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MARCH 30TH 2004
TUESDAY

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Duke Ellington

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"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

- Hunter S. Thompson
(again from Rusty's friend in New York, Peter Mintun)


TUESDAY FEATURED CLASS APRIL: FLASH MOVES!

Join us, starting tonite(!), 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.

NEW BEGINNER CLASSES BEGIN THIS SUNDAY
See schedule below


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RHYTHM CLUB THREE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
THIS WEEK!! MARCH 31st
DRESS HAWAIIAN!!

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Rusty's Rhythm Club will be celebrating it's Three Year Anniversary this 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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And since Spring seems to have definitely blossomed in Los Angeles, let's welcome it by dressing Hawaiian!

GIOVANNI QUINTERO'S BIRTHDAY!

It is birthday season in the Lindy By The Sea Community. First Rusty's birthday, then Ron's, then Glenn's, now it's Rusty's Sunday Rhythm Pal -- Gio! If the 3-year Anniversary party weren't enough to get you down to the Rhythm Club this Wednesday, Gio's birthday is just the excuse you needed!


March 31

RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
3-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY!
DRESS HAWAIIAN!!

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April 7
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May 28
FRIDAY!

Save the date!!
Rusty & Hilary present, direct from London,
a special Rhythm Club
appearance and swing dance with the...
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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


Giovanni Quintero
Ethan Levy (USC - Rah!)
Marisa Dirstine
Gordon

If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
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AUGIE'S OVERSEAS
He would love mail...

Last week we included an email from our student, Augie, who is currently overseas serving for the Marines. We thought you would be interested in his latest email. Please know that he would so appreciate email from you.

March 25, 2004

Wow, good to hear from you Rusty. you're awesome. I am glad that things are getting really awesome for you in your classes. I knew once people found out more about your classes that they would pour in. I'll bet the show ["Swing!"] was good too. I like the soundtrack. Anywho, thanks for writing back.

I'm in Al Fellujah which has become the battleground against terrorism. It's a tough battle and we are losing some people. i just got to Iraq a few days ago, and we already keep getting attacked by mortars. It makes you nervous but it's something I've done before ya know? Anyway, I miss your class and I plan on attending with my girlfriend. It should be fun. I look forward to it.

Until then, take care and I will try to keep you posted on what we're doing.

Your pal and swing apprentice,

Augie


Here's his first email (including his address and email address)

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



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New scrapbooks up. Happy Viewing!
http://swingshiftontap.com/scrapbookindex.asp


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JAZZ ORAL HISTORY
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The Smithsonian Institute's Jazz Oral History Program: The Smithsonian Institute is one of our nation's greatest repositories, perhaps surprisingly, of jazz. Years ago, The Smithsonian initiated the Jazz Oral History Project, a program through which noted historians were sent around the country taping jazz legends. Your very own Rusty Frank was asked to contribute seven such interviews, which now reside at the Smithsonian. These interviews included tap dancers and musicians. She conducted eight-hour interviews with each of the following: Tap dancers Peg Leg Bates, Jimmy Slyde, Brenda Bufalino, Leonard Reed, Fayard Nicholas, and Ardie Bryant; jazz guitarist Al Viola; jazz arranger Ralph Burns.

You can actually listen to some of the project's interviews online at http://www.si.edu/ajazzh/johp.htm




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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 exit this list, visit:
http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp