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January 4st 2005
TUESDAY

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Artie Shaw
May 23, 1910-December 30, 2004

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In a 1985 interview on Terry Gross' "Fresh Air" (NPR), Artie Shaw was asked about an earlier quote attributed to him: "All Jitterbugs are morons."

Artie Shaw:

"I didn't say ALL"

"Hey, if ya buy a ticket and support the band, that's great. But if you want to dance, all you need is a windshield wiper. You don't need me; you don't need what WE do."

(For those of you who didn't know, Artie Shaw had the reputation as quite the "grumpy old man". Thanks to Will Ryan for this quote)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Let me start by wishing each and every one of you a Happy New Year! I hope you all had a mixture of fun, rest, family, and friends. I sure did. But, boy, did those holidays wiz right by. And now it's January of a new year. Wow!

I've been having a great time scheduling the year - wonderful bands for the Rhythm Club, interesting and fun monthly workshops, and a great on-going program of Lindy By The Sea classes. As always, let us know if you have any special requests.

RON AND GIO START THIRD YEAR
WITH LINDY BY THE SEA

I was just talking with Ron and Gio, my Rhythm Pals, and we are amazed to realize that they have been teaching with me now for TWO years! I'm sure you'll all agree that they have been doing a fantastic job and have brought a wonderful spirit to Lindy By The Sea and The Rhythm Club. I'm one lucky girl to have such two excellent teaching partners!

THE TRACK AND THE ZONE A HIT

We started our first classes of 2005 last night, and it was hysterical. Half the women forgot how to stand in closed position, and the men could lead just fine, but not if they had to do their footwork at the same time. It was too funny. But after a couple of seconds, everyone seemed to fall right back into the "groove." Speaking of last night, Ron and I were thrilled with the result of all our hard work developing our new programs "The Track" and "The Zone." We finally got to see firsthand how it is going to work out -- and that is WONDERFULLY. Thanks to all of our students who encouraged us to expand our Lindy By The Sea program.

Here's an enthusiastic letter from our SSRC Fun Coordinator, Cathryn Sayre:

Rusty,

I want to thank you for last night. It was one of the best classes I have had, I think I was ready. I was worried I would not get the steps but in the end it really worked. I have to keep thanking you as I am having so much fun and love the exercise and all the wonderful people I have met. This is definitely a committment for me.

Again, Thank you last night. See you Wed.

Cathryn*

(*Take a look below for some of the events Cathryn has planned for this year)

ON WITH THE YEAR

So here it is Tuesday, and tonight we have our second set of classes. We're really looking forward to this group of students -- it's like a surprise party for us; with our registration program, we didn't know which night you chose, just that you were going to come to class.

Well, on to the newsletter. Here's our toast for a happy and healthy 2005 with loads of dancing and music! (despite what Artie Shaw said... we need much more than a windshield wiper!).

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NEW 2005 SERIES
COME JOIN THE FUN -- HELP SPRED THE WORD!

TUESDAYS: THE TRACK, CHARLESTON VARIATIONS, THE ZONE

Come along and join us for tonight's classes: The Track (Blue), Charleston Variations, and (if you are an advanced student) The Zone. All of our new material is posted on our website for your happy edification HERE.

SUNDAYS LINDY: LEVELS 1, 2, 3

Our first beginner series of 2005 begin this coming Sunday. We always love this class because it is filled with New Year's Resolution students. As a matter of fact, we call it our "New Year's Resolution Class"! Several years ago, during Swing's peak, we had 85 students walk through the door. Whoo hoo! Anyone around who was in that class??

We'll look forward to seeing a host of new students this Sunday.

Remember, Level 4 students, you can come back through any Level 1, 2, or 3 classes for $10/each for the entire series!


PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT!

We have pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website. 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 on-line We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...

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A WONDERFUL YEAR AHEAD

We have booked the first half of 2005 with a host of bands for your dancing pleasure. Many of last year's favorites will be back, and we've got some new bands for The Rhythm Club, including The Swingin' Deacons, Hal's Angels, and Pep Torres. Should you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate in letting us know! Remember, The Rhythm Club is YOUR club -- here for your dancing pleasure.

