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MARCH 23RD 2004
TUESDAY

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Ya gotta have a sense of humor...
This was sent to Rusty by one of her wonderful New York pals...Peter Mintun,
having fun with Photoshop!
By the way... this show was 1937! (See, Rusty is really 100!)

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"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance."

-- Martha Graham


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END OF SERIES PARTY THIS SUNDAY

Rebekah Lodge
406 E. Grand Avenue, El Segundo
7-10pm -- $5.00

Come one, come all! Dance with your fellow students and get to know them. We'll also be having a dinner at 5:15pm across the street at El Terasco -- come and join us for that, too! It's such a nice chance to get to know one another.

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"SAINT" GLENN'S BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK!

Hey, Gang! It's Glenn Parkison's birthday this Wednesday at the Rhythm Club. Let's make it the greatest birthday ever. As we recall, last year, Glenn led "switches" on about twenty girls at once. Glenn got his nickname from being one of the kindest leads in Los Angeles. Every woman who's walked across the Rhythm Club's threshhold knows this! Thanks, Glenn, for always being the Gentleman of Swing! And, yes, there will be cake!!

RHYTHM CLUB THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
NEXT WEEK!! MARCH 31st

Rusty's Rhythm Club will be celebrating it's Three Year Anniversary next Wednesday. Wow! We've got a special nite planned with The Fabulous Esquires Big Band. Aren't we just the luckiest dancers -- three years of solid dancing (six, when you factor in our days at 705). Thanks to all of you dancers and thanks to all of you musicians for keeping it all alive!


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March 31

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
3-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY!

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April 7
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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


Desirae Klein
Ethan Levy (USC - Rah rah!)
and...
Glenn Parkison

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.

LAST WEEKEND
SSRC Event Artesia Christian Home, Sat.,March 20,'04

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Special thanks to Norm K. for taking and sending over all these pics!

List of Participants included: Girl Singing Group - Kim Painter, Kathy Edson, Justine Chang & Kathleen Jeavinto. Other members of Debbie Wastling's Musical Theater Class and frequent cast members in her productions: Orville Zachoff - Dancer extraordinaire who fought traffic from Pasadena for this one Curtis (didn't catch his last name) Debbie Wastling , our Narrator with the lovely British accent also joined us for dancing, as did: Dolores Valencia, Sandy Marchese, Alice Infelise, Jessica Densmore Kirk Tuey, Don Oyler, Dan Danner, Norm Kajikawa

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We had our ideal number of 5-7 couples (some of the singers dance too). Alice, Dan and Jes were even recognized by some of the residents and staff members from prior Events held here. The script was titled, Ettiquette and Lindy Traditions. Here are some highlights.

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Alice and Dan demonstrated how to escort a lady on and off the dance floor (gentleman remembers to offer his arm, lady remembers to say, "thank you"). Sandy and Curtis demonstrated that a lady does not refuse a dance (when asked properly) unless she offers a raincheck, and she does not accept another offer for said dance; both their stage experience really made this one (Alice and Dan just look good doing anything).

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"The Girls" did a medley of Cole Porter tunes and were silently but obviously joined by a few of the residents. Debie noted later that one of the residents, claiming to have no musical talent, played a banjo and a few other instruments as a youngster. You just never know what stories you hear when you listen to some of these residents.

A demonstration of a Steal Dance was done by our mob of dancers. This Lindy Tradition was discussed by four residents in a corner who debated whether or not they had participated in this when they danced in their youth. No word on the outcome of this debate because we moved on to the...Birthday Dance. It really is Curtis' birthday so we put him in the middle of the circle. We drafted Dolores for a, "pretend" birthday so the guys could dance too.

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Orville and Dolores started to dance a fox trot and kept changing over to Swing (do you suppose we planned that?). Others joined in and we did finish dancing with everyone pariticpating, including one or two of the singers.

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Music selections included were by Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Bill Elliott, Indigo Swing and Fred Astaire.

Some of us met at a local Filipino restaurant afterwards and we all agreed it was one of our more enjoyable Events.

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Thanks to all the participants for their time and energy in making this Event one of our better efforts to bring a little fun to the residents.

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Special thanks to Debbie Wastling for bringing her sound system, her dancing enthusiasm, and her lovely British accent.

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Thanks, Jes, and to all the volunteers for making this another great Swing Shift Rhythm Club event!!! -- Rusty

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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Click HERE
Robin,Ron,Ryan
Dancing
March 10, 2004
Rhythm Club

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Ron's B-day Dance
March 10, 2004
Rhythm Club

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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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AUGIE'S OVERSEAS
He would love mail...

One of our new students of last year was shipped overseas recently. He sent over this email to us this week, and we wanted to pass it on to you. Some of you may remember him and may wish to drop him a line. If you didn't meet him, you may still want to drop him a line!

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope all of you are doing well. Things are going well here in beautiful southern California. I have a beautiful girlfriend and swing dancing has been great! Things almost couldn't be better. My unit is all setup and we have made our final arrangements for our 7 month deployment. Tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow I am going to Iraq to continue the fight in the war on terrorism. I will miss all of you and hope to keep correspondence with most of you while I am gone. For those of you who wrote to me last time I say "Thank you." Please keep in touch once again and I will do my best to keep you informed. Here is my address for those of you who don't have it. It is:

Cpl Freeman, Lee A 1st Tank Bn, Tow Plt UIC 41671 FPO AP 96426-1671

For those of you who don't know, I am going to a place called Al Fellujah which is about 20 miles West of Baghdad in the infamous "Sunni-Triangle." It is considered the most dangerous place in all of Iraq. Please pray for those of us who will be out there patrolling the streets and protecting the convoys. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as we are out there. If you have any questions later on, please get a hold of my parents. Thank you for your friendship and your loyalty. I'll see you in 7 months.

Sincerely,

Lee A. Freeman (Augie)
CPL USMC
You can also try to email Augie laf98z@yahoo.com


RUSTY GETS A VISIT FROM LEGENDARY TAP DANCER FAYARD NICHOLAS AND NEW ORLEAN'S JAZZ SINGER BANU GIBSON

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l-r: Katherine Nicholas, Fayard Nicholas, Rusty Frank, Banu Gibson
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Yesterday was a lovely afternoon at Rusty's abode. Visitors included Fayard Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers fame), Mrs Nicholas (Rusty's first tap dancing teacher!), record collector and historian (Mike Kieffer), tap partner Greg Gast, and fabulous jazz singer Banu Gibson from New Orleans. It was an afternoon fill with laughter, dancing, story telling (Fayard: "Back in 1942, when we were performing in Paris...."). You can imagine the fun!

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If you would like to learn more about the Nicholas Brothers click HERE

If you would like to learn more about Banu Gibson, click HERE


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Footlight: For all you old movie and music nuts, here's a site for you. Here's something that might peak your interest: Footlight In Store Sale going on now till the end of March! 50% off used LP's & Cassettes and 25% off Used CD's. Happy shopping!!




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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