FEBRUARY 5TH, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!

PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Harold and Fayard Nicholas...the Nicholas Brothers!!!
 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Dancers are the athletes of God."

--Albert Einstein


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DID YOU ALL ENJOY THE SUPER BOWL?
IT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO OUR SUPER CLASSES!!!

COME DOWN AND GET IN ON THIS LATEST SERIES...

FEBRUARY'S FEATURED CLASS:
MORE OF THE SWING RUEDA!

Sunday's Classes
Monday's Classes
1:00-2:30pm   Lindy Hop Level 1 7:00-8:00pm    Shag and Balboa Basics
2:30-4:00pm   Lindy Hop Level 2 8:00-9:00pm    Swing Rueda
4:00-5:30pm   Lindy Hop Level 3 9:00-10:00pm   Lindy Hop Level 4
7:00-9:00pm   Performance Class!

We understand that there was some sort of professional sporting event last Sunday that may have kept some of our friends and students at home with large amounts of beer and processed food products, but that's OK!  You can always join our classes as late as the second week, and we always review like crazy to make sure everyone gets caught up.

So if you were at home for the Super Bowl last Sunday, don't think that you have to wait until March to join our next series of classes -- GET IN ON THIS ONE!!!  We had lots of new friends join up last Sunday and Monday, and we'd love to see even MORE of you this coming week, so make your plans to come down and sign up for classes with us at Lindy By The Sea!  Make sure to check out our Monday night line-up of classes, too, starting with our Introduction to Shag and Balboa Class from 7pm-8pm!  This class is open to absolutely everyone, since it's a beginning level class and covers everything you will need to know to begin dancing these popular, fast paced swing dances.  And from 8pm-9pm, we are offering another month of Swing Rueda, with more moves and steps in this extremely popular new dance -- it's like a square dance, but in a ring and with swing music.  Lots of great moves and chances to dance with loads of partners!  Then from 9pm-10pm, we continue with our Level Four Lindy Hop class, and ongoing class for our more advanced dancers to work on any steps or styling they want!  So make plans to sign up for this great new month of classes...you can even pre-register ONLINE simply by clicking http://www.swingshiftontap.com/lbs-preregistration.asp !  For more information on our classes, including prices, location and parking hints, click http://www.swingshiftontap.com/lbs-classes.asp !


WEEKLY "TEACHER'S JAM" GETS LOCAL
SWING INSTRUCTORS TOGETHER FOR DANCING AND DISCUSSION!


L-R Chandler, Rusty, Peter, Tise, Jerry

Over the past several weeks, a small group of swing dance teachers have been getting together every Tuesday afternoon to spend a few hours talking about lindy hop -- dancing, teaching and performing it.  Rusty and Peter, Chandler and Lovelynn, Jerry and Tise, and Marcus and Baerble meet up in the San Fernando Valley and have a ball spending time together, sharing experiences and advice about the various aspects of what it's like to teach Lindy Hop in Southern California.  These "Teacher's Jams", as they have been named, have become a real highlight in everyone's week!  The instructors get to share favorite steps and moves, trade tips on teaching techniques, and generally have a wonderful time of it!  Above is a picture of the teachers having some warm and loving banter about a simple move, and below they held still long enough for a portrait.



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH 2002
SATIN BALLROOM!!

THE JITTERBUGS TO PERFORM
WITH THE BILL ELLIOTT SWING ORCHESTRA
TO BILL'S SONG -- "MILDRED, WON'T YOU BEHAVE"

BUT, WHO'S MILDRED???!!!
COME TO THE SATIN BALLROOM AND FIND OUT...


Rare archival photograph of the original Mildred.
Who will portray Mildred on the eve of the Satin Ballroom?

This month, the world's largest regularly held swing dance returns with the incredible sounds of the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra.  If you've never heard this band play live, YOU'VE NEVER HEARD THEM!  This band swings like crazy and is guaranteed to get you up and dancing all night long.

