The Means ARE The End

June 21, 2016

So many want whatever they want, and will do whatever it takes to get it.  The going motto in life is:  If It Feels Good, Do It.  The Ends Justify The Means.  If I Want It, I Deserve To Have It.  These are all different ways to say the same thing.  I vehemently disagree; HOW we get things matters.  The MEANS are the end – NOT the other way around.

It all goes together with the idea of integrity.  And being a person of integrity is difficult!  Yet it means I am kind to someone, even if they badmouth me behind my back.  I believe in the goodness of someone, even if they behave badly.  I eat well, even if the scale does not move…or if it moves in the wrong direction!  In all instances, the situation is the same:  Do the right thing, whether or not the results are as we wish them to be.  HOW we act is critically important.  And why?  Because as we act, we are proving who we really are. And we are building our character, and becoming mature individuals.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)  God’s Word is always applicable, and comforting.

Keep On Keepin’ On!!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • DATE CHANGES:  We’ll only be dancing on the 2nd and 4th Fridays at the West Chicago VFW 6791 through the end of August, effective immediately. See you there THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 24th, and then not again until July 8th. We have a floor for line dancing and a separate floor for couples at this hall. If anyone would like to show up early to help take down tables, that would be much appreciated! *:) happy Pizzas are available for $5.50 – $6.50.
  • Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday we’ll dance at the Wheaton VFW Post 2164. The vets are offering hot dogs & chips for $2 as well as $8 pizzas
  • Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday we’ll dance at the Elgin VFW Post 1307.  Yes, this is the hall where DJ Dave hosts his dances
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, July 16th (7-10 pm, our only Saturday dance in Warrenville in July) & SUNDAY, July 10th & 24th (6-9 pm) at the Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave.  Saturday’s Dance includes 2 line dance lessons, at 7:30 & 8:30; you’re welcome to bring snacks ($5 cover).  Dance alternating sets of Couples and Lines at Sunday Nite Country following the format of the former Sunday Stampede on the 12th (dance, dinner, & beverage for $10; dinner served from 5:30 – 7). Boot Camp in July has been cancelled; the next Boot Camp will be August 14th.  No outside beverages; please support the Park District by purchasing water or pop for $1 each
  • Upcoming Performances THIS WEEKEND, Saturday and Sunday!!  Dates are:  Rotary Grove Fest in Downers Grove 6/25, Swedish Days Parade in Geneva 6/26, Warrenville Independence Day Parade 7/3, Wheaton Independence Day Parade 7/4, Turtle Splash Pool in West Chicago 7/9, Septemberfest Parade in Schaumburg 9/5, & Art On The Prairie in Warrenville 9/18 (see www.dancewithjanet.com/ calendar for exact locations, times, and song lists).  Wear your DWJ shirt and blue denim bottoms, and LET’S DANCE for all the world to see!
  • 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.
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the THOUSANDS who have?  We are fast approaching 10,000 “LIKES”; come join the party!!!  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
  • CLASS CHANGES:
    • The Carol Stream Thursday Beginner 1 class on 6/23 has been cancelled; please make up the class at any other class I teach (preferably the Monday Beginner 1 class at 5:30 in Wheaton).
    • Warrenville’s Tuesday Beginner 1 class will resume 6/28.
    • ALL Wheaton Wednesday evening classes (Beginner 2, Intermediate 1, and Intermediate 2) are cancelled for 7/13; please make up the class at any other class I teach
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  ALL fees paid are fully refundable until 11/20/16.  Secure the LOW rate that we have by choosing your cabin TODAY! Get the full scoop at www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2017

See you TONIGHT in Wheaton on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

Trusting The Process

June 17, 2016

Trusting The Process has got to be one of the most, if not THE most, difficult things in life.  Since we can’t control the vast majority of situations that occur – we can ONLY control our reactions to them – when we are confronted with challenges, we often “freak out”.  The words in this picture summarize life so perfectly, don’t they?

I’m on an X-Men kick, and just re-watched First Class.  In it, Charles waxes profound, and utters my favorite line of the movie, which I believe is a stellar summary of life:  “True focus lies somewhere between rage and serenity.”  Ain’t it so?  If our anger is out of control, we blast through our lives like a lit fuse, burning everyone in our wake.  If we are too serene, we spend our lives sitting on the couch in front of the TV, making no impression at all!  In neither situation are we fully paying attention to, and dealing with, this battlefield we call Life.  But if we are balanced between these two extremes, we can focus, and efficiently assess and solve our problems.

