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May 18TH 2004
TUESDAY

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Thought it would be fun to dig into my swing art archives.
This one came from Jessica -- all the way from Holland!
("I want her shoes", Rusty... "I want his socks!" Ron)

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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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JIVE ACES FRIDAY, THE 28TH AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!!!

Are we lucky, or what! 2,800 square feet of wooden dance floor, The Jive Aces, and YOU! Make sure to clear your schedule for this unique opportunity to have the time of your life! 8:30-midnight, Friday, May 28th -- The Rhythm Club.

AUGIE'S CARE PACKAGE...

Augie's care package went out Saturday, and he should be getting it any day now! Thanks to everyone who contributed to it. We'll let you know what he thinks! But a special thanks to Jessica for coming up with the idea and seeing it through.

RUSTY PERFORMING AT TAP DAY THIS SATURDAY

I've got the info below... but I did want to again mention that I'll be performing at the National Tap Day event this Saturday out in Thousand Oaks. The event is from noon-5, but I'll be on right at noon (opening the show). If you're looking for something different to do this Saturday, you'll certainly enjoy yourself in the sunshine watching some wonderful tap dancers!


JUNE CLASSES ANNOUNCED
One week off for Memorial Day Weekend (see schedule below)

Our next Lindy By The Sea classes will begin in June. Extraordinarily, we are actually going to take a Sundy off! Yes, Memorial Day Weekend's Sunday, there will be a break from classes. So go out, have a great barbecue... and then come back to work it all off on June 1st for Tuesday classes and June 6th for Sunday classes. (No Tuesday class on May 25)

NEW PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ANNOUNCED!

We're starting something brand new: If you pre-register for class(es), you'll get a 10% discount off the normal prices. You can pre-register over the phone (310 606 5606), by check, or with http://paypal.com (just figure out the price with discount... and email to info@swingshiftontap.com). We hope that you'll enjoy tajking advantage of this new offer...

TUESDAY FEATURED CLASS -- STYLING YOUR BASICS!

Here's a much needed class, and it's the very first time we've offered it! You know your basics, your swing outs, your sugar pushes... but they look like basics. You look around the dance floor and see people doing those same moves but with such style and panache. What the heck do they know that you don't know?! Let's take four weeks to explore all the opportunities you have to make ordinary classic moves look fantastic! You should have your swingouts, lindy charleston, and sugar pushes down and danceable.

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SAVE THE DATE

WORKSHOP WITH MIKE CONVERTINO
JUNE 27TH 11am-2pm
"LINDY STYLING"

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JIVE ACES COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB
Friday nite -- May 28th

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As a special one-off event, Rusty & Hilary present the amazing Jive Aces at the Rhythm Club, Friday nite, May 28th. Just a couple weeks away, this crazy group of spectacular performers will be bringing an entire evening of swing music for your dancing pleasure.

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We want to make sure you all know it's a Friday nite, and that it's in addition to our regular Wednesday nite. To make everything affordable for you, we're having a dj nite the Wednesday before ($8) instead of our regular live music ($12). The Jive Aces nite is $15, so make sure to fill your piggy bank!

What better way to start your three-day weekend!


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May 28
FRIDAY!

Save the date!!

FRIDAY!! FRIDAY!! FRIDAY!!


Rusty & Hilary present, direct from London,
a special Rhythm Club
appearance and swing dance with the...
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JUNE 2
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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


June Hamilton
Alan Hall
Judy Brill
Rita Catanzarite
Shari Campbell
Nathan Eick

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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TRANSLATION REVEALED

Maxwell DeMille was our grand prize winner for coming the closest in accurately translating our Aussie Challenge. Last week at the Rhythm Club, we had a real Australian (whoo hoo!) read the Aussie, whilst Maxwell himself read the American. For your reading pleasure, here is the scoop:

-All us Sandgropers think Rusty is an alright chick.
All of the locals in Perth think Rusty Frank is a delightful lady.

