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June 15TH 2004
TUESDAY

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Sheet Music cover from 1919

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When we come to the end of time
to Peter sitting in state
He will smile on the three old spirits
but call me first through the gate.

For the good are always the merry
save by an evil chance,
And the merry love to fiddle
and the merry love to dance...

~ William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)




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SHOUT AND FEEL IT TO PERFORM AT RHYTHM CLUB
TOMORROW NITE!
ALL THE WAY FROM SWEDEN

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Make sure to come to The Rhythm Club tomorrow nite, June 16, for a special performance by one of the world's leading Lindy Hop performance troupes - all the way from Sweden -- "Shout and Feel It". Click HERE to read more about them.


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One of our very own Lindy By The Sea gang (who has asked to remain anonymous) has initiated a wonderful program: A Lindy By The Sea USC Scholarship. His observation was that I have been teaching level 1 & 2 classes over at USC for about six years, but those students don't have any further options on campus to progress with their swing dancing. Knowing that they are on a tight budget, he came up with the idea of financially sponsoring a student every month for a Tuesday night advanced class.

When I brought this up with the USC Swing Dance Club, they were bowled over. Not only were they extremely touched, but they were lining up for the chance. We found out right away that they definitely wanted to come in pairs, as some of them don't have cars, and for safety reasons. So, I asked one night at the Rhythm Club if anyone would like to sponsor one more student; within a minute, I got another sponsor.

Without much publicity, this USC Student Scholarship has been up and running for about three months!

Now it's completely official, I even created a web page on the site, to make it easy for you to sponsor a student.

http://swingshiftontap.com/usc.asp

The idea is fantastic! Keep "feeding the pool with young blood". If 18-year olds are interested in this dance, we have a great chance of it living on and on and on!

Sponsor using Paypal

SWING CAMP CATALINA... TWO WORDS:
FUN! GORGEOUS!

Plenty of Lindy-By-The-Sea and Rhythm Club dancers were in attendance at this year's fantastic Swing Camp Catalina. Sun, friends, fun, dancing, music, all in the setting of historic Santa Catalina Island. I want to again thank the Stevens' family for putting on such a labor of love. This was their 11th year producing this amazingly complex event (they have to rent a barge! to bring everything out... I wouldn't even know how to begin to rent a barge!). This was my eight Swing Camp, and just as fun as ever. I've posted many of my pictures on our scrapbook page HERE. But, here's a sampling.

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L-R, top to bottom: The Stevens Sisters - Tami & Erin - who put the entire Swing Camp Catalina together; all the teachers: Steve Bailey, Helena & Kenneth (Sweden), Eva & Eddie (Sweden), Frankie Manning & Judy Pritchett (http://savoystyle.com); Lou Schmidt's Barbecue on Saturday with the Lindy-By-The-Sea crowd; a group of Arizona swing dancers who had the number of years they've been to Swing Camp Catalina printed on the front of their shirts, and then, on the back some clever phrase relating to that number!; Professor Vangor dancing with Sheila from Manchester, England on the "slab"; Lou, Cheryl, Michael, Glenn, & Rusty eating dinner; Tami and "Poppa" Jim Stevens


TUESDAY FEATURED CLASS -- STYLING YOUR BASICS!
CALLING ALL MEN FOR LEVEL 4

COME TO CLASS TONITE!

Thanks to all the men who answered the call for Tuesday classes last week. We were just about even. But there are still more women in the two classes. If you would like to come along, drop in! This class is not sequential, so you'll be fine. We'll be teaching some of the wonderful moves learned at Swing Camp Catalina tonite!


JULY "BALBOA CRAZY"

FEATURED CLASS -- BASIC BALBOA
INTER/ADV BALBOA!

That's right -- you read it correctly. We've been overwhelmed with requests for more Balboa at all levels. So, we had a brainstorm, why not turn Tuesday nite into Balboa Crazy Nite! The 7:30-8:30 series will be Basic Balboa, and then the 8:30-9:30 (which is normally Level 4) will be an intermediate/advanced Balboa. We've been learning Bal moves from dancers around the world, and we promise to bring in moves you have NEVER learned before!! Come out of the woodwork! For those dancers (who shall remain nameless -- but we know who you are -- wink), come and join us again!!

NEW PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ANNOUNCED!

We've 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 taking advantage of this new offer...

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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1950'S NITE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30TH

Dress in your best!

It's time for a 1950's nite at the Rhythm Club. We've got the sensational Rob Rio debuting at the Rhythm Club on Wednesday, June 30th -- what better nite that to DRESS UP! Get out your saddle shoes, twirly skirts, jeans with rolled up cuffs, white t-shirts, Eisenhower jackets, and slick that hair back fellas!

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June 16
PLUS..
Performance by "Shout And Feel It" from Sweden!

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June 30 1950's Nite! DRESS UP!!
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July 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


Peggy Thomas
Kevin Jackson
David Stockin
Joseph Camerieri
June Hamilton
Alan Hall
Judy Brill

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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QUEEN MARY GLAMOUR

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Sigh. What can we say? Whenever we get the chance to perform on the beautiful Queen Mary in Long Beach, we are in 7th Heaven. The chance came last Wednesday for Rusty, Ron, Gio, Mae, Hilary (of Camp Hollywood fame), and Annamarie (of Revamp fame). Our job? To swing dance in the Queen Salon to the Jumpin Joz swing band! Hilary and Annamarie walked around as 1930's cigarette girls, and looked absolutely adorable. What an afternoon! Take a look HERE


RUSTY'S TAP BOOK REPRINTED...

Rusty's book, "TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955" has once again been reprinted. She wrote the book during the years 1988-1990. It was first published in 1990, and has been in print ever since! If you don't have a copy yet, here's your chance. You can get your very own personally autographed copy. For more information on TAP! click HERE.

"OPERATION AUGIE"

AUGIE MAKES AN APPEARANCE

We couldn't have been more surprised and shocked, but Augie actually walked in the door Tuesday evening for Lindy-By-The-Sea classes! We first thought he was his twin (he has an identical one), but upon question, it was him! Turns out, he had been awake for four days and come straight away to swing class (took an evac helicopter, a transport ship, a plane...). Needless to say, we had a "welcome home" dance at the end of classes.

We were deeply moved to know how much swing dance means to Augie.

He hasn't received our package yet... it missed him when he was transferred, but he was so grateful for the thought (we told him everything that is in it) and assures us that it will get to him.

Sadly, he is here because his mother is ill with cancer. He is requesting a "compassionate transfer" home. Cross your fingers for him.

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


Queen Mary and Swing Camp Catalina pictures are up! Take a gander...
http://swingshiftontap.com/scrapbookindex.asp


SHOUT AND FEEL IT: We thought you might like to read a little about this sensational performance group that will be performing this week (tomorrow nite!) at the Rhythm Club. They more than impressed everyone at Swing Camp Catalina this weekend with the phenomenal performance routines, energy, and zow!




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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.

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http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp