About eight years ago I was really struggling with what to do with my life. I had finished “teaching school” (where I officially learned how to teach dance) and was wondering how I could indulge myself with sharing this love of dancing with the masses. I didn’t want to own a studio and wondered, what else is there? The thought of using park district facilities came to me, where there were already rooms/studios in which to dance. Could an arrangement be made where everyone would benefit? The first park district I called was Geneva, and I still teach there today. The second, however, was the real gem. Classes at the Wheaton Park District have become a smashing success and are always full.  Look at this! The class that has been with me the longest (the Wednesday 7:45 group) is featured on the cover of WPD’s Winter 2015 brochure! Yep, that’s Tall “Bling Bling” Liz front & center! On the left is Dawn & Joe and on the right is Rosemary, Yours Truly, & Kelly. We’re so dazzling to look at that they decided to spotlight us!

I dance with about 150 dancers every week in classes (in Geneva & Wheaton, as well as Warrenville, Carol Stream, Oak Brook, Batavia, and St. Charles), and close to 1000 people have been exposed to line & couples country and swing dancing in the eight years I’ve made this my primary focus. That’s not taking into account the people I can’t number through dancing at Cadillac Ranch or Warrenville, or groups I’ve entertained.  I remember thinking, I just want to make a difference with my life; can it really happen? Well, the proof is in the pudding, or rather in the brochure cover. One person CAN make a difference, especially with God’s blessing. YOU CAN TOO.  Get creative in your thinking of how you can take an interest of yours and run with it!  As Keith Green said, “You just keep doing your best, and pray that it’s blessed; He’ll take care of the rest!”

Over 40 dancers are joining me on the Dance With Janet Cruise which departs January 31st for a week of dancing and sightseeing in the Western Caribbean. Will you join us? Our Cruise Pre-Party is THIS SATURDAY EVENING from 6 pm – midnight at Karen M.’s house. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone a bit BEFORE we sail, so we can enjoy the trip together that much better.  We still have cabins available; call Harlan at 630-334-4646 to reserve your room TODAY!

REMINDER: We will not be dancing at Warrenville until Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 23rd due to the gym being used by a theater group for a play. We will resume our normal schedule in December. Our Christmas Dance will be December 20th where all the lines called will be danced to holiday songs, as we do every year. Thank you, Randy and Mary Love, for introducing us to that idea! It’s going over very well and I look forward to it every year.

If you are newer to line dancing, please plan on “checking it out” at our FIELD TRIP WEEKEND, December 5th (at Cadillac Ranch) and 6th (at Warrenville). Now’s your chance to practice all the dances you learned in the real world!  You’ll be amazed at how many people you’ll meet; it really is a fabulous community. I am so blessed to be a part of it. If you are afraid you don’t know enough dances to participate, visit www.dancewithjanet.com/products to register for online lessons at a one time charge of $49. You can also order both line & couples DVD’s of the most popular dances, which will be available at all open dances (on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays). Join the fun!  What a blast we have dancing together!  What are you waiting for?

I’ll see you on the dance floor…where YOU will be in the spotlight!!!

Janet Kruse

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