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OCTOBER 8, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!



PICTURE OF THE WEEK



"Lunch time is dance time for workers at Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia. Girl shop-clerks and men from the Army tank assembly line are shown here doing a jitterbug dance outside the plant. Professional musicians doing war work makeup a 12-piece band, 'giving out' for the dancers."

Photo dated: September 2, 1943. (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)



QUOTE OF THE WEEK

" We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive...
and part of the living, incarnate cosmos."

--D. H. Lawrence



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


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

Admission $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



LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

DJ TIM "WOLFMAN" AND PETER BATTLE IT OUT...



Loads more pictures from this night, below...keep scrolling!

Boy, if you missed last week's battle of the DJ's between DJ Wolfman of Memories and our own Rhythm Club's Peter Flahiff, then you really did miss out!!! The night was a solid ball from start to finish, with Wolfman and Peter providing a steady stream of banter from the stage.

The night led off with the great music provided, as ever, by our own Nathan Eick, getting the crowd moving in his classic swinging way. Then Wolfman took over and spun an incredible 45-minute set, feeling out the room and setting a great tone for all the dancers, who responded ecstatically to the rare and new music which Wolfman brought with him. Then Peter came to the decks and did a set of his own, reaching into his collection to play some music not often heard when he is in his element...the precedent set by Wolfman was clearly goading him to try new things.

After an excellent Shim Sham, Wolfman and Peter set about duelling with each other for 45 minutes of non-stop musical excellence! They took turns, each playing one song, constantly trying to top one another, speeding things up, slowing things down, always paying close attention to the need to keep the dancers on the floor. This duel was the highlight of the evening, finishing with the two DJ's using their biggest guns: Peter played "Stray Cat Strut" and Wolfman answered back with "See You Later, Alligator!"

The place was swinging like never before, and we would like to officially say a big thank you to DJ Wolfman for coming all the way up from Orange County to spend such a terrific evening with us. And, we would like to tell you all that we are pretty sure to have his amazing skills again on October 30th, so make sure to be with us then...you won't want to miss this incredible rematch!!!

THIS WEDNESDAY -- THAT'S TOMORROW!! Don't forget to come down and dance the night away as our DJ, Peter Flahiff, tries to catch his breath after last weeks incredible match-up with DJ Wolfman! Peter's DJ'ing chops have been sharpened as a result of this encounter and he's really looking forward to spinning some fantastic music for everyone this week at the club! Be there!!

NEXT WEDNESDAY -- OCTOBER 16TH!! Also, plan on coming along next week as we bring in another legendary local DJ, our good friend Tony Quach, the house DJ at Southern California hot swing spot, Lindy Groove!! Tony and Peter always have a great time DJing with each other and they haven't had a chance to do so in a long time, so they are each looking forward to spinning tunes together again!



UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE RHYTHM CLUB

* October 16 *
Guest DJ Tony Quach

* October 23 *
Live Music!!
Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five with Hilary Alexander


* October 30 *
HALLOWEEN!! Battle of the DJs:
Peter Flahiff, Tony Quach, and the return of Wolfman!!
Plus: Halloween Costume contest and Jack and Jill contest!!
Win great prizes!!



* * * * LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES * * * *


MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR THE NEXT SERIES
OF CLASSES AT LINDY BY THE SEA!!!

SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS
OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 18TH 2002


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Make sure to plan on joining us for the next great series of classes in Manhattan Beach, as we prepare to swing into the cooler months! The chance is coming for you and all your friends to sign up for another month of fun, dancing and music at Lindy By The Sea, and this next round is bound to be a ball!

NEW!!!
BEGINNERS SWING CLASS ON MONDAY NIGHTS
7PM - 8PM!!!

We are happy to announce that we will be offering a Monday Night beginners swing class from 7:00 until 8:00, for all those of you for whom Sunday afternoons are tricky! This will be the same material offered in our Sunday afternoon Level One class, so if you've been looking for a weeknight beginners class, this is the one for you! (Neptunian Woman's Club, 920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach)

FEATURED CLASS OF THE MONTH: CHARLESTON VARIATIONS!!!

Also on Monday nights is Charleston Variations, our Featured Class this time around! This is always one of our most popular Featured Classes and we are expecting a great turnout, especially with the resurgence that Charleston moves are experiencing on the swing dance floors all over!!! Plan on coming down and learning all sorts of fun, easy moves to add to your repetoire...you'll love it!

For more details on our classes, click on HERE


* * * * UPCOMING EVENTS * * * *


UPCOMING WORKSHOP

YOU VOTED!!!
LINDY STYLING IS THE WINNER!!

Satuday, October 19TH! 4-6pm

Don't be an "icky" on the dance floor!
Learn some Lindy Styling with Rusty & Peter!!

By popular demand, we are offering a two-hour workshop devoted entirely to styling in Lindy Hop. Join us for this terrific class as we help you take your swing dancing to the next level of expertise! Learn to make your dancing look and feel more comfortable and beautiful, while learning some great new steps and variations along the way! This class will get you moving in a whole new way!

LEVEL 2 AND UP
No partner needed.

