These last four months have been especially rough if you prefer dancing Beginner line dances, haven’t they?  Virtual line dancing just isn’t the same as dancing together in person.  Even though I’m leading you, once you change walls, it’s easy to lose your place and thus your enthusiasm.  I get it!  It’s even been hard for the more experienced dancers to make the switch, so I understand why most of you have reluctantly set your line dancing aside.  I’ve spoken with a lot of you, and I’ve heard this same story over and over.

Would you come join me in person to dance if we can be spaced apart even more than usual (you can wear a mask if you would like to)?   You’d have others at your (distant) side so you can line dance like we used to, with people in your peripheral vision to help you keep your place in the dance.  I’ll be there calling steps if you’ve forgotten them.  Plus you’d be able to see your friends again!

I’ve booked SIX times in an air-conditioned 6000 sf gym in Wheaton for Beginner line dancers in August.  To say there’s plenty of room is an understatement!  I’ll be reviewing and dancing dozens of Beginner 1 & Beginner 2 dances (intermediate dancers will have their own area in the gym to do their harder dances too; it’s big enough).  This is FOR YOU!  Even though these gyms can hold hundreds of people, we’re limiting attendance to 40 so that everyone can feel comfortable.  I call these BRIDGE dances, and they’re well-loved events.  We’re meeting THIS SUNDAY (with Ray, who is in town!), TUESDAY, & FRIDAY – can you squeeze one of these into your schedule? 

SUNDAY 8/2:
– BEGINNER DAY – IN-PERSON BRIDGE Dance from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm CST in Wheaton, $10 (pre-register at https://www.dancewithjanet.com/upcomingevents)

MONDAY 8/3:
– Beginner 1 VIRTUAL Class from 10:00 – 11:00 am CST thru Elgin Senior Center’s website, FREE (visit http://www.seniorservicesassoc.org, News & Events in the blue menu bar, Elgin Events, Events Calendar on the very bottom left, View Details under Line Dancing With Janet – you must register and the link will then be sent to you)

– Touch Base Today thru ZOOM from 12:30 – 1:00 pm CST:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83341966906?pwd=SzE3dnpNQ1R6VXIwMzhUL2FJSnRDUT09

– Intermediate VIRTUAL Class from 7:00 – 8:30 pm CST, $8 (Recording Provided)

  1. Mom, The Bomb! by Niels Poulsen & Alexis Strong (full teach, danced two or three times)
  2. Speak With Your Heart by Peter Metelnick & Alison Biggs (full teach, danced two or three times)

TUESDAY 8/4:
– Intermediate IN-PERSON Drop-In Driveway Dancing – in the parking lot outside my condo or in my garage, West Chicago from 10:00 – 11:30 am CST, $8

– Intermediate IN-PERSON Class in Warrenville from 2:00 – 3:15 pm CST, $8/$9 (limit of 9 people, register by Monday at http://www.warrenvilleparks.org)

–  BEGINNER NIGHT – IN-PERSON BRIDGE Dance from 5:30 – 8:30 pm CST in Wheaton, $10 (pre-register at https://www.dancewithjanet.com/upcomingevents)

WEDNESDAY 8/5:
– Beginner 2 IN-PERSON Drop-In Driveway Dancing in the parking lot of Faith Baptist Church, 27W010 Parkway Dr. (at County Farm), Winfield from 10:00 – 11:30 am CST, $8

– Beginner 2 VIRTUAL Class from 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST, FREE (visit http://www.hanover-township.org, Departments, Life Enrichment, Virtual Program Opportunities)

– Beginner 1 IN-PERSON Class in the Wheaton gym, 1777 S. Blanchard Rd., from 6:30 – 7:45 pm CST, (limit of 20, register at www.wheatonparkdistrict.com)

– Intermediate Review VIRTUAL Class from 7:00 – 8:30 pm CST, $8 (Recording Provided)

  1. M-O-V-E by Lynn Card (reviewed, danced twice)
  2. We Are Tonight by Dan Albro (reviewed, danced twice)
  3. Have Fun Go Mad by Scott Blevins (reviewed, danced twice)
  4. Six Pack Kick Back by John Robinson & Derek Steele (reviewed, danced twice)
  5. 50 Ways by Pat Stott (reviewed, danced twice)
  6. Grand Daddy Long Legs by Lynn Card (reviewed, danced twice) 

THURSDAY 8/6:
– Intermediate IN-PERSON Class at Judy’s, Aurora from 10:00 – 11:30 am CST, $8

– Beginner 1 IN-PERSON Class in Hoffman Estates, 1685 W. Higgins Rd., from 3:30 – 4:30 pm CST (register at www.heparks.org)

– Intermediate IN-PERSON Class at Fran’s, Glendale Heights from 5:45 – 7:15 pm CST, $8 (limit of 7 people, pre-register at https://www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule)

– Beginner 1 IN-PERSON Class in Darien, 7301 Fairview Ave., from 6:30 – 7:45 pm CST (register at www.darienparks.com)

FRIDAY 8/7:

– Beginner 2 IN-PERSON Drop-In Driveway Dancing in the parking lot of Faith Baptist Church, 27W010 Parkway Dr. (at County Farm), Winfield from 10:00 – 11:30 am CST, $8

– BEGINNER NIGHT – IN-PERSON BRIDGE Dance from 4:30 – 7:30 pm CST in Wheaton, $10 (pre-register at https://www.dancewithjanet.com/upcomingevents

REMINDER:

Courtney will be going back to her other job SOON (!!!) and so needs to receive VIRTUAL class registrations for the week by 9 pm SUNDAY evening.  If you register after that time, she cannot guarantee that you receive the link for the live class in time to attend (you would still receive the recording, no problem).  Easy link to virtual registration is https://www.dancewithjanet.com/virtual.  Thank you for understanding, and for planning out your week’s schedule in advance.  Two additional reminders:

  • You can use your DWJ card to order ANY item on the website; simply enter the card number in the credit card number field and put 12/99 in the expiration date & 111 as the 3-digit code.  ALL classes and dances can be found at https://www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule. All Intermediate lessons of NEW line dances will remain VIRTUAL so we can dance as much as possible in-person
  • Beginner 2 classes & dances are morphing to in-person gatherings

I really will see you on the dance floor!!!

Love ya!
Janet