I wish us all balance, and focus!  And trust in our Lord, throughout the process.

A few other items of note:

I’m planning on being back for the Hillbilly Rockstarz concert at 5 pm on Sunday, June 19th, in Geneva Commons. Want to wear your Dance With Janet shirt and dance with me to their music? 

My daughter Kat Warner will be teaching this Saturday night, June 18th, at Saddle Up Saloon in Aurora.  If you’re free, stop on by for a night of dancing and EXCELLENT instruction.  I’ll be out of town this weekend, but you can bet I’ll be there sometimes if she continues to teach on subsequent Saturdays!  Kat has recently begun teaching with Maren Oslac at her Heart and Sole dance studio in Tinley Park.

Our dance friend from Peru, Mike Kozel, will be moving to California permanently with his new wife, Ida, on July 15th.  He will be at our Sunday dance in Warrenville on July 10th and has asked you all to come grab one last dance with him and say goodbye.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  Sunday’s your day to celebrate and feel appreciated – enjoy!!

We have TWO performances coming up NEXT WEEKEND, the Rotary Grove Fest & Swedish Days Parade.  Please see below.

By the way, our July 1st dance at the West Chicago VFW 6791 has been cancelled.  But we’ll see you there TONIGHT!

DANCE DETAILS:

  • Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday we’ll dance at the Wheaton VFW Post 2164. The vets are offering hot dogs & chips for $2 as well as $8 pizzas
  • EVERY FRIDAY 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! *:) happyPizzas are available for $5.50 – $6.50.  We will not be dancing on Friday, July 1st, due to the 4th of Julyholiday.
  • Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday we’ll dance at the Elgin VFW Post 1307.  Yes, this is the hall where DJ Dave hosts his dances
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, July 16th (7-10 pm, our only Saturday dance in Warrenville in July) & SUNDAY, July 10th & 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 former Sunday Stampede on the 12th (dance, dinner, & beverage for $10; dinner served from 5:30 – 7). Boot Camp in July has been cancelled; the next Boot Camp will be August 14th.  No outside beverages; please support the Park District by purchasing water or pop for $1 each
  • Upcoming Performances are: Rotary Grove Fest in Downers Grove 6/25, Swedish Days Parade in Geneva 6/26, Warrenville Independence Day Parade 7/3, Wheaton Independence Day Parade 7/4, Turtle Splash Pool in West Chicago 7/9, Septemberfest Parade in Schaumburg 9/5, & Art On The Prairie in Warrenville 9/18 (see www.dancewithjanet.com/ calendar for exact locations & times)
  • 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.
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the THOUSANDS who have?  We are fast approaching 10,000 “LIKES”; come join the party!!!  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
  • Class Changes:  The Carol Stream Thursday Beginner 1 class on 6/23 has been cancelled; please make up the class at any other class I teach (preferably the Monday Beginner 1 class at 5:30 in Wheaton).  Warrenville’s Tuesday Beginner 1 class will resume 6/28.
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  ALL fees paid are fully refundable until11/20/16.  Secure the LOW rate that we have by choosing your cabin TODAY! Get the full scoop at www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2017

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

Challenges of Being Grateful

June 10, 2016

How easy is it for you to say, "I'm Grateful!" every day?  When things go well?  When events don't go the way we want them to?  When life TANKS?  I have this picture as my screensaver on my phone, so I see it multiple times a day (sometimes multiple times an HOUR) and yet I […]

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No Drama…What’s In Its Place?

June 3, 2016

I dance with HUNDREDS of you every week, in classes and at evening dances.  Each and every time we get together, there’s something missing:  DRAMA.  In it’s place?  PEACE.  I see you laughing, talking, dancing, and basically being in healthy, happy relationships with each other.  Repeatedly I’ve seen and heard of problems being solved between […]

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Celebrating Varonne’s 92nd Birthday!!

May 27, 2016

Have you heard that people line dance as young as 4, and as old as…well, I’m not sure!?  Varonne has been dancing for quite a while, and tonight we’ll be celebrating her 92nd BIRTHDAY at our dance at the West Chicago VFW 6791.  Come join the party!  She’s asked for no presents, just dances with the fellas!  We have a […]

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Dance CANCELLED Tonight!

May 20, 2016

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 […]

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Becoming A Better Dancer (Part 2)

May 13, 2016

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 […]

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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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