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AUGUST 27, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!



PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Rusty

-- in St. Petersburg, Russia



QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Paftarenia matz uchenia
Repetition is the mother of learning

-- Russian swing dance proverb




* * * * THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *


THE GREAT SOUTHWEST CLUB SWING-OFF!!!
AT RUSTY & PETER'S RHYTHM CLUB THIS WEDNESDAY -- AUGUST 28TH!!

This week, we are thrilled to announce a special event at the Rhythm Club! The Great Southwest Club Swing-Off is coming to Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club, and it promises to be an evening of spectacular music and dancing.

This event is the brainchild of Hilary Alexander (creator and maven behind Camp Hollywood) and our own friend Tise Chao. It's a roving dance contest that is being held at many of the top swing venues in the Southwestern United States, and this week is our turn to shine!

Register for the contest at the Rhythm Club between 8:00-8:30 with Hilary & Tise. The contest will be held from 10:00-10:30pm. You won't want to miss this and be there to root everyone on!

Here's how the contest works: Anyone can compete who is not a regular instructor. Couples who do not place 1st-3rd can continue to compete until they place.

There is no limit on the amount of contests you can participate in, although once you have placed, you can't compete again until the final at the Satin Ballroom. Contestants are required to pay the entrance fee to the club of their choice, and a $10 contestant fee per couple, per contest.

Finalists must purchase the Satin Ballroom ticket, but the contest is free. These contests will be quick and painless! The rules are: there are no rules! Contestants will dance in small heats to sections of two songs, different tempos. The top three will be selected from these groups, no final round. They will be judged by your friendly neighborhood jitterbugs. For more details on this event, click on HERE.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM US: We want to encourage everyone to try this contest out! It's NOT just for the hotshot-competitor types -- this contest's whole idea is to get more people to try a contest for the sheer FUN of it!!! So let's see a whole bunch of our Rhythm Club folks give it their all for the Great Southwest Club Swing-Off this Wednesday night!!!


8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!

Admission only $7!!

Dance Lesson on the first Wednesday of each month
from 7:30-8:00
(check our calendar)

Make your plans now to join us
at Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club!

SEE YOU THERE!

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE



THE RHYTHM CLUB IS OPEN ALL SUMMER!!!




NEXT SWING DANCE SERIES STARTS THIS SUNDAY AND MONDAY!!!

That's right! This coming Sunday we return for another month of GREAT classes in Manhattan Beach!!! Come on down and join us for more music, dancing and fun, fun, fun with terrific instruction for everyone, brought to you by Rusty and Peter! We're in our fifth year of teaching in the South Bay and we can't wait to see you all again after taking the month of August off from our classes.

Our featured class this month will be Balboa Variations. This has been our featured class for the past two series, and such a hit, that the vote was to carry on with the fun. Come along and join. You can learn your Balboa basic in the 7:00-8:00 class and then stick around to learn some great moves.

So make sure to get all your friends and neighbors together and come down to the new September series of classes at Lindy By The Sea! For more details on our classes, click on HERE


* * * * RECENT EVENTS * * * *


POLLIWOG PARK -- A WOW!

We had a ball at Polliwog Park two Sundays ago!!! Tise Chao joined our own Peter Flahiff for a lively half-hour basic swing class with about 25 wildly enthusiastic folks! The class was a really great time, and could only be followed by the incredible sounds of Mora's Modern Rhythmists!!! The band was in great form that afternoon, wowing the crowd with song after incredible song, all played in their trademark classic swing style. The hundreds of spectators really got into the swing of things, and loved every moment of the afternoon's entertainment. Loads of them came down and joined the dancers in front of the band for some great swing dancing! All in all, a great time was had by everyone, and we can't wait to see you all again next summer for more great swing music and dancing at the Concerts in the Park series at Polliwog Park!



SOME PICS FROM RUSSIA

While Rusty continues to sort through her 426 trip photographs, we thought you would enjoy previewing a few.


Rusty with a group of students and teachers outside
the dance studio in St. Petersburg.



Rusty cuts a rug with Peter the Great.


Rusty with a young Russivite Lindy Hopper -- Daniel.


