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July 21ST 2004
WEDNESDAY

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dancing at the original Hollywood Canteen! 1940s

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"To be sure, we formed a line for the congo half an hour ago and I got tripped up by Ronald Colman and Bonita Granville. But no one notices."

~ --by Ben Hartford, December 20th, 1942




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THREE WEEKS OF DANCING FUN IN STORE FOR YOU

It's always fun to plan ahead interesting events for us all to enjoy. And starting tonite, we have three weeks to envy!

CAMPUS FIVE CD RELEASE PARTY TONITE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

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That's right, The Campus Five have finished producing another fabulous cd and they'll have it tonight for their very first "CD Release Party". I've got an advance copy, and believe me, if you are a collector of swing music, or just an "amateur" beginning to build a library, this is one cd you'll want to add to your collection. It's, in the vernacular, SWELL. The cds will be selling for $15.00 tonight, and you can get them autographed by the band and one of our favorite vocalists, the lovely Hilary Alexander. If you want to hear a preview of the cd, go to the Campus Five website HERE and click on "CD'S".


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1940'S USO HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN NITE, JULY 28TH!

As a kick-off to Camp Hollywood, we are having a really special nite at the Rhythm Club. Remember, this is the nite to DRESS UP!!!! You have one more week to get your costume together. Let's make the club look as though we went back in time to the 1940's, when "Swing was King"! (Let's make Pete Vincent, Faye Callen, Rudy Flores, and the rest of our favorite originals think they really have walked back into their youth again!!!!) Dress up in 1940's civilian or Allied Forces Military. I really would like to dare people to get creative... how about a Canadian Mountie or two!

We will be having performances by Rusty's Swing Shift Fliers, The Hollywood Hornets, and a recreation of original radio broadcasts from that time with actors Maxwell DeMille, Will Ryan, Dave Cox, and yours truly, Rusty Frank. Should be something to remember -- bring your cameras!

If you live in the airport area, make sure to pick up a copy of Thursday's Argonaut, there is going to be a big spread about us, The Rhythm Club, and our nite there.


RUSTY TO PERFORM AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
WITH THE HOLLYWOOD HORNETS
ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH

DANCING WITH BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY!


One of the great summer happenings in Los Angeles is a trip to the Hollywood Bowl. What could beat sitting out under the stars with thousands of music fans enjoying an evening of fine musical entertainment. Well, if that music was swing and there were your very own dancing friends on stage performing!

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

I couldn't be more excited -- I've already performed at the Hollywood Bowl twice (and believe me that there is no greater performance thrill), but both times were in the daylight hours. I have always dreamed of dancing on that stage at nite-time. When I heard that the Hornets were going to be performing there for two evening shows, I got down on my hands and knees and begged to join them. Being the nice kids they are... they took a vote, and said, okey dokey. Thanks Hornets!!! You're terrif! (For those of you who don't know, one of my first jobs was as an usher at the Bowl. I have many magical stories of my teenage experiences there... including meeting Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, and Gregory Peck.)

So mark your calendars: Friday nite, August 6th. The Hornets will be there two nites, August 6th and 7th. Click HERE for details. If you haven' seen the new Bowl shell, here's your chance. Let's get a whole Lindy By The Sea/Rhythm Club gang dancing in the aisles!


NATHALIE AND YUVAL WORKSHOP
AUGUST 7 & 8

After a great evening at the Bowl, what better thing to do than dance dance dance! The Nathalie and Yuval workshop will provide you with enough new material to last years. All the info is below for pre-registration discounts and class details. But feel free to call me if you have any questions: 310 606 5606.

... and last but not least...

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"QUINTUPLETS" AIRS ON JULY 28TH

Set your VCR's for July 28th, 8:30pm-9:00pm if you want to see Rusty's "sensational" choreography for the television show "Quintuplets". Hee hee... "sensational"... well, realize that I got one 15 second spot, another 15 second spot, and then about 45 seconds... one of the actors wasn't a dancer, the other actor was a professional dancer but had never Lindy Hopped before... and we had just three days of finding a minute here and a minute there between rehearsals of scenes to practice. But we sure had fun, and I think that will come across! The actors really, really wanted to do some real Lindy stuff, so we put in Shadow Charleston and a couple of Swing Outs. We also did a lot of very showing, athletic stuff that's really funny with two guys (see the show and you'll know why it's two guys... very funny!). Here's the show's official website: http://www.fox.com/quints/home.htm

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AUGUST 7 & 8, 2004
All the way from New York!
World-Champion dancers..

$$$$ pre-registration discounts!! $$$$

Two Days... 10 Classes!
- Slides
- Dips
- Tricks
- Aerials
- Fast Lindy
...more!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

"BALBOA CRAZY" CONTINUES...

