One of the most important things to do in life – albeit one of the hardest – is to pick yourself up after a disappointment and try again.  There’s nothing like feeling on display, and knowing people are watching to see if I at least attempt to do what I encourage others to do…so here we go!  Jeff and I brought in a new foster dog yesterday, Kash.  He’s an older gent looking for a permanent home; you can read more about him at  The rewards of opening up our hearts to another dog definitely outweigh the challenges.  Like Gary Allan sings, “every storm runs out of rain.”  I’m not sure the rain has run out, but it’s definitely receding.  And I thank you all for your supportive words about the loss of Sophie…you’ve helped considerably.

As we gear up for another week of dancing, please consider these venues (and I know you have a LOT to choose from!)

  • TONIGHT September 6th Estelle will be leading line dances at the WHEATON CAR SHOW in downtown Wheaton (from 6:30 – 9 pm) at the corner of Schmale Road (Main Street Wheaton) and Front Streets in Wheaton.  She’ll be teaching a few easy dances to the crowd, and dancing some of the more challenging ones with you to whet people’s appetites!  Get all the details at this Facebook event link:
  • TOMORROW September 7th is our bi-monthly DANCE at the Warrenville Community Building(3S240 Warren Ave. in Warrenville).  I’ll be teaching 2 new dances, FILL IN THE BLANK at 7:30 & ISLAND SONG at 8:30, and we’ll have a special SURPRISE GUEST after the first lesson.  Believe me, this will be unforgettable…don’t miss it!!!!!!  I can’t wait to hear your reactions.  More can be found at
  • SUNDAY September 8th we’re back at Cadillac Ranch for FAMILY DAYS ( 2 – 5:30, followed by the Stampede from 6 – 11 pm (  I’ll be teaching easy dances for the kids every half hour (2:30, 3:00, 3:30, & 4:00) and leading the standards with all the parents so no one will be bored!  Your $10 admission includes an all-you-can-eat buffet & two drink tickets, and admission to the Stampede.  Buy 3 admissions and get the third free!  Such a deal!
  • SATURDAY September 21st Warrenville Park District will be hosting a mini BOOT CAMP from 4 – 6 pm before our regularly scheduled dance (6:45 – 10 pm).  I’ll be teaching Chill Factor & Fake ID, and Gary will be teaching Two Step & Double Two.  Take a look at the details here.
We start LOTS of new classes this week – Intermediate 1 Lines, Couples Patterns 1, Couples Double Two, Beginners 1-2 Lines, & Intermediate 2 Lines.  Visit for the exact dates, times, & locations.


See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse

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