DECEMBER 17TH, 2001
MONDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!



PICTURE OF THE WEEK


From the movie "Dance Hall"
Just a typical night on the swing dance floor!
 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I wish jazz was played more often for dancing.
The rhythm of the dancers comes back to you when you're playing."

--Lester Young
Tenor Saxophonist for Count Basie

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THIS WEDNESDAY...COME TO
RUSTY AND PETER'S RHYTHM CLUB

BE ENTERTAINED BY THE PERFORMANCE CLASS AND
RUSTY AND PETER!!!

AND DRESS UP FOR THE FESTIVITIES
AND FOR A GROUP PHOTO!!!!

7:30-8:00pm Beginner's East Coast Swing Lesson
8:00-11:30 Dance!  Dance!  Dance!
9:30 PERFORMANCE CLASS DISPLAY

Come down to the Rhythm Club this week for an evening of style and entertainment!  As this is the middle of the holiday season, we are going to have a little dressier night at the Rhythm Club.  So come down to dance the night away in something classy and slick...let's make it a gorgeous evening for everyone.  We'll be taking a group photo that night to be posted on the website, so look sharp!

Then, make sure to stick around for the evenings festivities, Beginning with a special performance by Rusty and Peter of their two song-and-dance numbers.  These are the numbers that Rusty and Peter have performed all over the country and around the world, to great acclaim, and Wednesday night, they bring them to the Rhythm Club, for your entertainment!  THEN, the Performance Class will knock you out with their incredible display of their new routine to the Swing Session's "Diga Diga Doo", a fast paced dance with loads of shag, balboa, lindy hop, smiles and style!  They debuted this number at Sunday's End-Of-Series Party to a wildly enthusiastic response, and we can't wait to see it again!  So make sure to plan on joining us this Wednesday night for a lovely, classy evening of dancing and entertainment!!!

Full details, click http://www.swingshiftontap.com/rhythmclub.asp;
Directions, click THE RHYTHM CLUB IS ON FOR DECEMBER 26TH!!!

You asked for it!  You got it!  Next Wednesday night, December 26th the Rhythm Club WILL be open!  We have heard over and over again that everyone will want to get out and dance after all that celebrating (AND EATING!).  So mark your calendars now and plan to join us on Wednesday the 26th, for a pre-New Year's bash.

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT...
SWING DANCE!!!

This holiday season, why not give your loved ones something they've always wanted...swing!  Whether it's a series card, good for four weeks of great dance classes with Rusty and Peter, or maybe some passes to the Rhythm Club on Wednesday nights, it's a gift that really fits all!  You can even set up some private lessons with Rusty -- what a terrific present for the swing dancer in your life!  Just email, call or personally ask for any of these things at any Rusty and Peter event, and we'll be more than happy to take care of you!

NEW LINDY BY THE SEA MERCHANDISE!!!

    

Ok, Ok, so we finally heard you!  After THREE years of students and friends prodding us to do so, we have gotten around to creating some Lindy By The Sea merchandise!  We thought you would all be impressed with the speed and efficiency we've shown in this area (hee hee) and now we are proud to offer some really beautiful items for you!  We currently have towels available (for boys who sweat and girls who...glow...?) in a wonderful deep blue with the Rhythm Club - Lindy By The Sea logo embroidered on the front!  We also offer baseball jersey-style shirts for both boys and girls in a wide array of colors and sizes, also with our logo.  And while we're at it, we'd like to again thank and recognize Montana Mike, who cleaned up the two dancers on the logo, and Robin Campbell and Beth Goldfarb who designed the logo.  It's really excellent and we are proud to feature it on our merchandise!  So make sure to grab some of these great items soon!!!  (They'll also be available for sale on our website soon -- we'll let you know.)

They'll be available for purchase at the Rhythm Club starting this week.  Towels - $10.00, Shirts - $15.00

NEW CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 6TH AND 7TH,
WITH NEW CURRICULUM!!!

FEATURED CLASS:  LINDY RUEDA!!!
AND
NEW BALBOA/SHAG BASICS MONDAY NIGHT CLASS!!!