-Most arvos she liked to spine bash cos she was stuffed after checking out the roos and the local yobbo's.
Afternoons saw Rusty take a nap after spending an exhausting day sightseeing, taking in the local fauna such as Kangaroos, and the wild local version of male trailer trash.

-A yobbo is recognized by his mullet.
The local variation of male trailer trash is easily recognisable by his somewhat "Billy Ray Cyrus" hairdo.

-She spent a few quid on things from Op shops.
Rusty enjoyed investing in Vintage apparel in various of the local thrift shops.

-This is where stuff goes after people have popped their clogs.
This is where collectibles go after people die.

-Rusty is a vejjo and she liked our snags. She was pretty partial to our lollies, bikkies and vegemite too.
Rusty is a strict vegetarian, and she liked our vegetarian sausages. She also quite enjoyed our sweets, biscuits and that local tar-like delicacy, Vegemite.

-She's no drongo!
She is not silly in any way.

-We went to Swanny beach where she posed in her bathers and checked out the surfies.
We visited a local beach where she enjoyed being photographed in her swimsuit and watching the surfboard riders glide amongst the waves.

-She took a photo of a dunny on the way.
Rusty took delight in photographing an outhouse on the trip.

-Most of the time we were flat out like a lizard drinking.
During Rusty's stay we were kept quite busy, constantly.

-One highlight was hooning around the farm in the ute and seeing the emus in the bush.
We think that Rusty quite enjoyed spending time in a Utility vehicle viewing more of the local fauna, the Emu, in their wild natural habitat.

-I think she had a rip snorter of a holiday.
I am certain that Rusty quite enjoyed her holiday.

-She didn't whinge once.
She did not complain once.

Thanks again to Liz Crothers & Rob Howarth who came up with this delightful, expressive paragraph! (Rusty's hosts Down Under)

Save Your Brain! Dance!

This in from Debbie Bowen!
emphases added by Rusty
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The Einstein Aging Study, summarized in June 19, 2003 New England Journal of Medicine, found that dancing helps prevent dementia. Dementia in the study refers to both Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Vascular dementia is the 2nd most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's.

The study included participants in six brain-stimulating hobbies - reading, writing for pleasure, doing puzzles, board games or playing cards, group discussions and playing music. The study also included participants in 11 physical activities including team sports, swimming, bicycling and dance. Dance was the only physical activity that benefited the brain. This was attributed to the cerebral rather than the physical aspect of dance.

Researchers found that the relationship between the mind-stimulating effects of dancing, as well as in the above six types of hobbies, and the lowered risk of dementia remained strong even after they allowed for variables such as age, sex and education. Frequency of activity also was important! 63% lower than that among subjects in the lowest third. We believe this emphasizes the importance of engaging in a regular program of dancing.

The need to learn and remember numerous dance movements produces a constant and very beneficial challenge to the brain.The social aspects of dancing, the relaxation it produces and the joy of dancing also is involved. The sense of accomplishment and confidence acquired by successfully completing a dance with a partner are beneficial, as well.

Fitness, both mental and physical, often begins with one's state of mind. Mental acuity comes from mental exercise and if you're dancing, you're not sitting at home watching TV or feeling sorry for yourself. This applies to everyone of all ages. Among mind-stimulating activities, dancing is unique in that it also provides beneficial physical exercise.

Many people have gotten the message. That's why we see increasing numbers of people of all ages having the time of their lives on dance floors all over the county. They are receiving a double payoff, mental and physical.

Keep Your Brain Alive! Go Dancing!


MAXWELL'S AT THE ARGYLE USO EVENT!
WIN $200!!

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Win $200 at the Big Jitterbug Contest! It's all part of a Salute to the USO featuring the 14-piece Jonathan Stout Orchestra coming May 24th to Maxwell's at the Argyle. Vintage military attire invited. Members of the Armed Forces past and present admitted free. The contest is limited to 12 couples. Sign up today! Email to contest@maxwelldemille.com. More info at http://maxwelldemille.com/nightclub.


