The Elgin American Legion venue has not worked out.  We'll be replacing it with the ELGIN VFW 1307 (YES, the hall where DJ Dave hosts his dances) for the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, starting MAY 31st.  I've CANCELLED the dance for tonight as we will not be returning to the Elgin American Legion.  

I'm hosting dances this Saturday and Sunday in Warrenville.  Sunday's dance will be preceded by BOOT CAMP from 3 – 5:15 ($20 for two hours of lessons, dinner, and a three hour dance afterwards).  I'll be teaching the parade dances that we'll be doing at the 5 parades this season, beginning with the Memorial Day parade in Itasca.

TOMORROW is a busy day in my world, as our first show kicks off at 11:30 – and I hear Diva the Dancing Dog will be making an appearance!  See you in Carol Stream for the Just Play event, then at Culver's for ice cream, then Karen's for the post/pre-cruise party, and then a dance.  Whew!  All the details for these shows, and the parades, can be found at www.dancewithjanet.com/calendar.

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.  We'll be there THIS TUESDAY May 24th
  • EVERY FRIDAY (5/27 and following) 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
  • Our dances have been CANCELLED at the Elgin American Legion Post 57 (NOT the VFW where DJ Dave holds his Sunday dances)
    • We will NOT dance here on FRIDAY MAY 20th, nor TUESDAY MAY 24th
  • Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday we'll dance at the Elgin VFW Post 1307, starting May 31st
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, May 21st (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 22nd (dance, dinner, & beverage for $10; dinner served from 5:30 – 7). Sunday’s dance on the 22nd will be preceded by 2 hours’ of “BOOT CAMP” – couples lessons by Julie & Don and line dance lessons by Yours Truly (I'll be reviewing performance & parade numbers in preparation for the MEMORIAL DAY PARADE in Itasca).  No outside beverages; please support the Park District by purchasing water or pop for $1 each
  • “BRAND NEW BEGINNER DANCER” class is starting in Warrenville on Tuesdays from 1:15 – 2:30.  For details, visit www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule
  • Mark your calendars for Saturday, MAY 21st!  We’ll dance at the Just Play event in Carol Stream.  For details, please visit www.dancewithjanet.com/ calendar and scroll down to the RED performance calendar.  After the show, I invite you to join me for Culver’s ice cream (on Schmale Road in Carol Stream) – my treat!! After Culver’s, we’re heading over to Keith and Karen Moutvic’s home (1619 N. President St., Wheaton, IL 60187) till 6:30 pm for our POST/PRE CRUISE PARTY! We wrap with a dance in Warrenville from 7 – 10 pm (3S240 Warren Ave.)
  • 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.  If you missed a dance and want to know what was taught, visit www.dancewithjanet.com/calendar and go to the exact dance event. I list what I taught there.
  • Warrenville’s THURSDAY class will resume MAY 19th.  My daughter Kat Warner will teach
  • Friday’s St. Charles class on May 27th has been CANCELLED
  • 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, as well as the PHOTOS tab of my website
  • 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

Bet you thought I’d forgotten our series on becoming a better dancer.  Nope; just got a smidge distracted with the closing of Cadillac Ranch and the relocation of the danceaholics of my acquaintance.  And there are quite a few!  Spend the next few minutes with me as I delve into Part 2 (filmed during the 2nd Annual Dance With Janet Cruise aboard the Emerald Princess).

Part 2:  FRAME In Line Dancing

Slouching is never attractive, so it goes without saying to stand up straight.  Keep those shoulders back!!  Especially in dancing, poor posture can ruin “the look”.  In Line Dancing, a few more points are important:

1)  Avoid the Dangly Arm Syndrome.  When our arms hang loosely, doing nothing, at our sides, it’s not only unappealing but detracts from solid balance.  We detract from the “feel” of the whole body working together in the dance.

2)  Keep the ELBOWS BENT.  This does not mean to clench our fists at our chins, like we’re ready to punch someone.  It means to keep the forearms at a 45 – 90 degree angle to the upper arms.  This may feel awkward at first but is essential in looking good while line dancing.  I suggest holding a rubber band between your two thumbs across the front of your body to get used to this.  The rubber band will force the elbows to bend.  What do you do with your hands then?  How about snapping your fingers?  You can always rub your thumb & finger together to give your hands something to do, if you wish.  Make sure to engage the wrists, too – we don’t want our hands to dangle like puppies begging, after we’ve fixed our dangly arms!

3)  Look UP/FORWARD!!  Our heads need to be balanced between our shoulders.  Looking down at the person’s feet in front of us causes the weight of our heads (8 pounds, I’ve heard – although I think some are bigger!!!) to be in front of our bodies, instead of on top of our bodies!  What a fabulous way to get our backs out of whack!!!

As you see, the name of the game with Frame in line dancing is BALANCE.  It can be done – but it is intentional!

A couple other quick points:  The Elgin American Legion venue has not worked out.  I’ll be announcing the replacement hall next week.  Stay tuned for our dance location(s) on Friday 5/20 & Tuesday 5/24!!!  Also, I’m not hosting any dances this weekend, but am spending the next 3 days with my lovely daughters.  See you Monday!

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 (5/27 and following) 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
  • Our dances have been CANCELLED at the Elgin American Legion Post 57 (NOT the VFW where DJ Dave holds his Sunday dances)
    • We will NOT dance here on FRIDAY MAY 20th, nor TUESDAY MAY 24th
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, May 21st (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 22nd (dance, dinner, & beverage for $10; dinner served from 5:30 – 7). Sunday’s dance on the 22nd will be preceded by 2 hours’ of “BOOT CAMP” – couples lessons by Julie & Don and line dance lessons by Yours Truly.  No outside beverages; please support the Park District by purchasing water or pop for $1 each
  • “BRAND NEW BEGINNER DANCER” class is starting in Warrenville on Tuesdays from 1:15 – 2:30,beginning this TUESDAY, MAY 17th.  For details, visit www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule
  • Mark your calendars for Saturday, MAY 21st!  We’ll dance at the Just Play event in Carol Stream.  For details, please visit www.dancewithjanet.com/ calendar and scroll down to the RED performance calendar.  After the show, I invite you to join me for Culver’s ice cream (on Schmale Road in Carol Stream) – my treat!! After Culver’s, we’re heading over to Keith and Karen Moutvic’s home (1619 N. President St., Wheaton, IL 60187) till 6:30 pm for our POST/PRE CRUISE PARTY!
    We wrap with a dance in Warrenville from 7 – 10 pm (3S240 Warren Ave.)
  • 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 THURSDAY class will resume MAY 19th.  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. The May 27th class has been CANCELLED
  • 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, as well as the PHOTOS tab of my website
  • 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

Ready For A New Venue?

May 6, 2016

You aren't getting itchy to try a new place to dance, are you?  Really?  You're ready for a new venue?  Cuz I've got one, starting TONIGHT!  It's the same one we're alternating with the Wheaton VFW on Tuesday nights, but we're starting it THIS FRIDAY, and we'll still be there on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, starting this Tuesday, May 10th.  […]

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Grieving With One Of Our Own

May 3, 2016

We are a community, and as such, when one of our own loses someone especially close, we all bind together and grieve with them. Bethany Young has been an active dancer for many years, and you probably recognize her.  She attended our dance this past Friday at the West Chicago VFW.  Friday after the dance her husband John was tragically […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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