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MARCH 9TH 2004
TUESDAY

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With the turn in the weather... let's join these kids!

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"You don't stop dancing from growing old, you grow old from stopping to dance."

--Unknown

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LEVEL ONE SWING CLASSES BIGGEST YET!
THANKS TO "SWING!" SHOW

I would first like to welcome all our new students! Forty people showed up to our March Level 1 class, making it the biggest class in at least two years! The special thanks goes to James Blackman, who helped us shamelessly promote swing dancing at his production of "Swing!" at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, and, of course, to all of you who help spread the word.

A hearty welcome to all the newcomers... we look forward to many happy hours dancing with you in the months (and years!) to come.

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CONTEST! CONTEST! CONTEST!
"Converse All-Star Nite at the Rhythm Club"

Compete in L.A.'s first ever All-Star Shoe Contest

Categories:
-Largest collection of Converse shoes
-Most outrageous pair
-Craziest shoe laces
-Brightest color
-(group category) Most of one color
-Most original
-more...

Bring along one or all of your All-Star Converse shoes and enter our contest. So far, we understand Giovanni Quintero and Michael D'Angelo are competing for largest collection -- neither will divulge how many pairs they own... hmmm...


BIRTHDAYS AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
TWO SPECIAL GENTS:
RON CAMPBELL and... PETE "MR. 5X5" VINCENT

We've got two extra-special birthdays at the Rhythm Club this Wednesday: Our Tuesday Rhythm Pal teacher Ron Campbell and Pete Vincent, who will turn 80-years old this week! If you've never heard Pete's story, you're in for a treat. See below under "Added Attractions".

(If this is your first time to the Rhythm Club,
make sure to park and enter in the back)


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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


Ron Campbell
Pete Vincent
Dwayne Gurung
Hugh Nelis
Jacob Wigger
Sarah Heitman
Dennis Zill

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

FEATURED CLASS: SPINS, SLIDES, AND COOL MOVES!

If you're Level 3 and up, join us on Tuesdays for this month's Featured Class: Spins, Slides, and Cool Moves. If you missed our first week, we invite you to join us this coming Tuesday, as we will be building on more moves each week!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Here's one of our favorite requests: The Artesia Christian Home in Artesia has asked us to dance at their facility. Info is as follows:

When: Saturday, March 20, 2004 from 3PM to 4PM

Where: Artesia Christian Home 11614 E. 183rd St., Artesia, CA 90701
1-562-865-5218 (see Patty Johnson or Nurse on duty)

We will do a scripted program surrounding the music and dancing (the new combination CD player and karaoke machine works well and makes the narration a lot easier to coordinate with the music).

RSVP: Jes LMM)310-372-4821 or email) jdensmore@mail.com

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

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.

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Rusty, Greg, Miriam
Shim Sham - Tap
February 25, 2004
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Will Ryan
"The Uke King"
February 25, 2004
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Rusty, Greg, Bobby
BS Chorus - Tap
February 25, 2004
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Download the latest free Quicktime Player HERE
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SWING SHIFT FLIERS TO PERFORM NEXT MONDAY
MARCH 15TH
AT MAXWELL'S AT THE ARGYLE

Rusty's Swing Shift Fliers performance troupe will be presenting a spectacular floor show with two thrilling dance numbers at Maxwell's at the Argyle this coming Monday evening, March 15th. We're sure you'll want to cheer them on, and if you've never made it out to this art deco treasure, don't miss this event!

Mr. Maxwell DeMille, himself, is offering a stupendous $5 discount off the regular $15 cover charge... pick up coupon from Mr. DeMille this Wednesday at the Rhythm Club.

For more information on Maxwell's At The Argyle, click HERE


THE STORY OF PETE "MR. 5X5" VINCENT
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAY BOY

Just a couple years ago, Pete was walking his dogs on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Like in a dream, he heard swing music wafting through the air. Like in a dream, the music of his youth pulled him into the building, and what did he see? Suddenly propelled 60 years back in time, a room full of people Lindy Hopping! What did he see, a Lindy By The Sea class! We got to know Pete that day and invited him to join us at the Rhythm Club. A Wednesday not long after, he showed up at the Rhythm Club and had an experience of his lifetime -- for the first time in 60 years he did the Lindy!

Here's the letter he sent after that dance:

December 14, 2001

Dear Rusty,

I would like to let you know that your dancing with me Wednesday evening (at the Rhythm Club) was one of my finer moments of my life. To once again just dancing with someone that knew the dance, was such a thrill for an old man like me to once again do the lindy. I'm sorry that I left without saying that you and goodbye, but I would have started crying with emotion. Again I want to thank you for your kindness and making an old man happy again. After all, it was over sixty years since the last time I had a partner that could follow me.

Thanks again, dear Rusty.

Pete Vincent

By the way, wondering how he got his nickname "Mr. 5x5"? It's his favorite song. You know what we'll be playing for his birthday song!


New scrapbooks up from Rusty's Birthday Bash, The Nathalie and Yuval Workshop, Fort MacArthur, and "Swing!". Happy Viewing!

http://swingshiftontap.com/scrapbookindex.asp


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Chuck "Converse" Fan Page: Well, they say there is a page for everything, and they aren't kidding. In searching around for pictures for our Rhythm Club Converse All-Star contest, I found this page -- a fan page for the Converse shoe and the man who made 'em famous Chuck Taylor. This has everything you would ever want to know about the shoe, the man, including movies in which the shoe appear (and what style, who was wearing them, etc.)




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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