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June 14TH 2005
TUESDAY

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"We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance."

--Japanese proverb:
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CHEER YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS ON THIS WEDNESDAY
AT THE RHYTHM CLUB 9:15pm

They're students. They're amateurs. They're social dancers. And they've been dancing their hearts out preparing for THIS Wednesday's "display" at the Rhythm Club! Make sure you come along and cheer them on. As you can well imagine, they are excited AND nervous. They are thinking the choreography in the car, at work, in their sleep. And, believe us, they have been putting in the hours on the practice floor.

Every now and then, Lindy By The Sea offers a "choreography" class. The idea of this class is for students to bring their dancing up to the next level by getting to focus on a set dance. By not having to create what comes next, the dancers get to focus on their styling, body movement, and musicality.

And the process is really a challenge. First, they have to memorize a three minute routine. Second, they have get through it! Thirdly, they get up and perform it in front of you. Despite all the fun, it can create a bit of anxiety for some, as you can well imagine.

So, remember, this Wednesday night at the Rhythm Club, your job is to cheer them on! When you are watching their routine, make sure you have a BIG smile on your face to encourage them on.

Ron and I are very proud of all the students. They have worked so hard on this routine, on and off the dance floor. Well done, class!


SECRET AGENT MAN PRACTICE AND DISPLAY INFO

Practice Session:

Tuesday, June 14: 7:00-7:30
Wednesday, June 15: 7:15-7:45

Rhythm Club Display:

Wednesday, June 15: 9:15ish
Invite your friends!

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TREAT OUR NEW FLOOR WITH CARE

Our new floor is spectacular!

I do have a huge favor to ask of all: Please treat this new floor with TLC. First of all there is something known as "New Floor Syndrome," quite similar to "New Car Syndrome." You guard it with your life. The Elks over there have it.

You can help us protect our new floor by observing the following "Rhythm Club Floor Protection Campaign":

No tape on the bottom of your shoes
(tape leaves black/grey marks and a sticky mess on the floor.)

No powder
(baby powder grinds into the floor and removes the floor finish)

No wax
(waxes, like Shuffleboard wax, add a film onto the floor and make it dangerous to the unprepared, and also destroy the finish)

Please refrain from heel slides that tear up the floor

Note: Please let me know if you see someone "hurting" our new floor. I will be happy to take care of it.



JUNE 15

STUDENT DISPLAY "SECRET AGENT MAN"!
JUNE 22
JUNE 29
JULY 6
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


Peggy Thomas
Joseph Camerieri
David Stockin
June Hamilton
T. Jake Jacobsen
Judy Brill

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"
JUNE 18TH EVENT - JOIN US!

We have an Event On June 18th

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

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

"MAD HOT BALLROOM:
ORDINARY KIDS, AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY"

A MUST SEE!

If you haven't seen it yet, may we suggest that you run, don't walk, to the nearest theatre showing this documentary. Click HERE for the official site.

From IMDB: Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," on their way to try to compete in the final city wide competition. Providing unique insight into the incredible cultural diversity that is New York City, this film profiles several kids from three schools (out of 60) at this dynamic age, when becoming that "cool" teenager vies for position with familiar innocence, while they learn the merengue, rumba, tango, the foxtrot and swing.

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.



Rusty tap dancing in Norway
Scrapbooks! Click HERE




LINDYHOPPER.COMBrowsing is always loads of fun, as you tend to trip over places previously unknown to you. This site cracked me up, as it has the heart of true Lindy Hop fanatics. I wouldn't say everything is "gospel" on their site, but I'm sure you'll see yourself there!




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