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FEBRUARY 24TH 2004
TUESDAY

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"Let that day be lost to us on which we did not dance once!"
--Friedrich Nietzsche

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IT'S BIRTHDAY NITE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB:
Enrico Caruso
George Harrison
Zeppo Marx
and...
Rusty Frank!

Tomorrow nite -- my actual birthday -- and I hope you'll all be able to join me in celebrating at the Rhythm Club (February 25th). To celebrate, I've booked, for the their debut at the club, Jonathan Stout and His Orchestra! And... I have many special guest stars for your entertainment pleasure, my friends, and some of my favorite performers in the 1920s-30s style.

I would especially love it if everyone dressed up 1930s-1940s style for this night!


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Click on any of the pictures below to learn more about these superb talents!

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Click HERE to Register!
WORKSHOP IS THIS WEEKEND!!!

and remember we have added the $85
for six classes on Saturday deal

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SAVE THESE DATES
FOR FURTHER NATHALIE & YUVAL WORKSHOPS:

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June 4-6
September 24-26

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END OF SERIES PARTY CANCELLED FOR THIS SUNDAY

Sadie Hawkins Dance moved to Rhythm Club next Wednesday the 34d.!!!!

This idea came to us direct from "Saint" Glenn Parkison. Since February 29th is traditional Sadie Hawkins Day, we thought we would turn this into a Sadie Hawkins Dance, where the girls get to ask the guys all night long! Whhhhhhaaaahooooo.

To read more about Sadie Hawkins Day, go to this fun website
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DATE GUEST ARTIST ADMISSION
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Rusty's Birthday -- Let's have some fun!
Dress 1930s-1940s

"Rusty's Rhythm Club Parade of Talent"
Performances by:
Chester Whitmore, Will Ryan, Chris Dawson, Rusty, Greg and Miriam, and Richard Halpern!
Master of Ceremonies Maxwell DeMille
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March 10
THE RHYTHM CLUB CONVERSE ALL-STAR NITE!
Prizes!!!

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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


Eve Reymond
Teresa Whitworth
Dave Andrews
Debbie Perry
Rusty Frank

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

HUELL HOWSER AIRS -- SET YOUR VCRS!

FORT MACARTHUR

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For those of you interested in seeing the Huell Howser show on the Fort MacArthur event last Saturday, the event organizer, John Kanaster has sent over this update:

Rusty,

Dates for the airing of the Ft.Mac Arthur Museum production of the "Great Los Angeles Air Raid of February 1942" has been released. The museum has been given the broadcasting dates from Huell Howser......

First Showing 7:30pm Wed Feb 25, 2004 on KCET-channel 28

Repeat Showing 7:30pm Thurs Mar 9, 2004 on KCET-channel 28

In addition the Ft.MacArthur Museum Gift Shop will be selling copies of the Huell Howser program. (VHS- $20 & DVD- $23.50)

For updated information and pictures of the event go to http://www.ftmac.org/AirRaidDetails.htm

Take care,

John

The afternoon also included a mock drill headed up by our very own John Kanaster. Take a look on our new scrapbook page for pics of the day.

"SWING!" SHOW

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We are still having a ball with the "Swing!" show at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. One of our favorite dancers, Pete Vincent (who will be 80 very soon!), sent this fine email in:

Pete, Rita, Rusty, and John at the Lindy By The Sea/Rhythm Club table at "Swing!"

DEAR RUSTY, THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THAT YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING THIS OLD MAN HAPPY MEMORIES. THE FIRST WAS OUR MEETING AT THE NEPTUNE CLUB AND NOW THE CHANCE FOR ME TO SEE "SWING!". YOU CAN'T IMAGINE THE MEMORIES IT BROUGHT BACK. THE TUNES, THE DANCING, AND MOST OF ALL THE MAGIC OF THE DANCING. THE USO SKIT WAS SO TYPICAL OF THE POOR GI THAT DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DANCE AND WAS REJECTED BY ALL THE GIRLS AT EVERY TURN. THE ENERGY THAT THE COMPANY GENERATED. THERE WERE SPOTS IN THE PRODUCTION THAT BROUGHT TEARS TO THESE OLD EYES. WHEN THEY PLAYED "STOMPING AT THE SAVOY" IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES THAT I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT, LIKE DANCING AT THE PALADIUM IN HOLLYWOOD,THE TRIANON IN SOUTH GATE, THE CASA IN CULVER CITY. THE PALOMAR BALLROOM IN L.A, THE RONDIVEUE ON BALBOA ISLAND. I COULD GO ON AND ON. BUT I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU AND EVERY ON KNOW OF THE HAPPINESS YOU HAVE GIVEN IN MY GOLDEN YEARS. WITH ALL MY DANCING LOVE, I REMAIN YOUR "MR. 5X5" PETE VINCENT

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

Here's the LINK for the show.
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Bart Howard, 88, Songwriter Known for 'Fly Me to the Moon,' Dies

Sadly, another great songwriter has passed on. Travis sent over this obit, and, as usual, it is wonderful to read about the people who have added so much to our swing world.

CLICK HERE

Rusty has spent many "happy" hours updating our website with new photographs for your viewing pleasure. Here's the link:

http://swingshiftontap.com/scrapbookindex.asp


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Dance Magazine Interview with Rusty: While browsing around the internet looking for an interesting link, I found this old interview that Dance Magazine did with me several years ago. The gist of the article is why I would be lured into Lindy Hop from Tap Dancing. In reading the article, I think you'll really see a bit of yourself.

Then, of course, if you want to check out Dance Magazine itself, here is the link: http://www.dancemagazine.com/

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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.

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http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp