Many many moons ago, I watched two couples dancing a West Coast Swing mixer at Willowbrook Ballroom.  Far from being a scandalous dance, it was mesmerizing!  I remember thinking, I'm going to learn that dance if it's the last thing I do!  Thanks to Mary & Randy Love and Candy & Glen, that wish came true last summer, when they taught a group of us from the Cadillac Ranch Dance Team the mixer dance called FOURPLAY.   Since then we have been practicing it at every opportunity; you might have seen us dance it during open dancing.  Part of it was integrated into our Two Step number.  The cool thing about this dance is, it can be done with an unlimited number of couples – the concentration level increases, but it CAN be done!  Take a look at TEN of us dancing Fourplay (this time, it's called Mass Confusion!):

For the first time, Fourplay will be offered as part of a couples dance curriculum (Patterns 2), which begins TONIGHT!  If you've ever thought Fourplay looks fun and you'd like to dance it, now's your chance!  Chris and I will be teaching El Paso Stroll and Waves (to Toby Keith's song, Drinks After Work) tonight, and we will teach Fourplay next week.  You'll learn Sweet Revenge (to Carrie Underwood's song, Blown Away) in week 3, and another new pattern dance, the Renegade Mixer, in week 4.  Click on the links below for more information, and to see demos of what these dances look like.  Pattern dancing is the next step after line dancing; it's the best way to get used to couples dancing.  Attending with a partner always works, but we'll rotate, so technically there's no partner needed (men, here's your chance to meet the ladies who really want to dance!):

  • Patterns 2 starts TONIGHT, November 4th, in Wheaton on Mondays at 7:45 (call 630-665-4710 or register on-site at 208 W. Union)
  • West Coast Swing (very IN, nowadays!) starts TOMORROW, November 5th, in Warrenville on Tuesdays at 7:15 (call 630-393-7279 or register on-site at 3S240 Warren Ave.)
  • Double Two (the easiest country couples dance) starts THIS THURSDAY, November 7th, in Warrenville on Thursdays at 7:30 (call 630-393-7279 or register on-site at 3S240 Warren Ave.)

**Check out dancewithjanet.com/couples/couplesdanceclasses for more details on couples dancing, and http://dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule for the full scoop on upcoming classes**

My dream came true when Liz, one of the original dancers I watched at Willowbrook Ballroom years ago, saw us dancing Fourplay last night at Cadillac Ranch.  I was practically jumping up and down with excitement!  She danced it with us and was grinning from ear to ear; she said it was the best dance of the night.  WOOHOO!!!!!!!!  Come join the fun!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

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