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NOVEMBER 12, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!



PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Two dancers "getting in the groove" to the red hot notes of the orchestra, as others watch. The orchestra opened to a record crowd at the Palomar.

Photo dated April 20, 1939.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Fine dancing, I believe like virtue, must be its own reward.
Those who are standing by are usually thinking of something very different."


-- Jane Austen



* * * * SPECIAL NEWS * * * *

END OF SERIES PARTY
THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 17!!! 7-10PM $5

WITH SPECIAL DISPLAY FROM THE PERFORMANCE CLASS

Mark your calendars now and set some time aside as we bring you another fabulous End-Of-Series Party this coming Sunday night, November 17th! This is always one of our favorite events, bringing together loads of our students and friends for an evening of music, dancing and all around fun! The dance is from 7pm until 10pm at the Neptunian Womans Club in Manhattan Beach, and it costs only $5!!

And what's more -- This time around, you will be treated to the first public showing of the latest routine by the Performance Class doing the high-powered number, "Shout and Feel It!". You won't want to miss this, so come on down and cheer on your dancing friends as they give it all they've got to entertain you!!! For more details, check out our website at http://www.swingshiftontap.com/lbseos.htm !


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


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

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

Birthdays:
Jamie Zwick
Richard Brandt
Carl Herman

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



UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

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




* * * * UPCOMING CLASSES * * * *

NEW CLASSES TO BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 24TH AND 25TH!!!

THIS MONTH'S FEATURED CLASS -- THE LINDY CHORUS!!!

That's right, the time is nearly upon us again! Another series of classes is winding up and that means that another chance to take more lessons is right behind it. Our last series of classes for the year will begin on Sunday and Monday, November 24th and 25th and we hope to see you all with us! Remember, Sunday is the day for our Lindy Hop Levels One, Two and Three classes, so plan on joining us for those and really get your six-count, charleston and lindy hop basics solid! And Monday nights we offer our Level One Lindy Hop class again (for those of you for whom Sunday afternoons are difficult...), as well as our Featured Class and our Level Four Lindy Hop class.

AND SPEAKING OF THE FEATURED CLASS -- This month it is the classic "Lindy Chorus" class, which teaches a choreographed one-chorus long routine. This is a GREAT class for all dancers at all levels, since it gives everyone a chance to really focus on style and form in some basic moves, as well as giving a great sense of group accomplishment. This is NOT a "line-dance" like the Shim Sham, but rather a "partnered" routine (and we will be rotating as usual, so you do not need to have a partner!) This is always one of our most popular classes, so make plans to join us and take part in "The Lindy Chorus!"

For more details on our classes, including times, location, cost and more, click here: http://www.swingshiftontap.com/lbs-classes.asp


* * * * UPCOMING EVENTS * * * *


SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR RHYTHM CLUB HOLIDAY AND
"ALOHA" PARTY FOR PETER!!!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH 2002 -- AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

Mark your calendars and plan on coming down to join us for our annual Rhythm Club Holiday Party! This year's party will be extra-special as we give it an unusual theme -- "ALOHA!" That's right, it's summertime-luau-Hawaiian-themed-party as we bring a little of the tropics to the dead of winter! Come in your wildest Hawaiian-themed clothes and give Old Man Winter the swingin' boot for a night...WHY NOT??!!

This will also be our big send-off for Peter and our official welcoming to Ron Campbell and Giovanni Quintero (get it? "Aloha" means "hello" AND "goodbye" in Hawaiian...ain't we clever?), so you won't want to miss this. Come along and bid a fond and happy farewell to Peter as he embarks on the next chapter of his life, and help us to give a big, warm welcome to Ron and Giovanni who will be stepping it to work with Rusty in the Lindy By The Sea classes. These two gentlemen are wonderful fellas, and we are so thrilled to have them with us!! (more about them in next week's update...stay tuned!

AND AS IF THAT WEREN'T FUN ENOUGH...we will be having LIVE MUSIC that night, courtesy of one of our favorite bands, the Fabulous Esquires Orchestra! They've played at the Rhythm Club before, to wild approval from everyone, and we are so excited to have them returning to provide us with their incredibly swingin' sounds. Don't miss this chance to hear a great, 17-piece swing band blow the roof off of the Rhythm Club! They will make you dance!!!



DANCE CHAMPS AND PALS, NATHALIE AND YUVAL COME TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, COURTESY OF RETROGLIDE!!!

Our dear friends, Nathalie and Yuval, dance champions and team leaders of the multiple-award-winning Lindy Hop performance team "Hop, Swing and a Jump" from New York, will be making an exclusive Southern California appearance, teaching classes at a workshop produced by Jerry Jordan and Chandler Smith -- the Retroglide Dance Society! Don't miss this opportunity to study from two of the most sought-after lindy hoppers and performers in THE WORLD!!! For all the details on this incredible and rare event, check out the website over at Retroglide at : http://www.retroglide.com/events/workshop.asp !


THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT...

SWING DANCE!!!

This holiday season, why not give your loved ones something they've always wanted...swing!  Whether it's a series card, good for four weeks of great dance classes with Lindy By The Sea, or maybe some passes to the Rhythm Club on Wednesday nights, it's a gift that really fits all!  You can even set up some private lessons with Rusty -- what a terrific present for the swing dancer in your life!  Just email us at info@swingshiftontap.com, call 310 606 5606 or personally ask for any of these things at any Rusty and Peter event, and we'll be more than happy to take care of you!


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 * * * *

-- SOLEMATES: The Century in Shoes -- What an AMAZING website this is!!! Heartfelt thanks go out to our dear friend, Lovelynn VanderHorst, for sending us this incredible link, and boy are we thrilled to be passing it on to you. Quite simply, this is an incredible multi-media tour of the history of footwear from 1900 to the 1990's. Incredible images, terrific quotes, fascinating vintage film clips, and...shoes, shoes, shoes! For those of you with a weakness for pretty footwear already, this will be a trip to the candy store. For those of you who don't have this fascination yet, prepare to be converted! Take a look at this lovely site and be prepared to spend some time there learning and drooling. Click here: http://www.centuryinshoes.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
Shriners Children's Hospital, LA


For more information about the Swing Shift Rhythm Club and what it's all about, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page at:
http://www.swingshiftontap.com/faqs.htm#23 !