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DECEMBER 17, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!


PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Mr. Peter Flahiff

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Thanks everybody... You've been a great crowd!!!!"

-- --Peter Flahiff


* * * * HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER * * * *


RAFFLE FOR DANCER'S FUND
YOU COULD WIN AN INCREDIBLE ROLL-OUT DANCE FLOOR!!!

It's the holiday season and a wonderful time to think of others. As part of a joint club effort between The Rhythm and Suzy Q's, we are raffling off a beautiful roll-out dance floor to raise money for the Professional Dancer's Society (PDS) -- Dancer's Home and Transition for Dancers Fund. So here's the scoop:

$5 Raffle Tickets
for
Fabulous Roll-Out Dance Floor
IT COULD BE YOURS!!!

This 4x6 floor easily rolls out and is danceable on any surface. You don't need to "roll up the carpet", instead, "roll out the floor"! The price of this floor is $450! But you may be the lucky winner!

To buy raffle tickets for this dance floor, come to the Rhythm Club this Wednesday, Dec. 18th, Suzy Q's this Friday, Dec. 20th, or simply contact Rusty at 310 606 5606.

Let's join together and really make a BIG donation to The Professional Dancer's Society!

A very special thanks to Michael D'Angelo for donating this floor.

The winner will be announced in January 2003.

MORE ABOUT PDS: PDS is a non-profit organization (so your donation is tax deductible) that takes care of professional dancers in distress. You may not know this, but there was no dancer's union back in the day, so all those wonderful entertainers you see in the old movies have no special pension except their Social Security. PDS makes sure no professional dancer goes homeless. And for those who need to change careers because of injury or age, PDS retrains them. One of the first phone calls Rusty got after her 2000 broken neck injury was from PDS offering to help financially in any way. They really keep their eyes and ears open.


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

* Wednesday -- December 18th *

LIVE MUSIC!!
THE FABULOUS ESQUIRES!





PETER'S ALOHA!!!

Yep. Gulp. Sob. This is it. Peter's last Wednesday at the Rhythm Club.
Let's send him off with a resounding "Aloha"!!
Don't forget to dress Hawaiian!



RUSTY'S NEW RHYTHM PALS
RON & GIO'S ALOHA!!!

And while we're at it, let's have another "Aloha",
and welcome Ron and Gio to the Swing Shift family.



DANCE CLASS AT THE RHYTHM CLUB THIS WEEK!!!

You read that right! Ordinarily, we only have our beginners swing dance class at the Rhythm Club on the first Wednesday of the month. But since this is a special night (it being Peter's last one and all...) we have decided to have one last class with him, so come on down, bring your friends, and be a part of the last swing dance class ever with Rusty and Peter! It's from 7:30pm until 8:00pm and we're sure it's going to be swell. The class is included in the cover charge ($12 -- live band!!!) so come along and be a part of it...we'd love to see you there!!!

AND... LINDY CHORUS CLASS TO PERFORM!!!

Yeah! Hooray! The Lindy Chorus class, after learning an entire routine during the past four weeks, is going to perform their "Streamliner" number during one of the band breaks. Make sure to cheer them on. Wow! What a night this is gonna be.



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

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

Birthdays:
Chaz Desimone
Jeff Wright
Noe Vega
Doug Allen
Thomas Greenhalgh
Mark McCracken

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



* * * * PETER SAYS "ALOHA" * * * *


"SO LONG, GATES!"
PETER FLAHIFF BIDS A FOND FAREWELL

Hello everybody! It's Peter here, with my last contribution to the Weekly E-Mail update from Lindy By The Sea. I have to admit, this is a very bittersweet moment in my life and I wanted to take an opportunity (since I have you all as a captive audience here) to say good-bye in the way I am most comfortable with -- writing.

These last five years of my life have been a dream come true, quite literally. When I took up swing dancing, I wondered if there was any possible way to do nothing else but swing dance ALL THE TIME. I'm sure many of you out there can relate to this feeling. It is just so darned much fun, and the addiction is so strong...well, you know what I mean. For a long time I just danced every chance I got. Weekends. Weeknights. At work when no one was looking. And then, at work when they were looking. Who cares?! It feels good, right? And all the time, wishing that there was some way to remove all the other, extraneous parts of my life (work, sleeping, eating...) and just swing dance ALL THE TIME. And then, lo and behold, I meet up with Rusty Frank.

Rusty was already a legend on the scene. I had bought her book a long time before and memorized quite a bit of it (if you haven't bought this book and read it yet, shame on you!), so I knew who she was. When we met and danced together, it was a huge honor for me. I was a mere Orange County-local social dancer. She was world-famous! But we really clicked on the dance floor and later found out that we both wanted to work at it full-time. What luck!!! We talked it out and decided to become dance partners -- we wanted to put together a song-and-dance act and tour around teaching and performing. So it happened! Rusty choreographed the act, we put the whole thing together in record time and off we went. Soon after, we were offered the chance to be the house teachers and hosts at a swing night in the South Bay area at a nightclub called (at the time) Pointe 705. This was the beginning of our career in earnest, as well as the beginning of our relationship with the wonderful people of the South Bay. The swing night was a huge success, and not long after we began there, people began asking us to teach regular classes. So we did, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now, five years later, I have had the thrill of teaching and performing all over the world. England, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Mexico, New York, Washington D.C., dance camps, weekenders, workshops, cruises...just about everything. I can't tell you what an unbelievable time it has been. And far and away, the best part has been meeting and teaching so many wonderful people. I've always loved teaching. But teaching people how to dance has to be one of the most wonderful things you could ever hope to do. I love seeing someone come into a class who has never set foot on a dance floor before and watch the addiction begin. There's this little smile that spreads out over their face as time goes by and soon you find that you can hardly remember when they couldn't dance. I've seen many people join a class and I honestly thought, "Well, they probably won't be great, but they're sure having fun!" And then they turn out to be SPECTACULAR dancers. Really. It seems as though the ones with the least promise at the outset wind up being really excellent. It comes from having fun with it first. Everything else will follow.

