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JANUARY 28TH 2003
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!


PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Inside the Savoy Ballroom -- "The Home of Happy Feet"



QUOTE OF THE WEEK

" When someone blunders, we say that he makes a misstep. Is it then not clear that all the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill our history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill in dancing."

-- -- Moliere, 1622


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

NEW SWING DANCE SERIES
BEGINS FEBRUARY 2 & 3RD
FEATURED CLASS -- COLLEGIATE SHAG!

FEBRUARY SERIES: The February series is just around the corner. Check out our schedule for dates and times HERE.

COLLEGIATE SHAG FEATURED CLASS: That's right. We're doing another series in Collegiate Shag. For those of you who were not in the first series, come along and join us (you DON'T need to have been in the first series!!!!). We are going to be starting with a whole new slew of Shag steps. If you were in the first series, come along, we are going to be starting with a whole new slew of Shag steps. Wait, did we just say that? Yes! It's all gonna be brand new stuff! More more more!

ENROLL ON-LINE! Yes, that's right, we're set up with Paypal.com and you can enroll for any and all of our class right on line. Just a click of the keyboard! Try it! Click HERE



NEW SWING DANCE SERIES
BEGINS AT USC ON TUESDAYS
WITH RUSTY & RHYTHM PAL RON

TUESDAYS AT USC Another swing dance series at USC begins February 4th. If you, or anyone you know, is unable to make the Lindy By The Sea Manhattan Beach classes, this might be just the ticket. Click HERE



NEW AMATEUR SWING DANCE TEAM
"SWING SHIFT FLYERS"
LED BY RUSTY FRANK

Just a reminder that Rusty is forming an amateur swing dance team for advanced lindy hoppers. The first meeting is this Sunday, February 2nd, 7-9pm at the Neptunian Woman's Club. If you are an advanced lindy hopper and are interested in joining this team, call Rusty at 310 606 5606.


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

* Wednesday -- January 29th *
DJ -- TONY QUACH

TONY QUACH: This week at the Rhythm Club we are thrilled to be bringing back that fabulous dj - Tony Quach. Tony is the house dj for Lindy Groove each and every Thursday night. Tony Quach started DJing at Pointe 705 with Peter Flahiff who got him hooked on Jazz history and introduced him to his favorite piano player, Oscar Peterson. He has DJed at San Diego's Fire House, Cafe Savoy and for their 2002 New Years Exchange. Tony was an after-hours DJ at Swing Camp Catalina 2002.

Favorite Songs:
Moten Swing - Oscar Peterson
Blues For Pres, Sweets, Ben & All The Other Funky Ones - Oscar Peterson & Sonny Stitt
I love Being Here With You - Diana Krall
My Love Is - Diana Krall
Easy Does It - Most Versions Especially Oscar Peterson's
Perdido - Carmen McCrae
Sassy's Blues - Sarah Vaughan
Money's Getting Cheaper - Jimmy Witherspoon
Lets Fall In Love - Louis Armstrong And Oscar Peterson
C-Jam Blues AKA Duke's Place - Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington

MICAHEL D'ANGELO'S BIRTHDAY. One of our happiest dancers is celebrating his birthday this week. So we wanted to make special note of it to let you all know. It's Michael D'Angelo. Many of you know him as one of the wonderful leads on our scene, one of the friendliest guys around, and always one with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. But you may not know he is also a miniature golf champion! His title was only taken away from him for a brief period by Rusty Frank in an intense game on that world-class course on Catalina Island. (Any challengers?) Make sure to come around and make his birthday one to remember!




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

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

Birthdays:
Michael D'Angelo
Sally Jo Sager
Jerry Jordan
Lovelynn VanderHorst (guess we'll give her an excuse this week!)

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



* * * * LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *

JUMPIN JOZ ROCKS THE JOINT
"THE PROFESSOR" MAKES HIS DEBUT

JUMPIN' JOZ and his ensemble rocked the house at the Rhythm Club last Wednesday. Rick Joswick's outstanding players filled the evening with a fantastic array of swing music. As our Minnesota friend, Alan Hall, said, "Rick, your musicians are sterling." We couldn't agree more. Thanks, Rick!

WELCOME TO "THE PROFESSOR" He can add, he can subtract, he can dress vintage, he can dance up a storm, and now -- he can dj with the best of 'em. Robert Vangor, our very own "Professor", stepped up to the dj booth gave us a glimpse into his fabulous collection of swing music. He'll be back, folks. That's right, we've arranged to have him back on February 5th, to dj in between the Campus Five's band breaks. And our weekly thanks to Nathan for dj'ing the first set and also for training "The Professor" on the boards!