Furthermore, cast members of "Swingin' The Century -- The BIg Band Show" will be on hand to perform their terrific dance number - "Mildred, Won't You Behave?"  This number was one of the real highlights of that amazing show, and for this performance, we are excited to announce that none other than JOHN O'CAMPO of Bill's Lucky Stars will be performing IN THE NUMBER!  Normally, John performs with the Lucky Stars, up on the bandstand, singing away...but for this special occasion, John will be joining the performers in the dance number, helping to create an unforgettable show!  And of course, the BIG question is...WHO'S MILDRED???

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!



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD 2002!!!
TAP DANCE AND LINDY STYLING WORKSHOP!!!


Jeni LeGon and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

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 SUZY Q'S!

SPECIAL GUEST...
CARMEN LYNN
HOSTESS OF SUZY Q'S AND SWING HEAVEN

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

This week at the Rhythm Club, we are proud to announce that we will be joined by none other than Carmen Lynne!  Carmen is a prominent figure in the Southern California swing community, hosting and running two of the area's most popular swing venues: Suzy Q's and Swing Heaven!  And much to our delight, she has signed up and joined our Sunday night Performance Class, as well!  She is a very dear friend of ours and we are looking forward to having her dance the night away with us at the Rhythm Club this week.  She will also be giving away TWO FREE TICKETS TO SUZY Q'S, so make sure to be there yourself to have a chance at winning a free night of dancing at a terrific venue!!!  (If you would like to visit Carmen's site, go to http://www.theswingthing.com

Come down and spend an evening among friends at the Rhythm Club, this Wednesday night.  We've got some of the best DJ'ed swing music anywhere and a reputation for being the friendliest club in Southern California!  Add a 2,800 square foot dancefloor and some pretty powerful air conditioning, loads of parking and a mere $6 cover charge and you've got yourself a terrific evening.  And it's open to ALL AGES!!!

Full details, click http://www.swingshiftontap.com/rhythmclub.asp;
Directions, click SEE YOU THERE!



APRIL 19-22, 2002
REGISTER NOW FOR THE
2002 LINDY CRUISE TO MEXICO!!!


Rusty and a gang of pajama-sporting dancers
model their finest at last years' Lindy Cruise

The time is rapidly approaching for this year's Lindy Cruise to Ensenada, Mexico.  28 of our students have already signed up for this great weekend event aboard the Carnival cruise ship "Ecstacy" for four days and three nights of fun, music and dancing!  A host of incredible teachers have been brought along for the weekend, including: Rusty and Peter, Erik and Sylvia, Shesha and Terra, Nick and Shannon (from Las Vegas), Melinda Comeau, Steve Conrad, and Sylvia Sykes!  And what would a Lindy cruise be without live music to dance to?  Well, we've got the incredible sounds of the Swing Session, direct from San Francisco, to play at the private swing dances EVERY NIGHT!!!  There will even be a special party night, with prizes and surprises along the way...last year it was a pajama night -- which by itself was worth the price of the weekend -- and rumor has it that this theme will return this year, too!  So register now to join loads of dancers from all over on board the Ecstacy for an unforgettable, fun-filled weekend!  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

AN UPDATE ON FRANKIE MANNING'S SPECIAL TRIP

Many of you gave generously during our fundraiser to help send living Lindy Legend Frankie Manning on his dream trip to Africa.  Some time has passed since those fundraisers, and we have recently received an update courtesy of Marcus and Baerble (members of the "Teacher's Jam" -- see above) explaining the state of affairs in this wonderful, global effort to give something back to the man who has brought so much joy and swing into the lives of so many:

Hi, all you swing dancers around the world.

We don't know who inspired you most in your swing dancing, but without Frankie Manning we probably would not do what we love so much today. When we saw the first time Hellzapoppin' we were under Frankie's spell. Meeting him later was a fulfillment of a dream. Frankie inspired and is still inspiring hundreds of people all over the world. If you have been also inspired by Frankie and you want to thank him for the joy he brought in your life you still have a chance. Laurie Ann needs still help for Frankie's vacation. The aim is not hard to reach. But we let Laurie Ann talk now.