Rusty and fellow instructor, Angela Andrew, in the backseat of St. Petersburg taxi!




SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB
ARTESIA CHRISTIAN HOME


This in from our fabulous Swing Shift Rhythm Club volunteer coordinator, Jessica Densmore. Remember, if you would like to join this wonderful "good deed do-ers" club of our swing dance community, sign up SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB.

Here's the report:

The residents at Artesia Christian Home in Artesia had been asking for us to appear for several months. We were finally able to get a group together, including some "new" members.

Wendy Ardrey
Gilbert Concepcion
Linda & Tony Garcia
"No Name" Mike
Jessica Densmore
Barb & Hugh couldn't make it and were missed.

We were greeted by Erica (Twyla's help on weekends) who quickly showed Mike the sound system. Mike had volunteered to be our "sound man" as he felt he was not good enough to dance.

We had twelve selections of various styles of swing music, current and "classic", plus a Latin number, performed as a change of pace by Linda and Tony. Lots of smiles and a few whistles for Linda on this one.

Wendy used her fantastic teaching skills and, with Gilbert, gave a quick demonstration of dance frame, basic footwork, turns, Lindy footwork and some Balboa. The staff was especially fascinated with this (many dropped by, presumably on their "breaks"?) and we did get a staff member and a visitor to join us during one dance selection.

Linda and Tony then did a demonstration of West Coast Swing which went over very well. It is a good guess that the staff members joining the patients were not all on breaks. Again, great job, you two.

A great inspiration for those who are still too "shy" to appear. Since we were short two for our group, we "drafted" No Name Mike to join us on the dance floor. The plan was to just have him in for Jam Session or Birthday Dance type routines so he would not have to lead a whole music selection. Before he knew it, he had finished an entire selection. Then rushed back to the sound system to change the selection. Great job, Mike.

Everyone met at Goldilocks restaurant afterwards to go over the Event. We agreed the Event went smoothly, Mike is a much better dancer than he thinks he is, we hope to attract dancers who also do other types of dances...and the food at Goldilocks is not bad either.

Jes


* * * * UPCOMING EVENTS * * * *


LINDY BY THE SEA TO APPEAR AT
MANHATTAN BEACH ARTS FESTIVAL!!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH

WATCH OUR STUDENTS PERFORM!!!

As many of you know, the City of Manhattan Beach hosts a street-fair-styled Arts Festival in the downtown area of Manhattan Beach every year. Situated mostly on Manhattan Beach Boulevard near Highland Avenue, it's a huge party with lots of food, art activities, and...LIVE PERFORMANCES! Last year we were lucky enough to be asked to bring our Performance team down to show the crowd just what this Lindy Hop business is all about. Well, let's just say the team knocked the crowd out! This year, we are proud to tell you that we have been asked back to perform again!!! So mark your calendars now and make plans to come down and enjoy all that the Manhattan Beach Arts Festival has to offer...AND cheer loudly for your Lindy By The Sea pals as they cut loose again and wow the audience with some incredible Lindy Hop performances!!! Rusty and Peter will be joining the performers and we're sure it's going to be a ball! Come on down!!!

For more info, click HERE.


ONE MORE THING....

RUSTY NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!
"YOU MUST PAY THE RENT!" "I CAN'T PAY THE RENT!"

Now that Rusty's coming home, she still needs to earn a little more "dosh" to pay her rent. If any of you would like to do privates, now is a perfect opportunity for you and her! Give her a call at 310 606 5606.


* * * * LINK OF THE WEEK * * * *

SWING-O-RAMA.COM!!! For those of you who may find yourselves in San Diego anytime in the future, check out this gorgeously produced and well-laid-out website, detailing all things swing in that neck of the woods! Swing-o-rama is run by San Diego lindy hop guru Meeshi, and boy is it a terrific site! Not only can you find out about all the great swing happenings in SD, but also a listing of local instructors, a dancers forum for talking about swing stuff, a whole page of swing music reviews, and much, much more! Check it out!!! It's at http://www.swingorama.com !


See you soon!



Swingcerely,

Rusty and Peter
Swing Shift
http://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).




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Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
Shriners Children's Hospital, LA