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 trying to be accepting and content with that change, as well as others occurring simultaneously in my life, I am struggling.  Even though I don’t know what the future holds, I know Who does; still I feel distressed instead of peaceful.  I thought I’d have this down by now!  Boy, am I a slow learner.  I need to learn my lessons from my dogs FASTER!!  Anyone else have that problem??

Dance Details for the Upcoming Week (and there are quite a few):

  • The Dance With Janet Dancers have a TRIPLE HEADER of performances this weekend (Bartlett Arts Festival Saturday at 3 pm, Rotary Grove Festival in Downers Grove – one of my favorites – on Saturday at 6:30 pm, & Swedish Days Parade on Sunday in Geneva at noon).  Grab your DWJ shirt and check out www.dancewithjanet.com/calendar for the maps on where to go – and come show what you know!
  • Sunday Nite Country WILL NOT MEET THIS SUNDAY due to schedule conflicts.  Our next dance will be Sunday July 12th after the Alcala’s field trip
  • Thursday evening classes in Carol Stream and Warrenville WILL MEET TONIGHT; they are not cancelled after all
  • Classes will not meet from July 1 – July 6 due to the Fourth of July holiday; the regular schedule resumes July 8
  • On Friday July 3 at Cadillac Ranch, NO LINE DANCE LESSONS will be taught.  The Ranch will still be open for dancing
  • Bonnie has graciously offered to host our next Pre-Cruise party on July 19 at her home (and POOL).  Save the date if you are considering sailing with us in February; more details to follow

I’ll see you on the dance floor (and there are so many to choose from this weekend)!

Janet Kruse


Just a reminder that we are in the final weeks for you to get the Early Registration Discount to sign up for the Taste of Windy City on

July 24 – 25, 2015


Maggie Gallagher

Making her only USA Appearance in 2015!

Also Featuring our Great staff of Regulars!

Scott Blevins * John Robinson 

Jill Babinec * Bob & Denise Boyle * Janet Kruse

Dances will be featured for all levels of dance from Beginner to Advance!

Take a summer break and enjoy a great weekend of social dancing!

July 24th: Friday Workshops Begin at 12noon until 5:00pm

Friday Night ALL request dance party from 7 p.m. to ??? 

Saturday Workshops Begin At 9am until 5:30pm – Open Dance From 7pm until ???

Stop by on Thursday night July 23rd for our Open Dance Party at St. James – only 10 minutes from the Crowne Plaza

Registration Forms and the current event schedule are located at the signup button below

Complimentary Parking At The Hotel!

(First Come First Serve Only- So Come Early)

Sign up Here!


Janet Kruse


Autograph Signing Party

June 18, 2015

Lynn Card is coming to town!  Actually, she’s in town already, but she’s planning on dancing at Cadillac Ranch with us TOMORROW, June 19th.  Lynn is the choreographer of quite a number of dances we do (Banjo, Riverbank, Don’t It, We Were Us, Straight & Narrow) and will be teaching with me and Luanne Arndt […]

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Rockin’ The House

June 12, 2015

L-R Kneeling:  Dawn, Sue, Michael, Blonde Janet, Mary, Rosemary, Muffin, Carmi, Courtney L-R Standing:  Joe, Bonnie, Sherri, Maureen, Jean, Peggy, Jami, Dan, Karen D., Kelly, Diamond Caryn, Marge, Meg, Juli Last Saturday we were ROCKIN’ THE HOUSE at the Taste of Wheaton with 24 dancers showing what they know.  Thank you to everyone who joined me for […]

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June 7, 2015

Today's performance at the West Chicago Pool has been CANCELLED due to weather issues. Our dance tonight at Warrenville is still ON from 6 – 9 pm; hope to see you then! Dinner is served from 5:30 – 7. Janet Kruse Tweet

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Have You Asked This Question?

June 6, 2015

Even with all my years of line dancing, I still think what these shirts say that Michael & Diane are so beautifully modelling (I Love This Dance, How Does It Start?) almost every night I’m on the floor.  Have you ever asked this question?  I’ll bet you have!  No need to feel inadequate; you’re in […]

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What Is Your Opinion?

June 1, 2015

So many choices:  what to do, where to shop, when to clean house…and which dances to learn!  Many things are out of our control, and that bothers each of us to different degrees, depending on how much we like to direct our lives.  This is one area where you have input, in my attempt to […]

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Seeing Is NOT Believing

May 26, 2015

L-R standing: Blonde Janet, Pam, Diva Peggy, Karen D., Sherri, Dan, Lisajoy, Rob, Erin, Keith, Karen M., Bonnie L-R kneeling:  Charisse, Courtney, Meg, Janet You’ve seen Gene Kelly singin’ in the rain, but believe me, that’s nothing compared to watching over a dozen people DANCING in the rain – with genuine ear-to-ear grins on their faces.  I […]

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There’ll Be Dancing In The Streets!

May 24, 2015

All around the world – or at least in Itasca – there'll be dancing in the streets!  The photo above shows members of the Cadillac Ranch Dance Team performing in the Swedish Days Parade in Geneva last year.  Dance With Janet dancers step out in the Itasca Memorial Day Parade in a little over 24 hours (the […]

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New Schedule Starts TODAY!

May 15, 2015

It was recently pointed out to me that one never knows what kind of mood will be encountered when opening an email from me – which is an indisputable fact.  Rest assured, the Melancholy Monster is not in residence today.  On the contrary, I am in awe of the sheer delight I’ve seen in dancers […]

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