Did You Miss Me?

March 17, 2017

WHAT A MONTH!!

On February 11th, I woke up and began to prepare for John & Charisse’s wedding.  And then, life changed.  Last week I realized I somehow lost a month – did you miss me??  I apologize for being away for so long…but I’m back!

The few days  between the wedding and leaving for the 3rd Annual Dance With Janet Cruise  passed in a blur.  Between packing, solidifying cruise details, teaching, and talking with a man I met at Charisse’s wedding, I was in Florida and then on the ship before I knew it. 

About 100 of us took a 10-day vacation together in the Eastern Caribbean, and we had a BLAST!!  We swam in the ocean at beach after beach, beginning with the crystal clear waters of Labadee, Haiti.  Some of us rode the zip line there across the water – MIND-BOGGLING!!!  We watched the airplanes sweep tourists off their feet at Moho Beach in St. Maarten.  We took bus tours and saw the sights of San Juan & St. Kitts.  And…WE DANCED.  Every day we danced, in every place on the ship where we could – in lounges, the ice skating rink, the conference room, the deck, and the fitness room.  We had 5 instructors teach 18 lessons, and had open dances in excess of 23 hours…BOY, did we dance!!  And we kept ourselves busy in other ways on the ship by eating, watching movies on the deck, eating, swimming in the pools, eating, chilling in the whirlpools, eating, rock climbing, eating, playing miniature golf, eating, ice skating, eating, attending Broadway-quality shows, eating, and surfing.  Did I mention eating?  The only thing in more abundance on a cruise ship than water is FOOD.  It’s no wonder a some of us got sick after the cruise…that vacation was a lot of work!!  I felt busier than if I’d been home that week!!

What was one of the most amusing things that happened on the cruise, you ask? John & Charisse attended the Love & Marriage game show, and of course were chosen to participate, as they’d only been married 10 days (the other two couples had been married 10 and 60 years).  It was like The Newlywed Game of old: a host asks each couple (separately) embarrassing, personal questions about their relationship. These questions are asked to only one of the couple, and then asked of the other in the presence of the first one to see if their answers match. Of course John & Charisse became instant celebrities, as the replay of the game show was shown on the in-cabin TV’s throughout the course of the cruise.  Make sure to ask them how they enjoyed their week of fame when you see them next!

Next year for the 4th Annual Dance With Janet Cruise, we’ll be joining local Chicago bands 7TH HEAVEN,  HILLBILLY ROCKSTARZ, & SEALED WITH A KISS.  We’ll be teaching a lot of beginner-level line dances that can be danced to the bands’ songs, as well as couples dances (Two Step, Double Two, & West Coast Swing).  Confirmed returning instructors include the incredible Julie Hein, my beautiful daughter Kat Warner, and myself, and this year I’m pleased to introduce West Coast Swing instructor Andrew Sinclair from Orlando, FL. Please join us!  Follow these tips:

The weekend after the cruise, I attended a dance convention in Ft. Wayne, IN.  I’m so excited to bring you more NEW line dances!!  These choreographers are simply UNBELIEVABLY talented!  I’ve selected about 10 new dances which I think you’ll all like from the dozens which were presented…no easy task, let me tell you!!  You’ll see them in the upcoming months, as well as the dances which were taught on this past cruise.

And now, I’m home sick, as all this bustling about has worn me out.  My assistant Courtney bravely subbed and taught the last three classes for me, as it was better than me coughing uncontrollably on all of you.  Ah, well!!  It won’t last forever.  I’ll see you back in classes on Monday!

Oh, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • A BRAND-NEW Beginner class is scheduled to begin at the Warrenville Park District at 7:30 on Thursday evenings on MARCH 30th.  Wait no longer to learn how to line dance; click on the link to register!!
  • Tuesday dances have been solidified.  We’ll be dancing at the Wheaton VFW every Tuesday EXCEPT the fourth one.  On the FOURTH TUESDAY ONLY we will dance at the West Chicago American Legion
  • Our LAST Saturday Warrenville dance will be on APRIL 1st.  Please come wave goodbye to this lovely wood floor and enjoy one final evening of line dances on a Saturday!
  • Visit the Upcoming Events page of my website for a full list of where to Dance With Janet.  I host up to 3 dances per week, so you have plenty of opportunities!
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the OVER 19,000 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
  • The BEGINNER DROP-IN CLASS at the Izaak Walton Center (899 Jay Street in Elgin) will NO LONGER MEET.
  • “Brain cramper” intermediate line dance lessons are offered BEFORE the dances on Tuesday for an extra $3. I’ll be teaching SHEBANGS on 3/21, and AMERICAN POP 3/28. 
  • I teach about 15 classes per week; we are halfway through the current session.  The next six-week session of classes begins the week of April 10th.  Choose your level and your location at www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule

Have an OUTSTANDING day!  You are loved!
Janet

Magic On The Dance Floor

February 10, 2017

Once in a while life mimics a fairy tale, and magic happens on the dance floor.  Does this couple look familiar?   Meet John & Charisse, who are simply made for each other, and who met when John asked Charisse to dance one evening.  They're getting married TOMORROW!

