One of the things I enjoy most about watching movies is "listening for gems."  Each time I hear a phrase that's an A-HA moment, one that I can keep forever, it's a successful movie for me.  In re-watching the Star Wars prequel saga, Yoda always has my attention, because every time that little green goblin opens his mouth, wise words pour out.  Whoever writes his lines should write a book!!

In Revenge of the Sith, we see how Anakin turns to the dark side.  As he vacillates between the choice of good and evil, Yoda counsels him to "train yourself to let go of all you fear to lose."  Wise words indeed, but talk about difficult!!!!  Yet that's the way to peace, isn't it?

No matter how much we want things, sometimes we simply cannot have them, or make the situation work out the way we want to.  It stinks, but it's a fact.  My wanting something won't magically create it, and when I stubbornly hang on to MY wants, MY desires, chaos in my heart and life results.  We can only control who we are and what we do, and we fear losing so many things.  Why do you think that Frozen song was such a hit?  Deep down we know the truth:  we have to LET IT GO.  And that requires training ourselves, that's for sure.  Good thing we're not alone in this struggle!  Let's help each other with this, shall we?

I'm off this weekend in that I'm not hosting any dances.  Have a great weekend!


  • Dances are on the 2nd and 4th Fridays at the West Chicago VFW 6791 from now on. Enjoy a floor for line dancing and a separate floor for couples here. If anyone would like to show up at 6:15 to help take down tables, that would be much appreciated! *:) happy Pizzas are available for $5.50 – $6.50
  • Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday we’ll dance at the Wheaton VFW Post 2164. Hot dogs & chips are offered for $2 as well as $8 pizzas
  • Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday we’ll dance at the Elgin VFW Post 1307. Grab a pizza for dinner for $6.50
  • BEGINNING FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, I'll be reinstating dances at the Geneva American Legion Post 75 on the 1st & 3rd Fridays.  I like visiting different places to dance…
  • SALE!!  ALL DVD’s are 25% off through the end of August at any dances I host.  Yes, I accept credit cards!
  • Our next Warrenville Dances are SATURDAY, August 20th (7-10 pm, our only Saturday dance in Warrenville in August) & SUNDAY, August 14th, preceded by BOOT CAMP (6-9 pm) at the Warrenville Community Building, 3S240 Warren Ave.  Saturday’sDance includes 2 line dance lessons, at 7:30 & 8:30; you’re welcome to bring snacks ($5 cover).  Dance alternating sets of Couples and Lines at Sunday Nite Country following the format of the former Sunday Stampede on the 12th (dance, dinner, & beverage for $10; dinner served from 5:30 – 7).  No outside beverages; please support the Park District by purchasing water or pop for $1 each
  • Upcoming Performances – Turtle Splash Pool in West Chicago 8/27, Septemberfest Parade in Schaumburg 9/5, & Art On The Prairie in Warrenville 9/18. See calendar for exact locations, times, and song lists.  Wear your DWJ shirt and blue denim bottoms, and LET’S DANCE for all the world to see!
  • Videos & Step Sheets of dances I’ve taught at ALL dances (Tuesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays) can be found on the Upcoming Events tab of my website.  If you missed a dance and want to know what was taught, visit calendar and go to the exact dance event to find out.
  • Have you “LIKED” my Dance With Janet Facebook page, along with the OVER 11,000 fans who have?  Pop on over to anet and click the “LIKE” button to keep up on what’s new!  All the photos from dances are posted to my Facebook page, as well as the PHOTOS tab of my website
    • Friday's St. Charles morning class WILL NOT MEET on 8/5; we resume 8/12
    • A BRAND NEW BEGINNER DROP-IN CLASS debuts 9/13 on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, preceding the Elgin dance.  Class will run from 4:30 – 5:45 at the Izaak Walton Center, 899 Jay Street in Elgin ($7)
  • Planning on joining me for the BEST LINE DANCE CONVENTION OF ALL, Windy City Line Dance Mania, fromOctober 6th – 9th, 2016 in Rosemont, IL?  I'll be submitting the group registration where we'll all save a few $$ on AUGUST 5th.  If you prefer to register online, choose the 4 day group pass and say you're with the Dance With Janet group.  For details, visit website
  • AND…The 3rd Annual Dance With Janet CRUISE is preparing to sail!  ALL fees paid are fully refundable until 11/20/16.  Published rates are for two people per cabin; if you need a roommate, please let me know and I’ll match you up with someone FABULOUS within the dance community, as quite a few people are traveling alone.  Get the full scoop at cruise2017
    • OUR NEXT PRE-CRUISE PARTY IS SUNDAY, 8/28 from 2 – 6 pm at Bonnie’s house.  Save the date!

See you on the dance floor!

Janet Kruse