Guess what?  Things do not always go how I would like them to go.  I thought this phenomenon was something that I would outgrow.  Remember when you were going to school, when the “right person” didn’t ask you out?  When your grade on a test wasn’t what you thought it should be?  When a 45 minute class lasted a year?  During those years, I thought things would all go the way they were supposed to when I graduated, because then I would be an ADULT, and I could control my world.  That was how I dealt with my unmet expectations – I simply tolerated them, because I was convinced they would get better.

Fast forward a bunch of years…not oodles and oodles, but a bunch.

Life, I have learned, is not controllable.  Ouch but that hurts to admit!  Simply being of one age or another has nothing to do with being able to make sure things go as they “should”.  But since I thought everything would be perfect by now, I find myself complaining about life’s injustices.  No matter what I think, people will not behave like I would prefer.  Events do not unfold like they do in a book.  Problems are not solved at the top of the hour, for the next program to begin.  The only way I can resolve all this is to LET IT GO…which is so much easier to sing than do!  But it’s critical for emotional health and peace.  I can control what I eat, how I spend my time, when I go to bed & get up, how I treat people…things like that.  But in terms of dealing with how I expect life “things” to pan out – NADA.  The “smile and nod” mantra seems to be the best one to adapt – and not just for right now.  For ALWAYS.

Dance Details:

  • Our next big show is the LABOR DAY PARADE in Schaumburg on September 7th.  This is the third largest parade in the Chicagoland area (after Chicago and Naperville), so the audience will be HUGE, and the performances FABULOUS!  Please join me!!  Go to www.dancewithjanet.com/calendar for details – scroll down to the RED PERFORMANCE calendar
  • I’ll be teaching at Cadillac Ranch (www.cadranch.com) tonight, Tuesday, August 25th (SEX, LOVE, & TEXAS at 7:30 and MAKE ME WANNA at 8:30) and Kat will be teaching Friday, August 28th 
    (NEON LIGHT at 6:30, BARTENDER at 7:30, & LINDI SHUFFLE at 8:30)
  • Cruise Early Bird Dance Lessons are $55 thru September 30 – take advantage of the reduced cost before the price increases on October 1st!  See www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2016; it’s the bright pink button on the left.  ONLY 5 MORE ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE in our room block!!!
  • Warrenville’s Thursday Line Dance Class at 7:30 pm WILL NOT MEET this Thursday, August 27th
  • Windy City Line Dance Mania will be held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Rosemont October 1 – 4.  If you would like to join Chicagoland’s biggest line dance party, registration forms can be found at www.countryedge.com.  Please note you are with the Dance With Janet group to qualify for the group rate (early bird rate cut off is AUGUST 30)

I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

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Even though we all know our days are numbered, not many of us are anxious for them to be up.  Rather, we’d all prefer to stick around a while.  But what is the one thing that could extend your life?  You know I’ll say dancing, right?  But it’s really more generalized than that…the one thing is a hobby.  A genuine passion in your life that you can’t wait to do, something on which you’re super focused.  For me that is certainly dancing, but it doesn’t have to be for everyone (although that’s not a bad idea, is it?).  My mom is a cross stitch fanatic, my aunt is nuts about Depression-era glass, my grandmother was a crocheting queen, and my grandfather lived for bowling.  Pick something that interests you and see how much it really grabs your attention!  The resulting focus will work your brain in other areas than normal work/daily life, and give you more days to enjoy!!  Let me know which hobby you pick!

And while you’re at it, don’t forget about the featured product of the month, couples’ dance lessons.  Let Kate, Chris, & I get you started with some home-study lessons.  Learning at home will help you dance better, FASTER on the floor!  Visit www.dancewithjanet.com/boxset for the full scoop.

