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APRIL 30TH, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!




PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Whitey's Lindy Hoppers




QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Those move easiest who have learn'd to dance.

-- poet Alexander Pope



* * * * UPCOMING WORKSHOPS * ***

DEAN COLLINS' SHIM SHAM WORKSHOP
&
(Back by popular demand)
1940's VINTAGE HAIR STYLING WORKSHOP

BOTH THIS SATURDAY, MAY 4TH

Mark your calendar for our Dean Collin's Shim Sham workshop (for full details click HERE!),and on the same night Rusty will again be doing the 1940's Vintage Hair Styling Workshop! (for full details click HERE)


* * * * THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB * * *

PETER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY!!
COME ALONG AND HELP HIM CELEBRATE!!!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST 2002



Peter flips over his birthday!

This Wednesday happens to be the actual birthday of our own Peter Flahiff, and we want everybody there to help us celebrate! May 1st is the date, and we're so lucky that this year it happens to fall on a Wednesday...so make sure to be there to give him a big, memorable birthday dance this year! He's really looking forward to this. And, just as a passing note, he enjoys Buster Keaton movies, the writings of P.G. Wodehouse, and is a frequent visitor to Starbucks -- who now offer a clever little "gift card" which can have any amount of gift money put on it, and is the size and shape of a credit card. We only mention these things in passing. No reason.

So make your plans now to join us for Peter's birthday party at Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club!

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

8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!

SEE YOU THERE!

Full details, clickHERE
Directions, click HERE



* * * * UPCOMING CLASSES AND EVENTS * ***

NEW SERIES OF LINDY HOP CLASSES BEGINS
MAY 5TH, 6TH & 7TH!!!

We'll be looking for you at the next series of Lindy Hop classes at
Lindy By The Sea in Manhattan Beach AND El Segundo!

For details on the classes, click HERE!
To pre-register online, click HERE!



NEW!!

TUESDAY CLASSES WITH RUSTY AND PETER
BEGIN MAY 7TH,
IN EL SEGUNDO!!!

We are so excited about our new Tuesday night classes in El Segundo! This is the first time that we have been able to offer our Lindy Hop classes during the week, so if you or anyone you know have not been able to take our classes because the Sunday time was inconvenient, THIS IS FOR YOU!!! We are also really pleased with the venue we get to use -- the Rebekah Hall is a lovely place, with its OWN PARKING LOT!!! And lots of adjacent street parking to boot! This will be great news to anyone who has struggled with street parking in Manhattan Beach, which we think is just about everyone.

Remember, this new Tuesday night offering is our Level One and Level Two Lindy Hop, a great way to learn your basics in swing dancing, or to brush up on what you know, or learn the other role (men learning to follow, ladies learning to lead...) We are hoping for a great turnout for this new night! Come along and dance with us at this beautiful hall!

For more information on these classes, check out our webpage HERE! If you'd like to pre-register online, click HERE! For a map to Rebekah Hall in El Segundo, click HERE



FEATURED CLASS - CHARLESTON VARIATIONS
BEGINS MONDAY NIGHT, MAY 6TH


8:00-9:00pm
Click HERE for info on what's taught in this class
Click HERE for dates and other info

To preregister online, click HERE



NEW PERFORMANCE CLASS TO BEGIN MAY 5TH
FRANKIE MANNING'S BIG APPLE!!!


NEW PERFORMANCE CLASS TO BEGIN MAY 5TH
FRANKIE MANNING'S BIG APPLE!!!

MAY 5, 12, 26, JUNE 9, 16, 23 2002
PRICE: $80 (That's $6.67 an hour!)
TIME: 7pm-9pm
No partner required this time!

By popular demand, we are offering Frankie Manning's Big Apple as our Performance Class this time around.  This is a high-energy, non-partnered routine originally created by legendary Lindy Hopper Frankie Manning in 1938.  The routine assembles dozens of classic Lindy Hop boogie steps and movements that will be a HUGE benefit to your dancing!  These are the movements that were a part of dancing in the 1930's and 40's and having a good knowledge of them will give you insight into your other swing dancing and help bring it up another level. 

We have taught this routine many times before as a featured class or in a workshop, but have never been able to get through the whole choreography.  So now  we are offering it as a Performance Class, giving us SIX classes of two hours apiece.  So now we are certain to not only get through the whole thing, but also be able to focus on the detail and technique that this terrific dance deserves.  Make sure to plan on joining us for this incredible class...and at a mere $6.67 an hour, the Performance Class may just be the biggest bargain we offer!!!

To preregister online, click HERE




RUSTY & PETER TO APPEAR AT SWANK NEW CLUB
MAXWELL'S AT THE ARGYLE!

