JANUARY 21ST, 2002
MONDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"You know, there's a difference between dancing and wrestling. In dancing,
        the main idea is to keep your partner's shoulders off the floor."

--Fred Astaire
in the motion picture "Follow the Fleet" (1936)


¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ THIS WEEK'S NEWS ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

RUSTY AND PETER MET FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY!!!

That's right,  it was four years ago, January 21st, 1998,
that Rusty and Peter first met and had a few amazing dances!

At the end of our email, you can read about it from each of their points of view!



PERFORMANCE CLASS TO DISPLAY THEIR LATEST ROUTINE AT
SUZY Q'S THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 25TH!!!
RUSTY AND PETER GUEST TEACH THE BEGINNERS CLASS 7:30-8:30PM

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Performance Class will be at Suzy Q's on Friday, January 25th to perform the "Diga Diga Doo" number!!!  We are so excited about this we can hardly stand it!  Make sure to come down to Suzy Q's and scream, holler, shout and generally show support for your fellow students as they strut their stuff!!!   And if you'd like to make an evening of it, you could come down at 7:30 as Rusty and Peter make a special guest teaching appearance at Suzy Q's!  For more information about this terrific venue, check out the website at http://www.theswingthing.com/suzyqs.html .  Hope to see you all there!!!

END-OF-SERIES PARTY
THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH!!!
7:00pm-10pm

This coming Sunday is another great End-Of-Series party with loads of great dancing, music and all your class pals!  As ever, the dance is FREE and open to ANYONE of ALL AGES!!!  It's held at the Neptunian Woman's Club at 920 Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach.  The festivities begin at 7:00pm.  If you haven't been to one of these events before, make this the one!  They are always full of fun and great dancing.  Hope to see you this Sunday!  INFO:  http://swingshiftontap.com/lbseos.htm

SATIN BALLROOM -- SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH,
FEATURING THE BILL ELLIOTT SWING ORCHESTRA AND
RUSTY AND PETER TEACHING AND PERFORMING!!!

That's right!!!  Next month, the world's largest regularly held swing dance, the Satin Ballroom, returns!!!  This time around, the live music is none other than the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra, the hottest, hardest swingin' big band in the land...DON'T MISS THIS!!!  And the beginner's class, held immediately before the dancing begins, will be taught by yours truly, Rusty and Peter!  AND THEN...during the course of the evening, there will be a performance, straight from "Swingin' The Century -- The Big Band Show".  Rusty and Peter, along with the cast from that terrific show, will be entertaining the crowd with "Mildred, Won't You Behave!"  This number was one of the highlights from the stage show, and we're sure you will want to see it...lively, wacky, and FUN FUN FUN!!!  So make sure to get your tickets now for the Satin Ballroom, coming to you on Saturday, February 16th!!!  You can order tickets from the website...go to http://www.satinballroom.com and click on the tickets button in the left-hand column...only $15 in advance, and $19 at the door!!!!  HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

TAP DANCE AND LINDY STYLING WORKSHOP!!!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD!!!

For those of you who are new to us, we often hold workshops each month, and February is no exception!  We are excited to bring you a terrific two-hour workshop in Tap Dance and Lindy Styling!  The first half of the workshop is devoted to teaching lindy hoppers some of the fundamentals of the art of tap dancing.  In the course of the hour, you will learn an entire tap routine!!!  The second part of the workshop is for lindy styling, the perfect place to learn some great new footwork and movement to add to your swing dancing!  The cost for the workshop is $15 per class or $25 for the entire event...a great bargain!!!  Pick up one of the registration flyers at any of our events and sign up soon, or sign up online at our website at http://swingshiftontap.com/WORKSHOPS/02-02-23.htm



¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥


COME TO THE RHYTHM CLUB WEDNESDAY!!!
WE'RE GIVING AWAY TWO FREE TICKETS TO THE SATIN BALLROOM!

...AND IT'S ALAINA'S BIRTHDAY!
... RICH'S, TOO??