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Yes, it's that time again, "The First Wednesday of the Month" when we have our Beginner Swing Dance Class at the Rhythm Club. We offer this super easy class for those who just want to check out the scene. Maybe they're not sure enough about swing dancing to sign up for a full 4-week Lindy By The Sea course yet... This class is just meant to give them a "taste" of the dance and the people, the environment, so to speak. Let all your co-workers, friends, relatives, and others (?) know about it.


JANUARY 5TH

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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JANUARY 12TH
JANUARY 19TH
JANUARY 26TH
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


Kristin Stockin
Lynette Rory
Priscilla Saavedra
Julie Bae

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



SSRC FUN EVENT: JANUARY 13, 2005
JOHNNY ROCKETS DINNER - 1550 Rosecrans Ave Manhattan Beach
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We've got our first SSRC "Fun Event" for 2005 -- dinner (and dancing?) at Johnny Rockets! Our new "Captain of Fun" Cathryn Sayer, is offering this up for all of us to get together have a little meal, put some nickles in the juke box, and dance in the aisle.

Check it out here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SwingShiftRhythmClub/
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Scrapbooks! Click HERE




Shellac.org: Last week we lost one the true greats from The Big Band Era -- Artie Shaw. He was 94, and lived right here in California. In searching for a webiste on Artie Shaw, we came across this gem: Shellac.org. "Shellac" is a slang word referring to old 78 records. So for you collectors and buffs out there, here's a website that seems to have it all. Happy browsing. And, oh yes, here's the bio on Artie:

"Clarinetist and big-band leader Artie Shaw was born Arthur Arshawsky in New York City, May 23, 1910. His family moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 1916. While in high school, took up saxophone and gigged with quartet. Professional debut with Johnny Cavallaro, with whom he played saxophones and later clarinet. Lived in Cleveland for three years, played with Joe Candor and Austin Wylie. Played in Irving Aaronson's band 1929-31; free-lanced in New York City, working at CBS and making numerous record dates, then retired from music for a year. In the summer of 1936, appearing in a swing concert at the Imperial Theatre New York, he played one of his own compositions accompanied by a string quartet. The sensation caused by this first use of strings in swing music led to the formation of his first big band, which featured brass, strings, rhythm and one saxophone (Tony Pastor). The venture was short-lived; in the spring of 1937 Shaw formed a new band with the conventional swing instrumentation of the day: five brass, four saxes and four rhythm.

His record of "Begin The Beguine" with this band, recorded July 24, 1938, made him a national figure and, inadvertently, a rival for Benny Goodman's "King of Swing" crown. In December 1939, confused by an excess of success, Shaw abandoned the orchestra and fled to Mexico. Throughout the 1940s he had various bands off and on, including one with a large string section, 1940-41, and a Navy band that toured the South Pacific, 1943-44. Periodically he announced his disgust with jazz, his final retirement from music and his intention to become a professional writer. "The Trouble With Cinderella", his semi-autobiographical, semi-philosophical book, was published in May 1952 by Farrar, Straus and Young. Late in 1953 he formed a new "Gramercy 5" (a name he had used for his smaller recording combos since 1940), dissolving it the following summer. Took up residence in Spain and was completely inactive in music 1955-60.

Throughout his career Shaw's many marriages kept him on the front pages frequently. He was married first to Jane Carns (annulled), then to Margaret Allen, Lana Turner, Betty Kern (daughter of the late Composer Jerome Kern), Ava Gardner, Kathleen Winsor, Doris Dowling, and Evelyn Keyes. For an intricate, introspective examination of Shaw's life in complete detail, reference to "The Trouble With Cinderella" is highly recommended. Won the Esquire Armed Forces Gold Award 1944."




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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 FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?

Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."

THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:

1. Having fun! (Fun) 2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)

1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).

2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.

The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.

"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

Then you will receive updates of activities (or you can organize one yourself!). Check the yahoogroup "Swing Shift Rhythm Club" calendar here for postings of upcoming events.

Join us in making the world a better place through dancing!

Thank you for joining!

Rusty Frank, Founder
Jessica Densmore, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Just for Fun" Events Coordinator
Norman Kajikawa, SSR Photographer

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp