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MARCH 4TH 2003
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!


PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Don Gallagher takes Irene Thomas for a fast ride in a jitterbug number as they prepare for the contest. More than 200 couples including rug cutters, jive artists, rhumba and conga dancers are expected to compete. Photo dated: February 25, 1941. Los Angeles Herald Examiner



QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"The real reason I dance is because I want to explode."

-- Bill Evans


* * * * 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. Weíre 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


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

Classes got off to a great start. Loads of new beginners, and the biggest Featured Class and Level Four class in over two years (and who says swing is dead???). Remember, you can still join our Sunday and Monday series next week!

TUESDAY CLASSES: The NEW Tuesday series begins next week -- March 11th.

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


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

* Wednesday -- March 5th *
DJ - Kia
and
Beginner Swing Class 7:30-8:00 with Rusty & Gio

A reminder that our brand new door person starts this week! That's right, Sandee "Megan's Mom" Ashby, starts her reign at the Rhythm Club tomorrow night. Let's give her a grand welcome!



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

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

Birthdays:
Clancy O¹Hara
Carole Pauls
Dwayne Gurung
Karen Weintraub


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 -- March 12th *
RHYTHM PAL RON'S BIRTHDAY
"SWING" SOCKS CONTEST
JUDGED BY THE "RHYTHM WIVES" ROBIN & MAE-LAE
(Wear your best stripe, polka dot, etc. socks! Swell prizes)

Live Music




* Wednesday -- March 19th *
DJ -- Hilary Alexander




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

Live Music -- THE HOLLYWOOD COMBO




* * * * COMING ATTRACTIONS * * * *

RUSTY & CHESTER
"TOPS IN TAPS"
AT THE ARGYLE NEXT MONDAY (MARCH 10TH)

Rusty Frank and Chester Whitmore, who have been tap dancing together for over ten years, will make a rare appearance at Maxwell's at the Argyle next Monday, March 10th. If you've never been to this snappy night spot, you'll be delighted. Come along and cheer her on after Monday night Lindy By the Sea classes, and have yourself a great time. The band? None other than Chester Whitmore's Central Avenue Revue -- perfect for practicing your Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag! For more information on the event, click HERE


* * * * EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTIONS * * * *

GANG GOES TO "SWING"

With tickets donated by The Easy Reader, Rusty was able to take her Rhythm Pals and the Rhythm Wives (Ron & Robin, Gio and Mae-Lei), and volunteers Glenn Parkison and Jessica Densmore, and super supporters Michael D'Angelo and Cherly Herbst out for a night on the town to see the hit show "Swing" at the Wilshire Theatre last Thursday. And what a time was had. We danced everywhere... in the lobby, in the theatre, and in Johnny Rockets at the end of the evening. And the show was pretty good, too!



RUSTY GETS A NEW CAMERA -- ENJOY!
It's the Canon Elph and takes short videos, too

Click HERE to see video of dancing in the lobby of the Wilshire Theatre.

Click HERE to see video of Ron & Robin and Gio & Mae-Lei dancing at Johnny Rockets.

Click HERE to see video of Rusty & Her Rhythm Pals at Johnny Rockets.



RUSTY'S BIRTHDAY AT THE RHYTHM CLUB



Gosh, where do we begin? It was simply a night for the books. We can't remember if it was a dream or reality. If it were a dream, it would all make sense. If it was reality, how can we explain that in the year 2003, Rusty had a party with 240 swing dancers, the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra, performances by the Jitterbugs, guest movie stars from the past (Fayard Nicholas, Miriam Nelson, Jean Veloz), the fabulous Maxwell DeMille? But since all 240 of us remember the night, it must have been a reality. Most of us who were in attendence are still floating five feet above the ground.

Special thanks to the following people, without whom this night never could have happened:

Bill Elliott
The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra
Barbara & Harrison Frank
Our youngest lead -- Tristan, and his mom and dad Lovelynn & Derek
Annamarie - Revamp (making my cowgirl outfit)
Fayard & Katherine Nicholas
Jean Veloz, Ray & Louise Phelps
Steve Parrish (setup and cleanup)
Maxwell DeMille (sound and light equipment and hosting the show)
The Jitterbugs: Francisco & Stacey Martinez, Tise Choa, Jerry Jordan, Chandler Smith, Hilary Alexander, and Arnold Paner
Rita (the cookies!)
Joe and John (cleanup)
Gio & Ron (throughout!)
Alex Vasallo (photographs -- see below)
Nathan (dj-ing)
Robert "The Professor" Vangor (dj-ing)
Melissa Allen and Alaina Yohe (CAKE!!!)
Harvey and Beverly (the door)
and everyone who walked through the door
(please forgive me if I missed anyone)



TAP RHYTHM PALS PERFORM AT DERBY


L-R: Mark Tortorici (band leader of Hollywood Combo), Rusty, and Gregory Gast

Rusty and her tap Rhythm Pal, Gregory Gast, made their Derby debut last Saturday, singing and tap dancing along with the Hollywood Combo. The room was packed with loads of swing friends, cheering the duo on. After their first number, they came right back and did an impromptu jam session with the band to the delight of the crowd. Watch for more appearances of Rusty & Greg -- perhaps March 26th at the Rhythm Club????



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 * * * *

TOO DEAD TO SWING Any mystery lovers out there? Well, here's a fun site for you. One of Rusty's ol' pals from the Bay Area, Hal Glatzer, is a myster writer. So what's the tie-in with Swing? His work! Check this out: One of his works is an audio play called "Too Dead To Swing", and the other work is a book with the same name. Glatzer, a swing dancer and musician himself, also has a fun site to wander around. Enjoy... but be careful!!!!! (scary laugh inserted here)

By the way, there is a lot of fun stuff that Hal has up on his site, including quotes like this ( Tommy Dorsey to Look magazine in February 1940):

"The jitterbug isn't the wacky kid he's painted to be. He may Shag all over the place to a hot number, but he gets just as much enjoyment from a ballad. There's no more shame in the Shag or Lindy of today than there was in grandma's waltz. The younger set has become musically smart, and knows when something is good. And when it's good, they let you know it. They shout with joy; they yell approval of a soloist's fast licks. The dictionary defines jitters as 'extreme nervousness,' and a jitterbug is a person who, hearing the right kind of music, becomes so nervous that he or she can't help dancing it out of his system."

Click HERE for info on Too Dead To Swing.


Click HERE to see video of Hal Glatzer and our swing friend Will Ryan jamming in Rusty's backyard.


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).




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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 !