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April 6th 2005
WEDNESDAY

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In front of the historic Balboa Pavilion at the Balboa Rendezvous. Don't ya wish you had gone?! You can see our very own Rhythm Club pal John Mills front and center. Well done! Joel and Alison, you are the best.

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"There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent."

--Michel de Montaigne!
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GUESS WHAT?
I'M OFF ON THE ROAD TO NORWAY

It's the time of year again, the season for international teaching. Today, I board a plane destined for the United Kingdom, first to have a few days of R and R visiting my cousin Bryan who is performing in the UK tour of "High Society" and then off to Bergen, Norway to teach tap dancing.

Since having my shoulder surgery, believe me, I can really use this short time of rest. It's really been quite the challenge. The tap should be loads of fun, meeting new dancing friend-to-be, and resting the ol' wing before coming back into the fray here in California.

We've got the great crew here taking care of things in my absence: Ron and Gio will be holding forth with all of classes... so have a great time and don't be too rough on them!

The Rhythm Club will also be up and running whilst I'm away under the excellent musicianship of Nathan and The Professor. (Remember the crazy April schedule as a result of our new dance floor... see below)

Note: There probably are a lot of newcomers who don't know much about my dance history and why a group from Norway would want to bring around the world (it's just luck on my part!). If you wish, take a look at my bio HERE.

Meanwhile, have a great couple of weeks, and I'll look forward to hearing all about it upon my return. And HUGE thanks to all of you are helping in my absence.

And, YES, I will take plenty of pictures!

BOWLING SHIRT UPDATE

The Bowling shirts are IN IN IN!!! And Jamie's got 'em! He'll be bringing them to the Rhythm Club tomorrow night and also to classes. If you still owe for them, bring your check along ($40 payable to "Rusty Frank") and he'll swap that for your shirt. They look great, and I have a feeling we might just be doing another order soon as people are already eyeing them enviously.

RUSTYFRANK.COM

Thanks to a new student recommendation, I now have my own "domain" -- "RustyFrank.com". For those of you who have trouble remember the complete name "SwingShiftOnTap.com"... here's something much easier, AND it brings you right to our site! Thanks to the entrepid Stanley Sheff, aka Maxwell DeMille, for making all this possible -- webhost extrodinaire.

NEW APRIL SERIES
NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN SUNDAY BEGINNER CLASSES

The new series got off to a bang! Another huge class for Level 1, and just terrific for Level 2 and 3. Remember, you can still join any of these classes as they will review week two.

Our curriculum is posted HERE

PRACTICE SESSION FOR DEAN COLLINS SHIM SHAM
TUESDAY AT 7:00-7:30PM

If you would like to get in a little extra practice for The Dean Collins Shim Sham, come along to the Rebekah Lodge Tuesday at 7:00pm. Norman and Jamie will have opened up the room for you prior to the 7;30 class start time.

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WE'RE GETTING A NEW FLOOR AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!

That's right! Only a year an a half since the water damage incident at the Elk's Lodge, we are going to be getting a brand new dance floor. Can you imagine what this means?! A dance floor just for use. Perfect for dancing. It's going to be completely supervised and put in by our very own Michael D'Angelo. He's the best. And we're the luckiest.

However, it does mean that we're going to have to move around for a few weeks and maybe even be "dark" a week or two. But the end result will be worth it. Stay tuned for further announcements and more good news. Here's the schedule:

April 13th: DIFFERENT LOCATION-PRICE-TIME
Rhythm Club held at Rebekah Lodge
406 E. Grand Avenue, El Segundo, 90245.
Admission $5.00! Time: 7-10pm

April 20th Closed - Floor getting installed... yeah!

April 27th Open at Elks Lodge (dancing on new unfinished floor)

May 4th Open at Elks Lodge (dancing on new unfinished floor)

May 11th Open at Elks Lodge (dancing on new unfinished floor)

May 18th Closed (finish put on our new floor!)

May 25th Grand Re-Opening at Elks Lodge!!!!

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WITH GIO AND JANINE, ACTUALLY
as Rusty will be in Norway

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.


APRIL 6
DJs NATHAN AND THE PROFESSOR!
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APRIL 13
SPECIAL DANCE AT
REBEKAH LODGE!!!!
7-10pm
DJ Robert "The Professor" Vangor
406 E. Grand Avenue, El Segundo 90245
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APRIL 20 CLOSED FOR NEW DANCE FLOOR INSTALLATION ZERO
APRIL 27
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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


Mijin Hong
Gary Nishiyama
Beverly Darling

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



One of our very favorites - Rudy, and all dressed up!
BRAND New Scrapbooks! Click HERE




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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 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, SSRC Photographer

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