Mark your calendars now for our next series of classes, starting the first Sunday of the new year!  And to get the New Year going right, we are streamlining our material on Sundays and Mondays!  Our Sunday classes will now be teaching "Lindy Hop", where we will be incorporating Hollywood and Savoy styles immediately, to better prepare everyone for the actual dance floors of Southern California!  On Monday nights, our first class of the evening will be Shag and Balboa Basics, a beginner level class in these two extremely popular dances (this class is open to dancers of all levels, from beginners to advanced)!!!  And our Featured Class for the month of January will be the Swing Rueda, an exciting new dance made up of swing moves we all know, with lots of partner changing (think of a square dance...but in a circle...to swing music...and kinda cooler... hep'er!)!  This dance is springing up all over the world, and we are excited to be offering a class in it so we can all participate in ruedas wherever they may happen!!!  So make sure to plan to join us for these great new classes coming up in January!  For more details, click on http://swingshiftontap.com/lbs-classes.asp

MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO ATTEND THE
2002 LINDY CRUISE TO MEXICO!!!
APRIL 19-22, 2002

We are thrilled to tell you all that we will again be a part of the 2002 Lindy Cruise to Mexico, brought to you by DanceFun!!!  We were involved in last year's cruise and we can honestly say that it was one of the most enjoyable events we have ever done!  The line-up of teachers is fantastic, including ourselves, Erik and Sylvia, Shesha and Terra, Steve Conrad, Melinda Comeau, and Sylvia Sykes!!!  And the live music for the nightly dances will be handled by none other than the SWING SESSION!  This is a cruise of course, so the dance classes are kept to a manageable amount per day (read "two one-hour classes") to allow for plenty of time to relax, lounge around or whatever.  The cost for this outstanding weekend cruise to Ensenada is only $399 per person (plus port and departure taxes) until January 12th.  After that the cost increases, so make sure to get your registration filled out NOW...we have loads of registration forms at our classes and events, so just ask for one!!!  For more information on this incredible event, click http://dancefun.com/lindy/020419swing&lindycruise/lindycruise_pg1.htm !  Hope to see you onboard!!!

RUSTY PARTIES WITH SOME ENTERTAINMENT GREATS!!!

Rusty was thrilled to be invited to her dear friend Miriam Nelson's annual holiday party, and what a great night it turned out to be!  Miriam (who turned 82 recently) is a legendary choreographer and dancer from Hollywood's golden age, and has worked with just about everyone, including stars like Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant!!!  The party was attended by the likes of Joan Benny (daughter of radio and TV star Jack Benny) and Nanette Fabray, as well as many other great dancers, singers, directors, producers, and choreographers from the Golden Age of movie musicals and variety television!  What a great way to spend an evening!


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END-OF-SERIES PARTY...SPECIAL SHOW BY
THE PERFORMANCE CLASS

Sunday night saw the debut of the Performance Class's new routine to the Swing Session's "Diga Diga Doo", and the response was terrific!  Everyone in the show gave it their all, and the results were just spectacular!  This routine is the first joint choreography for Rusty and Peter, and they were absolutely overjoyed with how it all turned out...far above and beyond their greatest expectations...which were pretty great!  The class really took the number and brought it to life, with all the fire and skill of professionals!  The crowd went just wild at the end of the performance, and the class themselves were clearly excited with their own work.  The weeks of rehearsals in class, as well as the many practice sessions they held on their own, paid off well!  We can't wait to see the next show this Wednesday at the Rhythm Club!!!

LINK OF THE WEEK

This week's link of the week is one of the best sites available for swing music on the internet!!!  Hepcat Records is absolutely legendary in the swing music community for their endless commitment to the music we all love so much!  They have an amazing selection of music from ragtime all the way up to the most recent releases from today's best modern swing bands.  And they have loads of great lounge, rockabilly and jazz selections for you to choose from, too!  Check it out today...you'll be amazed.  Just make sure to have your credit card handy...http://www.hepcatrecords.com !

See you soon!

Swingcerely,
Rusty and Peter
Swing Shift
http://www.swingshiftontap.com

*Wondering what the heck a "gate" is?  This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colona, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program.  It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast).




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Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
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