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DECEMBER 10, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!


PICTURE OF THE WEEK

"Jitterbug dancers on the City Hall portico came to invite Mayor Fletcher Bowron to attend the International Jitterbug Championships and show at the Coliseum. Youthful swingers from 22 states and six foreign countries were to dance in the championships, which climaxed a three-day jitterbug convention at the Palomar."

-- Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, 1939


QUOTE OF THE WEEK

" So, I think I would say, enjoy the process of learning to dance. The process of our profession, and not its final achievement, is the heart and soul of dance."

-- --Jacques d'Amboise


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

* Wednesday -- December 11th *

JIVE ACES!!!
WOW!!!!!!

(you'll see...)

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

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

Birthdays:
Corey Woods


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 18th *
Live Music!!
ALOHA HOLIDAY PARTY -- THE FABULOUS ESQUIRES
AND SPECIAL...
HOLIDAY BEGINNER'S SWING DANCE LESSON AT 7:30!!

Remember, this is Peter's LAST (sob sob sob....) Wednesday night Rhythm Club for now. It's his Aloha Party. Come dressed in your finest Hawaiian attire and send him off with great style and joy! This is also our "aloha" welcome to Ron & Gio, Rusty's new Rhythm Pals. And... our very own Melissa Allen is singing with the band! Let's make it the best night yet.



* Wednesday -- January 8th *
Live Music!!
MORA'S MODERN SWINGTET




* Wednesday -- January 22nd *
Live Music!!
JUMPIN' JOZ



* * * * UPCOMING EVENTS * * * *


END-OF-SERIES PARTY THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH 7-10PM
WITH LOTS OF SPECIAL STUFF:

Since this a pretty special End-Of-Series Party (Peter's last -- sob sob sob), we wanted to do some special stuff. Here's where you come in:

CALLING ALL YEARS!!!
PAST AND PRESENT STUDENTS OF LINDY BY THE SEA
COME OUT AND PARTY WITH US...ALUMNI OF 1998, '99, '00, 01, '02!

We are asking, in particular, for any of our past students from the very beginning of Lindy By The Sea, and down through the years to today, to show up and celebrate with us as we send Peter off to his new career and welcome in Ron and Gio to Lindy By The Sea teaching team!!! We would love to see some of the old friendly faces again and have a huge and grand time at this dance with absolutely everyone.

SPECIAL THANK-YOU'S TO BE GIVEN OUT TO OUR AMAZING HELPERS:
GLENN, JESSICA, AMANDA, NATHAN, JOHN!!!

We are also taking this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to our incredible staff of volunteers who are always there for us in large and small ways, making the running of the Lindy By The Sea world easier for us: Saint Glenn Parkinson, who is the fixer of all problems from broken car headlights to errant sound systems to working with new students on their basics -- Jessica Densmore ever ready to run errands for us, fill in as a leader OR a follower, and always laugh at our jokes, whether good or bad -- John Silva, who shows up and quietly goes about taking care of anything that needs doing, usually well before we even know about it -- Amanda McCullough, who only joined us in the last two years, but became an integral part of the Lindy By The Sea family, helping out in classes, recruiting and welcoming curious new students, and becoming an ace helper at clean-up both in classes and at the Wednesday night dances -- Nathan Eick, our resident Disney authority, who joins us every Wednesday evening to play music for the first hour or so and DJ for us during the monthly beginner's class at the Rhythm Club; his great musical taste and dapper style is a source of inspiration to us all! We'll also be giving an award to Shari Campbell, who has been with us in classes, dances and workshops, since our VERY FIRST CLASS, and is still a wonderful, cheerful and devoted part of the Lindy By The Sea community!!! Make sure to be at the End-Of-Series Party as we recognize and thank these wonderful people!

Click HERE for all details about our End-Of-Series Party. 7:00-10:00pm, Neptunian Woman's Club, 920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach.

ONE LAST THING: Don't forget, too, that the parking for everything this Sunday (classes and End-Of-Series Party) is going to be more difficult than usual, as the City of Manhattan Beach puts on it's annual Holiday Fireworks extravaganza over the Pier at the end of Manhattan Beach boulevard. Make sure to come down EARLY and plan on having to walk a little distance to get to us, as this is one of the most crowded events of the year!! But wasn't it nice of them to have fireworks for our party?!


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

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

JANUARY'S FEATURED CLASS -- COLLEGIATE SHAG

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

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


* * * * RECENT EVENTS * * * *

YOU WERE AN ANGEL!

