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JANUARY 7TH 2004
WEDNESDAY

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"To dance, above all, is to enter into the motions of life.
It is an action, a movement, a process.
The dance of life is not so much a metaphor as a fact;
to dance is to know oneself alone and to celebrate it."

~ Sherman Paul

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Rusty with her two nieces at Disneyland over the holidays
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
LET'S MAKE IT A GREAT ONE!

The new year begins. What does it mean to all of us? To me, the answer has always been, what we make of it!

I promise to do my very best to fill your year with interesting workshops and classes. I promise to bring in great bands to the Rhythm Club. I'll do my very best to keep our South Bay scene friendly, warm, fun...

Sadly, last year five swing dance venues closed their doors. To make sure this doesn't happen to us, keep dancing! That's the simple answer. To keep our scene alive, it's up to each and every one of us. When given the choice to go out dancing or.... GO OUT DANCING! Always remind yourself that this swing dance resurgence could vanish as quickly as it appeared. Corny as it sounds, make it your New Years Resolution to go out dancing. Take classes that interest you. Be part of keeping the scene alive.

AND, bring in new people. That's the second most important thing you can do to keep the scene alive. Tonite we have the beginner's class at the Rhythm Club -- invite a friend or two and show them what all this fun is about. The new series is starting this Sunday, why not get one of your pals to join -- take it with them! (remember the $10 series 1, 2, 3 for Level 4 students)

If I haven't scared you yet, remember, if there is no swing dancing YOU'LL HAVE TO JOIN A GYM OR START JOGGING!!!!!! Oooooohhhhhhh....

HOW MUCH DOES ALL THIS COST?

I have endeavored to keep all the prices down these past years even as my expenses went up. You'll be happy to know that all prices for classes remain the same! The Rhythm Club band nite cover charge will remain at $12. I have only raised the DJ nite from $7.00 to $8.00. This will begin tonite. Thanks, as always, for your support and understanding.

NOTE: If you are unable to afford the Rhythm Club or Lindy By The Sea classes for any reason, please let me or Glenn know so we can have you come in on "The Plan". Just a reminder that "The Plan" is FREE or whatever you can afford. I know that during bad financial times, dancing is needed more than ever for your morale. So come along and then just start paying when you can.



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Click HERE to pre-register!

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SAVE THESE DATES FOR NATHALIE & YUVAL WORKSHOPS:

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February 27-29
June 4-6
September 24-26

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DATE GUEST ARTIST ADMISSION
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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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This Week's Celebrations (actually, through the end of the year)


Kristin Stockin
Lynette Rory
Priscilla Saavedra
Julie Bae
Jennifer (Niffer) Reese
Lauri Fraser

If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
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LINDY BABIES!

We are so happy to report that three new Lindy babies were brought to our world this Holiday season. Congratulations to the parents! As someone wrote to me, we're definitely going to have to begin Lindy Baby Dance Classes! Keep up the good work, folks.

Here's for your oohing and ahhing pleasure:

Ron and Robin Campbell proud parents of a baby boy: Ryan Campbell

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Margie (host of http://lindyhopping.com) and Frank Dowens proud parents of a baby boy: Alex

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Victor & Melissa Minjares proud parents of a baby boy: Max Elvis Minjares

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John Lau & Valeria Lipiec proud parents of an adopted baby girl:

John Lau and Valeria Lipiec have recently returned from their 2 week vacation in China with this fabulous souvenir. Her name is Vivienne Jasmine Lau, she's now 15 months old, just learning to walk, tap lessons with Aunt Rusty soon to follow.

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The Balboa Rendezvous: This one comes to us from Chris Hansen (thanks Chris) -- It's the first annual Babloa Rendezvou weekender. You'll definitely want to mark your calendar for this one: April 2-4 2004. Looks absolutely terrific!

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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).




JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB TODAY!

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.

JOIN NOW! -- click SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB -- send your first and last name and email address.

If you wish to unsubscribe, visit:
http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp