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October 12thTH 2005
WEDNESDAY

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George Balanchine

"Dance is music made visible."

--George Balanchine
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SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 22ND
THE AVALON BALL -- ON CATALINA ISLAND

I'll be there. Many of Lindy By The Sea - Rhythm Club gang will be there. Will you? See our LINK OF THE WEEK for further details, or click on image.


RUSTY HEADS FOR THE HILLS

(LAST WEEKEND)

Many of you have expressed concern for my mental and physical health (in your sweet way), thinking that I am overworked. I always tell you not to worry, that, of course, I love what I do, etc., etc. But, there is a little bit of truth to your concerns (aren't we all overworked?!), and, every now and again I try to sneak away for a few days and get revitalized with a nature encounter. During the last three years, with the excellent help of Ron and Gio, I have been able to really do this!

Last weekend, I joined some ol' college friends of mine who own land in the Sierras for an "Artists Weekend." Four of us spent a peaceful weekend in the log cabin they had built! There was no electricity, and a wood-burning stove was used for cooking, oil lanterns used for reading at night. It was heavenly.

I got to do my five favorite things: eat, sleep, read, hike, and swing... in a hammock.

I also had the great joy of driving my "Little Red" (my 1993 Miata) over the high road home... the 89 to the 395 to the 14 to the 5 to the... Anyone who has ever driven the 395 before knows the ecstasy of that beautiful scenery (adjacent to such dull places as Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon national parks!). I was in heaven.

I gave myself a special treat and took some extra time to drive through Lone Pine -- where many old Westerns were filmed. The Chamber of Commerce gives you a map and you drive for one hour on dirt roads through rock canyons. Next time, I'm gonna actually get out of the car and hike around!

Thanks to Gio and Jessica for holding down the fort on Sunday so I could take this little respite.


LOYOLA MARYMOUNT STUDENTS COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB TO-NITE

For years I have been trying to get the students of the Ballroom Dance Club of Loyola Marymount to come over to the Rhythm Club. No success. The reason is that they actually meet on Wednesday nites! Dang!

But, persistence seems to have paid off.

Tonight, at last, the Ballroom students are taking a "field trip" to Rusty's Rhythm Club!

Won't you all be "swing angels" and welcome them?

It'll be easy to do. You'll see a clump of nervous looking college-aged students viewing the floor from the bar area or the back of the room. This is when you fondly remember your first time at a swing dance club, and march right up to those students with a great big smile on your face and ask one of them to dance. And, while you're at it, when you bring them off the floor, why not introduce them to another Rhythm Club regular and pass them off for another dance!

Thanks to all of you for making the Rhythm Club a truly welcoming and friendly place! Here's a letter that came in last week:

October 6, 2005

Rusty,

My name is Jeanette. I know we have never met before but I attended the Rhythm Club last night for the first time. I wanted to send you a quick note to say Thank you for such a wonderful place and a wonderful time I had.

I am a previous swing dancer. I started dancing at age 12 and stayed with it for over 12 years. A few years ago I stopped due to work becoming too hectic. When I found your club so close to my home the other day I made a new commitment to start back again. I enjoyed myself so much last night, met so many good people and amazing dancers, I felt alive again. I am a bit rusty (no pun intended) with my moves and have decided to take your class this Sunday.

Thank you so much for running the club. I know that is alot of work, and keeping such a fun environment! I look forward to meeting you.

Jeanette

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START THINKING ABOUT HALLOWEEN!
RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26TH

Yes, Halloween is just around the corner, so start thinking about your Rhythm Club Halloween Party costume. We've got a big nite in store, including music by the War Time Radio Revue Orchestra, candy, decorations, and plenty of prizes to go around! (Remember, like Disneyland, please no masks -- so you can see your partner!)


OCTOBER 12
OCTOBER 19
OCTOBER 26
HALLOWEEN!
COSTUMES PRIZES!
NOVEMBER 2
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


Forrest Tuttle
Liz Powell
Rich Phair
Gary Mallette
Steve Parrish
Mary Troutman
Michael Klein
Katie Howe

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




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)

On November 6th, we're having one of the fun events! Mark your calender and here's the scoop:


SAVE THE DATE -- RETRO CLOTHING VENDOR DAY
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AT REBEKAH LODGE
11:00am-1:00pm




That's right, we're gonna do our very best to get everyone looking sharp on the dance floor by bringing the clothes to you. On Sunday, November 6th, we are hosting our first ever Retro Clothing Vendor Day. So far our confirmed attendees are Stop Staring Clothing, Besame Cosmetics, and Re-Mix Shoes.