I've been blessed to know these two; they are and always have been two of the happiest people in the world.  I met them both separately when they took different dance classes with me.  They literally met on the dance floor at a dance I hosted in Warrenville.  What a blessing it's been to watch  them become more and more content the more time they spend together.  It's really been like watching a romantic movie!  They've both been married and divorced, and have grown children.  Now, as they have time to live the post-parenting stage of their lives, they will be sharing their lives together.  No matter our age or our background – sometimes the surprises in life are worth waiting for, as in their case.  I couldn't be happier for them!!

Their wedding rehearsal is tonight, so I won't be at the dance at the Geneva American Legion, as they've asked me to be part of their special day.  Never fear; Dancin' DJ Peg will be spinning tunes to keep you dancing and laughing all night long!  Be sure to tell me all I've missed, as I'm sure the stories will be hilarious, as usual!  I hear Peg bought some new hats…

See you at Sunday Nite Country in Warrenville, or at John & Charisse's wedding tomorrow!!  YES, we'll be dancing there!!!!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • Dance Camp (a couples dance convention) comes to Elmhurst  THIS WEEKEND, February 10th – 12th.  A SHOE VENDOR is there and there is no charge to shop; dozens of styles are available to try on.  For more info, see http://swingncountry.net/ DCC/default.html
  • Visit the Upcoming Events page of my website for a full list of where to Dance With Janet.  I host 3 dances per week, so you have plenty of opportunities!
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the OVER 18,000 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
  • The BEGINNER DROP-IN CLASS at the Izaak Walton Center (899 Jay Street in Elgin, $7) will meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.  Our next class is FEBRUARY 14th
  • “Brain cramper” intermediate line dance lessons are offered BEFORE the dances on Tuesday for an extra $3. I’ll be teaching LEVELS on 2/14, and BROKENHEARTED 2/28 & 3/7
  • I teach 15 classes per week; we have almost completed the current session.  The next six-week session of classes begins the week of February 27th.  Choose your level and your location at www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule
  • We leave for the #dancewithjanetcruise in ONE WEEK!  During that time, February 17th – 26th, there will be NO Dance With Janet events (classes or dances), as I and my substitute instructors and my DJ's will be on the ship!  I will still be available via email and Facebook

Have an OUTSTANDING day!  You are loved!

Love ya!
Janet

I See and I Believe

February 4, 2017

It seems before and after pictures are everywhere.  Are they for real?  Who really knows?  I do.  I've seen this particular skin-care product work, and I believe, so I have to tell you about it.   Meet NERIUM, a young skin-care company whose proprietary ingredient smooths out wrinkles and skin.  It literally takes the years […]

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Like Attracts Like

January 31, 2017

Have you ever noticed how people seem to be like their friends?  I've recently become more and more aware of this fact.  Like attracts like, as Diamond Caryn loves to say, and she's so right!  We are how we are, and we attract those who are like us. Are you frustrated with the problems in […]

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What Psyches Up Life

January 27, 2017

Isn’t every morning exciting?  Each day when I wake up, I think, What is today going to hold?  I CAN’T WAIT to find out!!!  But I didn’t always feel that way.  I was in a troubled relationship, I was moving yet again, and I faced an unexpected surgery.  Life’s not perfect now, but it sure […]

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Location Change for TONIGHT!

January 24, 2017

REMINDER: We are dancing at the West Chicago AMERICAN LEGION tonight instead of the Wheaton VFW.  Wheaton had a schedule conflict.  Please don't forget!  The address is 123 Main St. and can best be accessed from Geneva Road (known as Washington St. in West Chicago).  Take Geneva Road west about 10 minutes and pass Rt. 59 and […]

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Blow Out Sale!

January 20, 2017

January has hit, and with it all the leftovers from the holidays – meaning, the fun of the holidays is leftover around our middles!  It's time to work off some of those goodies!  To that end, I've decided to offer a BLOW OUT SALE on Line & Couples Dance Lesson DVD's, so that you'll know […]

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You’ll Impress Her With Your Etiquette – Eti-WHAT??

January 13, 2017

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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