FEBRUARY 19TH, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!

PICTURE OF THE WEEK

"Brazen Lindy Hoppers"
Valentine's Eve at Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club, 2/13/02

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The outstanding objection to the modern dance is that it is immodest
      and lacking in grace. It is not based on the natural and harmless instinct
      for rhythm, but on a craving for abnormal excitement. And what is it
      leading to? The dance in its process of degradation has passed from
      slight impropriety to indecency, and now threatens to become brazenly
      shameless."

--Hobart College Herald
1920s


     THIS WEEK'S NEWS    

LOCATION CHANGE!
LOCATION CHANGE!
LOCATION CHANGE!

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


The Birthday Girl age 4

We wanted to announce this in advance to give everyone plenty of time to mark their calendars, 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 Elk's 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!


THIS 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


END OF SERIES PARTY THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH!!!
FEATURING VIDEOS OF RUSTY AND PETER
WHEN THEY WERE BEGINNER DANCERS!

It's hard to believe, but another terrific four-week series of classes have come and gone at Lindy By The Sea.  But this means that it's time for another PARTY!  At the end of every series of classes, we have a special Sunday night dance and throw open the doors to everyone: students, friends, family, passing strangers...anybody!  This Sunday is no exception, with another three solid hours of dancing, music and socializing.

As an extra-special added feature, there will be a special video screening.  This will feature two video clips of your own swing dance instructors -- from back in the days when they were not-so-spectacular dancers!  The clip of Rusty is from when she was a little girl, unhappily doing a ballet recital (when she REALLY wanted to be in the tap number!  No surprises there...)  The clip of Peter is from when he had been swing dancing for a year-and-a-half already, and all we can say is that it clearly demonstrates the downside to learning WITHOUT classes...yikes!

So make sure to plan on attending our End Of Series Party this coming Sunday, from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.  Remember that it is FREE and open to all ages, and is at the Neptunian Woman's Club at 920 Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach.  For more details, click on http://www.swingshiftontap.com/lbseos.htm !


NEW PICTURES ADDED TO OUR WEBSITE!!!
CHECK THEM OUT!!!

If you haven't checked out our website recently, here's a great excuse: we've added a new page of pictures to the scrapbook!  Wander over there and have a look:  there's pictures from Valentines Day at the Rhythm Club (courtesy of Chris Johnson), photos of the Performance Class in rehearsals, and even some of Michael D'Angelo's birthday bash at LindyGroove!  We've worked really hard to keep this scrapbook up-to-date, and we think it looks pretty darned terrific.  Tell us what you think!  It's located at http://www.swingshiftontap.com/scrapbook%2017/scrapbook17.htm !


HERE'S SOMETHING INTERESTING...
AND IT'S ABOUT TIME!

We were recently informed by Rusty's dad about a fascinating, never-to-be-repeated event in the history of time-keeping.  He wrote:
 

As the clock ticks over from 8:01PM on Wednesday, February 20th, 2002, time will (for sixty seconds only) read in perfect symmetry. To be more precise: 20:02, 20/02, 2002.

It is an event which has only ever happened once before, and is something which will never be repeated. The last occasion that time read in such a symmetrical pattern was long before the days of the digital watch (or the 24-hour clock): 10:01AM, on January 10, 1001. And because the clock only goes up to 23.59, it is something that will never happen again.
 

As it happens, this will be at the beginning of the night at the Rhythm Club!  We tend to get a little distracted with all the details of keeping the night running, so if it seems as though we are going to miss this moment, somebody please come running out to remind us!!!  (And special thanks to Harrison Frank for bringing this to our attention!)


SATIN BALLROOM:  A ROUSING SUCCESS!!!
A HUGE DANCE CLASS, AN UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE
AND A THOUSAND DANCERS!!!

For those of you who were unable to attend last Saturday night's Satin Ballroom in Culver City, all we can say is...you missed out!  Rusty and Peter were the special guest instructors this time around, teaching a class of about five hundred (500????!!!) how to do the basics of swing dancing.  The class was lively and enthusiastic, and Rusty and Peter had a ball as usual!!

Then the live music began with The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra playing away with their classy brand of hard-swingin' sounds.  Bill's band was in fine form, playing such favorites as "Begin the Beguine", "Struttin' With Kate", and "When We Dance", and he introduced some new favorites for us, "The Sergeant Was Shy," "Roll 'Em," and "Rhythm Riff".  Bill's Lucky Stars were on hand to provide the silky smooth vocal harmonies with John O'Campo, Michael Lescault, Royce Reynolds and Royce's lovely wife Diane filling in for Cassie Miller who is currently on tour in Greece.


The cast of "Mildred" taking a well-deserved bow!

At the top of the second set, none other than the inimitable Maxwell DeMille took to the stage to inform the crowd of the great performance coming their way!  Moments later, he introduced "Mildred, Won't You Behave?" and Bill's band took off like a rocket!  The Jitterbugs (from the cast of "Swingin' The Century -- The Big Band Show...more on that show at http://www.swingshow.com/ ) came onto the floor and knocked the crowd dead with their showstopping performance!!!  And for everyone who was on pins and needles last week regarding the mystery of "Who's Mildred", we're happy to let you know that it was none other that Rusty Frank herself, decked out in her big plaid bow and swingin' away!!!  Peter marvelously played the "icky", and dragged Rusty through "bad dancing" for nearly the entire song.  She and Peter had a ball dancing for everyone and the Jitterbugs were absolutely brilliant themselves!  All in all, the number went over BIG and the crowd roared at it's conclusion!

As if that weren't enough, there were still two more hours of music and dancing left, and the preliminary tally from the folks at the Satin Ballroom indicate that there were nearly TWELVE HUNDRED (1,200!!!) dancers in attendance that night!  The energy of having that many people lindy hopping in one place is just unbelievable, and if you missed this one, make sure you don't miss the next one!



    THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB    

COME TO THE RHYTHM CLUB THIS WEDNESDAY!!!
BIRTHDAYS, MUSIC, FUN!!!

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

Birthdays!!
Scott McNabb
Dietmar Wendelin
Charmay Wilson

It's time for another swingin' night at the Rhythm Club, and this week promises at least THREE fun birthdays to celebrate:  Scott McNabb,  Dietmar Wendelin, and Charmay Wilson!  Scott and Charmay have been an integral part of our swing community for a long time now.  Dietmar is one of our newer friends (all the way from Austria), and we are thrilled to have him with us.  We hope that you all will come down and help us to celebrate these special friends with us.  And if you know of any other birthdays this week, please let us know so we can get them in on the fun as well!

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!


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


The Swing Session -- Live on deck at last year's Lindy Cruise!

Join us and twenty-eight of our students!!  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

SAVOY BALLROOM.COM -- It was known as "The Home of Happy Feet" and we can look to it's memory for inspiration as the place where Lindy Hopping was born.  Opened in 1926, the Savoy Ballroom in uptown New York City was THE place for bands to play in the swing era.  If you could make the dancers there happy, you knew you had made it.  Every major band played that room, on either of the twin, side-by-side bandstands (so that as one band was finishing, the other band could play the song with them and allow the first band to exit without stopping the flow of music!) and the finest Lindy Hop performance team of all time came from the Savoy: Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.

Now, British Lindy Hop enthusiast and historian Terry Monaghan has created a wonderful site full of pictures and anecdotes about the ballroom and the dancers who came from it.  We hope you'll all enjoy browsing around this beautiful website, and keep checking back on it, since it is still a work in progress!  You can find all this fun at http://www.savoyballroom.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).




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Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
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