SWING 'N BLUES AT IVAR
FUNDRAISER FOR PROJECT ANGEL FOOD

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A Swing Dance Party benefiting Project Angel Food featuring The Viper 6 and Spanky Wilson, Sunday, May 23rd, 8 PM - midnight at Hollywood's Club IVAR, 6536 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood CA Open Bar Tickets $49.99 each, available at Ticketmaster) or Project Angel Food ()

Club Ivar will be the site of a Swing 'N Blues party sponsored by KKJZ - FM (88.1), Asahi Beer, Danzka Vodka, Knob Creek Bourbon with live music all night. The evening will open with The Viper 6, a stompin' swingin' jazz lineup of King Aurthur Michael Dias "Doghouse" the III on bass, Catalina Eddy on guitar, "Doctor Bob" Brenman and Robert Alts on horns, Atomic Jim Stromburg on drums and Miz Christine singing scat.

Headliner for the evening will be the extraordinary jazz singer Spanky Wilson and her band performing in her world renown swinging, bluesy style... as Doug McIntyre of KABC's RedEye Radio says, "She's da bomb!"

Click HERE for details.


"OPERATION AUGIE"

Now that Augie's package has been sent off... we're sure that he would still appreciate letters and emails from you. So if you'd like to write him...

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

or if you would like to email him: laf98z@yahoo.com


Rusty's Australia pictures are up! Take a gander...
http://swingshiftontap.com/scrapbookindex.asp


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NATIONAL TAP DANCE DAY CELEBRATION MAY 22 RUSTY TO PERFORM AND BE PRESENTER HONORING MIRIAM NELSON

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Miriam Nelson flying high with Johnny Coy

TAPDANCE.ORG: (We're keeping this info up a second week... as the event is this Saturday.) This site holds all things "tap". Whatever you want to find, whomever you want to find... if it has to do with tap dancing, this is the place. National Tap Day was declared in 1989, and has been enthusiastically observed around the globe ever since. The actual date selected was Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday -- May 25th. The events are usually held on the Saturday nearest. In Los Angeles, we'll be having a wonderful outdoor celebration. Our very own Rusty will be one of the featured performers at this year's National Tap Dance Day celebration. She'll also be presenting a special award to Miriam Nelson, long-time friend and choreographer.

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It's hard to describe everything in this amazing woman's career. But here's an abbreviated list:

Miriam Nelson credits:

Five broadway shows in the 1940s: Panama Hattie, Let's Face It, Yokel Boy, Very Warm For May, Sing out the News.

Two years under contract at Paramount as dancer, actress, and choreographer.

Two years at Warner Bros. as choreographer with Gene Nelson.

Columbia Studios, as choreographer and dancer in many pictures. (Cover Girl, Jolson Story)

1953-PresentTelevision, including choreographed Red Skelton Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour NBC, Shower of Stars, CBS; Judy Garland's first television show; Betty Grable and Harry James first tv show (also as co-producer); Eddie Fisher Show; The Hollywood Palace; Buck Rogers; Battlestar Gelactica; Designing Women, John Ritter Show, the new Delta Burke show,

Went back to Columbia, choreographed for Ingrid Bergman in Cactus Flower.

Choreographed two Academy Award shows.

Did many live shows: Radio City Musica Hall Easter Show; did an ice show at Radio City; several shows for the White House; staged directed the primary for Nixon; did the opening of Disneyland in 1955 and many shows for the park; did the travelling arena show of Disney on Parade;

Staged and choreographed and directed acts for: Gordon and Sheila MacRae, Donald O'Connor, Rose Marie, Steve Lawrence and Edi Gorme,William Bendix, Carol Channing, Ann Miller

Charity shows: SHARE, gala for Alzheimers, Thalians Ball.

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Miriam posing in the 1930s -- Miriam posing in the 2003s with Will Ryan and Rusty Frank
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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