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June 22ND 2004
TUESDAY

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Dancing from the teens (1910s)

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Later Cal got at a piano and the poor thing was nearly shocked off its legs. How that boy can play!! He can make "Nearer My God to Thee" sound like "Georgia Camp Meeting." The ladies wanted to learn the latest dance steps, so Springs and I tried to teach them how to do them. It's a long jump from the Boston and the hesitation to the giant swing, but we had them all fox-trotting in no time."

~ John MacGavock Grider
Diary of an Unknown Aviator

[This diary was that of American WWI pilot, John Grider, shot down and killed beind German lines in June, 1918. He kept this diary during his service in Europe from 1917-1918. The above entry was from January 29, 1918, when he went to a party in England. Cal and Springs were fellow American pilots. The ladies referred to were English. This story was echoed again and again in WWII with the American GIs and the Lindy Hop.]




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NEXT WEEK, JUNE 30TH, "1950's NITE" AT THE RHYTHM CLUB...
MAKE SURE TO DRESS UP AND DANCE YOUR SADDLE SHOES OFF!

I know this should go under "Rhythm Club" heading (and it's there, too), but I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that next week we are having a "1950's" party at the Rhythm Club. Dress your best. We've got Rob Rio making his debut at the Rhythm Club! A fantastic Boogie Woogie pianist, so it promises to be a rip-roaring night of music and dance.


WORKSHOP PRE-REGISTRATION THIS WEDNESDAY... JUNE 23RD...
SAVE $$$$$

Remember, this Sunday's workshop with Mike Convertino has a pre-registration discount if you sign up by Wednesday. (See detail's below), or go HERE to sign up.


LINDY HOP VIDEOS NOW LINDY HOP DVDS!

DVDs! The conversion process has been completed for the Level One instructonal Lindy Hop videos to DVD. I'm currently working on getting Level Two and Three converted, as well. So now Level 1 material is just a "chapter search" away! Go HERE to order.


NEW "DOOR STOP" AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

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You may have noticed a new smiling face at the Rhythm Club's door each week as of late. It's "Russian Peter", fresh from surgery. Since he can't dance for a few months, he offered to be our official "door stop" (door man) at the Rhythm Club. This way he gets to be around all his dancing pals, the music, and the fun environment. His other half, Gabrielle, thought it was a good way to get him out of the house, and she could dance without feel guilty! Well done, G! I want to thank Russian Peter for doing the door, as it allows me the rare opportunity to circuilate and dance throughout the evening. Thank you, Peter!


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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


SAVE THE DATES!!
NATHALIE AND YUVAL WORKSHOP
AUGUST 7 & 8, 2004

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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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 30 1950's Nite! DRESS UP!!
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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


Rita Catanzarite
Shari Campbell
Brett Rhodes
Gilbert Concepcion

AND... our "Happiness 1/2 Hour Early Bird DJ"

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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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

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 GOES BACK TO THE "SANDBOX"

Sadly, Augie's American journey home has ended and tomorrow he heads back to Iraq. His mother has colon cancer, and Augie was hoping to get a "Compasionate Transfer"... but so far not. We'll cross our fingers for your safety and your mother's recovery. Here's his most recent email:

Hey everyone, I am going back to the sandbox (Iraq) on wednesday. For those of you that I got a chance to see, it was a pleasure. Thank you for being so great to me. You are all my friends and my family. It's been fun but I gotta go back. I hope that you all continue to achieve happiness and success. I wish you all nothing but the best. I'll see you again when I get back. Until then, keep in touch. sincerely, Augie

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


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DANCEDANCEDANCE:Here's a site that lists movies with Lindy Hop and Swing. Put together by Jamie and Gail Arias, it's a great starter list for any swing fanatic. Happy viewing!




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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