I officially adopted Kavik yesterday, and he is adjusting very well.  We’re all getting along, and he and Nugget actually are starting to play together.  He follows me everywhere; it’s wonderful.  We had a little scare when he swallowed my sock, but now I know to limit his toys to nylabones, as he thinks anything softer is edible.  He’s very proud that he can demolish a tennis ball in less than five minutes!  Lol!  His presence helps take the edge off the stresses of this new world.

I am back to teaching and dancing about 2/3 of what I was before March, yet the changes in my dancing world never seem to stop.  Hopefully each of you will feel comfortable with at least one of the different formats of classes and dances.  It can be tough to know what the difference is between them all, so here’s a quick summary:

VIRTUAL Classes/Line Dancing:  If you see individual dances listed in a class description, I will be fully teaching only those; these are complete instructional classes.  These classes are recorded; they level the playing field in terms of learning new (especially harder, intermediate dances).  Otherwise, I run through & lead a bunch of line dances, and usually teach one new(ish) one quickly (in about 10-15 minutes).  Some people are still only dancing virtually due to covid, so I’d like to give them plenty of chances to dance through line dances they know AND learn new ones.  Indoor dancing is still uncomfortable for a lot of people, so virtual dancing may be the only alternative as the weather cools.  I encourage you to continue to attend live and/or view the recordings, particularly if you fall into that category.  Reminder:  Registration for virtual classes is at www.dancewithjanet.com/virtual and is due by 9 pm Sunday (for Mondays especially).  Thanks for understanding!

IN-PERSON Classes or Driveway Dancing are times to get together and dance line dances we know.  I run through each dance and will usually teach a new(ish) one quickly in about 10-15 minutes.  Because we have been apart for so long due to the lockdown, everyone is rusty on the dances they have already learned, so people are pleased with this format.  We’re dancing and socializing to make up for lost time instead of spending a lot of time learning a new/hard dance.

Mask Policy:  Masks are optional in my world.  When we dance inside, it’s with limited attendance in a big space so we can be adequately spaced apart and comfortably line dance without masks.  During classes in Park Districts, that rule applies also, but masks are required in common areas.  Additionally, Wheaton Park District requires masks the entire time we are in one of their facilities, even when we’re dancing.  With that said, we’re dancing inside TODAY in a big room; did you know?  And more:

SUNDAY 8/30:
– BRIDGE Dance from 1:00 – 4:00 pm CST in Wheaton, $10 (INSIDE line dancing, Masks Optional, Bar on Premises, limit of 30 – Address will be provided when pre-registration is received)

MONDAY 8/31:
– Beginner 1 VIRTUAL Line Dancing 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/84783693990?pwd=MkMxU1pVQ1dWZ0l3MkZQU2l6U2EzUT09
– Beginner 2 VIRTUAL Line Dance Class from 2:00 – 3:15 pm CST, $24/3 classes (Session 1, Class #3 of 3, FULL TEACHES of 3 Line Dances, Recording Provided)

  • Get Drunk Get Loud by Rob Holley
  • All Those Summer Nights by Step5678
  • Sundown by Glenda Covington

 – Intermediate VIRTUAL Line Dance Class from 7:00 – 8:30 pm CST, $8 (FULL TEACHES of 2 Line Dances, Recording Provided)

  • I’m On A Roll by Rob Holley (full teach, danced 2-3 times)
  • Roll With The Wind by Cato Larsen (Full teach, danced 2-3 times)

TUESDAY 8/25:
– Intermediate 2 IN-PERSON Drop-In Driveway Dancing from 10:00 – 11:30 am CST in my garage, West Chicago, $8
– Intermediate 1 IN-PERSON Line Dance Class from 2:00 – 3:15 pm CST in Warrenville, $8/$9 (limit of 9 people, register by Tuesday at http://www.warrenvilleparks.org or call 630.393.7279)
–  BEGINNER 2 IN-PERSON Drop-In Driveway Dancing from 6:00 – 7:30 pm CST in my garage, West Chicago, $8

WEDNESDAY 8/19:
 Beginner 2 IN-PERSON Drop-In Driveway Dancing from 10:00 – 11:30 am CST in the parking lot of Faith Baptist Church, 27W010 Parkway Dr. (at County Farm), Winfield, $8
– Beginner 2 VIRTUAL Line Dancing from 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST, FREE (visit http://www.hanover-township.org, Departments, Life Enrichment, Virtual Program Opportunities)
– Intermediate VIRTUAL Review Class from 7:00 – 8:30 pm CST, $8 (Recording Provided)

  • After Midnight by Judy McDonald
  • Better When I’m Dancing by Julia Wetzel  (reviewed, danced twice)
  • Back It Up by Dancin’ Terry (reviewed, danced twice)
  • Swing Time Boogie by Scott Blevins (reviewed, danced twice)
  • Wave on Wave by Alan G. Birchall (reviewed, danced twice)
  • Down On The Corner by Peter Metelnick 

UPDATES:

  1. INTERMEDIATE 1 class resumes in Glendale Heights on Thursdays (5:30 – 7:00 pm) and a new BEGINNER 2 Thursday class starts after it (7:15 – 8:45), effective this week, 9/3.  Pre-register at www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule to receive the address.  We are CHANGING LOCATIONS and will be meeting inside in Wheaton starting on 9/10.  Attendance is limited so we can have adequate spacing between us; masks are optional, as I do not wear a mask while dancing.  
  1. Also, BEGINNER 1, BEGINNER 2 (IMPROVER), & INTERMEDIATE 1 LIVE Inside Line Dance Classes resume after Labor Day at the following Park Districts (other Intermediate groups meet at alternate locations):
  • Bloomingdale (B1)
  • Butterfield (B1-2)
  • Darien (B1)
  • Hoffman Estates (B1)
  • Warrenville (I1)
  • West Chicago (B1)
  • Wheaton (B1 & B2)

That’s it; hope to see you again soon!  Love ya!

Janet