GIFT WRAPPING A HUGE SUCCESS

Last night brought an extra-special dimension of seasonal joy as many students turned up early for classes at the Neptunian Woman's Club to help wrap gifts!!! We were given the opportunity to volunteer to help with gift wrapping for the Neptunian Women and we are proud to say that many of our students happily answered the call. The gift wrapping helped to raise funds for two Mira Costa High School scholarships (one music and one art), and we have to say that our students did a LOT of wrapping. Thanks to everyone who showed up and contributed to this event...you helped us show the heart and soul of the Lindy By The Sea community!!!



LOVELYNN'S GONNA BE A MOMMY REAL SOON (JANUARY?)

Here we have two pictures of our dear, dear friend, Lovelynn VanderHorst and her soon-to-be-child, along with our own Rusty Frank. Rusty and Lovelynn have been best friends since the first time they met, and Rusty went to Lovelynn's Baby Shower last weekend and these pictures were taken. For those of you who have been wondering where our pal had been lately, and why you haven't seen her out dancing so much lately...here's your answer!!



RUSTY DANCES IN NEW "SWING" MOVIE

Rusty with KTVU Channel 2's Bob MacKenzie

Last weekend, Rusty flew up to the Bay Area to visit her San Francisco dancing friends on the set of the new film in production "Swing". One of these friends, Cynthia Glinka, got the great job of choreographing twenty-eight (!!!) dance scenes for this new film (there are 69 scenes altogether in the movie). When Rusty arrived on the set to watch, Cynthia came rushing over, "Rusty, quick, go up to Wardrobe and get in a vintage dress; I've got a dance partner for you to be in the next scene!". And who was this dance partner? None other than Bob MacKenzie, of KTVU Channel 2 News up there. He was doing a special story on the film and thought it would be fun to actually get in the film as part of his story. After rushing through Wardrobe, Hair, and Makeup, Rusty raced back down to the set, greeted Bob MacKenzie (whom she had known years ago from him doing stories on the Art Deco Society), Cynthia placed the two right behind the stars for a big scene, the director yelled "Action!" -- and off they danced.

It was perfect. Just one scene. So watch for the film in March. Should be loads of fun! And, who knows, maybe it'll be another shot in the arm for swing dancing!! Here's what the San Francisco Chronicle had to say about it:




Jacqueline Bisset dances on the set of "Swing"

"The old Regency Building on Sutter Street, where the Masons once performed initiation rites, has a ghostly aura.

This week, Hollywood brought in a new set of ghosts, dressed not in sheets but in vintage gowns and tuxedos. One "ghost" looks familiar. A closer glance reveals the apparition's identity: '70s screen bombshell Jacqueline Bisset, still in bombshell mode in a blond wig and a low-cut red taffeta dress.

Why is Bisset here? She portrays an angel in "Swing," a movie that imagines swing dancing in heaven -- a hopeful thought for those who enjoy cutting a rug on earth. In the scene I observed, a master of ceremonies announces, "It's time for the Club Jimbo dance contest," and Bisset is escorted onto the floor by Innis Casey, an up-and-coming actor best known as the boyfriend of Kiefer Sutherland's daughter on "24." Casey plays an earthling whom Bisset is helping to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional musician. In the process, he becomes infatuated with her. Who wouldn't?

Local choreographer Cynthia Glinka found it far easier to teach ballroom dancing to Bisset than to Keanu Reeves and David Caruso when they were required to kick up their heels in movies filmed here. "I'm at the point now where I can tell when I'm doing it right," said Bisset, who trained in ballet.

At the beginning of "Swing" (written by local Mary Keil), Bisset is still alive and residing in a nursing home with Jonathan Winters. The actress, who wore a ton of foundation to look like an 85-year-old, became leery of hanging out with her co-star between takes.

"Jonathan is so funny, I was afraid I would start laughing and my makeup would dislodge. The day Robin Williams came to visit, I left the room altogether."

Bisset keeps busy. She just finished playing Jacqueline Onassis in a cable movie about the life of John F. Kennedy Jr. This isn't the first time Bisset has appeared as the president's widow. She starred in "The Greek Tycoon," opposite Anthony Quinn's Onassis-like character.


* * * * 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 * * * *

JACQUES D'AMBOISE! -- "He makes me feel like dancing!" For more than 20 years, that's what thousands of excited children throughout the country have been saying after participating in Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute.

This weeks link involves the very man who provided us with our Quote of the week: legendary dancer and choreographer Jacques d'Amboise! This incredible man began dancing at an early age, finding in dancing an alternative to the life of street gangs which was overtaking the lives of most of his friends. He became a principle dancer in the New York City Ballet and while there, founded the National Dance Institute, an organization designed to help give other children exposure to dance and possibly help them in the same way it had helped him. Check out this wonderful link with a biography of Jacques d'Amboise, as part of the Kennedy Center Honors who recognized the extraordinary work of this man! It's at

Click HERE!


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 !