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It’s Thursday, Let’s Dance in Evanston

April 23rd, 2015

The series will run from June 11 – August 6th (Skipping July 2nd). The first 2 will take place in the plaza outside of American Apparel at 909 Davis St. and the rest of the series will occur weekly in the plaza outside of LYFE.

This annual series begins with a dance lesson followed by live music and dancing for all ages.

Free event sponsored by Downtown Evanston Business Association.

Saturday Night Dance in Evanston on March 7

January 6th, 2015

We organize a dance every other month at the Unitarian Church of Evanston. We hang the disco ball, add lights and candles, offer a lesson at 7pm and open dancing til 10pm.

Friendly, welcoming group of beginning dancers. Join us anytime. BYOB. Bring a snack to share if that is easy for you.

Donations to the church for lights and heat, etc. are always welcome but the event is free.

Shirley creates a playlist. Email her with requests. We include a few waltzes, some swing, a bachata, a polka, some cha cha, foxtrot, rumba and free-style. An occasional line dance or two as well.

Join us for a relaxed but energetic evening.

Winter Dance in Chicago

January 6th, 2015

Lessons and live music. A great combination. Sponsored by Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Over several days: stepping, line dancing, salsa in January.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hamilton Park 513 W. 72nd St.

  • 2-3pm – Ken Watkins (Chicago Steppin’ dance lesson)
  • 3-5pm – National Steppers Society (two DJ Steppers sets)


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chicago Cultural Center (Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North) 78 E. Washington St.

  • 2-3pm – The Thomas Twins (Line Dancing lesson)
  • 3-5pm – DJ Boolumaster (two Chicago House DJ sets)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Austin Town Hall Park

5610 W. Lake St.

  • 2-3pm – Miguel Mendez of Dance Academy Salsa (salsa lesson) 3-5 p.m.: DJ El Caobo (two Latin DJ sets)


Sunday, January 25, 2015

South Shore Cultural Center

7059 S. South Shore Dr.

  • 2-3pm – Lisa “La Boriqua” Latin Street Dancing (salsa lesson)
  • 3-5pm – Viva! Marc Anthony Tribute Project (live salsa band performing two 50-minute sets)


Group Dance Classes Evanston IL January 2015

December 9th, 2014

Some dancers who have been through the beginner classes asked for an Improvers Class. Motivated by their requests, and having the studio space at Noyes, I have scheduled group classes for beginners, improvers and for beginning salsa. The dates are all Sunday afternoons, starting Sunday, January 25.

The series run for three class sessions.

Check the calendar for details and email to register or get more details.

Beginners class will use merengue and one-step, four count hustle and country waltz to learn to dance as a couple to a variety of dance rhythms. Special emphasis on dance frame, connecting to your partner, moving to the music and having fun.

Improvers will get a taste of american rumba or bossanova, social foxtrot and east coast swing.

Salsa class will give you the rhythm and feel for salsa with some basic patterns for dancing as a couple and moving to this fast paced music.

Classes are open to couples and individuals. Small class sizes.

Wedding Dance Lessons

July 30th, 2014

Four couples are preparing for their Wedding Dance with Shirley this month.

See the Wedding Dance Page for information.

Dance Lessons for your first dance together can be romantic, fun and useful. Contact Shirley via email from the home page to schedule classes or ask questions.


Free Swing and Foxtrot Lesson at UCE

July 30th, 2014

The community is invited to this free dance lesson followed by an hour or two of open dancing. The east coast swing basic pattern will be taught (using single time rhythm) and then we will combine it with the basic foxtrot pattern. Both dances are six-count steps and work beautifully to big band music.

Lesson from 7pm til 8pm. Open Dancing from 8pm til 10pm.

The organizers will supply non-alcoholic beverages (BYOB). You may bring a snack to share but this is not required.

Casual dress. The theme is South Sea Island dance-cation, so if you have a Hawaiian shirt, this is the night to wear it!

We will be in room 3 – on the right as you enter the church from the parking lot, which is off of Greenwood.

Venue: Unitarian Church of Evanston, corner of Ridge & Greenwood Ave.

Beginning Dance Lessons – 3 classes

April 9th, 2014

Beginners, join me for three classes in May 2014 at a venue in Evanston. Sundays, May 4, 11 and 18 at 6:30pm.  Cost is $50 per person for the series. ANyone who has taken the class before may return for a ‘refresher’ for $5 per class.

email for details. Note that I am away April 9 thru 21 for my own ‘refresher’ classes.

Night Club 2 Step classes in February

January 14th, 2014

Kyle Burke will be teaching and Shirley will assist in some beginning Night Club 2 step classes at Charlie’s Chicago.

Free classes. A series of three classes in February. If well received, Charlie’s will offer West Coast Swing classes in March.

We will review each week, so you should be able to come to any class but it is ideal to start on Feb. 14.



WinterDance Events this weekend in Chicago

January 2nd, 2014

Winter’s version of SummerDance, Chicago WinterDance 2014 will be held January 3–5 in the Yates Gallery located on the 4th floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago WinterDance will bring people of all ages and skill levels together with free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing. The diverse musical lineup showcases popular dance styles.

Friday, January 3, 2014
7:10-9pm – DJ Mellow Khris (Chicago Steppin’)

6-7pm – Dawud Shareef & Lura Satterfield (Chicago Steppin’)


Saturday, January 4, 2014

7:10-9pm – Rica Obsesion (Salsa)

6-7pm – May I Have This Dance (Salsa)


Sunday, January 5, 2014

1-3pm – Tangata Ensemble (Milonga)

12 Noon-1pm – Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)


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