A couple of weeks ago I visited Washington Island, which is the northernmost tip of Door County, Wisconsin. It's only accessible by a half hour ferry ride. The locals are very friendly, and I talked to a lot of them when I was up there. It fascinates me that only 710 people live there year-round. In every conversation, I kept hearing the same thing: it's lovely to live here, but you've got to be good with yourself. There's just not a lot to do, and in the winter months the ferry only runs once a day. The whole island has one automobile service station, one gift shop, one grocery store, three churches, and about a dozen restaurants. Yep, that's it. It's only 35 square miles. 

On Washington Island, you've got to be good with yourself because you have to be able to keep yourself busy and be alone and not go crazy. That really stuck with me. I like to be alone, but I also like to be with people. I've been asking myself since I left, am I good with myself? I would love to live up there because of its beauty, remoteness, and proximity to the water. But could I be primarily with ME, and not groups of people, and be content? I'm not sure. I am good with myself, and who I am, but…… The folks from Washington Island have given me a lot to ponder. 

Back in the Dance With Janet world, things are busy. FIVE instructors are teaching people how to line dance in addition to myself, with two more in the wings who will be taking on new classes in January.  We have more classes scheduled than ever before, and they are populating!  There's never been a better time to learn how to line or couples dance in a small, safe environment. We offer classes in OVER A DOZEN different Chicagoland suburbs, comprised of THREE experience levels (visit www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule to find a class near you)! It's so exciting to see people learning how to dance and sharing their enthusiasm as they master new skill. New classes will be starting as of the week of October 29th.

I just got word that Royal Caribbean is PULLING ALL OUR UNSOLD CABINS AS OF NOVEMBER 1st. We have until Halloween to take advantage of the group rate, and after that all rooms will be priced significantly higher. If you've been thinking about joining our 4th Annual Dance With Janet Cruise (we are sailing to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaco, and Haiti this year), I encourage you to think no longer and SIGN UP NOW! You have until the end of November to change your mind and get a full refund of your deposit. We always have a blast taking a vacation with all of our dancing buddies. The people you meet will enhance your life and could quite possibly be YOUR new best friends!

Also, there's been a revision to the Wheaton line dance class schedule for the last session of 2018. Beginner 2 will meet on Mondays at 5:30 and Beginner 1 will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30. Intermediate classes will continue to meet on Mondays at 7 and on Wednesdays at 8. Couples class WILL run at the Wheaton Community Center on Thursdays at 7:30. Lessons will revert to the published schedule in the brochures in January of 2019.

Finally, we will be dancing at a NEW VENUE, Tequila Roadhouse (920 E. Roosevelt Rd. in West Chicago) on Friday, November 2nd, from 7-10 ($7 cover). DJ JEFF will be hosting our country night of lines and couples; he knows what we like and always has new songs for us to enjoy! Come join the dance party; if it works out, we will be returning regularly! The staff at the restaurant is looking forward to our arrival and there's been a lot of interest in having country nights there!

See you on the dance floor; you are loved!