June 22ND 2004
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
[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.]
NEXT WEEK, JUNE 30TH, "1950's NITE" AT THE RHYTHM CLUB...
1950'S NITE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!
|June 30||1950's Nite! DRESS UP!!
|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
AND... our "Happiness 1/2 Hour Early Bird DJ"
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
* 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.