April 26th 2005
This "Cartoon of the Week" comes to us via Enio. Ah, ain't it the truth!
"When you take dancing lessons, you learn steps and you learn steps and you learn steps. It can go on for a long time. And then one day, you just learn to dance, and it is so different."
HELLO FROM NORWAY
Hear and see Norwegian tap dancers saying hello to YOU!
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
BUT, GEE IT'S FUN TO TRAVEL!
I really missed all of you while I was away! When I got back for classes last Tuesday and this past Sunday, everyone looked fantastic -- letting me know that Ron and Gio did a sensational job. Once again, I would like to publicly thank them for being such an important part of Lindy By The Sea!
Despite my aching arm and some minor mishaps (video camera swiped, medicine "lost", bird died upon my return)... I did have a really fantastic time on my trip. Considering I have been having such a rough time recovering from my recent quadruple shoulder surgery, it was important and good to have some rest time.
Rusty with her cousin Bryan in Bristol, England.
I started my trip in England, to rest and visit my cousin Bryan, who is a wonderful actor living in the UK. He is starring as "George" in the musical theatre production of "High Society." For you movie buffs, you may remember the movie by the same name, and it's earlier incarnation "The Philadelphia Story."
The first night I arrived, Bryan was on stage, so the manager put me in the "Royal Box", where, sadly, I promptly crawled onto the floor and fell asleep! Imagine!I made up for this lapse in good manners, by watching the show, completely awake, for three performances during my stay.
Bryan and I had a lovely time siteseeing around the historic seaport town of Bristol. We walked and walked in the chilly English spring.
If swing dancing ever dies, Rusty has a job!
After a few days visiting Bryan, and forging my way through jet lag, I then boarded a couple more planes to make my way to Bergen, Norway, a place to where I'd not before travelled. I was met at the airport by my host, Vibeche, a terrific woman who heads up the tap dance scene there at "Step In Dance Studio." She does an amazing job, as isolated as she is, keeping tap dancing alive. We met late last year through an email when she inquired, "Do you know anyone who might want to come here to teach?" And I replied "How about me!". We hit it off from the get-go. One thing I have discovered in my vast world travels with dance, dancers have the same great heart wherever you are.
Vibeche had set up a total of ten classes for me to teaching during my one week stay, and in between those classes, she made sure that I was beautifully hosted. She took me out of a lovely dinner in an historic port restaurant where we got to finally really meet (after half a year of emails). The next one of her students took me flying over Bergen (wow!), and the next day another student who had been a tour guide, took me on a walking tour around Bergen, including riding up on a funicular to see Bergen again from above.
Rusty in Gamle Bergen, Norway
On day three, Vibeche took me on a driving tour throughout the local mountains, and on the way we stopped in Gamle Bergen (old Bergen), and at Edward Grieg's home (what a fascinating man!).
Then the classes really came in, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. And what fun. Tap dancers from all over Norway attended, and a happier-hearted group you would be hard-pressed to find. They were so excited to have someone from "LA" teaching them. And it was my pleasure.
When the weekend was over and sad goodbyes said, I boarded the train from Bergen to Oslo, a eight hour affair that goes where no roads venture. At one point, the snow covered everything as far as the eye could see, and I couldn't even see the difference between snow and sky. A wonderful journey.
I have loaded up 82 of my photographs. I hope you enjoy viewing them...
And, as Dorothy Gale said, "There's no place like home." It is good to be home.
Boarding the train to cross Norway
RHYTHM CLUB OPEN THIS WEEK!
Rusty and Chester Whitmore
We're back at The Rhythm Club this week with one of very favorite bands, Mora's Modern Swingtet. So make sure to put on your dancing shoes and join us for a fun night of dancing and LIVE music.
Next week, Chester Whitmore and his Opus One Big Band debuts at the Rhythm Club. Normally we have dj music (with our fabulous Professor) on the first Wednesday of each month, but Chester's schedule is so hectic, this was the only Wednesday we could get him! So we got him! Make sure to mark this in your calendar -- that's NEXT Wednesday, May 4th. There's more below in the Rhythm Club section about Chester and his band.
