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AUGUST 19TH 2003
TUESDAY

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"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance."

~ Martha Graham (1894-1991)
U.S. dancer, choreographer. "The American Dance"
(published in Modern Dance, ed. by Virginia Stewart, 1935 ~


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This Sunday, August 24

Rebekah Lodge
406 E. Grand Avenue, El Segundo
7:0010:00 -- $5.00




LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES
NEW SERIES BEGINS
AUGUST 31, SEPTEMBER, 1, & 2ND
DAY LOCATION CLASSES
SUNDAYS
August
31,
September
7, 14, 21
REBEKAH LODGE
406 E. Grand Ave.
El Segundo
(corner of Arena)
Level 1 2:00pm
Level 2 3:00pm
Level 3 4:00pm
MONDAYS
September
1, 8, 15, 22
MASONIC LODGE
520 Main Street
El Segundo
(enter alley off of Mariposa to lower parking lot -- entrance at the huge wall mural)
Featured Class   7:30pm
"Lindy Chorus" (Level 2+)
Level 4 8:30pm
TUESDAYS
September
2, 9, 16, 23
REBEKAH LODGE
406 E. Grand Ave.
El Segundo
(corner of Arena)
Level 1 7:30pm
Level 2 8:30pm
End-Of-Series Party
Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 7:00-10:00pm - $5.00
at Rebekah Lodge
MAP and CALENDAR


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DATE GUEST ARTIST ADMISSION
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August 27 bands-bone.jpg
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Dance Lesson and DJ on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
(check our calendar)

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE

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Nathan E. 8:00-8:30pm
"Professor" Robert Vangor between band sets
... and the Professor's "Rhythm Club Quiz Contest"
Prizes! (of course)


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This Week's Celebrations


* Michael Klug

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HAVE YOU JOINED?
HERE'S A COUPLE OF EVENTS FOR YOUR DANCING PLEASURE!

You've seen it mentioned at the close of each weekly email, but now here's your chance to join!

Our Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) is the volunteer arm of our local swing dance community. Through the SSRC, we visit senior homes, children hospitals, and entertain and dance at street fairs. The purpose of the club is to do some good deeds and promote the fun of swing dancing.

Anyone can join the club. The events are varied, and purely volunteer in nature. You'll get a notice through the SSRC Yahoo Group website of upcoming events, and you can chose which one(s) you'd like to attend.

If the event is at a senior home or children's hospital, we have a little program we do that includes a little history of swing dance, some performances, some social dancing, and plenty of visiting with the residents/patients. You can be involved in any way you wish, from social dancing to turning the music on! It's all up to you (no pressure!!)

Jessica Densmore is our liaison for organizing the events. So if you know of some place that would like to have a happy group of swing dancers pop in, get in touch with her. Here is her address: jitterbugstroll@yahoo.com

Thomas Greenhalgh is our web guy, so when you subscribe, you'll be going through him. The site is up at Yahoogroups.com

And here's two upcoming events at senior homes that could use some volunteers:

Saturday, August 23, '03 2-3PM
Artesia Christian Home

Saturday, August 30, '03 1:30 - 2:30PM
Pacific Gardens

(If you can attend either of these events, because of such short notice, you might want to contact Jessica directly. Click SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB to join -- send your first and last name and email address.

NOTE: The Swing Shift Rhythm Club is the volunteer group, the Swing Shift Fliers is Rusty's amateur dance team, and The Rhythm Club is the Wednesday weekly swing dance. Got it?

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LAUGHLIN LINDY DANCE CAMP A BLAST

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We got lucky, and the temperature stayed 100 and below! So we all had plenty of energy for taking classes, hanging out at the swimming pool, and going to the evening dances. It was a terrific weekend, and all 25 Lindy By The Sea-ers joined in all the camp festivities. See below for the new scrapbook with loads of pictures.

Rusty taught two classes at the camp - Beginners II and Musicality. Special thanks to Michael D'Angelo and Jessica Densmore for jumping in to assist Rusty during those classes!!


FIND OUR FRIENDS

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Here's a bit of fun for you. This Simpson's drawing actually contains three Lindy-scene people you know and love. Can you find them? The first person to respond with the correct answer will be the lucky winner of an Elmo Aardvark futuristic cd (perfect for Collegiate Shag and Balboa!). Send your answers to Rusty@swingshiftontap.com:


WILL RYAN AND ELMO AARDVARK ON-LINE

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This just in, you know him from the dance floor, here's a chance to learn more about our rhythm pal Will Ryan. Click HERE! and scroll down until you find our pal.

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(click on photo for scrapbooks)
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Laughlin Lindy Camp


A NOTE FROM OUR PAL BILL ELLIOTT

This letter appeared on the Lindyhopping.com forum last week, and I thought it was a great one to share with all our readers. It talks about another dance etiquette topic so important and often forgotten -- our relationship with the musicians who create the atmosphere for our dancing pleasure. Coming from Bill Elliott (Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra), this letter is even more poignant.

Camp Hollywood was a fantastic event once again, and I give great credit to Hilary Alexander for pulling off another success. One issue came up during my band's performance on Saturday night that I think is worthy of discussion. When a live band is onstage playing and a dance jam starts up, it would be a great courtesy for the dancers to make a semicircle that includes the band rather than a complete circle that excludes them. We musicians like to see what's going on and to feel that we're a part of it. Now I realize there's a practical challenge, which is that an open semicircle looks like an unfinished circle and many on the dance floor will naturally gravitate towards the open side to fill it in. So how about we add to basic dancer etiquette the concept of "Leave it open for the band"? If some of you experienced dancers suggest this in a friendly way as a Lindy circle is forming, we can get the idea across to those who have less awareness of the dynamic between dancers and bands. I'll bet the result will be more excitement for everyone. Thanks!

Bill Elliott




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Click HERE
Evening Dance
Marcus & Sylvia (more) Laughlin Lindy Camp
2003

Click HERE
Jack Carey &
Annie Hirsch
Laughlin 2003

Click HERE
Janet & Dabny
Jack & Jill
Winners, Laughlin
Download the latest free Quicktime Player HERE

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If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson,
give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606.

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CDBABY.COM Wow! CDBaby is the largest on-line seller of independent music in the whole world! So what does this mean for you? Thousands of happy hours browsing music -- and especially you can find Elmo Aardvark cds! And BUY THEM!!! Our pal, Will Ryan, has all four of his Elmo Aardvark cds there, so why not take a look. "The perfect gift for anyone with ears," Elmo Aardvark.



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Swing Shift
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).

Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
the Manhattan Beach Arts Festival


HAVE YOU JOINED THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB?

For more information about the Swing Shift Rhythm Club and what it's all about,
check out our Frequently Asked Questions Page.



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