Last Minute Deal

January 20, 2015

This is my kind of “Man Wanted” poster!  However, such a perfect specimen is unnecessary.  I do have a last minute deal for a man, though. One of the men who was planning on attending the cruise had to cancel due to personal issues, so his spot is available. We are only 12 days away from sailing, but if you can pull together a last minute trip, you can join the Dance With Janet Cruise at the original price of under $1000 for an inside cabin. That all-inclusive price covers not only your meals and room, but taxes, port fees, tips, and travel insurance for the whole week (it’s a grand total, final number). Please let me know if you are interested.

Just a reminder: the Dance With Janet Cruise is from January 31st through February 7th. My daughter Kat Warner will be covering for me at Cadillac Ranch – I hear she’s adorable, lol. Classes have been cancelled for that week and will resumeMonday February 8th.

Also, I’m assembling an order for Dance With Janet shirts and sweatshirts. Please let me know if you would like to order one of these items of clothing.

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse


My Boogie Shoes

January 16, 2015

So you wanna boogie, do you?  Donning the right pair of shoes will definitely help make your night out unforgettable.  If you’ve been dancing for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve noticed that street shoes do not good dancing shoes make.  *>:P phbbbbt  Tennis shoes tend to stick to the floor and a rotation on the ball of your foot is nigh impossible without twisting your ankle or knee.  Rotating on the ball of your foot is the name of the game here.

I suggest you purchase a pair of shoes which you ONLY use while dancing.  Suede-soled shoes are the best and are NEVER to be worn outside.  On a good day suede-soled shoes can be found for $25 but will overall run between $50 – $100.  The best place to shop for shoes is at a dance convention, where a shoe vendor provides hundreds of shoes from which to choose, some at 50% off the regular price.  Shopping for shoes does not require admission to the convention.  Dance boots, sneakers, closed toe and open toe, high & low heels, Cuban, as well as various men’s styles are available.  The next local convention is DANCE CAMP (website with info) on February 27 – March 1 in Elmhurst (this is a couples ONLY event).  Otherwise, Kay Clay in Westmont or Naperville has a decent starter selection of shoes to try on.

Other options for dance shoes are leather-soled shoes (#2 on the list of dance-friendly) and vinyl-soled shoes (#3).  If you change into dance shoes before dancing, you reduce the amount of outside debris that gets tracked onto the dance floor.  The “cheater” way of making the ball of your foot smooth, so you can turn (which is the goal) is to use dance socks (pictured above) or – ready? – gluing a piece of felt on the ball of a shoe you like but want to use only for dancing.

Try as you look for shoes.  Enter my Teacher Referral Code, TP43699, to get 10% off your first order.  I also like  They too have a large selection of anything dance related.

Happy shopping, and I’ll see you on the dance floor!  We dance every Tuesday & Friday at Cadillac Ranch as well as in Warrenville THIS SATURDAY 1/17 and NEXT SUNDAY 1/25.

Janet Kruse


Duh! I Messed Up The Time!

January 7, 2015

I apparently need to go back to Florida for more R ‘n’ R.  I messed up the time of the new Beginner 1 class! The correct info is this: We’ve added ANOTHER BEGINNER 1 class in Wheaton at the same location (208 W. Union) on Wednesdays from 4:45 – 6 pm.  This class will run at that time from now […]

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Classes Cancelled Today

January 7, 2015

Baby it's COLD outside!!  Due to the frigid wind chill (-36 degree windchill is expected by 9 pm), Warrenville (3 pm) and Wheaton classes (6:15 & 7:45 pm) have both been CANCELLED for today.  We will make up this class on Wednesday, February 25th. Stay warm!! I've had requests to see the award-winning performance of […]

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Country Cruisers Place at Worlds!

January 5, 2015

As you know, the Country Cruisers just returned from the UCWDC Worlds Championships in Orlando, Florida.  What a week!  We are thrilled to have placed SECOND in our Team Combo division!  Thank you so much to (L-R) John Kyle, Cathy Feltz, Kat Warner, Janet Kruse, Dan May, Betsy Maaks, Rob Ryan, & Diana Wood for spending […]

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Due To Popular Demand…

December 30, 2014

Due to popular demand there will be a dance this Saturday, January 3rd at Warrenville Park District.  This dance will strictly be an open dance from 6:45-10pm.  There will be no lessons but DJ Jeff will be there to play your request.  I have also included for you a copy of the Warrenville Saturday and […]

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Off We Go!

December 28, 2014

Today is the day!!!  Two years ago the Cadillac Ranch Dance Team began.  From that group, the Country Cruisers were officially born in April of 2014.  The Cruisers' goal was to compete with their dance number at the UCWDC Country Dance Worlds Championships in Orlando, Florida, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.  Off we go (like […]

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Time’s A Wastin’

December 19, 2014

Just this week I read a blurb on Facebook reminding us to forgive people who we feel have wronged us.  Not an easy task, as it’s so much more gratifying to hold on to our pain and remind ourselves how much we’ve been hurt.  That must be one of the reason’s Elsa’s song, Let It Go, […]

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Yes You Can!

December 12, 2014

In today's video, I'll wrap up this special three-part holiday series.  Check it out…there's a freebie included that I just thought of – can't wait to hear your reactions! See you on the dance floor! Janet Kruse Tweet

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How Does This Go?

December 10, 2014

On Monday I talked about my back story; today we'll get down to the nitty-gritty on some of those tricky triple steps.  Let me know what you think of Part Two of this special three-part series! See you on the dance floor! Janet Kruse Tweet

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