruise!

April 15, 2016

Every time I dance “Cruisin” to the Beach Boys’ song, I sing along, don’t you?  C’mon, let’s cruise, you’ve got nothing to lose…except the BEST time of your life!!!  It’s ready, it’s live, and it’s HAPPENING next February 18th!  Don’t miss the floating dance convention on the 3rd Annual Dance With Janet Cruise 2017!  The details have been finalized!  Check […]

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A New Concept Of Dancing

April 11, 2016

  Congratulations to ALL of you who have continued dancing with me!  You found me!!!  Does it feel like we’re touring the Chicago suburbs together?  I had no idea it would be such a challenge to find the perfect place.  However, I think I have…and it’s gonna be QUITE THE NIGHT!  This Friday we’re dancing in West Chicago, […]

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No More Wondering!

April 8, 2016

I moved into Geneva in 1999, and found the American Legion Post 75 within a month (since it’s right across the street from the library, and I’m a library gal). Of course I peeked in the window and saw the MAPLE HARDWOOD FLOOR, and thought, boy, would it be cool to have a dance here.  WELL, as of TONIGHT, there’ll be […]

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Dancers Are Invading Wheaton!

April 5, 2016

I never thought I’d see the day when we’d dance regularly in the western suburbs, but it sure looks like this party is gonna fly!  So many dancers who take classes with me are from the Wheaton area; I’m so pleased that we were able to find a nearby facility where we can dance on […]

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Dancing on Tuesdays CONTINUES

March 29, 2016

Cadillac Ranch is a fond memory now for us all, and life has changed again.  Since we’re all so used to dancing on Tuesdays, we’ll continue to do so, starting tonight!  We will alternate Tuesdays with Wheaton, starting TONIGHT, MARCH 29th, at the American Legion Post 1231 in Lake In The Hills, 1101 W. Algonquin Rd., from 7-10 pm ($5 admission). On the […]

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Counting Down The Days

March 22, 2016

I’m sure I’m not the only one counting down the last days of the existence of Cadillac Ranch. Boy, but it’s been one heck of a run. I find myself of two minds. I know they’ve said they’ll reopen with a different concept, and I’m looking forward to seeing what that will be, but there’s […]

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Is Cadillac Ranch CLOSING?!

March 17, 2016

  Can it be?  Is Cadillac Ranch, the almost 25-year old country bar which set the standards for every other country dance hall around, really closing?  Sadly, yes. As you’ve probably seen on Facebook, or heard through the grapevine, Cadillac Ranch’s last evening open will be March 26th, 2016.  As they’ve stated, they intend to […]

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