August 4TH 2004
"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
PHEW, CATCH YOUR BREATH, DANCE AGAIN!
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
NATHALIE & YUVAL PERFORM AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
|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
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-372-4821
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:
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,
You can write him a letter and/or send a small package to him here:
CPL Freeman, Lee A
1st Tank Bn, Tow Plt
FPO AP 96426-1671
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...
* 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.