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

Make sure to come down to Rusty and Peter's Rhythm Club this week...we're giving away a pair of tickets to the upcoming Satin Ballroom, which features the swinging sounds of the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra!!!  We want to thank Monika Ploner, one of the minds behind the Satin Ballroom, for donating these tickets, AND for coming down to the Rhythm Club last week and dancing up a storm with everyone.  Our own Saint Glenn won the free tickets last week...WHO'S NEXT, hmmmm?  The only way to find out is to be there...  AND... we know it's Alaina's birthday, and a little bird told us it is Rich's birthday, too!  Come down and dance the night away with us to some of the best DJ'ed swing music anywhere.  The Rhythm Club is widely regarded as the friendliest swing venue around, and we are proud of that reputation!!!  Why not join us this coming Wednesday night?  We have a beginner's swing class from 7:30pm until 8:00pm, and then terrific swing music until 11:30pm, with lots of fun and surprises along the way!  It's only $6 and it's open to ALL AGES!

Full details, click http://www.swingshiftontap.com/rhythmclub.asp;

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


Evening Dance onboard the Carnival cruise ship last year...
with SWING SESSION live on-stage!!!

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 starts at only $435 per person (plus port and departure taxes).   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!!!



¥ ¥ ¥ ¥RECENT EVENTS¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

RUSTY AND PETER TEACH A GREAT BALBOA CLASS AT
THE HUGHES SOCIAL DANCE CLUB!!!

Rusty and Peter were invited back last Saturday to teach a two-hour class in Balboa basics to the great folks at the Hughes Social Dance Club in El Segundo!  The class went extremely well, with 50 to 70 enthusiastic dancers coming out to learn this wonderful dance.  Everyone seemed to have a fine time, and Rusty and Peter certainly had a ball, giving several displays of Balboa and Lindy Hop for the attendees.  A wonderful evening, all in all...one that Rusty and Peter hope to repeat in the near future!

LINK OF THE WEEK
(we couldn't resist!!!)
MONADS!!


=
>  class Monad m where
      = :: m a -> (a -> m b) -> m b
:: m a -> m b -> m b
return :: a -> m a
>
m >> k = m >>= \_ -> k

For those of you who have been keeping track of our ongoing Gandhi saga (revolving around our computer's spell checker changing the spelling of Gandhi's first name from "Mohandas" to "Monads") we can now finally lay everyone's curiosity to rest.  We now know exactly what "Monads" actually are.  Sort of.  At least, we can give you a link to a website that apparently explains what Monads are, in excruciating details which we don't understand at all.  But at least it's out there and maybe some of you will read it and say, "Ah, yes!  Of COURSE!  It's just a triple of a type and then & return operators defined over it so that the following laws apply:  return a `then` f === f a m `then` return   === m m `then` (\a -> f a `then` h) === (m `then` f) `then` h!  I should have known!"  Enjoy!!!



¥¥¥ RUSTY AND PETER MET FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY ¥¥¥
HERE'S WHAT THEY REMEMBER:



Peter:  I was at an Orange County swing venue called the Rhino Room, just off the 405 freeway in Huntington Beach.  This was a weekly dance that I was always at...dancing up a storm with all my friends and generally being in the DJ's way (hmmm....foreshadowing?).  At any rate, I overheard someone saying that Rusty Frank was in the room.  I had already read and enjoyed Rusty's book "TAP", and was thrilled to know that she was there.  I knew that she had been in England, performing lindy hop and tap with one of the leading swing dancers in that country, so I was hoping to get up the courage to ask her to dance at some point in the night.  Well, imagine my excitement when later in the evening (when I still hadn't found that missing courage), she came up and asked ME to dance!!! You could have knocked me over with a feather!  The first song that we danced to was "I'm Beginning to See the Light".   Needless to say, we danced, and then danced again, and then danced some more...we seemed to hear all the same things in the music, hit all the same breaks, played around in the same ways.  It was excellent...We decided to keep in touch after those incredible dances but we both got sidetracked with other things.  Fortunately, two months later, I went to go dancing at the Derby and lo and behold, Rusty was there!!!  I saw her running through the back room where I was dancing and I follwoed her up to the front area.  To my delight, Rusty remembered me and came up to ask me to dance again...I couldn't believe it!!!  The dancing was just as great as it had been two months before (and still is, four years later).   Soon after, we decided to team up (we had both wanted to form a dance team called "Swing Shift"...spooky, huh?) and the rest, as they say, is history!

