Am I…Are You…???

February 5, 2016

I was listening to Marisa Peer, and she was relating a story about a client who “had everything”, yet was miserable.  She said, “You don’t think you’re enough, do you?”  And bingo; that was it.  Success notwithstanding, her client did not believe he was enough (defined as ADEQUATE or SUFFICIENT).  No matter how much he had or did, nothing filled the gaping hole inside him.  Aren’t we all like that?  No matter how well life goes – or how badly – if we don’t think we are enough, we are conflicted and not at peace.  But the truth is, as Marisa says, YOU ARE ENOUGH.  And I am enough.  God made us, and He loves us just the way we are, faults and all.  We just have to accept that truth.

We are never going to have everything.  That’s impossible.  We can, however, learn to be content with what we have – because we are enough, right now.  Since we’re never going to be perfect, the trick is to learn to accept ourselves as we are and try to live morally, honorably, and ethically.  It’s not that we are “good people”, but that we are “OK” because we are made in the image of God, and He loves us!  Yet another reason to be kind and respectful to each other.  We are ALL enough!

As your weekend begins, remember this truth!  God loves you, and so do I. :)

Dance Details:

  • I teach at Cadillac Ranch (www.cadranch.com) on TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS.  TONIGHT, FRIDAY 2/5, I’ll be teaching BLOW ME A KISS, HILLBILLY BONE, & JAN LIKES TO BOOGIE (why yes, I do!). Doors open at 7 and we’ll start lessons at 7:30, with a $3 cover charge.  Cadillac Ranch is no longer presenting live bands on Fridays.  TUESDAY 2/9, lessons will be DOUBLE D at 7:30 & IN THE BASEMENT at 8:30.  See you there!!
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, February 6th (7-10 pm) & SUNDAY, February 14th – VALENTINE’S DAY!! – (6-9 pm), at the Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave.  Saturday’s dance will be all lines; couples are always welcome to dance around the perimeter ($5 cover includes 2 line dance lessons, at 7:30 & 8:30; you’re welcome to bring snacks).  Dance alternating sets of Couples and Lines at Sunday Nite Country on the 14th ($5 admission; dinner served from 5:30 – 7 for $5)
  • Monday’s Hanover Park class will not meet on February 15th
  • Warrenville’s Saturday 5 pm class will meet for the last time on 4/9/16.  If you have any unused punches on your punch card, please use them up before then, as this class at this time will no longer be offered after 4/9
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the THOUSANDS who have?  Pop on over to www.facebook.com/ dancewithjanet and click the “LIKE” button to keep up on what’s new!  All the photos from dances are posted to my Facebook page.
  • The Dance With Janet Cruise is SOLD OUT.  Call Harlan at 630-334-4646 if you’d still like to attend. He may be able to secure a cabin for you, but it will be at the going rate
    • Special parking rates at Midway can be found at www.parkrideflyusa.com (AAA members receive an extra 10% off with coupon code AAA10, with their membership number)
    • During the week of the cruise (2/19 – 2/27), NONE OF MY CLASSES WILL MEET, and my daughter Kat will teach for me at Cadillac Ranch.
  • Swing ‘n’ Country is presenting DANCE CAMP CHICAGO 2/26 – 2/28, which is a couples dance convention featuring workshops, competition, social dancing, and SHOES (no admission ticket required to shop).  Details can be found at www.dancecampchicago.com
  • The next DANCE WORKSHOP (aka Boot Camp) is scheduled for MARCH 13.  I’ll be teaching line dances, and Gary will be teaching couples classes. Mark your calendars!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

What Are You SAYING?

January 29, 2016

Any time a group of people gets together, the possibility for conflict increases.  We all have opinions, and they all matter.  It’s a free country.  However…HOWEVER!!!  That does not mean we all want to hear each others’ opinions – especially if they’re negative.  That kind of conversation is really complaining & gossiping, which, while entertaining, is not fruitful, but divisive.  Before you speak, think of what you are saying.  Is it edifying?  Is it as positive as possible?  If not – is it really necessary to say?  And this has nothing to do with “little ears listening” – this has to do with our ATTITUDES.  Our attitudes are contagious – is YOURS worth catching?

Do you see what’s coming?  

The BIGGEST issue for dancers is a venue in which to dance.  A DJ, instructor, and dancers do not a successful dance create – for without a dance floor, there is no dance.  We are blessed to have multiple dance halls available for us in the Chicagoland area, and one of them is Cadillac Ranch.  The Ranch has been around for 22 years and as such has quite a history.  Like Willowbrook Ballroom, the Ranch is often referred to in conversations containing the words, “The Good Ol’ Days”.  I understand that, in multiple areas; I was there.  But life changes, and for our emotional health, we need to change with it.  Let’s support the venues where we choose to dance – by paying the cover charge requested, attending when they are open, and not comparing the present to the past.  Only that way will our dance halls REMAIN open.  Remember – they are doing US a favor by renting us their facility (that’s what a cover charge is!) so we can enjoy our favorite hobby.  Let’s not bite the hands that feed us!!