NEW TUESDAY SERIES BEGINS NEXT WEEK: JULY 27

Our "Balboa Crazy" was such a hit, that we are continuing with a brand new series -- all new material. So read carefully: If you missed the last series, fear not! JOIN THIS NEW SERIES!!! All new material.

7:30-8:30 is "Intro to Balboa". You don't need to know anything. Week one we'll learn the basic (a great review for those who took the last series... believe us, you can't learn your basic too many times!!!). We'll also teach a brand new move or two that first week. So don't miss it if it's your first time with Balboa or you're fresh off the last series.

8:30-9:30 "On-going Balboa". This is meant for our more intermediate/advanced dancers. And this series will also feature all new material!

Our goal is to really get some good (why not great?) Balboa happening right here in the South Bay. So come along and join the fun. It's a good dance for these warm summer nites. Any questions... call 310 606 5606 or go to our website: http://swingshiftontap.com.


PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT!

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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CAMPUS FIVE CD RELEASE PARTY
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21ST


HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN 1940'S USO NITE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28TH
Dress 1940's snappy, USO, Allied Forces


July 28th is our Hollywood Canteen 1940's USO nite with The Wartime Radio Revue Orchestra. Make sure to pull out your best 1940's Allied Forces military or snappy '40's dancing wardrobe for the 28th.

To learn more about our guest artists, click on their name: Dave Cox, Maxwell DeMille.

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July 28

DRESS 1940'S SNAPPY, USO, ALLIED FORCES!
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August 4
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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


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Chris Johnson

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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AUSSIE'S YOUNGEST SWING DANCER RHYTHM CLUB FAN

Rusty's little Lindy Hop pal, Hope, just had her birthday. And her dad surprised her with a "Lindy By The Sea - Rhythm Club" t-shirt. Here's her letter:

Dear Rusty,

I just had my 7th birthday, and I had a party. It was a 70s disco party with flashing lights and a glitter ball. Here is a picture of me wearing the shirt I got for a present. My birthday cake was a ballerina cake because I go to ballet classes on Mondays. So because I had a ballerina cake, I took one of the ballerinas on the cake to ballet class for show and tell.

I was on TV dancing at the Ball with my dad. I told one of my school friends and he didn't believe me! So I brought in the tape and proved to him that I was on TV.

A few days ago I got my school report card. My dad and mum said it was a good report, so I am very, very, very happy.

Love Hope XXXXOO


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THE HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN: The Hollywood Canteen was founded by Hollywood film stars Bette Davis & John Garfield, modeled after Broadway's "Stage Door Canteen". On October 3, 1942 the doors opened and a legend was born. The Hollywood Canteen was the place to be for service men and many of Hollywood's biggest names. The servicemen were served their food by Hollywood celebrities. And volunteer hostesses danced with them throughout the evening to great swing music. Celebrities would pop in and entertain the fellows, and they really had something to write home about!

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Here's an excerpt from the website that'll really give you a picture of the atmosphere:

The Hollywood Canteen

by Ben Hartford

For, Hollywood Chapters Magazine

December 20th, 1942

Hollywood, California

You name them, they were there last weekend at The Hollywood Canteen. From the hostess herself, Bette Davis, to co-founder and vice-president to Davis's president, John Garfield, the canteen was alive with activity so close to Christmas Day.

I got a rousing smile from Davis when asking her how things were shaping up that night.

"To be sure, we formed a line for the congo half an hour ago and I got tripped up by Ronald Colman and Bonita Granville. But no one notices." She laughs just like you are supposed to, Bette, with plenty of energy. "Later I'm supposed to give a speech and it's still being written. I'd wing it, only the last time I did that I didn't get any laughs. If you're standing in front of a few thousand soldiers, the least you can do is make them laugh." She was dressed in a blue cotton outfit with a white scarf dangling around her neck. Very simple, but attractive. Her hair, swept up, allowed me the chance to see she was wearing a small diamond stud in each ear lobe. They call her the little brown wren for her trends away from the glamourous styles of Hollywood. She had said she was the first actress to come in out of a rain, in the moving pictures, and actually look wet.

Suddenly Bette is whisked away by a man in a white hat, the cook, I suppose, so your reporter, feeling dejected momentarily settles on talking to this boy named Joe at the bar. Joe, with no last name, is but eighteen and enjoying his night at the canteen.

"So, you are from...?" I asked the lad.

"Ohio, actually. I haven't been anywhere else but out here. Not overseas or anything. San Diego, then here. I can't believe this. I mean, it's a little hard to imagine myself here. You know?" Joe is blond and wears a white sailors suit and grins most of the time. His shoes are muddy. I do not remember it raining and ask him about this. Super Sleuth, I. He looks down and grins. He can't tell me or won't.




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Swing Shift
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* 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