And, did we mention the turnout on our "little Saturday"?? Yep, once agiain, one hundred and twenty happy lindy hoppers in our very own South Bay rhythm spot. Thank you all for keeping another swing dance venue alive and jumpin'!


l-r, top-bottom: Alaina (the birthday girl) with Saint Glenn, Alaina gets a tumble from the ubiquitous Herb (good to see you, Herb!), and Rusty with her cousin Bryan (visiting from England)
Special thanks to Alex Vasallo for the pics!


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

* Wednesday -- February 5th *
Live Music - THE CAMPUS FIVE




* Wednesday -- February 12th *
DJ - tba




* Wednesday -- February 19th *
DJ - HILARY ALEXANDER
AND SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTION -- THE RHYTHM HOT SHOTS FROM SWEDEN!





* Wednesday -- February 26th *
SAVE THE DATE
BILL ELLIOTT SWING ORCHESTRA
for Rusty's Birthday!

We guess it pays to have friends in high places. And you can't go much higher in our swing world than the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra. So guess which one of Rusty's Rhythm Pals is going to be playing on her birthday at the Rhythm Club? Okay, not much of a surprise -- but, wow! what a coup. Yes, indeed, and hi-de-ho, The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra. Make room dancers, because this is going to be a night for the books. Mark your calendars -- that's Wednesday, February 26th 2003.


* * * * EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTIONS * * * *

"IT'S A LEAD!"
LOVELYNN AND DEREK HAVE A BOUNCING BABY BOY
TRISTAN ALEXANDER JENSEN

That's right girls! We have another lead. No standing around at the dances waiting for some sweet young thing to ask you to dance. Here he is, Mr. Tristan Alexander Jensen -- all seven pounds of him! Well, it may be awhile before he can actually ask you to dance, and, for that matter, dance, but, hey... Another lead!!

Lovelynn had her baby at 2:27am on January 27th. She had a thirteen hour labor with her husband and mom and dad there cheering her on. Tristan was born wonderfully healthy, and as you can see by the pictures, he's BE-U-TIFUL!

Congratulations Derek and Lovelynn. We couldn't be more happy for you both.

[For those of you who haven't met Lovelynn, she is one of Rusty's best friends, and stood in for her teaching with Peter during Rusty's broken neck episode. A friend in need is a friend in deed!]






RETROGLIDE DANCE SOCIETY PRESENTS

GIRL'S DAY OUT... IN A SWINGIN' SORT OF WAY
WORKSHOP WITH RUSTY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH

Join Retroglide Dance Society in Valencia for a special afternoon workshop in which our very own Rusty will conduct two courses:

1:00-3:00 Vintage Hair Styling
3:00-5:00 Swing Dance Styling

Cost of workshop:

$20 Vintage Hair Styling
$20 Swing Dance Styling
SPECIAL DISCOUNT $36 Both workshops!!!

Click HERE for Retroglide, or call 818 753 0054 to register.



NEW WEB PAGE UP
LEARN MORE ABOUT RUSTY
Did you know she was once arrested for tap dancing?

Many of you know that Rusty was voted Los Angeles Lindy Hopper of the month in December of 2002. Sonia, who hosts the website dancingla.com, put up this interview with Rusty. We thought it was so nice, we gave it a permanent home on swingshiftontap.com. You can read Rusty's bio HERE, and if you want to read this interview, click HERE.



Just a reminder the Lindy Binge is this weekend. There are going to be loads of out-of-towners here, so have a ball dancing with them, showing them the best of L.A., and getting around yourselves. Here's the link once more for you: http://jivejunction.com/lindybinge/index.htm

The swingshift@earthlink.net is now obsolete.



OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

Just a reminder that our new email address is: info@swingshiftontap.com.

The swingshift@earthlink.net is now obsolete.



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 * * * *

AUTOMATIC FLATTERER. Okay, sometimes, you just have to be plain silly. Our link of the week is just that. You're a wonderful person, right! Talented. Kind. Humorous. A wonderful dancer. But how often do people tell you? Here's a site you can go to and get all the positive reinforcement you should be getting on a regular basis. Enjoy! Indulge!

Click HERE

[borrowed the above niffty pic from Jerry and Chandler's site -- thanks, boys...]


See you on the dancefloor!

Dancingly,

Rusty & Her Rhythm Pals
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).




HAVE YOU JOINED THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB?


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 !