AND! Many of our local swing dancers (Mae-Lae, Sharlene, Joya, Jenny, & Rusty) will be selling some of their amazing vintage wardrobes.

You won't want to miss this day! Remember, it's for leaders and followers (men & women!!!). Bring your checkbooks :)


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PROFESSIONAL DANCERS SOCIETY FALL BALL
HONORING LEGENDARY CHOREOGRAPHER MICHAEL KIDD
FRIDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 28TH -- SPORTSMANS LODGE


Julie Andrews & Michael Kidd, 69th Annual Academy Awards Los Angeles, CA 3/24/1997

WON'T YOU JOIN OUR "LINDY BY THE SEA" TABLE?!

As many of you know, I am on the board of directors of The Professional Dancers Society, an organization that watches over and helps "aging" dancers (it's be there waiting for me!). They raise their money through two special events each year and one of them is right around the corner:

THE FALL BALL.

I have reserved a table for ten right next to the dance floor. Won't you join us? There are eight seats left. If we fill it up, we can get another one! Tickets are $65 each (that includes the reception, the dinner, the swing dance, the salute to Michael Kidd (featuring celebrities and great clips), and all the old-time musical stars! (Get your camera ready!)

This event sells out FAST.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE PDS FALL BALL

If you would like to join our table, email me info@rustyfrank.com to reserve your spot and then send in your check for $65 payable to "Professional Dancers Society" -- Rusty Frank, 225 Whiting Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The Professional Dancers Society's Fall Ball is held at the historic Sportsman Lodge in Studio City. It's an elegant event just bursting with old time celebrities. Last year I actually met Fred Astaire's beautiful daughter, Ava Astaire.

There is a sit down dinner, and...

A full big band (!!) play OUR kind of music for our dancing pleasure throughout the evening.

This year's honoree is the legendary dancer and choreographer Michael Kidd. If you've seen "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Hello, Dolly," "Guys and Dolls," "It's Always Fair Weather," you've seen Michael Kidd! His style was dynamic and ground breaking. He's definitely one of my favorites. Seeing the "Barn" number in "Seven Brides" never fails to take my breath away.


Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Michael Kidd, Dolores Gray and Gene Kelly Promo for "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955)

NEW WEB PAGES ON OUR SITE

There are so many ideas I have for the website, but I couldn't figure out how to have them all on there until yesterday. I'm gonna put on a button that simply says "more pages." There you'll find some fun pages like:

What got you started swing dancing? This will be a page of your individual stories. You can send them to me at your leisure, and I'll post them onto that page.

Swing dancers travel the world This page will show you wearing your Rhythm Club bowling shirt or t-shirt at some famous place around the world (the Eiffel Tower, anyone?). Here's our first example:


Jeff & Taffy in Cairo, Egypt... where are you going? Don't forget to pack that shirt!


WHAT GOT YOU STARTED SWING DANCING?

Yes, "The thing about swing dancing..." is so many things! It's fun. It's challenging. It's good exercise. It's a great way to meet a bunch of nice people. And, it's contagious! Each on of has that moment of epiphany, when we saw something that made us all just HAVE to do it!


Read our first story from Jeremy Norman... then submit yours!

What was the moment that made you just "have to do it"? Where were you? What did you see?

I would love to hear what your swing dance epiphany was! If you would like to share it in our weekly newsletter, write it in an email to me. It would really be fun to hear how each of us got involved. Send yours to: info@swingshiftontap.com



Will Ryan and Rusty Frank with Katherine & Fayard Nicholas at Red Cross fundraiser, Rhythm Club 9/14/05

Scrapbooks! Click HERE





AVALON BALL: Try to imagine this: Going on a morning boat ride. Spending the day on a beautiful island. Hanging out with your swing dancing friends for a walk, a game of miniature golf, a meal. Then dressing up in your dancing duds and walking into the historic Art Deco Avalon Casino Ballroom. That's not all! Imagine, as you walk in the ballroom, you hear the strains of Mora's Modern Rhythmists, watch the dynamic Lindy Hop team -- The Hollywood Hornets, and hear the Master of Tin Pan Alley, Richard Halpern! Why not give yourself a treat!

We're going to be making a cell phone list of all the lindy hoppers for our "gang" who are out there and plan to meet up for dinner or lunch or something! See you there?




Swing Shift
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* 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). Basically, we swing like a gate!


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