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September 21th 2004
TUESDAY

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"When griping grief the heart doth wound,
and doleful dumps the mind opresses,
then music, with her silver sound,
with speedy help doth lend redress.

- --William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)


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PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
SEPTEMBER 29TH
BIG BAND NITE WITH THE SUPERB MORA'S MODERN RHYTHMISTS

I'm thrilled to announce the Rhythm Club debut of one of my very favorite big bands - Mora's Modern Rhythmists. Back in 1998, when I returned to American from a two-year stint in Europe, Mora's had a weekly engagement at the world-famous Derby. The floor was always packed with Lindy Hoppers dressed to the "nines". It was a dream come true for me... a vintage dresser since my teenage years. Every Monday nite, for two years, I could dance to the exquisite sounds of Dean Mora's outfit surrounded by truly great Lindy Hoppers dressed from head to toe in vintage attire. Those days are now part of the history books, as everyone pretty much shredded their wardrobe (amazing what Lindy Hop can do to 60 year old clothes!) and decided "washables" and sneakers were the way to go.

On Wednesday, September 29th, won't you join me in "Puttin' On The Ritz" at The Rhythm Club for a nite of dancing to Mora's Modern Rhythmists. Dress 1930's-'40's vintage, and let's really create some atmosphere!

Enio will be really disappointed if you don't dress up!

"BALI IS BACK"

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For those of you following my adventures, my vacation to Bali, Indonesia was just wonderful. This was a purely relaxing holiday, filled with hiking (trekking) through rice paddies, rain forests, ancient villages, and sitting by the swimming pool! It even involved a 5.5 earthquake. The bombing two years ago had a long term affect on the country, but now the feeling is that "Bali is back", with international travellers once again enjoying the country's beauty and friendly welcoming residents. Even though my vacation was only four days (the shortest Bali vacation in recorded history), it was truly refreshing. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend using some of those cherished frequent flyer miles in this beautiful island.

Special thanks to Jessica, Glenn, Robert "The Professor", Nathan and Crystral, Nate and Krista, and Russian Peter for keeping things going at The Rhythm Club in my absence.

TUESDAY CLASSES -- ONGOING
LAST CLASS OF THE CURRENT SERIES TONITE

Tonite is our last of four weeks of fun. Don't worry if you have missed some of this series, we work independently week to week. Come along tonight for some exercise, fun, new material, and brushing up some of the old goodies.

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PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 29TH
BIG BAND NITE WITH THE SUPERB
MORA'S MODERN RHYTHMISTS
DANCE ORCHESTRA

Dress up in your finest 1930's-'40s vintage attire, retro style clothing, or just some fancy goods. On Wednesday evening, September 29th, join us in welcoming Mora's Modern Rhythmists to the Rhythm Club for their debut performance. If your already a fan, you wont want to miss this now rare opportunity to hear Dean Mora's big band, and if you've never before heard the outfit, my my, you've got quite the treat in store for yourselves.

And our favorite master of ceremonies, Mr. Maxwell DeMille will be on hand presiding over the evening.


Make sure to check out Mr. DeMille's upcoming event
"The Avalon Ball" next month on Catalina Island
with Mora's Modern Rhythmists! Click HERE.


SEPTEMBER 22
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE!
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SEPTEMBER 29
PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ!
DRESS UP VINTAGE (STYLE)!

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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


Ray Daugherty
Brad Sjoblom



If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!

ONE MORE SSRC EVENT FOR SEPTEMBER
JOIN THE FUN -- AND THE "MITZVAH"


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

AUGIE'S TOUR OF DUTY COMPLETE ON OCTOBER 12TH

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Now is the count down time for Augie's tour of service with the Marines in Iraq. We are crossing our fingers that he will be able to join us on The Rhythm Club dance floor October 13, 2004. Keep thinking good thoughts for this young lad.

Here's the latest:

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Hey Rusty!!

Wow, it has been a bloody week here. I don't even wanna go there but things are starting to escalate here as the change over happens. Things are ok though. We had swing night the other night and it was simply awesome. We had more people there than we usually do and it was a blast. LT Cunif who is in the picture with me is leaving tomorrow so it was her last night there. That's too bad because she helps me teach the ladies part and is absolutely a great follow. I look forward to seeing her at the Clubs in LA when I get back. It will be fun for sure. It'll be kind of weird seeing her around and knowing that she was in Fallujah with me. I haven't had that kind of friendship with someone in the swing world yet. It's funny.

So, if you are back from your vacation Rusty I would like to know how it went. I would love to see pictures as I am an aspiring traveler and photographer as well. You have been to so many different places and I think that is awesome Rusty. It's weird to think that many people in this country haven't even ventured outside of their home state. Forget going to another country right?

Well Rusty, please tell everyone I am doing ok and that things are winding down. I appreciate the support everyone has shown and I wish I could write to everyone. I am running out of time that I can spend on these computers because you have to wait an hour in line to use them. Then you only get thirty minutes to write to people. So I haven't been able to write to a lot of people. Sorry. I will see everyone soon though. Take care though and keep having fun.

your swing son,

Augie

Augie strikes a pose at a recent dance class in Iraq
Augie (far right) helping run a swing dance class in Fallujah, Iraq.

AUGIE FREEMAN: For those of you who are new to our list, Augie Freeman is a young swing dancer from Lindy By The Sea who is currently serving with the Marines in Fallujah, Iraq. We have basically "adopted" him as our "swing son". Several months ago, we all chipped in and sent over the coolest package to him... but it never arrived. We had cookie, swing t-shirts, baseball caps, cds, books... all sorts of goodies. He was injured while on tour, but is doing great.

If you want to email him, click on this address and a composer window will pop up:

You can email Augie here: laf98z@yahoo.com


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MORA'S MODERN RHYTHMISTS:Our featured Big Band next week at The Rhythm Club has their own very beautiful futuristic website. Take a moment, and enjoy strolling through the past (present!) with this very vintage band.




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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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