I guess the upshot of all of this is really pretty simple. I want to thank Rusty for taking a very rough social dancer and making him a businessman, performer and teacher. I could not have done this without her. And I want to thank each and every person I have met in these last several years of dancing. To paraphrase the great Will Rogers, "I never met a dancer I didn't like." I really mean that. I'm glad to have the modern miracle (?) of e-mail so that everyone gets this message personally. I have loved teaching and dancing with all of you. I wish you all the best of life and happiness. Dance on, forever and ever. It's the best stuff in the whole world. It changes lives -- I've seen it. And if you only ever learn your six-count basic and never a step or move more, no one can take that away from you. You are a swing dancer, and that is something to be extraordinarily proud of. I'm glad I could help.

Love to you all, always,

Peter Flahiff
Swing Dance Teacher (emeritus)
Lindy By The Sea


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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
NO RHYTHM CLUB DECEMBER 25TH OR JANUARY 1ST
(NOW WHY COULD THAT BE...?)

We just thought we'd come out and actually say it -- the Rhythm Club will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25th, and New Year's Day, January 1st. We hope you all have a warm and wonderful holiday season, and our best wishes to you!!! See you next year...



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



* Wednesday -- January 15th *
Ladies of Swing -- DJs
SYLVIA SKYLAR, HILARY ALEXANDER, & RUSTY FRANK




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



* * * * 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 * * * *

PICTURES FROM LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
WITH THE INCOMPARABLE JIVE ACES!!!

For those of you who didn't come to the dance last week and missed the Jive Aces -- well, we hate to rub it in, but you REALLY missed out. These boys put on the most incredible show in the world, giving 150% the whole night, building the excitement song by song, until the end of the night when they absolutely blew the place apart with a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, crowd-screaming frenzy of an encore that knocked everybody out!!! Don't EVER EVER EVER miss these guys again when they're in town. Here are some pictures to give to a vague idea of what you missed...


The Jive Aces visit Rusty's 1921 Craftsman Bungalow



Picking lemons in Rusty's backyard -- Ahhhh, California in December!


The Jives looking over Rusty's vintage tie collection


The Jives reading magazines from Rusty's vintage collection


The moment they've been waiting for -- FATBURGERS!!!
They actually put it in their contract with us -- "Dinner at Fatburgers"!


The Jive Aces give it their all at the Rhythm Club



END-OF-SERIES PARTY A HUGE SUCCESS!!!!
DANCING! MUSIC! FIREWORKS! AWARDS! CAKES!

This latest End-Of-Series Party was a roaring success! Loads of our friends, past and present, came out to dance the night away to lots of great music. The City of Manhattan Beach presented their holiday fireworks spectacular (coincidence?), and we were treated to a lovely show right from the porch of the Neptunian Woman's Club! The dancing was a ball, as ever, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. There was a presentation of a cake AND a cheesecake for Peter to celebrate his retirement, and a retirement-dance for him as well (giving a slight indication of the retirement dance awaiting him at the Rhythm Club...) We gave out certificates of appreciation to some of our great helpers, including Glenn Parkison, Jessica Densmore and John Silva!! (Amanda got her's on Monday night... and we're still waiting to see Shari Campbell to deliver hers...) Overall, a wonderful time was had by everyone there, and we can't wait to see you all at the next one!!!


Rusty & Peter have their last breakfast at the Koffe Kart.
They've eaten there for four years before Sunday classes!



The whole gang at the End-of-Series Party


John Silva, Glenn Parkison, and Jessica Densmore
Receive their Certificates of Appreciation


Amanda gets her Certificates of Appreciation


* * * * 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 * * * *


SWINGMAP -- Yes, this has been a link of the week for us in the past, but we felt that with the holiday traveling-around season upon us, it would be wise to put it out there again as a reminder to everyone that you can still go swing dancing wherever you may be! So wherever your travel plans may be taking you, make sure to check out swingmap.com first and scope out the local dancing scene. This wonderful site gives you a map of all fifty states in these United States and all you have to do is click on the place you're heading to and voila!!! You are instantly whisked to the main website for swing dancing in that area. What could be simpler? Note that in some states, there are several cities with thriving swing scenes, so click on the specific city you are going to...and once you know the lowdown, don't hesitate to contact dancers in the area and see if you can meet them! This swing dancing stuff is REALLY friendly and social (in case you hadn't noticed), so take the chance and make some new friends!!! Have fun!!!!

Click here: http://www.swingmap.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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