FEBRUARY 12TH, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
""....as recently as three years ago a jitterbug was anyone who bounced,
      wiggled and jumped in time to hot music without any particular
      knowledge of what he was doing. But the accomplished jitterbug of the
      present does the Lindy Hop...[a dance that] encompasses hundreds of
      individual steps, breaks and mutations..."

--LIFE Magazine
August 23,1943


    THIS WEEK'S NEWS    

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

Jeni LeGon & Bill 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, from 4pm-5pm, 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!!!  (Sorry, no tap shoes allowed on the floor... just wear hard-soled shoes, really anything will do...)

The second part of the workshop, from 5pm-6pm, 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



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH 2002
SATIN BALLROOM!!

"THE JITTERBUGS," INCLUDING YOUR VERY OWN RUSTY AND PETER,
TO PERFORM
"MILDRED, WON'T YOU BEHAVE" FROM
"SWINGIN' THE CENTURY -- THE BIG BAND SHOW"
with
THE BILL ELLIOTT SWING ORCHESTRA!!!


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

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 sings with the Lucky Stars, up on the bandstand... 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???  Pictured above is the cast of suspects: l-r John O'Campo, Lovelynn VanderHorst, Chandler Smith, Original1940's Mildred, Peter Flahiff, Rusty Frank, Nick Williams, Tise Chao.

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!

P.S. This is a dressy affair -- so pull out your vintage duds and dress to the nines!



    THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB    

COME TO THE RHYTHM CLUB THIS WEDNESDAY!!!

IT'S A VALENTINE'S DANCE WITH ALL YOUR
SWING DANCING VALENTINE PALS!!!


 

DRESS UP IN THE RED AND WHITE THEME OF THE EVENING...
... AND CELEBRATE TWO BIRTHDAYS!!

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

This week at the Rhythm Club, we're making it dressier than usual!  We're always looking for an excuse to class the joint up a little, and we think Valentine's Day is a perfect reason.  We'll provide the candy hearts and fine music, you provide the wonderful night of dancing with all your friends!!!

Furthermore, we'll be celebrating two birthdays (that we know of so far...), and we know you won't want to miss them:  our own "Professor" Robert Vangor, and Gretchen Beck (whose birthday was actually on Monday night); she was lucky enough to get a preliminary Birthday Dance at our Monday night Level 4 class, so she should be nicely warmed up in time for the official dance on Wednesday night!

We also wanted to congratulate the winners of last week's ticket giveaway, Robert "It's My Birthday" Vangor and Julie Bisceglia.  They each won a ticket good for admission to Suzy Q's, one of Southern California's best, and hardest swingin' dance venues!  We know they will each have a great time there...  They were able to answer the question:  "What is Duke Ellington's real first name?"  "Middle name?"   Can you?

(Answer:  Edward Kennedy Ellington)

So 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!



LOCATION CHANGE!
LOCATION CHANGE!
LOCATION CHANGE!

CLASSES ON MONDAY NIGHT, FEB. 25TH WILL BE AT:
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS IN PLAYA DEL RAY!!!
(did we mention February 25th is Rusty's birthday?)

We wanted to announce this several weeks in advance to give everyone plenty of time to mark their calendars, or leave themselves little messages, or program their PDAs in an effort to minimize the number of people who will still show up at the desolate and lonely Neptunian Woman's Club when no other swing dancers will be there!  For one night only, Monday, February 25th (Rusty's birthday....did we happen to mention that?), classes will move over to the Knights of Columbus hall in Playa Del Ray, only two doors away from the Elks Lodge where we have the Rhythm Club every week -- same parking lot!  So please do make whatever notes you need to to remind yourself of this change!!!  See you there!


PERFORMANCE CLASS OFF TO A GREAT START...
AND HERE'S WHERE TO FIND THE SONG, "SWINGIN' ON NOTHIN'"!

We wanted to write a quick note to say how very proud we are of the Performance Class and the terrific job they are doing bringing this new routine to life!  It is always a thrill for us to see our ideas and concepts danced with joy and enthusiasm, and by such a talented group of dancers!

For those of you in the Performance Class who are looking for a copy of the song, we have found a place online that carries it!  The song, Tommy Dorsey's recording of "Swingin' on Nothin'" is available on the CD "More Fabulous Swing" from CDNOW.com !  This disc really is "fabulous" as the title indicates, also containing such great tunes as : "Bugle Call Rag,"  "Little Brown Jug," "Otto, Make that Riff Staccatto," and more, by such artists as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Duke Ellington!!!

You can find the CD by clicking on http://cdnow.com/switch/from=cr-9635397-1/target=buyweb_purchase/itemid=640692 !  Enjoy!!!


JENNI JOHNSON GABELSBERG...RUSTY'S PHYSICAL THERAPIST
AND ONE HECK OF A SWING DANCER!!!

For those of you who have been keeping track of Rusty's progress and recovery since her devastating accident a year and a half ago (what are we talking about?  click on http://swingshiftontap.com/faqs.htm#23-- for the whole story), we wanted to let you know that she is doing GREAT.  A lot of this has to do with the world of physical therapy, which has done wonders in helping Rusty get her movement and feeling back.  She wouldn't be doing nearly so well if it weren't for the excellent work of her physical therapist and friend, Jenni Johnson Gabelsberg!  Jenni and her husband Jason took classes from us for quite a while, but we haven't seen them as much lately, since they were married several months ago!!!  We are so happy for them both, and we hope that when married life settles down a little bit, we'll have the pleasure of dancing with them again, both in classes and at the Rhythm Club.  So if you see either of them on a Wednesday night, don't hesitate to ask them for a dance.  They're both wonderful dancers and people!


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!!!



LINK OF THE WEEK

ALL MUSIC -- the greatest online resource for information about every kind of music you can think of!!!  We regularly refer to this website to help us find a song, or details about an artist, and everything is always right at our fingertips when we want it!  You can use the site to find out more about that swing CD you've been looking at and wondering about, or you can browse the history of a particular kind of music...it's all there at http://www.allmusic.com !  Check it out...you will be amazed!!!




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).




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