Our life attitudes are obvious by what we say, and how we say it.  Take care…the world is watching!

Dance Details:

  • I teach at Cadillac Ranch (www.cadranch.com) on TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS.  TONIGHT, FRIDAY 1/29, I’ll be teaching HOLLER BACK, CHERRY BOMB, & ONE STEP FORWARD. Doors open at 7 and we’ll start lessons at 7:30, with a $3 cover charge.  Cadillac Ranch is no longer presenting live bands on Fridays.  TUESDAY 1/26, lessons are DOUBLE D at 7:30 & DRINK MY WAY OUT at 8:30.  See you there!!
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, February 6th (7-10 pm) & SUNDAY, February 14th – VALENTINE’S DAY!! – (6-9 pm), at the Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave.  Saturday’s dance will be all lines; couples are always welcome to dance around the perimeter ($5 cover includes 2 line dance lessons, at 7:30 & 8:30; you’re welcome to bring snacks).  Dance alternating sets of Couples and Lines at Sunday Nite Country on the 14th ($5 admission; dinner served from 5:30 – 7 for $5)
  • Warrenville’s Saturday 5 pm class will meet for the last time on 4/9/16.  If you have any unused punches on your punch card, please use them up before then, as this class at this time will no longer be offered after 4/9
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the THOUSANDS who have?  Pop on over to www.facebook.com/ dancewithjanet and click the “LIKE” button to keep up on what’s new!  All the photos from dances are posted to my Facebook page.
  • The Dance With Janet Cruise is SOLD OUT.  Call Harlan at 630-334-4646 if you’d still like to attend. He may be able to secure a cabin for you, but it will be at the going rate
    • Lessons & open dance schedule and other details can be found at www.dancewithjanet.com/ cruise2016
    • Classes will not meet the week of the cruise (2/19 – 2/27), and my daughter Kat will teach for me at Cadillac Ranch while I’m gone
  • The next DANCE WORKSHOP (aka Boot Camp) is scheduled for MARCH 13.  I’ll be teaching line dances, and Gary will be teaching couples classes. Mark your calendars!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

Changes at Cadillac Ranch

January 22, 2016

Never underestimate the power of The Grapevine – meaning, I’m sure most of you have heard of the changes at Cadillac Ranch.  This affects Fridays and Saturdays, and may be upsetting.  Please, try to make the best of this situation.  Life is change, and we won’t like all of it.  The key is to keep […]

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Purpose, Vision, Mission – What’s Yours?

January 14, 2016

You hear businesses talking about their Purpose, Vision, and Mission all the time – but why?  What’s it REALLY mean?  And who cares?  And – here’s the big one – does it really matter to ME? I’m going to say, YES, it does.  So many of us coast through life with the same daily grind.  […]

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As We Walk

January 5, 2016

Do you ever feel like the man in this photo? I sure do. I woke up to this song running through my head. As we walk, there so many times when we cannot see where we’re going, or what’s ahead. I’m alive, even though a part of me has died. I know I’m not the only […]

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No Lessons Tonight

January 1, 2016

Have you recovered from your New Year’s Eve celebration last night yet?  I have, but I’m still in my pj’s, working and relaxing.  My headache has finally receded   This is my kind of day to start the new year, with this crisp, sunny, lovely air!  One REMINDER – I will not be at Cadillac […]

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Check Your FRIEND List Twice

December 11, 2015

We’ve all been at that dismal place when we are sad and lonely where we don’t feel like we have any friends.  Have you visited that spot in Sadville lately?  We tend to do that more when we are in the middle of cultural pressure cookers like major holidays.  We check our gift list, and […]

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Remembering Nashville

December 5, 2015

Yesterday I was privileged to be a part of remembering John Mathe’s life.  I met John through Betsy on the dance floor, and he accompanied the dance team in our travels during our two years of performing and competing around the country.  He sure did enjoy our week in Nashville with almost all the original […]

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Black Friday Meets Dance With Janet!

November 27, 2015

I hope you all had a wonderful, refreshing Thanksgiving Day yesterday with your family and friends!  I spent the afternoon doing something totally different – attending the play, WHITE CHRISTMAS, with Mom, Aunt Mary, & Uncle Walt at Drury Lane Theater in Oak Brook.  Then we went back to Aunt Mary’s house for Thanksgiving dinner…and […]

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What We Tell Ourselves

November 20, 2015

I am always convicted when I hear Andy Stanley speak.  I could listen to him talk all day; he makes perfect sense to me, and when he talks, I say to myself, of course!  Why didn’t I think of that?  I’m watching his “Breakaway” series and one of his talks addressed what we tell ourselves.  […]

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