Take TWO!

February 24, 2015

Hard to believe that 3 short weeks ago I was on a gigantic cruise liner, having a life-changing experience – which I thought was going to be My Once In A Lifetime Experience.  I am still stunned to report that I was UNANIMOUSLY outvoted.  Everyone had such a refreshing, relaxing, and rejuvenating time that they wanted to make it an annual event!  Hence, since we’ve returned, I’ve been searching for the perfect trip with which to present as a sequel to the cruise on the Oasis of the Seas.  I’m ready!  Here’s the scoop…TAKE TWO!!

Harlan (our wonderful travel agent and fellow dancer) sailed on the Emerald Princess on a prior dance cruise and said it is the BEST ship on which to dance.  The Emerald has FOUR good-sized dance floors, and just happens to be visiting the Eastern Caribbean between February 20 – 27, 2016.  Yes, it’s a seven night cruise.  I made the decision to go with a seven night trip because it’s worth it.  We’re going that far already; we might as well stay a little longer and go see two more fabulous destinations.  How else would we see such incredible places, but to get on a ship and be taken there?  Check out the details at dancewithjanet.com/cruise2016.

We have A YEAR to plan for this!  It’s totally doable at $100/month until our sailing date (yes, a payment plan is available).  Reserve your cabin here and start!  An inside cabin requires a deposit of only $134 (due 3 days after your cabin is assigned) and the final payment isn’t due untilDecember 7, 2015.  Come join the party - it’s THE EVENT OF THE YEAR!  We have a huge room block (you MUST go through Harlan) and I promise you too will have the time of your life!!

P.S. – Just a reminder, the only classes meeting this week are Wednesday’s Warrenville & Wheaton ones, and Thursday’s St. Charles Salvation Army class.  Patrick will be teaching at the Ranch for me this Friday; I’ll be out of town for the weekend.

See you on the dance floor – and on the Emerald Princess!!

Janet Kruse


Happy February Thanksgiving!

February 20, 2015

What?  It’s not Thanksgiving?  Coulda fooled me, cuz it feels like it to me.  Happy Thanksgiving to us all…because Thanksgiving is the OFFICIAL day to say thanks, and I’m saying it this February day.

Last night was a toughie for me; I was pretty upset.  Some friends I made on the dance floor came through for me, and I am so grateful.  Thank you, Sherri & Rosemary, for helping me.  When I am down, I feel very isolated and alone, which just makes that “down” feeling plunge even lower, you know?  I’ve spent most of my life feeling like a loner.  I remember thinking, I need help, and I have no one to go to.  NOT TRUE – we all do!  And as a reminder, simply thinking something isn’t true doesn’t mean it isn’t true!!!!  Truth is truth, and all I had to do was look around and reach out, and take a chance.  I did, and asked, “Will you help me?”, and they did.  I am reminded of the X Men movie where a pivital moment was identified as to when things changed.  My moment was in 1998, when I first signed up for dance lessons.  Every fabulous person I met came from that decision.  Thank you, EVERYONE (and especially Sherri & Rosemary) for enhancing my life!!!  I am so thankful for you all!

I’m looking forward to dancing with you all again tonight at Cadillac Ranch (I’ll be teaching Funky Cowboy, Sun Daze, & Cut A Rug) and tomorrow night in Warrenville (I’ll be teaching EZ Bang Bang & Uptown Funky).  I just love the warm fuzzies that dancing generates!

We’re wrapping up another session of dance classes, with a few still meeting this week (Monday at Windsor Park, Wednesday in Warrenville & Wheaton, and Thursday in St. Charles).  We begin a new on Monday, March 2nd, with Couples Patterns starting on Monday March 9th.  Please visit www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule for registration details.  Swing ‘n’ Country’s Dance Camp kicks off this Thursday, February 27 in Elmhurst, with couples lessons and open dancing galore (and SHOES!!!  Dance Conventions = Shoe Shopping Opportunities; no admission ticket required to shop).  I highly recommend this local event for improving on your couples dancing; you need not bring a partner as dancers rotate during lessons.

Thankful to be seeing you on the dance floor,

Janet Kruse


Going Through The Motions?

February 16, 2015

I recently heard a song on the radio that has stuck with me (Matthew West’s The Motions).  Usually it takes more than one partial listen-through for a song to stick in my head, yet I can still hear the first line of the chorus clearly.  Part of the lyrics follow: I don’t wanna go through the […]

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What a Week!

February 9, 2015

I just had the most incredible week of my LIFE!  40 of us spent the last eight days together on the Dance With Janet Cruise – and what a week it was!! We vacationed and danced our way through the Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world (with a complement of […]

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It’s Time…

January 30, 2015

It’s time to sign off for a good ten days or so!  The Dance With Janet Cruise has finally arrived, after months of waiting and planning, and thinking it would never get here!  About 40 of us leave tomorrow to re-assemble in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (and go dancing at the local country bar, ROUNDUP!!) in preparation for sailing on […]

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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 […]

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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.    Tennis shoes tend to stick to the floor and a rotation on the […]

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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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