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FEBRUARY 18TH 2003
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!


PICTURE OF THE WEEK

The Rhythm Hot Shots
(next week at the Rhythm Club!!!)



QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"If you dance with a grizzly bear, you had better let him lead."

-- NATURAL LAW


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

* Wednesday -- February 19th *
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY SWEDISH SWING DANCE TROUPE
THE RHYTHM HOT SHOTS -- 9:00pm!

DJ -- Hilary Alexander!

How lucky can we get! Not only do we have the wonderful Hilary Alexander for our guest dj at the Rhythm Club this week, but, as well, a special added attraction:

THE RHYTHM HOT SHOTS!

This world-renowned performance company (all the way from Stockholm, Sweden) makes rare appearances to the United States, and this is definitely one of them. If you've never heard of them or seen them, you are really in for a treat. They are simply the best of the best. Their performance will consist of three numbers -- tap, singing, and lindy. They'll go on at approximately 9:00pm. So don't miss it!

Thought you'd also want to know that The Rhythm Hot Shot are doing an all-day workshop this Saturday at Memories. This is something else you won't want to miss (gee, how do you have time for anything else in your lives?) Instructors (and performers at the Rhythm Club) will be Asa Palm, Frida Segerdahl, Hanna Zetterman, Sakarias Larsson, Mattias Lundmark, Lennart Westerlund and Fatima! (For more information on this workshop: Check out the website at www.memoriesdancing.com. Or email johncrist@aol.com)

We have the Rhythm Hot Shots featured as our link of the week so you can find out all about them. And one more thing, they are here to meet you. Don't be shy! Ask 'em for a dance. Tell them "Rusty told me to."!

Because of the special performance by the Rhythm Club, cover charge will be $10 this night only.



DAILY BREEZE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
LET'S SHOW 'EM WHAT SWING IS ALL ABOUT!

This week a reporter and photographer from the Daily Breeze will be coming to the Rhythm Club to do a little story on our South Bay scene. The reporter, Denise Nix, is a swing dancer herself (met her husband at the Derby!), and is looking forward to coming to the Rhythm Club for the first time. You all know how I love when you dress up -- so why not take this opportunity to get out of the jeans and t-shirts, put on the great outfit you've been dying to wear for swing dancing. You KNOW I'll be dressed to the nines!



WE NEED A NEW DOOR PERSON FOR THE RHYTHM CLUB

That's right, after nearly two years of sitting at our Rhythm Club door, greeting you with a smile and collecting your cover, Beverly Darling is "retiring" ("Because I want to DANCE!). She got tired of watching you have all the fun; so as of this week, we'll see her shining on the dance floor rather than sitting at the entrance.

We're looking for someone who would like to take over that job and earn a few extra bucks each week. Please call if you are interested or know someone who is: 310-606-5606.



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

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

Birthdays:
Dietmar Wendelin
Joe Neric
Dave Andrews
Eve Reymond
Lee Garrett

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

Special Guest Stars:
Maxwell DeMille Master of Ceremonies

The Jitterbugs:
Hilary Alexander & Chandler Smith, Tise Chao & Jerry Jordan, Rusty Frank & Arnold Paner, Stacey & Francisco Martinez!

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.



* Wednesday -- March 5th *
DJ - Kia




* Wednesday -- March 12th *
RHYTHM PAL RON'S BIRTHDAY
"SWING" SOCKS CONTEST
(Wear your best stripe, polka dot, etc. socks! Swell prizes)

Live Music




* Wednesday -- March 19th *
DJ





* Wednesday -- March 26th *
RHYTHM PAL GIO'S BIRTHDAY
50'S NIGHT!

Live Music -- THE HOLLYWOOD COMBO



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

END OF SERIES PARTY
THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd
7-10PM -- NEPTUNIAN WOMAN'S CLUB

How does it fly by so fast?! But that's right, it's time for our fabulous $5 End-of-Series Party. Come and dance with all your fellow students this Sunday. Our parties are always low key, and a wonderful opportunity to get to know your fellow students. (This Sunday, it will be a good chance to dance off all that food you ate your Super Bowl game!!!)

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



BRAND NEW MONDAY AND TUESDAY SCHEDULE
STARTING THIS MARCH

MONDAY CLASSES: Our Monday series, starting March 3rd, has changed. Please note the new times and class schedule. We hope that everyone will enjoy this change!

