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NOVEMBER 5, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!



PICTURE OF THE WEEK




QUOTE OF THE WEEK

" To those of us with real understanding, dancing is the only pure art form."

-- Snoopy



* * * * SPECIAL NEWS * * * *

OUR OWN RUSTY FRANK IS NOMINATED
FOR LINDY HOPPER OF THE MONTH!!!



Rusty "Esther Williams" Frank

Not that she's competitive or anything, but, heck, she's been nominated! So why not take that freedom that's guaranteed as yours just for being a lindy hopper and vote for Rusty! (Hee hee)

That's right, Rusty Frank, has been nominated for Lindy Hopper of the Month at DancingLA!!! Let's all rally around and show our support for this extraordinary dancer and pal by voting like CRAZY at the website. (Not that Rusty is competitive or anything)

The voting ends November 10th. So head on over there now and cast your vote for Rusty Frank as Lindy Hopper of the Month! At this writing, Rusty is ahead by one vote and carries 32% of the vote... not that she cares or is competitive or anything...

The website is at http://www.dancingla.com/ (The site takes a moment to load, but once it does, just scroll down until you see the above picture of Rusty, and that's where you will see the "voting box" to cast your vote.)


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


LIVE MUSIC AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!!

AND A FREE BEGINNERS SWING CLASS!!!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH 2002

We are so proud to be able to bring you another fine swing band for your dancing pleasure this week at the Rhythm Club: the fabulous sounds of the Jumpin' Joz band will be swinging out all night long and we can't wait to hear them! We've been friends and fans of the Jumpin' Joz band for many years and we're thrilled to be able to bring them to you for a night of terrific music. The leader of the band, Rick Joswick, is also an amazing lindy hopper, so he really knows how to play a tune in the perfect tempo and with the perfect feel for swing dancing. (Remember, the cover charge is $12 on nights when there is a live band -- still a paltry sum for such a great night of fun!)

And don't forget that this is the first Wednesday of the month, and that means we will be having a free beginners swing dance class from 7:30 until 8:00, included in the cover charge! This is your chance to come and bring your friends and family, co-workers, total strangers, whomever, to learn the basics of this great dancing and get bit by the swing bug. The class is taught by Rusty and Peter in their trademark lively way, so make sure to tell everyone you know about this!!!



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

Admission $7 on dj nights, $12 when live band

Birthdays:
Jackie Dewar
Hayley Bisceglia-Martin

Dance Lesson on the first Wednesday of each month
from 7:30-8:00
(check our calendar)

Make your plans now to join us
at Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club!

SEE YOU THERE!

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE



THANK YOU FROM RUSTY AND PETER
REGARDING THE MUSICAL TRAGEDY...

Thanks to all of those who expressed concern regarding the "loss" of our big book o'cds (200 cds disappeared on us not too long ago). Thanks also to those who have donated cds to help us replace all that wonderful music. It's great to see what you bring in!

And speaking of music, remember, we're here for YOU at the Rhythm Club; this club is YOUR club. If you have any requests, please come up and let us know...we want to play the music that makes you want to jump out of your seat and dance!!! Also, if there are any songs in particular that you own, which you would like to dance to at The Rhythm Club, please feel free to bring them along and Peter will be more than happy to play them for you. Just be sure to put a little Post-It note on the case with the track number you want played, along with your name...if you ever want to see it again!! We really want to play the music that makes you want to dance...


UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE RHYTHM CLUB


* November 20 *
Live Music!!
Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five with Hilary Alexander




* * * * RECENT EVENTS * * * *


HALLOWEEN AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

Last week's Halloween party at the Rhythm Club was a smashing success, with LOADS of old and new friends coming out to dance the night away in incredible costumes! Three dance contests wowed the crowd, emceed by Mr. Maxwell DeMille and judged by Pete Vincent! We were also graced with the DJing skills of none other than Tony Quach, the house DJ for Lindygroove in Pasadena every Thursday night!

The night got off to a bang with Peter and Tony battling back and forth with some of their finest swing tunes, keeping the crowd moving and swinging like crazy. Rarely did people sit out more than a single song, as the non-stop barrage of great music kept everyone on the floor.

At about the halfway point of the night, we held several great events! We began with a birthday dance for our dear friend Mae Lae, who had the whole dance to herself! What a lucky girl!!! We followed this up with our costume contest and this was really difficult, since so many people went all out with simply incredible outfits!!! But when the parade of costumes stopped and the smoke cleared, the results were as follows: 1st -- Gil, as the "Escaped 'Cereal' Killer", 2nd -- Noe, as the mummy (how did he breathe in that costume?), 3rd -- this went to a quartet of people with the same theme of "scary, heavy-make-up wearing punk-gothic-zombies. To our astonishment, these were Denise, Cheryl, Michael and our very own St. Glenn. In light of this costume, we may need to rethink our nickname for him... We also had an honorable mention with a family of hippies, led by David Stockin and his daughters.

Then came two more contests. These were dance contests judged by our friend Pete Vincent, who was a terrific dancer in the original swing era (and only getting better with age, we might add...) The first was a Jack and Jill contest, where dozens of dancers took turns dancing with different partners for a minute apiece, and then werejudged on their individual SOCIAL dancing skills. The winners of this contest were Giovanni and Kristy! Then we had a JILL and JACK contest, where the rules were the same, but the GIRLS led and the BOYS followed. This was just hysterical, and when it was all over and we wiped away the tears of laughter, the winners were Jessica (yes, our Jessica) as the best leader, and Victor as the best follower!

We particularly wanted to thank Pete Vincent for judging the contest so well and with such charm; also to Maxwell DeMille for being the perfect impromptu emcee for the festivities and helping to distribute the 99-Cent prizes with aplomb; and to Tony Quach for battling till the end of the night with Peter and providing some of the best and craziest swing tunes to grace the Rhythm Club in a long time!






UPDATED!

Finally, Rusty found an extra week in her life to update our Scrapbook. Yes, that means that we are fully up to date for 2002. Check it out!!! You just might find yourself there... CLICK HERE for five new pages of photos (that's just about 100!!!!)


PRIVATES WITH RUSTY

If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson, give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606. (Photo: David Saffir)


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

-- The Library of Congress -- This week (an election week, we hasten to remind you all...) we offer to you something that you may not ever have thought to check out: The official website of the Library of Congress, which has this incredible section devoted to Vaudeville, variety theatre and American Popular culture in general! So you can investigate an official government website and be genuinely entertained and educated about an extraordinary chapter in the history of our nation's entertainment! This site has links to Harry Houdini, phenomenal sound recordings (some from as far back as 1913, and including monologues, comic songs and comic sketches!), and even early films of performers from the vaudeville era!!! This is truly a fascinating and absorbing website, so be prepared to spend some time there!

Click here : http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/vshtml/vshome.html


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
Shriners Children's Hospital, LA


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