Yours Marcus & Bärbl
 

Here is her email:

I'm sure by now everyone is wondering what ever became of that project to send Frankie to Africa.  Needless to say, it took MUCH longer than we had anticipated and so many glitches came up along the way that we were wondering if it would ever happen.  Probably the most time consuming aspect was the new information that what Frankie really wanted was not a vacation but to go as a sort of cultural emissary, to teach, and be welcomed by people who knew who he was.  Thanks to Mickey DavidsonÕs research and connections, we were able to find people in Zimbabwe who were connected to the arts and more than delighted to host him.  He'll be on a one week teaching tour followed by a week of vacation, all arranged by his African hosts .  We were not able to send him first class, as had been our original intention, but we did manage to raise enough to send him, along with his son Chazz Young, business class, and we were also able to send Mickey along on another airline in coach to meet up with them in Africa to help Frankie teach, and he will earn mileage for the trip as an added bonus.   A few loose ends are still being tied up:  a place for Frankie and Chazz to stay during an overnight stopover in London and hopes that enough people who may have  meant to donate but forgot will fatten the pot at the last minute. We're about $2,000 short for the budget sent us for expenses by the people in Africa.  Frankie will be here in San Francisco this weekend and we'll be making a formal presentation at that time, but since we'll be sending the money to Africa so that all expenses will be taken care of, and paying for everything along the way in advance, we'll be presenting him only with the tickets and a letter listing everyone who contributed so we can continue to collect the last $2000 after the presentation.  I'll send him a second letter later with the names of everyone who contributed after the presentation.  The PO Box is no longer in service, but if anyone wants to donate you can still do so through me.  He won't be going until May, so we've decided to keep the account open for another month because I know a lot of you didn't contribute because you just weren't sure it was going to happen or you thought our $30,000 goal was absurd, we really need your contributions now.  I would like to apologize to everyone for my lack of fundraising skills.  This was a first for me and I made a lot of mistakes, not the least of which was not to keep everyone informed of what was going on along the way.  However, if you are one of those people who would still like to contribute and think it makes more sense now, please do so.  Send the last minute checks to Laurie Ann Lepoff, 714 Prospect Ave, Oakland, CA, 94610, made out to FrankieÕs Excellent Vacation Club. Or for credit cards use paypal: just log on to www.paypal.com , follow the directions to FrankieÕs ÒExcellent Vacation ClubÓ.  Email address is lalepoff@yahoo.com.  Everything we raise, after paying for the visas and overnight stopovers, will be sent to the hosts and whatever doesn't get spent will be given to Frankie at the end.  If you are planning to contribute, please don't delay.  Our African hosts need to make advance reservations and can't do so until we send them the funds.  Feel free to ask me questions if you have any concerns.  Email me at lalepoff@att.net, or if your missive or mine gets lost, call me at (510) 444-4621.  Thank you all for your patience, understanding, and generosity.

Laurie Ann Lepoff, with Sylvia Sykes


LINK OF THE WEEK
LINDYHOPPING.COM!

For those of you who are not yet familiar with the amazing work of Margie Dowens (nee Cormier),  here's your chance!  Margie is one of Southern California's most beloved dancers and internet saints, hosting and continually updating one of the most thorough websites for information about lindy hop in the world.  Her website is chock full of great stuff: a weekly listing of dance events and venues, scores of teachers and classes to check out, some INCREDIBLE notes on following and leading (we can't recommend these things enough, actually...) and even listings of websites for swing dancing outside of Southern California.  If you are planning to travel anywhere in the future, just check out the link to the lindy hop website in the area you're heading to...anywhere from San Diego to Toronto to Stockholm to SINGAPORE...Margie's got you covered.  Take a few minutes (ha ha...you'll take MUCH longer, and love every minute of it, we're sure...) to browse around this beautiful and comprehensive site.  You'll be glad you did.  It's at http://www.lindyhopping.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 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).