MONDAY, MAY 6TH 2002

Rusty and Peter will be giving a spirited performance at one of Southern California's newest swing night spots, Maxwell's at the Argyle! Hosted by none other than our dear pal, Maxwell DeMille, this posh club is just dripping with class! And next Monday, the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra will be playing for the night, and blowing the roof off!!! And as if that weren't enough, our own Rusty and Peter, joined by Nick Williams and Tise Chao, will be on hand to perform two numbers from their great show, "Swingin' the Century". They are looking forward to performing these numbers with the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra again, and really excited about performing at this gorgeous venue. The club only holds about 200 people, so we recommend that you make your dinner reservations immediately to make sure you get a chance to see these great performers with this amazing band at this stunningly beautiful new club!

So mark your calendars now and call in your dinner reservations for an incredible night of entertainment at Maxwell's at the Argyle! For more information, click HERE!



!!!!!! NO LEVEL 4 ON MAY 6TH!!!!!!!

SYLVIA SKYLAR TO TEACH
SHAG/BALBOA BASICS AND CHARLESTON VARIATIONS
As you may have noted, the date for the performance at Maxwell's at the Argyle (mentioned above) falls on a Monday night...when we teach classes! But fear not! We have secured some spectacular substitution for the classes that night -- MISS SYLVIA SKYLAR -- so those of you who are planning on taking our Monday Night Intro to Shag class from 7pm - 8pm, or our Charleston Variations Featured Class from 8pm - 9pm, will be learning from someone amazing...don't miss out. And if you are a part of our Level Four class, the class that night is CANCELLED so that you all have the opportunity to come down to Maxwell's at the Argyle, listen and dance to the band, cheer on Rusty, Peter, Tise and Nick, and generally have a great night out on the town! Think of it as a Level Four field trip!


* * * * RECENT EVENTS * * * *

LINDY BY THE SEA COUPLE WEDS



Melissa and Doug Allen celebrate their "mawidge" with a happy Lindy Charleston

We are so happy to announce that two of our students and friends, Melissa and Doug, tied the knot last Saturday in "a real swing dance wedding." Some of you may have been to weddings before that had a bit of swing dancing or music involved, but this was swingin from beginning to end! The pre-ceremony music was swing. The bride's processional music was swing. The recessional music as the newlyweds walked up the aisle at the end of the ceremony was Glenn Miller's "In the Mood." And there was a FANTASTIC big band playing at the reception! There was even a bride and groom steal dance and a Shim Sham!

Doug and Melissa Allen met awhile ago at one of our workshops, called "A Day of Dance". They hit it off immediately and after a lovely courtship have now gotten married in the swinginest ceremony and reception we've ever seen! (For those "Princess Bride" fans, Doug and Melissa's minister began the wedding ceremony with these words: "Mawidge. Mawidge is what bwings us togever today." Talk about starting off married life laughing....)



RHYTHM CLUB ANNIVERSARY PARTY A BLAST!

The One-Year Anniversary Party of Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club was a roaring success, with the highest turn-out since opening night! Loads of friends came out to dance the night away with us to the swingin sounds of Barry Anthony and the Swing of Things Orchestra, featuring the lovely Sylvia Rodriguez! Mr. Maxwell DeMille was our incomparable host for the evenings festivities, which included a Lindy Limbo contest (see pictures below), a Dance Derby contest, performances by Rusty & Peter and Tise & Jerry, and of course, music, music, music!!! We wanted to thank Jessica for bringing that wonderful cake, too. And of course, thanks to everyone for coming down and helping us to celebrate our club's anniversary with us!  


Robert & Julie fight for the Lindy Limbo Championship -- what style!


Mike Klein and Elise Anderson -- the Lindy Limbo Champs!


Maxwell DeMille introduces the winners of the raffle.


L-R Peter, Rusty, Jerry, and Tise wow the crowd with a number from
"Swingin' The Century - The Big Band Show"






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* * * * LINK OF THE WEEK * * * *

MAXWELL'S AT THE ARGYLE: The Southern California dance world has an incredible new venue!  Maxwell's at the Argyle is a beautiful venue that transports you back in time to a night of great music and entertainment from days gone by!  Maxwell's features some of the hottest names in swing music, such as Mora's Modern Rhythmists and the Bill Elliott Swing Orchstra, as well as magicians, fan dancers, comedians and lots of other terrific stuff!  Located in the gorgeous Art Deco Argyle Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, a night at Maxwell's is really something special.  Hats off to Mister Maxwell DeMille for bringing this wonderful night to us all! 


See you soon!



Swingcerely,Rusty and Peter
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*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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