LOCATION: Neptunian Woman's Club 920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach

PRICE: $20.00 per person

*If you are unsure about your level in Lindy Hop, see our FAQ page on our website at; http://www.swingshiftontap.com/faq.asp where we list what moves are known and taught for each level

Reserve your spot by calling 310.606.5606 or go online to: http://www.swingshiftontap.com/WORKSHOPS/02-10-19.htm



1940'S LADIES' VINTAGE HAIR STYLING WORKSHOP
WITH RUSTY IN THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY
THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH 2002 -- 2:00-4:00

For full details and registration click HERE

or give us a call at 310 606 5606.


* * * * RECENT EVENTS * * * *


LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB


Stanley Sheff, aka Maxwell DeMille, was darting around the Rhythm Club last week shooting some pics with his new digital camera. See if you can find yourself!




GLOBAL SWING NEWS -- DATELINE: RUSSIA!!!


Megan from St. Petersberg, Russia

We just got this great letter from a girl whom Rusty met on her last whirlwind global jaunt!!! She is living the complete swing lifestyle in Russia! The amazing thing to Rusty was that Megan was THE ONLY swing dancer dressing vintage -- it reminded Rusty of when she was in high school and just starting to dress vintage, and being the only one in sight! We are thrilled to hear from her, and to be able to call her a friend...even though she's on the other side of the planet. It just goes to show you: swing is everywhere!!!
 
Hi Rusty,

Yeah, the crazy redhead - that's me! I still got people calling at me every time I go out dressed properly (and since I work for fashion magazine, I wear vintage almost all the time). My dresses are mostly new, I sew them myself, since it's a pity to ruin beautiful 40s dress while dancing (and I believe you know how fragile they are!) Setting example - that's exactly what I'm trying to do. I even went as far as coming up to girls on parties and offering them my books, old magazines and also my services as a tailor for free (mysterious Russian soul).

(Rusty: I was wondering where you can find old clothes in Russia?)

Well, there are some antique stores, which are usually prohibitely expensive, but since I'm the regular there for many years the owners usually give me discounts. But mainly - thank God for Visa credit card! The vintage clothing web-site owners made a fortune on me!

(Rusty: And who do you figure out how to do the hairstyles?)

I got lucky, my grandmother was a real trendsetter at the time, so she taught me a lot. And then again, there was "trial and error" all the time. But I finally got it!

Sometimes it seems that I don't like anything "new". People laugh at me when I'm almost getting into a fight on a flea market over some old movie poster or a piece of furniture. I love classic cars - used to own one, which did not run, but it looked great, so I used to just sit in and pretend I'm at the drive-in (I told you, I'm one crazy broad).

The "swing fever" started the day I was born - my mother worked most of the time, so that was my grandmother who actually raised me. She had a lot of old jazz records, and clothes, and stuff, so it was meant to be that I'll become a hep kitten. At that time, jazz (we did not call it swing) was viewed as a completely passe. You could go to St. Petersburg Jazz Philarmonic Hall and listen to some be-bop and fusion, but that was it. And then - I went to USA (the year was 1993 - a milestone!) for high school year in LA! The rest of the story is usual - I guess you know it - met some people, they showed me around. And then it hit me! It was MY THING to do! The seed fell into good land.

Right now I spend not so much time in St. Petersburg, though my heart will always be there. When you're the assistant to a fashion editor, you travel a lot - but that's the reason I like this job! The magazine I work for is not Russian, unfortunately, it's Finnish - but Finland is so close, so I go to St.Pb. every time have a day off.

Could you believe that about a couple of years ago there was no swing dance community at all in St. Petersburg? Even I can't believe it myself now, looking at all those swingin' kids! I'm so happy that this thing finally got started out here, and consider it to be my duty to do everything for it's development, even if it'll kill me!

I hope that our co-operation between Russian and the USA swing dance communities will continue!

Keep swingin'! (Now I'll steal your style:) Dressingly, Megan



OUR FRIEND NEIL TILLEY HOSTS HIS BELATED HOUSEWARMING PARTY!


Neil Tilley with Melissa from Halloween Party 1999!

Lindy By The Sea veterans will fondly remember our old pal Neil Tilley! He was a fixture at our classes and events for a long time when we first started out in the South Bay, and his kindness and patience, as well as his amazing enthusiasm for swing dancing, was in strong evidence, right up until we bade him a farewell as he moved up to Burbank. He has since purchased a home and he dropped us a note to pass along to everyone as an open invitation to his housewarming party that's this Saturday. For his old buddies, give him a call for the info: (818) 265-1523.


PRIVATES WITH RUSTY


If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson, give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606. (Photo: David Saffir)


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

-- DOWNBEAT.COM -- -- This week's link of the week is none other than the online incarnation of the legendary jazz music magazine, Downbeat! For 68 years, Downbeat Magazine has been bringing jazz news to the world, with incredible interviews, music reviews, and their now-famous blindfold tests, wherein they ask famous jazz musicians to listen to pieces of jazz music and have a guess at the artist and give some feelings about the piece. The website for Downbeat is just as creative, just as informative! Check it out today and see wht we mean! There are links to archival articles from issues past, Featured CDs, and of course the interviews and reviews that have made this publication the institution it is.

Click here to go to their site: http://www.downbeat.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