Blessed With Friends

November 25, 2014

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Standing:  Jamie, Chuck, Sherri, Linda, Blonde Janet, Karen T., Karen M.
Kneeling:  Michael, Courtney, Janet, Maureen

Thank you so much, everyone, for playing so hard with us this past weekend!  Whew!  The folks pictured above came out this past Thursday afternoon to perform for the seniors through the Carol Stream Park District, and were a smashing success!  Chuck & I did our “Laurel & Hardy” shtick during the teaching of Rita’s Waltz, and the audience was thoroughly entertained.  Your time is so appreciated…I am so grateful for these friends that I’ve made in this dancing community.  I am so blessed with you in my life!

Friday and Saturday’s lessons at the Ranch went well; thank you for your support!  I brushed up on my East Coast Swing, myself…hope you did too!  We had a ball in Warrenville on Sunday with about 85 dancers kicking up their heels; take a look at Fun in Warrenville.

As Thanksgiving nears, I am reminded how much more I should pause and count my blessings.  Sometimes it’s so easy for me to focus on the difficulties in my life, instead of the areas that are going well – and there are many!  Of course people are problematic, but they are also the key to the greatest joys.  Relationships make the world go ’round; we were created to be in community.  Thank you for being in MY community, in this “bubble” that is my life.  You have taught me so much, and enriched my life experiences in countless ways.  Hey – if I weren’t dancing with you, I’d be sitting on the couch!  Sound familiar?  I would be lost without you!!

I urge you to take these next couple of days with your friends and family and sincerely reflect on how good life is, problems and all.  We are ALL so blessed!!  Classes will not meet from Wednesday through Saturday in observance of this time we call Thanksgiving; I’ll see you again starting Monday December 1st, with the following exceptions:

  • Monday’s Windsor Park class is taking December off and will resume JANUARY 5
  • Thursday’s Warrenville Beginner class is taking December off and will resume JANUARY 8
  • Friday’s lessons at Cadillac Ranch on 11/28 have been CANCELLED, but the Ranch will still be open at 7 pm for dancing
  • Friday’s St. Charles Intermediate class has been moved to the BATAVIA MOOSE HALL at10:30 am for December 5, 12, & 19th, and then will move to Thursdays from 1 – 2:15 pm starting JANUARY 8

Please make a note of these changes if they affect you.  Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse


What a Weekend!

November 19, 2014

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Monday I-1 Class

Not only is it COLD outside, it’s BUSY inside – what a weekend it’s going to be!  Here’s the scoop, so you know what’s going on in the dancing world:

  • Thursday afternoon 11/20 from 3:30 – 4 we’ll be performing at Windsor Park Manor (124 Windsor Park Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188) for the Carol Stream Park District Senior Luncheon.  Come one, come all; enter through the main entrance and immediately turn right to go upstairs; the auditorium is straight ahead on the upper level.  A coatroom is to the left of the auditorium near the restrooms.  Call is at 3 pm; we will run through the dances (Come Dance With Me, I’m Yours, Hello Dolly, County Line to Blessed, Witchcraft) in the dance room to the left of the coatroom through the fitness/game room.  Please wear your Dance With Janet shirts, if you have them.  After we dance our numbers I’ll be teaching an easy line dance to the audience; please stay and encourage them, if you would.
  • Friday 11/21 I’m scheduled to teach Down on the Corner, Baby Likes to Rock It, & Charleston Cowboy at Cadillac Ranch, starting at 7:30 pm.  Fridays are turning out to be a solid beginner night and a good introduction to dancing at the Ranch for those who are newer at line dancing.  Come join us!
  • Saturday evening 11/22 I’ll be subbing for Julie, Don, & Randy and teaching East Coast Swing at Cadillac Ranch at 7:30.  I’ll be giving away 3 couples DVD’s (East Coast Swing, Patterns, & Double Two) at 9 pm; simply provide your name and email address to be included in the drawing.  Can’t wait!
  • Sunday 11/23 is Sunday Nite Country in Warrenville from 5:30 – 9 (dance officially begins at 6) at 3S240 Warren Ave.  Seems like forever since we’ve been there; I’m looking forward to it!
  • On Saturday 12/6 at 1 pm we’ll be dancing Drink To That to Toby Keith’s All I Want For Christmas in the annual Warrenville recital at Hubble Middle School on Herrick Road.  Stay tuned for more details but please save the date.  Check out the Monday I-1 class dancing the number here – the full song is included in the video, so you can practice along with them.
  • FIELD TRIP WEEKEND is Friday 12/5 (at the Ranch) and Saturday (at Warrenville) 12/6 for this session of classes – come practice everything you’ve learned in The Real World!  It’s unforgettable…you may like it! emo3 What a Weekend!

Hope to see you on the dance floor somewhere soon this weekend; it’s going to be loads of fun, as usual!

Janet Kruse


Scoot it HOW??!!

November 12, 2014

I’ve been assured that I’ve seen this shirt worn before, but it sure didn’t seem like it when I saw it this past Thursday in class.  Scandalous!!!  But it could be fun…to scoot your bootie…HOW??  Well, however you’d like to scoot it, have at it.  Just make sure your neighbor is agreeable.  Line dancing is my “big […]

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In The Spotlight

November 5, 2014

About eight years ago I was really struggling with what to do with my life. I had finished “teaching school” (where I officially learned how to teach dance) and was wondering how I could indulge myself with sharing this love of dancing with the masses. I didn’t want to own a studio and wondered, what […]

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October 31, 2014

Last night (or was it the night before?) Maki, my Alaskan Malamute/Siberian Husky mix, was doing back flips while leashed – quite a feat – due to his frustration with not being able to get to the ADORABLE little black and white creature about 30 feet away.  I warned him as I dragged him away […]

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Pumpkins & Change

October 21, 2014

I do love pumpkins; this is the perfect way to share them!  Aren’t they cute?  Just about as cute as I am after a week in my new place…not!  I returned from a weekend away to a dog (Maki moved from living in Louisville with Jessa to living with me) and a new home, both […]

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It’s Finally Here!!!

October 9, 2014

I’m so excited!! Today is the day for which I’ve waited all year, the day that Windy City Line Dance Mania begins! This is the most intense boot camp-type convention I go to all year long, and it’s also my annual weekend away with the (mostly) girls. Thank you, Marcia Parrotte, for introducing me to […]

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One More Day!

September 29, 2014

September is over after tomorrow; where did the time go?  On Wednesday we begin the final quarter of 2014.  That means only ONE MORE DAY remains to take advantage of the second early bird tier of pricing for the DANCE PASS on the Dance With Janet Cruise!  Click here to grab your pass before the price goes up on October 1st.  Royal Caribbean has […]

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Meet Art Vos

September 25, 2014

Meet Art Vos, a classmate of mine since seventh grade.  I went to Timothy Christian Schools from fifth grade through high school, and it was a small enough school that everyone knew everyone.  My graduating class consisted of 100 students, so to an extent we grew up together, with varying degrees of closeness, of course.  […]

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Promises, Promises

September 19, 2014

Just recently I was told, “Promises are broken all time.”  My immediate thought was, “Not in my world.” I understand  that things go wrong, but I aim to be a responsible, dependable, person whose word can be trusted. Otherwise, what’s the point of talking or being in any kind of relationship at all? What good […]

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