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MARCH 16TH 2004
TUESDAY

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"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds.
A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."

--Clive James

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
Dress in Green!


March 17
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St. Patrick's Day -- Wear Green!
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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


Henry Ouyang
Shadrach Smith
Diana Sharp
Adrien Warren


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

FEATURED CLASS APRIL: FLASH MOVES!

Join us on Tuesdays in April for our Featured Class: "Flash Moves." In this four-week series, we will be teaching and reviewing some of the great moves that flash up your swing dancing, moves such as "Saucy Kicks," "Quick Stops," "Charleston Stop", "Flying Charleston," "Savoy Kicks." These moves are known around the world (for your dancing pleasure), and we'll be teaching them with our usual clarity of lead and follow so you wont miss them on the dance floor! Level 3 and up.

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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Robin,Ron,Ryan
Dancing
March 10, 2004
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Ron's B-day Dance
March 10, 2004
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Pete Vincent
80th B-day Dance
March 10, 2004
Rhythm Club
Download the latest free Quicktime Player HERE
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RYAN'S FIRST DANCE

Rhythm Pal Ron Campbell celebrated his birthday at the Rhythm Club last Wednesday (see above Quicktime Quickies for footage). His adorable wife, Robin, was there with their newborn, Ryan, in tow. Ryan, born last November, had his very first family dance -- talk about cute!


ALL STAR CONVERSE CONTEST LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
AND THE WINNERS...

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Well, we wondered and waited... and we finally found out who has the most pairs of Converse sneakers in our local South Bay swing dance community. Sorry, Gio... but the winner is (drum roll, please........) Michael D'Angelo with 10 pairs! Unfortunately, Michael was unable to show up to the Rhythm Club last week because of an outside appointment, but we have verified that he has ten pair, Gio... so, you with your 9 pair come in second place!

Black was the winning color, Gio and Rusty tied for first place for Unique -- with his yellow pair, and her Japanese pair. Mae-Lae one for dirtiest pair... a position for which she was quite proud! -- shows the wear and tear on the dance floor, eh!

I know there are more pairs out there, so maybe we'll do this again one day in the future.


PETE "MR. 5X5" VINCENT'S
80th BIRTHDAY LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

Last week was Pete Vincent's 80th Birthday. Our philosophy is, that if you make it to your 80th, you get your very own Birthday Dance. Pete asked for, and got, his favorite swing song for dancing - Ella Mae Morse's version of "Mr. 5x5". He looked like a 30 year old out there, definitely not an 80 year old!

Congratulations, Pete. You really are the greatest. And we all love you heaps!

For all of you, here's a letter that Pete sent in this week...

March 14, 2004

Dear Rusty,

It has taken me a few days to think about what to say to you in this letter. Every time I think that you have made me happy, you have gone and made me happier. Your special tribute to my 80th birthday made me feel special. It was one of the finest moments of my life. and I have had a lot of fine moments, but your recognition of my 80th will remain with me forever. It's like a present that lasts and lasts and never is forgotten. Again, let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for that memory.

As always, I remain,

Pete "Mr. 5x5" Vincent


ONE MORE PIC...

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We just loved this picture of Rudy Flores! It really shows the wonderful diversity on our dance floor at the Rhythm Club. Isn't it just one of the best things about swing dancing, how people of different backgrounds, ages, cultures, can all meet in dancing bliss on the dance floor!

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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A Return To Style: As they say in their headline: Welcome to the 20-to-40-Style Syndicate ( Community of interests in '20s to '40s common-culture, music and fashion ). You're definitely going to enjoy browsing through this German website. It's got lovely art from the past, the past we love to play in! Make sure you look at the photo gallery; you'd swear these people are from the past. Rusty's big questions is, "Why haven't I met these people!"




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* 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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