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July 27TH 2004
TUESDAY

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Elmo Aardvark

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"If you really want to please
Dance around like you've got fleas
Shake your elbows and your knees
Doin' the Hot-Cha Hoo-Hah"

~ --Elmo Aardvark (The Cinema's Favorite Star) 1928
from the Campus Picture "Good Blues"
(satire of "Good News" -- starring Dorothy McNulty in both)




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ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, DANCE!

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Tomorrow nite kicks off the beginning of a great two weeks of dancing just for YOU. Starting tonight at Balboa class, special guests all the way from Switzerland will be showing us a bit of "Boogie Woogie". During all my travels, I get to meet the most awesome people. Here's two of them: Mario and Melanie. They are dance partners and have come out here for Camp Hollywood. I'll be hosting them, and I asked them if they would drop in to Tuesday night's class and show us a thing or three. Hold on to your hats! See below, they are our Link of the Week.



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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!!!! Jerry "Atomic" has graciously loaned us fabulous decorations (including a 48 star American flag), and John "Fort MacArthur" has loaned us a USO banner. 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, Nathan Eick, and yours truly, Rusty Frank. Should be something to remember -- bring your cameras!

The Argonaut came out, and boy oh boy did they give us some good coverage! The article about the Rhythm Club is 2/3s a page! If you live in the airport area, make sure to pick up a copy of Thursday's Argonaut.


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.

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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 TONITE: 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.

SUNDAY LEVEL 3 MEETS AT 1:00 THIS WEEK!

Because of Camp Hollywood, Level 3 will meet at 1:00 this Sunday (July 31st) only. See ya in class.


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


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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. There will be performance by The Swing Shift Fliers, the Hollywood Hornets, and a radio 'broadcast' by actors Maxwell DeMille, Dave Cox, Will Ryan, Nathan Eick, and our very own hostest, Rusty Frank.

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

July 28

DRESS 1940'S SNAPPY, USO, ALLIED FORCES!
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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


Craig Rozdilsky
Bertram Wang

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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... QUINTUPLETS CONTINUED...

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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

"OPERATION AUGIE"
YOU ARE ALL HEROES IN AUGIE'S EYES!

Last week, I got a nice, but lonely email from our swing dancing Marine stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. He let me know that he wasn't getting much email. So, I used the "power of the internet", and let you know. Within FIVE MINUTES, Augie was swamped with personal emails from around the world. He has been on cloud nine ever since. Through all this, it seems Augie and I have adopted each other, I'm his "Swing Mom" and he's my "Swing Son." Swing dancing doesn't get much better than this!

Here's the letter I received about five minutes after I first wrote to all of you:

Rusty,

wow, I have received so many e-mails the last couple of days. I think I may be halfway through answering them. Thank you so very much. You are amazing. Thank you. You know so many people throughout hte world of swing. That's awesome. I hope that in a few years I will have as many friends as you do. Everyday I obsess about the day that I get out and I will for sure be taking classes with you again once I get back. I am very excited. They have the new schedule out and they are still trying to find a dance partner for me to teach the class before the dance. They have another guy here who does swing but it seems like a lot of peoples idea of swing is all aerials. How scary would that be if everytime someone asked you to dance, he throws you into the air and makes you do flips? It would get exhausting even for him. lol So, I need to meet up with him and see what kind of a dancer he is. I think that I am so far the sole supplier of music for this little schindig. That's ok because I have plenty of it.

Thanks for all of your support so far. I think I have recieved more e-mails from you than I have from my adopted and my natural mother put together. A lot of people have asked if I could use anything. Well, I'm not asking for anything and there is nothing that I really need. But if someone wants to send anything, then it would be best sent in small packages. From what I've seen those are what are making it out here. My time is up though so I must go. Take care and I will talk to you again soon.

your friend,

Augie

Then I got this one today:

Hey Swing Mom,

Loads of people from loads of countries have sent their regards. I think a total of thirty (maybe more) of your students and instructors from Germany, Norway, Rob from Australia, Maxwell DeMille, Pete Jacobs, and a couple of people from the Esquires have written. That's amazing. If you see them in person, please thank them for me. I wish I could be at your 40's night too. I have a vintage out fit from the 40's complete with shoes and hat that i could have worn to it. Some other time right. It sounds like your club is getting better and better too. You are having a lot of big time theme nights that sound really creative and I wish I could see it. Plenty of time next year though since I'll be out for that. Let's see, my address. It is:

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

That would be cool if you could send the DVD out here. Thank you very much again. I am glad to hear that your classes are going well too. It's awesome to watch people get better and better. I had a friend that I would dance with who started about two months after I did. She thought I was so great and then when I danced with her while i was home, she had become a really great dancer. It's so much fun to see how we all progress. It will be fun to see how far I can get in the next couple of years...that's for sure.

Well, thanks for writing again Rusty. You are truly awesome. I talked to Tise Chao online last night and she agreed that you are truly a wonderful person and an amazing dancer (not to mention a phenomenal teacher). I will talk to you again soon.

your swing son,

augie (from Iraq)

You can email Augie here: laf98z@yahoo.com


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MARIO AND MELANIE!: If you read German it helps, but, hey, what the heck, why not check out this great and very creative Swiss dance site. It's the site of Mario and Melanie, the couple we'll be hosting all week. You'll meet them at The Rhythm Club Wednesday nite, and maybe even see them do a display (we'll see how the jet lag is attacking them).




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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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