NEW SERIES BEGINS THIS MONDAY AND TUESDAY
BRAND NEW FEATURED CLASS WITH BRAND NEW ROUTINE
CHOREOGRAPHED BY RUSTY AND RON
"SECRET AGENT MAN"
Ron and I are so excited about our new Featured Class: Performance Routine! We just spent today creating a brand new choreography for (drum roll, please) "Secret Agent Man"! Wait till you see it. The routine is full of fun, basic Lindy Hop moves and Boogie steps (that you have all been learning in the Track) and humor!
We just wanted to make sure that you all knew about it - that it was new and not a rehashed routine.
So if you are level 3 and up (you should be very comfortable with Swingouts and Circles), then come along to this class!
We can't wait! And... we are especially looking forward to seeing some long-lost faces who have participated in past Performance classesÉ you are gonna LOVE this routine!!
Remember, the Featured Class starts THIS Monday and Tuesday (take your pick, or why not take both "learn it on Monday, practice it on Tuesday").
Take advantage of our pre-registration discount of 10%:
Any questions? 310 606 5606
"I learn it on Monday, I practice it on Tuesday"
We have been noticing a rise in "Golden Tickets" as a result of our dual nite Tracks. People have been buying this all-in-one card as an opportunity to real pace themselves. As we have heard, "On Monday nite I learn the moves, on Tuesday nite, I practice the moves." If you would like to take advantage of our best offer, sign up for a Golden Ticket ($100, all the classes you want in the month series, or $90 (!!!!) pre-registered).
USE YOUR QUICK STOP CARD TO PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE 10% ON CLASSES
(click on image to find out how it works and how you can get one!)
We have pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website. So you can register with your Quick Stop Card, or right on our site "easy peasy lemon squeezy". Go HERE. Remember, pre-register for class(es), you'll get a 10% discount off the normal prices. You can pre-register over the phone (310 606 5606), by check, or at on-line We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...
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.
CHESTER WHITMORE'S OPUS ONE BIG BAND
TO DEBUT AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 4TH!
with special guest
MASTER OF CEREMONIES MAXWELL DEMILLE
That's right, we finally got Chester and his swing orchestra, Opus One, for the Rhythm Club. Unbeknownst to all of you, this has been in the works for over a year. But because of Chester's busy performing and producing schedule throughout the world, we weren't able, till now, to get him.
Many of you have already seen this fantastic big band (complete with SHOW!) perform in the past at Maxwell's At The Argyle and currently at Chester's Friday nite venue, "Swingin' In The Hood", so you already know you are in for an exciting night on and off the dancefloor. Here's a nice piece that really gives you the feel:
THE OPUS ONE BIG BAND, led by Chester Whitmore, is an 18-piece orchestra recreating the hot Big Band and jazz sounds from the 1920s to the 1940s. Their material includes many popular tunes from the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom, with musical sources such as Duke Ellington, Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie, Chick Webb and Cab Calloway.
Like their idols from the old swing era, this is not a sedate, nice dinner crowd Big Band. Opus One does not make appearances dripping with sentimental grease and political correctness --Opus One is unleashed! Known for a usually, shall we say -- flamboyant, stage show, these musicians will play wild solos, compete for your attention, prance around on stage, parade on the dance floor. Don't miss them!
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 be dark one more week on May 18th. But the end result will be worth it. Stay tuned for further announcements and more good news. Here's the schedule:
April 27th Open at Elks Lodge (dancing on temp floor)
May 4th Open at Elks Lodge (dancing on temp floor)
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!!!!
This Week's Celebrations
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!
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 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.
Rusty tap dancing in Norway
BRAND New Scrapbooks! Click HERE
ART DECO HOME: We heard about these fine folks through an email saying they had linked us to their site. So we couldn't resist checking them out, and, boy oh boy, what fun. Everything you might ever want to know about vintage homes (for those of you who don't know, Rusty lives in a 1921 Craftsman Bungelow). Happy hunting...
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!):