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May 11rd 2005
WEDNESDAY

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The Sweetheart of Rhythm band members doing the "Susie Q" in front of the bus before boarding.

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"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once."

----Friedrich Nietzsche
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THIS NEWSLETTER DEDICATED TO "THE SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM"

Last week, at the Rhythm Club, Chester Whitmore's Opus One Big Band nearly blew the roof off with their Count Basie-like big, swingin' sound. One thing that struck me was how many charts he played with which I was unfamiliar. On a break, I approached Chester about this, and he explained that one of his greatest joys is finding rare recordings and recreating the charts for his band. One of my favorites of the evening turned out to be of the Sweethearts of Rhythm, and all-girl and racially mixed swing band from the 1940s.

I would, therefore, like to dedicate this issue of our newsletter to The Sweethearts of Rhythm. I find their story a particularly brave and daring one, considering the times and circumstances. As someone once told me, "talent will out."

I have selected as my Link of the Week a fine site that will introduce you to this extraordinary group of women and, if you are interested further, take you to recordings and interviews, as well as further reading on The Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Well done to Chester, for bringing back to all of us such great music.

SPECIAL THANKS

I would like to especially thank Maxwell DeMille for providing his unique brand of vintage "Vaudevillian" humor to our evening along with Chester Whitmore and the Opus One dancers for their terrific show. I had a great time tap dancing with Chester. We first started dancing together in 1992, and it is always a pleasure! Thanks to all for making last week at the Rhythm Club a night to remember.


MONDAY AND TUESDAY PEOPLE
**WE ARE ADDING A FIFTH WEEK TO THIS SERIES**

Our "Secret Agent Man" routine is coming along GREAT! We are having such fun, it's not to be believed. We are now almost completely done setting the number on you, and working hard. You should all be proud of yourselves, it's looking great, and your hard work is paying off.

As mentioned last week, Ron and I have decided to add one more week in this series that is optional to you. We felt that it would be an excellent idea for those in the "Secret Agent Man" class, and for those in the Track, you would get a "review" week. This will also keep us with the Sunday classes who will be taking one week off for Memorial Weekend (NOTE: We will NOT (again NOT) be taking a week off). So mark it in your calendars to add one more week to this series. The price for this additional week will be $10 a class and $5 for each additional class on the same nite; and for Golden Ticket people $6 plus $3 for each additional class on same day. Remember, this is optional for you.

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"THE PROFESSOR" DEBUTS IN GERMANY THIS WEEKEND!

NOTE: Congratulations to our very own "Professor" Robert Vangor who will be dj-ing at the international dance festival "Boogie Baerens" this weekend in Germany! It is his first international foray, and we are proud, proud, proud of him!

Here's the link if you would like to read more about his adventure to come: http://www.boogie-baeren.de/foreign.html

COUNTDOWN TIME FOR OUR NEW FLOOR AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!

Well, only two more weeks (May 25th!), before our new floor will be debuted! The floor has been installed and has been getting "used" to the room's environment. On May 18th, we will be closed, as that is the week the finish coats will be applied to the floor. The entire floor installation has been completely supervised and put in by our very own Michael D'Angelo. He's the best. And we're the luckiest.

Please make sure to let everyone know about our schedule, especially those who are not on the internet. Here's the schedule:

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

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

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


MAY 11
MAY 18 CLOSED FOR NEW DANCE FLOOR INSTALLATION ZERO
MAY 25
GRAND RE-OPENING OF NEW FLOOR!
JUNE 1
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


Daylon Smith
Petra Acosta
Leslie Magnesi

If you missed your birthday on any of our "closed" nights, please feel free to collect this week!

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



Here's some information about an upcoming event with our "Swing Shift Rhythm Club". We hope you will consider joining this wonderful yahoogroup made up of US for the purpose of doing good deeds in the community through swing dancing and just having plain ol' fun! Go to the bottom of this newsletter for information on joining

FROM JESSICA DENSMORE - OUR "GOOD DEEDS COORDINATOR"

We have an Event at

Little Company of Mary Sub Acute Care Center
3620 West Lomita Blvd. (between Hawthorne and Madison)
Torrance, CA 90505
3rd floor Dayroom
310-378-8587 (#4262 Shirley Torstensen, Activity Coordinator)

According to Activity Coordinator, Shirley, "Most of our residents are vent or trach. Some are very responsive and enjoy live entertainment. For others, the dance and music would provide a wonderful sensory stimuli."

Not only do we need 4-6 couples to dance, we also need "hold hands" with residents, a narrator, DJ, (digital) photographer, all that stuff. As well as the usual display of Lindy and West Coast, we hope for a sample of Ballroom or Latin, as well as a tap number from a local tap student.

Hope to hear from you soon. You can talk to me at classes, at the Rhythm Club, or via my email below.

Jes jitterbugstroll@yahoo.com

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NEW AD IN THE EASY READER

Some of you may have noticed our new ad in The Easy Reader. In case you haven't seen it, here it is:

SUCH A NICE COMPLIMENT FROM SWINGDANCESHOP
FOR RUSTY'S DVDS


Judy pictured with Frankie Manning at Swing Camp Catalina

Our good friend, Judy Pritchett, who runs one of the best swing dance sites on the planet (and our Link of the Week), gave Rusty quite an accolade this week:

TAP INSTRUCTION DVDs

Rusty Frank has outdone herself producing two new tap DVDs that provide instruction, entertainment, art and uplift. One is her homage to the late Leonard Reed and presents his "Revenge of the Shim Sham", material he choreographed in his very active nineties. The other has Sam Weber teaching Eddie Brown's BS Chorus and is a sheer delight. It includes some wonderful footage of the late Eddie Brown. Hats off to the multi-talented Rusty Frank!

Judy Pritchett
SwingDanceShop

ANOTHER NEW INSTRUCTIONAL TAP DVD FROM RUSTY FRANK
THE 1930'S B.S. CHORUS

Hey gang, if you are an intermediate tap dancer, here's another dvd for you. This one-chorus routine dates back to the 1930s (at least!), and is a real show stopper. If you were at the Rhythm Club last week, you saw me and Chester end our routine with it. This dance is comprised of just four steps and a break (like the Shim Sham). Take a look! Click HERE

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 extraordinaire.

BOWLING SHIRT UPDATE

The remaining bowling shirts will be in some time this week. If you have been waiting for yours, I'll be bringing them to club and classes for the next few weeks. If you are unable to get it at these locations, call me so we can arrange something: 310 606 5606.

The response was so great, we will probably do another order soon.



Rusty tap dancing in Norway
BRAND New Scrapbooks! Click HERE




INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM: (Okay, this is not the site name, but it will take you to a wonderfully informative page about an amazing outfit from the 1940s, America's #1 All-Girl swing band.) The story of the Sweethearts of Rhythm, the all-girl and racially mixed swing band, is an amazing story of talent, courage, and solidarity. The women tour extensively in the United States and overseas to entertain the troops.




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