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August 4TH 2004
WEDNESDAY

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1938 Battle of the Bands
Count Basie vs. Chick Webb at the Savoy

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"Feeling ran very high between the supporters of the two bands and it was a fight to the finish. Both bands played magnificently... Handkerchiefs were waving, people were shouting and stomping, the excitement was intense.

~ --Downbeat Magazine 1938, reporting on the Battle of the Bands




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PHEW, CATCH YOUR BREATH, DANCE AGAIN!

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Last week was really special for all of us. The Rhythm Club's USO 1940's Nite lived up to all my dreams. Everyone looked absolutely "swell", the performances were dazzling, and the "radio broadcast" added that extra touch to make us all feel like we had really been transported back in time. Pete Jacobs and His Wartime Radio Revue did a superb job on the music side -- it was their Rhythm Club debut, and I think everyone will agree they sounded like the real thing. What a nite!

My very special thanks go to Jerry "Atomic" for contributing the decorations, to the performance groups, Rusty's Swing Shift Fliers and The Hollywood Hornets, to our guest radio readers Maxwell DeMille, Dave Cox, Will Ryan, and Nathan Eick, and to our set up and break-down committee of volunteers (Nathan, Crystal, Nate, Kristan, Jessica). And one final thanks to Maxwell DeMille who really was the "guiding light" on the radio broadcast; not only did he provide the script, he spent hours going over it with me to make sure that it was just the right length - adding atmosphere to the evening, but not interfering too much with the dancing. Maxwell was his impeccable self once again in the MC department. What a guy. What a night!


NATHALIE AND YUVAL WORKSHOP
AUGUST 7 & 8

PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY!

The Nathalie & Yuval workshop is THIS weekend. See all the info below under Workshops. We wanted to remind you that the pre-registration discounts end today! Call me at 310 606 5606 to reserve your spot, or bring your registration form and check to the Rhythm Club tonite. This will be another really super workshop!


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, okay 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!

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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!

NEW SWING AND LINDY CLASSES
BEGIN THIS SUNDAY!

Another set of classes in East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop begin this Sunday. Help spred the word!

WANTED: BAL BOYS

Our Balboa Tuesdays is going great. But, fellas, we could use about eight more leads in the 8:30pm Int/Adv series. There are two classes left in this series. Make your followers happy and show up!

Here's quite a nice note we got from one of the Balboa students

Just wanted to let you know that I thought last night was the most fun I've had in a class in a long time. A lot of new leaders and some with quite a bit of potential! In level 4 I really liked that the way the leaders lined up there were 4 in a row who knew what they were doing. That was GREAT!!! I LOVE Bal!!

Thanks. See you next week.


PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT!

We have the new pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website now. So you can register right on our site "easy peasy lemon squeezy". Go HERE. Remember, 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 at http://swingshiftontap.com/lbs-preregistration.asp We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...

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NATHALIE & YUVAL PERFORM AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
TONITE -- EARLY!!
8:30PM -- DON'T MISS IT!!!

8:30pm -- Don't be late. Nathalie & Yuval will be performing their world award winning routine at the Rhythm Club -- TO-NITE! Come and see what all the fuss is about. Not only do they do breath-taking aerials, they also are two of the most musical dancers we know. They find every little nuance in the music and you see it in their dancing! 8:30pm!! 8:30pm!! Tonite!

And, seeing as it is the first Wednesday of the month, Gio and Rusty will be offering their Intro to Swing class from 7:30-8:00pm.


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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
Alice Infelise
Emili Reis
Sandi Schroeder
Michael Petran
Mark Maher
Greg Wylie

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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CAMP HOLLYWOOD IN A WORD "AMAZING"

Huzzahs to Hilary Alexander who did another outstanding job producing Camp Hollywood. Her 7th year, and it couldn't have been better. The camp ran as smooth as can be with over 500 class participants, and approximately 1,000 at the evening dances. Most of us came away exhausted, humbled, and full of excitement for the dances' future. The amount of talented young people in the dance will make your heart soar.

Congratulations to the Hornets for doing a flawless job on their team routine (and taking 1st prize in the Team division), to Michael, Cheryl, and Robert "Professor" for doing so well in the Masters Division and inter generational, and to Gio and Mae for doing so well in every category. If you want to see the rankings, go to http://camphollywood.net. We expect a VERY tired Hilary for tonights dance. Make sure you let her know how much you enjoyed the camp if you attended. As a promoter, you often her more of the complaints...

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TWO SSRC EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER
JOIN THE FUN -- AND THE "MITZVAH"


Thursday, 16 September, 2004 - 7pm to 8pm

Little Company of Mary Hospital/Del Webb Center for Education

4201 Torrance Blvd, Torrance

Basic instruction on history and variety of swing dances for the Association (a lay order of the convent) to encourage participation by Association members in the dance program for patients at various LCOM facilities.


Saturday, 25 September, 2004 - 2pm to 3pm

Artesia Christian Home

11614 E. 183rd St., Artesia

One of our favorite places, especially since THEY keep asking for US. Simple program which will hopefully include a sample of ballroom as well as our usual audience and employee participation.

RSVP or questions, contact Jes at jdensmore@mail.com or 310-372-4821


"OPERATION AUGIE"
HE RECEIVES EMAILS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
FROM ALL OF YOU!

You are all amazing! Augie has still been receiving emails from you, and it's really helping. Remember, we want him to stay focused on coming home safe and sound from his Marine duty in Fallujah, Iraq.

Here's the latest from him:

RUSTY!!

Hey, how are you? Things are ok here. I just got back off another mission. I am off of the quick reaction force so we go out all the time now. Wow, it is blazing hot though. I wish there would be a cloudy day for once. It seems that we are doing some important things again which makes me feel good. Sometimes we just bake out in the sun and use ourselves as bait. It feels weird. Tonight is the swing night though and I get to help one of the guys here teach the class. He is cool. He is from Boston and mostly does east coast though he knows some lindy and some basics in everything else too. It should be interesting. It is mostly likely going to be a small event but that's ok. I won't be able to stay there long because after it's all done I have to go on a mission. Mi vida loca hey? Well, it looks like my time is up so I will get going. Take care and have fun.

your swing kid,

Augie

You can write him a letter and/or send a small package to him here:

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

You can email Augie here: laf98z@yahoo.com



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RAT PATROL RADIO: Each week as I sit at the computer for hours on end writing this weekly email and doing my many other office jobs, I think I would go out of my mind if it weren't for music and internet radio. I have been having so much fun exploring the internet radio stations, and have recently come across this one -- Rat Patrol Radio. This e-station plays music from WWII, but also has many fascinating historic broadcasts of the era: pilots in flight, world leaders speaking to their nations...




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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.

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