January 4st 2005
May 23, 1910-December 30, 2004
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."
"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)
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:
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.
(*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!
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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!
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/