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DECEMBER 4, 2002
WEDNESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!


PICTURE OF THE WEEK

"Astonishing the city fathers, young "jitterbugs" are shown dancing on the polished marble floors of the Council chambers in City Hall. A portable phonograph blared and 10 young couples began bouncing on the floor. President Burns of the City Council rapped for order, but the "jitterbugs" were "out of this world, whirling and stomping." At the left, a couple does the "Flying Dutchman" while other "alligators" also "go to town."

-- Photo dated September 7, 1938.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"We're building a bright future out ot the past... see you there!"

-- Robin and Colette,
purveyors of the vintage lifestyle in the United Kingdom


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

* Wednesday -- December 4th *

CHAMPION LINDY HOPPERS NATHALIE & YUVAL!!!
PERFORM THEIR 2002 U.S. OPEN COMPETITION ROUTINE!!!

AND...OUR MONTHLY BEGINNER'S SWING CLASS!!!

We are so excited about this week's Rhythm Club because New York's own Nathalie and Yuval will be with us! If you have never seen this incredible couple dance before, you have missed out. Make sure to be there tonight as they dance the night away with us AND grace us with a performance!!!

Nathalie and Yuval's top-flight Lindy Hop performance team, Hop, Swing and a Jump took first place at last week's U.S. Open Swing Dance Competition in Anaheim for the third time! We couldn't be happier to have them coming to the Rhythm Club. And once you see them, you'll want more -- lucky for you, they are teaching a weekend workshop in Van Nuys through the auspices of Retroglide Dance Society, run by our pals Chandler Smith and Jerry Jordan! So make sure to come down to the Rhythm Club this week and witness the incredible dancing of two of the world's leading lindy hoppers, Nathalie and Yuval!!!

AND -- If you have friends or colleagues who have been making noises about wanting to learn some swing dancing, here is your golden opportunity!!! Bring them to the Rhythm Club tonight for our beginners swing dance class from 7:30pm until 8:00pm. This class is designed to give the absolute beginner a taste of swing dancing and a few solid basic steps so that they can stick around and dance the rest of the night away!!! So pass the word -- tonight's the night at the Rhythm Club!


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

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

Birthdays:
Amy Waldman
Edwin Duterte
Yin-Ju Wang
Ricardo Salas
Tom (Tomasito) Buechler

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 The Rhythm Club!

SEE YOU THERE!

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE



* * * * COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *

* Wednesday -- December 11th *
Live Music!!
All the way from the United Kingdom -- THE JIVE ACES


* Wednesday -- December 18th *
Live Music!!
ALOHA HOLIDAY PARTY -- THE FABULOUS ESQUIRES



* * * * UPCOMING EVENTS * * * *


HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING FOR A GOOD CAUSE!!!
THIS MONDAY NIGHT AT THE NEPTUNIAN WOMAN'S CLUB 6:45-10:00PM!!
BE AN ANGEL...

Come and join us this coming Monday night, December 9th, as we help out with some holiday gift wrapping at the Neptunian Woman's Club! We have been renting the hall from this wonderful organization for years now, and always try to find ways to help them out in any way we can. Well, they have given us a great opportunity! Every year, they do holiday gift wrapping to raise money for charity -- All funds received are donated primarily to Mira Costa High School for two academic, one music and one art scholarships.

This year we have the chance to help them out by assisting them this Monday night! As the usual Monday classes take place in the main room of the club, the other room will be set aside so we can help out doing some wrapping!!! So make plans to come down early and stay a little late so we can help out our friends, the Neptunian Woman's Club (920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach)


* * * * LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES * * * *

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 2003!
BEGINNING: SUNDAYS, JANUARY 5
MONDAYS, JANUARY 6

WITH RUSTY & HER RHYTHM PALS -- RON & GIO!!

JANUARY'S FEATURED CLASS -- COLLEGIATE SHAG

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


* * * * RECENT EVENTS * * * *

RUSTY AND PETER GIVE TWO PERFORMANCES TO MORE THAN
FOUR HUNDRED ENTHUSIASTIC VIEWERS...
AT MONTEREY ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!!!

That's right, Rusty and Peter had the real delight of giving two presentations on Lindy Hop and Tap Dancing yesterday to a total of over four hundred and fifty wide-eyed youngsters in Atascadero. This was, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable things Rusty and Peter have ever done, in the five years they have taught and performed together.

Although it meant getting on the road at 4:30 in the morning ("We didn't even know there were two 4:30's in the day!"), Rusty and Peter fortified themselves with a bit of coffee and made the four-and-a-half hour drive to Atascadero (quite a bit north of Santa Barbara...) to show two groups of children from age five to ten about the joys of Lindy Hop and Tap Dance. Rusty and Peter sang and danced, spoke about the history, showed terrific film clips (for the record, kids LOVE Whitey's Lindy Hoppers in "Hellzapoppin'"...) and even dressed some of the kids up in oversized swing clothes!!! The children laughed, cheered and applauded with the genuine enthusiasm you'd expect, and Rusty and Peter loved every minute of it! (Of course, driving back home and hitting rush-hour traffic for three hours was a bit of a drag...)


* * * * EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTIONS * * * *

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 * * * *

ROCK THE JOINT! --This week we take you across the Atlantic to jolly olde England, and one of the snazziest websites we've seen in a while! If any of your future travel plans include Great Britain, make sure to check out this site and see what they're up to! Robin and Colette, who run this site, are behind quite a few great things: a dance school for "jive" (the European variant of our six-count swing), several annual dance events, and even a mail-order CD service where you can pick up some terrific music!!! Make sure to wander all over this site -- it's a beaut!!!

Click here: http://www.rockthejoint.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


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