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

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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. emo31 Scoot it HOW??!!

Line dancing is my “big thing” because I truly believe everyone can do it.  “Normal” people – meaning, people who don’t spend hours a day training in a dance studio – are provided organized movements to do on the dance floor.  The same is true for couples dancing, but that is in general more complicated, simply because two people are involved instead of one.  Line dancing meets countless people where they are and provides guidelines on what to do, and it’s up to each person to “scoot” it so it’s most comfortable for them.  It’s the perfect entrance point into the dance world.  The only WRONG way to line dance is to get in your neighbor’s space without their permission!  That’s a lot of leeway; my kind of dancing, for sure.  No pressure; instead, limitless options – and all of them correct.  No wonder we share this with our friends!  IT’S FUN, and fun can be in short supply in daily living, can’t it?  As Marge said yesterday, after a hard day at the office, a little bit of dancing can fix the resulting stress!  So very true!!

Try it!  We line dance at Warrenville THIS SATURDAY NIGHT from 7-10 (ALL AGES are welcome) and every Tuesday and Friday at Cadillac Ranch.  But…scoot it clothed, please.  It’s safer! emo3 Scoot it HOW??!!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse


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