Dance Details:

  • Chicagoland Dance Festival kicks off Friday August 21st in Rosemont (a FABULOUS couples dance convention) – I highly recommend it.  Visit http://chicagolanddancefestival.com for more information
  • Our next big show is the LABOR DAY PARADE in Schaumburg on September 7th.  This is the third largest parade in the Chicagoland area (after Chicago and Naperville), so the audience will be HUGE, and the performances FABULOUS!  Please join me!!  Go to www.dancewithjanet.com/calendar for details – scroll down to the RED PERFORMANCE calendar for details
  • I’ll be teaching at Cadillac Ranch (www.cadranch.com) tomorrow, Friday, August 21st (SUNSHINE & WHISKEY at 6:30, CRANK IT UP at 7:30, & SUGAR KANE at 8:30) and Tuesday, August 25th (SEX, LOVE, & TEXAS at 7:30 and MAKE ME WANNA at 8:30)
  • We dance at SUNDAY NITE COUNTRY in Warrenville on Sunday, August 23rd in the Warrenville Community Building from 6 – 9 pm (3S240 Warren Ave., Warrenville)
  • Cruise Early Bird Dance Lessons are $55 thru September 30 – take advantage of the reduced cost before the price increases on October 1st!  See www.dancewithjanet.com/cruise2016; it’s the bright pink button on the left.  Our room block is now 85% full!!!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

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What a Woman Simply MUST Have…

August 14, 2015

What in the world would that be?  A serious dancer – whether a woman or a man – simply must have DANCE SHOES to assist in turning and spinning on the floor.  Otherwise, you run the risk of twisting your knee, hip, or ankle…no good.  Smooth-soled rubber or vinyl shoes from your closet may work, but leather […]

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Are You Ready To JUMP?

August 11, 2015

Learning to dance can be challenging, but oh so rewarding!  Remember that feeling of satisfaction you got when you finished your first line dance and thought, "Holy cow!  I really DID it!"?  It's such a rush!  Picking up steps while you're on the floor can be done, but many people attend in-person classes with me […]

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For You Solitaire Players…

August 4, 2015

Any other solitaire players out there?  This one is for you!  I play before I head off to La-La-Land each night, and recently my solitaire game offered me a new hook…The Daily Challenge.  OK, I play and win and receive a crown for the day I won on the calendar.  Coolio; I’m in.  It didn’t […]

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A Quick Update…

August 2, 2015

The 6th anniversary of my father’s death was last week, and it really threw me for a loop.  He was such a nut and I loved him so much.  I didn’t realize how significantly it would upset me yet again…every year I think I’ll not be so shaken with memories, and every year it happens […]

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What’s Almost Two-Thirds Full?

July 21, 2015

Are you kidding? Almost two-thirds full? This is so weird because I still struggle with my own self-esteem issues…I still think, Who would want to be around me anyways? I see my faults and they are glaringly obvious (but then again, nobody’s perfect). When I was considering the idea of teaching dance, I fought with myself, thinking, […]

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Is Anyone Watching?

July 17, 2015

Fran (left) & Eloise (right) showed up with matching shirts at class this past Wednesday, and I was again inspired.  “That’s right,” I thought.  “Dance Like No One Is Watching – EXACTLY!  Who cares what people think about my dancing?!  I want to dance; I’m gonna dance, whether I dance perfectly or not.  If someone sees […]

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Do You Remember What You Forgot?

July 9, 2015

It’s raining DVD’s!  I’ve received requests for videos of the newer lessons; therefore, the next volume of DVD’s has been issued for ALL FOUR LEVELS!  Visit www.dancewithjanet.com/lessons for a list of which dances are included on the 4 new DVD’s (Beginner 1 Vol. 3, Beginner 2 Vol. 3, Intermediate 1 Vol. 3, & Intermediate 2 Vol. 2).  When you remember what […]

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I Want To Be Like Anya

June 25, 2015

Anya loves her new home.  No matter what happens, she is alert, accepting, and content.  I want to be like Anya.  I love my new home too, but it looks like I’ll be selling it and moving back to my Geneva home (which is still also for sale) soon.  And as much as I am […]

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