Rusty:  Rusty:  I had just returned from England, where I was performing and teaching with Simon Selmon.  I knew that if I wanted to keep Lindy Hopping professionally I would need to find a new dance partner.  So I went out social dancing everywhere I could find, scoping out the scene.  I wasn't having much luck.  Then, one of my friends from Sweden (Lennart Westerlund - who runs The Rhythm Hot Shots and the Herrang Dance Camp that we are always talking about) called and said that he was going to be in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks.  I always love to host my overseas friends, so we arranged that I would pick him up at this club called the Rhino Room, in Huntington Beach, that had swing dancing every Wednesday.  It was my first time there, and, boy-oh-boy, was I a stranger.  I didn't know anyone there except Lennart.  In the month since I'd returned, I had gotten to know the L.A. dancers pretty well, but this was Orange County, and a totally different scene.  So, I had to "put on my armor of steel" and just walk up to guys and ask them to dance.  I was doing pretty well, having some nice dances, enjoying the music.  As I was trying to see who I wanted to dance with next, I suddenly caught a glimpse of these flying legs!  That's the best way I can describe it.  There was this thin fellow dancing Charleston with a girl, and his legs were just flying!!  I thought, "That's my kind of dancer!  He's having fun!"  So when the song ended, I rushed over and asked him to dance.  The first dance was terrific.  The second was even better.  The third even more so.  The fun never stopped.  We heard the same things in the music, had the same idea of play, hitting the breaks, taking chances.  All these things were sympathetic.  It was mind boggling.  I had never danced with anyone where we were in such synchronicity!  At the end of the night, we walked outside the club's front doors, and I said to Peter, "Every night I go out dancing, I hope for one special dance.  Tonight, you were it."  We swore we would get together and dance again.  Exchanged phone numbers.  I got home that night and put that slip of paper near my computer.  A few days later, I entered his name and number in my database, along with this note:  "met at Rhino Room.  Really good.  'flayhif'"  Well good intentions oft go astray, and we didn't get in touch with each other.  But I knew it was a small dance scene and that eventually I would bump into him again.  Every time I went out dancing, I would casually look around for him.  I kept seeing these other guys, and for a moment I would wonder if that was him:  Dave Frutos, Steve Garrett, Mike Mizgalski... but soon learned to tell these tall, slender, dark haired guys apart (for the longest time, I thought they were all one person, because I would only see one at a time!).  Anyway, on March 16th, 1998, I took my cousin Julie out dancing to the Derby; she had never been swing dancing before.  We took the class taught by Erik and Sylvia, then went into the other room where Mora's Modern Rhythmists would be playing.  There were just a few people filtering in from after the class.  And, what do you know, there HE was, that guy I had met two months earlier!!  Peter "flayhif"!!  I called across the room, "It's YOU!"  And we sort of met half way, and started talking, blah blah blah.  Moments later, the band started playing, we danced, and ZING!  It was just like last time, just a blast.  I think we danced almost every song together.  We just "clicked."  This time we weren't going to lose contact.  We talked immediately and decided to team up.  When we were talking about a name, I said I had a list of act names, and Peter said he had one.  He said, "You go first."  I said, "Well, I've got a bunch of names, but the top one is Swing Shift."  He said, "You gotta be kidding!  That's on my list, too."  So that was it.  We knew it was fate.  Swing Shift was born.  We went out social dancing together regularly to get used to each other's style.  Then one day a couple months later, I got a call from the Stevens sisters (Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association) inviting me and my new partner to perform at Disneyland at the Swing night there.  I said, "Great!  When."  They said, "Tomorrow night."  I said, "Tomorrow night????  We don't even have a routine yet."  They said, "Awe, Rusty.  Come on!  You can put one together."  So Peter came running over, we rented a rehearsal hall, I threw a number together, we practiced all day and the next day.  Went to Disneyland and did our performance.  Swing Shift was offical!   It's been hard work, building our career, REALLY hard work.  But it's been so much fun to teach and hang out with Peter.  We laugh at the same things, and just seem to play off each other in the same sync way we do in our dancing.  So, you see, you just never know what might happen when you step out for a night of swing dancing!

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 Colonna, 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).