APRIL 12TH 2004
"They used to say there wasn't such a thing as not having a tap dancer in your show! 'Cause in my day, no matter where you went you would run into tap dancers. Everything had tap!"
LEONARD REED "MR SHIM SHAM" PASSES AT AGE 97
As you already know, my dear friend, and master showman, Leonard Reed passed away Monday, April 5th at the vibrant age of 97. He died peacefully and still with a full plate of plans, including filming his newest Shim Sham creation Saturday the 10th... Sigh...
As the word got around, some wonderful websites were posted honoring this legendary man. I though you might enjoy reading about this man. But, I tell you what, no matter how much you read, you'll still only have a glimpse of Leonard Reed.
Rusty with Leonard at his 97th Birthday Party, January 10th 2004
The last picture of Leonard and Rusty... at Leonard's home January 27th 2004Leonard Reed
Maxwell DeMille honors Leonard Reed
A Brazilian Tribute to Leonard Reed
Oklahoma City University
RUSTY RETURNS TO OZ
GIOVANNI QUINTERO HOSTS THE RHYTHM CLUB!
Come and meet your fabulous Rhythm Pal -- Giovanni "Gio" Quintero! He'll be hosting the Rhythm Club this week, in Rusty's absence. Come along and visit with Gio, "steal" some cool moves, and have a dance! Make sure to let him know if it's your birthday before 9:15 so you can have your great Rhythm Club Birthday Dance.
Save the date!!
|Rusty & Hilary present, direct from London,
a special Rhythm Club
appearance and swing dance with the...
|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)
This Week's Celebrations
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
As you've read, one of our precious swing dancers is currently serving a tour of duty with the Marines in Iraq. His nickname is Augie, swing dancing is his main passion. He'll be there for some time, and his job there is intense (to say the least). Jessica Densmore, came up with the idea of a "Care Package" from us to Augie.
We have the Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC), which is a volunteer program where we, well, basically try to make the world a better place through swing dancing by community service and just plain old fun events. We often send dancers to hospitals and senior homes, and we get together to dance in fun places like the "Swing!" show and Disneyland.
Jessica, who coordinates the community service arm of the SSRC, came up with "Operation Augie Care Package". (What a gal!).
So here's the idea:
We put together an awesome "Swing Care Package" that we send over to Augie and his pals. Some of the ideas so far are:* Swing Music cds
If you would like to participate in "Operation Augie's Care Package" with a gift or an idea, or even a small monetary gift to cover the postage or a gift):
EMAIL Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you could give her your care package gift Wednesdays at the Rhythm Club or Sunday's at Lindy By The Sea classes.
We thank you all in advance for your care.
Rusty on behalf of the Rhythm Club/Lindy by the Sea and the Swing Shift Rhythm Club http://swingshiftontap.com
P.S. If you would like to write Augie a letter, here's his mailing address:
Cpl Freeman, Lee A
1st Tank Bn, Tow Plt
FPO AP 96426-1671
or if you would like to email him: email@example.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.
Last year, when I was in Perth, I met the city's youngest Lindy Hopper -- Hope. We've been emailing since then, and just today I received this adorable piece.
Sadly, we had three car windows smashed Tuesday evening while we were in class at Rebekah Lodge. The thieves were beyond bold, smashing the windows while we were in the building, the cars were directly under a light, and the lot was across the street from the Police department. Is there no safe place? Please be careful with your cars. In all three cases, the car owners had left belongings in their cars, visible to the thieves. Please make sure to bring in your belongs or lock them securely in your car's truck.
PERTH'S HULLABALOO: The most isolated city on the planet earth will be hosting it's first Lindy Hop Exchange in a couple weeks. Feel like going there? Here's two ways: Hop on a plane, or hop on the internet and go to this site. Either way, you'll have a blast. 'Cause no one does it like the Aussies. Class all the way, not to mention FUN! SPIRIT! And a sense of HUMOR. They're the greatest! Happy viewing.
You can actually listen to some of the project's interviews online at http://www.si.edu/ajazzh/johp.htm
* 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!
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.