Join The Dancing!

July 21, 2014

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When I was a child, I was mesmerized by dancing.  I could (and did) watch musicals for hours on end, and I was simply in awe of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.  I daydreamed of breaking into a choreographed song & dance routine when something noteworthy occurred in my daily life – after all, that’s what happened in the movies, so that was what could happen in real life, right?  I wanted to join in the dancing, with all my heart.  Only one problem – I didn’t know how.  And with finances being what they were in my childhood, it was clear I would never be the next Judy Garland.  Dance lessons at a studio were not in my future.

I kept hoping for another way.  I remember thinking, I could dance, if only someone would show me HOW!  Where and when to dance were concepts not even on my radar.  But guess what?  My dream became reality; someone showed me how; I learned couples dancing.  And then I discovered country line dancing!  The where and when to dance quickly appeared, and the rest is history.

Then – the number of people I discovered in the world shot through the ROOF, and I met all of you!!!  And you were (and are) just like me!  You have the same hunger; you hear the music in your heart and head like I always have.  And you’ve joined the dancing too!!  Wow…WOW!  Thank you for letting me be a part of your dance journey.  It’s a BLAST!!!!!!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse


Country Goes Mexican!

July 17, 2014

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READY???  You asked for it, you got it!  DJ Jeff & I will be hosting a WEEKLY COUNTRY DANCE ON THURSDAYSstarting next week (July 24th), at Rancheros Restaurant!!  Rancheros has been recently remodeled and has an area where we can dance, along with great food & drink specials  Hopefully it’s close to where you live, so you can get a mid-week dance “fix”!  Here are the details:

  • Rancheros Restaurant, 523 Fairway Dr, Naperville, IL (map, at the first stoplight west of the intersection of Rt. 59 & North Aurora Roads)
  • Dance from 8 – 11 pm with DJ Jeff, who plays your requests (you’ll have to text them to him; see him in the DJ booth in the picture?)
  • NO COVER charge
  • Complimentary Line Dance Lessons with Janet at 8:30 & 9:30
  • $1 Tamales/$4 House Margaritas
  • YUMMY Mexican food!  (especially the chips & salsa…mmm, good!!)
  • Wide open layout with a WOOD DANCE FLOOR

Come join us!!

Also, this Friday 7/18Dance With Janet will be at the Wheaton Car Show.  The format has changed considerably; Wheaton is now scheduling dance groups for a half hour at a time.  Estelle will be working her magic getting the crowd dancing, but only from 7:30 – 8 pm.  If anyone can get non-dancers DANCING, it’s Estelle!  She’ll be teaching some easy lessons to those in attendance during that time slot; if you are available, please come support her.  It’s always encouraging to new dancers to have someone who knows what they are doing near them.  I’ll be holding down the fort at Cadillac Ranch on Friday, as usual, showing the folks there that there’s more to do in a country bar than drink – we dance, too!!!  Lessons at the Ranch are at 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30.

No Freddie’s this Saturday 7/19; it’s a Warrenville Dance Night from 7-10 instead (3S240 Warren Ave.)!

Then on Sunday 7/20, the Cadillac Ranch Dance Team will perform at 3 pm at the Carol Stream pool (how’s that for entertainment while you cool off during the heat of the day?  Splash us a little, will you??) and then again at the Anonapalooza Festival at 5:30 at Good Templar Park in Geneva.

How’s THAT?  Lots of dance options for you – from Mexican country to water dancing…the list is just endless!!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse


Don’t Look Down…

July 14, 2014

Now how many times have I told us ALL: “Don’t look down when you dance; you’ll get dizzy”??  Here’s proof that I’m guilty too.  So here’s the reminder again:  Look where you’re going and focus on it, and you’ll eliminate the “down” side (aka the problems, like getting dizzy…and other distractions!). Over 100 dancers joined […]

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I’m DIZZY With This Problem…

July 10, 2014

Take a look:  in the foreground, that’s Mary Ellen on the left and Caitlin on the right strutting their stuff at the Just Play performance just two months ago.  Here’s the kicker:  there’s a SIXTY-THREE YEAR AGE GAP BETWEEN THEM…and yet they know some of the same dances.  Behind them, all ages in between are represented.  […]

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You Rocked It!

July 8, 2014

I am SO impressed:  you got the bug!  You are certified “danceaholics”…gotta dance, any time, any where, any temperature.  At Morton Arboretum this past weekend, you simply ROCKED it (and those of you who were dancing on that stage know EXACTLY what I mean) – WOW! Thank you SO MUCH for showing the world what […]

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Final Fourth & Weekend Info

July 3, 2014

Happy early Fourth of July!!  We interrupt your holiday preparations for some final info about this upcoming weekend… The WGN spot has unfortunately remained CANCELLED.  There will be NO MEDIA COVERAGE or danceFriday morning on the 4th.  Thank you to ALL who were willing to drive and perform to share our love of dancing with the […]

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The WGN Update

July 2, 2014

UPDATE: Unfortunately, WGN has CANCELLED their programming spot for the Morton Arboretum Travel America Fest…which means we WILL NOT be featured this Friday morning on TV, nor will we dance HAPPY then.  (We will dance that number during theSaturday show, though)  BUMMER!!!! I have reached out to other medias asking them to cover our story, but I don’t have any further […]

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Last Day to SAVE!

June 30, 2014

2014 is officially half over…that means today, June 30th, is your LAST DAY to save on dance lessons on the Dance With Janet Cruise!  Click here to place your order; this special will only be available until MIDNIGHT tonight, and then the next pricing level takes effect (and it's only available to those who are with our group).  Don't […]

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The Show WGN Is Promoting…

June 28, 2014

As you know, we'll be dancing to the song, HAPPY, outside WGN's studios (downtown Chicago) on the 4th of July.  We'll be promoting our shows on July 5th & 6th at the Morton Arboretum's Travel America Fest.  Come dance with us!!         - Please wear your Dance With Janet shirts if you have one.  They can be ordered by following the […]

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Dance With Janet on WGN News Chicago!!

June 27, 2014

I just received a request to be on live TV on WGN Chicago to talk about Country Line Dancing and actually DANCE a line dance!  How FABULOUS!!  The meeting spot for this opportunity is: DOWNTOWN CHICAGO outside the WGN studios at around 9 am on Friday July 4th.   We will be promoting next weekend’s shows at the Morton […]

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