FEBRUARY 4TH 2004
born: April 12, 1923
died: January 22, 2004
I guess that I've always tried to make all my dancing very happy-hearted and very fresh and very with it. It wasn't dull! I tell you, I've danced -- I looked at my feet tonight, I thought, "Feet, you've danced me millions of miles!"
"TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955"
FEBRUARY 27, 28, 29
Rusty's Birthday -- Let's have some fun!
Performance by Chester Whitmore!
Master of Ceremonies Maxwell DeMille
Dance Lesson and DJ on the first
Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00
This Week's Celebrations (actually, through the end of the year)
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
The response has been great for our "Swing!" Show booth. Thanks to everyone who has set up to volunteer at our booth. There are still a few dates open for you to volunteer in exchange for a free ticket to the opening nite performance on February 14th, 8:00pm.
If you would like to volunteer at our booth, give Rusty a call: 310 606 5606.
We already have about 30 people coming opening nite. So why not come along and join the Valentine's group! 310 606 5606.
And remember, you can also get 1/2 priced tickets by calling the box office and saying you are on "Rusty's List". 310 372-4477
DINNER BEFOREHAND: We're also talking about having dinner together somewhere before the show (and after the Huell Howser event below. Any ideas?Here's the LINK for the show.
Huell Howser/California Gold will be filming "at random" around the fort - We thought it would be fun to have a bunch of retro-dressed swing dancers hanging around. Wanna have some fun? And maybe get on television (your one second of fame).
Questions? RSVP? contact Jes firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-372-4821 (LMM)
Wendy & Gilbert Concepcion
Dan and Jessica
The San Pedro Pavillion was a new place for us to bring a little Swing to patients, employees and Associates of LCOM Convent, another volunteer group. Activity Director LuAnn was not available, but her coworker, Barbara, was the audience Cheerleader.
Norm set up the new combination Karaoke/CD player and narration began on the combination Swing dance history and Swing traditions script. Dancers were introduced to the audience and couples were sent out in shifts during the music selections (we don't want to exhaust our leads so we give them plenty of breaks). Music selections included such classics as In The Mood by Glenn Miller as well as Whaddaya Want by Casey McGill. For variety a bit of jazz was added, Wade in the Water by Eva Cassidy, and a favorite "food" classic, Potato Chips by Slim Galliard.
We demonstrated such Lindy traditions as the Steal Dance and the Birthday Dance.
Highlight of the Event was participation by Orderly, Robert and Associate, Lori; also a very shy nurse whose name we did not catch. They were taught basic steps and joined us for several dances. One of the residents inched her way onto the dance floor in her wheelchair so it was decided to dance around her. She seemed most pleased.
Other memorable moments included a light spoof of Ballroom dance (our regular Ballroom couple was unavailable) which had Norm and Rita continuing to segway into Swing dance. Dan added to this by an impressive dip of Rita...then proceeded to dip all the ladies in turn. Wendy and Gilbert not only danced but continued to encourage audience participation, patients as well as employees and patient families who stopped by to see the program. Rita was a good sport being the foil in the Ballroom skit (we hear she is a pretty impressive Ballroom dancer).
Norm had the presence of mind to take some photos (I will forward these separately) of the participants in mid-performance.
Our program ran over by about 10 minutes, but no one seemed to mind. Good music, good friends, the perfect Swing Event.
JOIN NOW! -- click SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB -- send your first and last name and email address.
Our new Rhythm pal, Augie, is heading over to Iraq as a Marine. We wish you safety, Augie!
We had a great time with Mike Convertino at his second workshop at Lindy-By-The-Sea. Everyone enjoyed his classes and excellent teaching! We promise to try to remember all you taught us! Here's some photos for your happy reminiscing:
Rusty's book!: You may or may not know that Rusty is the author of "TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955." This book was first published in 1990 and has been in print since that time. Rusty interviewed thirty tap dancers for her book, from movie stars to broadway stars, from chorus kids to vaudeville performers. She travelled around the United States collecting these first-hand interviews. Her book has come to be known as "The Bible" of tap. Sadly, many of the subjects have passed away, two weeks ago Ann Miller joining that list. You can check out a copy of Rusty's book at the library, or you can purchase a copy for yourself or a friend at Rusty's site: http://swingshiftontap.com/ontap.asp or at http://amazon.com. Happy reading!
* 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!
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.