Featured Class -- Balboa 7:30-8:30pm
Level 4 -- Ongoing 8:30-9:30pm

Location: Neptunian Woman's Club, 920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach

TUESDAY CLASSES: We were finally able to get the Tuesday venue back (parking lot included!). So we are starting an additional Level 1 and Level 2 series. Pass the word!

Level 1 - Lindy Hop Beginner 7:30-8:30pm
Level 2 - Lindy Hop Beg/Int 8:30-9:30pm

Location: Rebekah, 406 E. Grand, El Segundo

For all the details on our new schedule, click HERE


* * * * WORKSHOPS * * * *

TASTE OF DANCE
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2003
WITH RUSTY & HER RHYTHM PALS - RETROGLIDE'S JERRY AND CHANDLER

It's been over three years since we did our last Taste of Dance. So mark your calendars for this one!

How many times have you had to leave the dance floor when a Mambo came on? How many times have you dreamed of dancing with that great Salsa dancer? What about those fabulous Lindy Hop character steps, such as the Minne Dip, Johnnie's Drop, Groucho? Do you leave the floor when everyone else runs on to do the Shim Sham? Well, here it is -- A Taste of Dance! One full day dedicated to getting you on the dance floor all night. Were offering 50-minute classes in a wonderful array of dances from which to choose. Take the entire day, or just sample four of your choice, or maybe there's one or two for which you've got time. it's up to you. All we ask is that you ENJOY! And feast to your heart's content!

And it's all with the fabulous Jerry and Chandler from Retroglide Dance Society

You can read more about this workshop and even register on line by clicking HERE


* * * * EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTIONS * * * *

LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

RON CAMPBELL debuted as a DJ last week at the Rhythm Club and delighted everyone with his array of fabulous music. He brought out music we hadn't heard in years! What fun. See you soon, Ron!

VALENTINES was sweet at the Rhythm Club. We had cake, candy, and, as you can see, red and white down to the shoes! Any excuse to dress up. Watch out for our upcoming "Swing" socks contest!!!








CHARLESTON WORKSHOP A HIT!
MORE MORE MORE!


Twenty-eight people gathered Saturday for the first Lindy By The Sea Charleston workshop. A what a hit it was. Rusty and Rhythm Pal Ryan Roemer taught two-hours of swell 1920's partner Charleston moves. And everyone had two words to say at the conclusion: "Fun!" "More!" So keep your eyes opened for madcapped Charleston dancers at the Rhythm Club. And when you see 'em, ask 'em for a dance!

Well-done, Ryan! You did a great job.




SWING SHIFT FLYERS
TAKE OFF!

SWING SHIFT FLYERS have been rehearsing like made. And we thought you might like to see this first picture of the group!



OUR QUIZ
NECCO (WHAT'S IT STAND FOR?)

We had scores of people play our quiz last week. But, Dana Creed was the lucky winner of a free pass to the Rhythm Club. Not only did she email in within two minutes of receiving the weekly email, she guessed it: NECCO stands for New England Confectionary Company. Congratulations, Dana!



LINDY BY THE SEA GANG
PAYS A VISIT TO EL PACHUCO

Last month a car-load of lindy hoppers from Lindy By The Sea trekked over to the Zoot Suit store -- El Pachuco. They were treated royally by owner, Ray. Here you can see the hep cats ready to step out in their reet pleats with the drape shape. Hi de ho! (L-R: Cheryl, Michael, Rusty, Ray) Here's the link if you want to get hep to the jive! El Pachuco



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 * * * *

THE RHYTHM HOT SHOTS. Rusty's known the Rhythm Hot Shots since 1995! Now it's your turn. She's been teaching at their unique and fabulous summer Herrang dance camp since 1997, and can't speak highly enough about their enthusiasm, ability, and joy with dance -- American Vernacular dances tap and lindy. They are known throughout the world as just being the tops. One of their happiest achievements was winning Amateur Night at the Apollo. Get Lennart to tell you the story of being VERY Swedish and standing on stage before the "toughest friendliest audience" in the world! And remember to greet them with a big Swedish "Yo ho!" this Wednesday!

Click HERE


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 !