Leonard Reed, creator of the Shim Sham Shimmy!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
to make up a dance that was so simple, everyone could do it.
And everyone did!"
SAVE THE DATE:
THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST
A SWINGIN' SYMPOSIUM!
THIS SATURDAY: By popular demand, we are offering our Swingin' Symposium! This workshop is one of our most popular, and we have brought it across the country and around the world. Of all the workshops that could benefit you the most as a dancer, this is the one!!! It's a fantastic two-part package: the first half of the workshop is devoted to showing you fantastic film clips of swing music and dancers from 1928 up to the present. The second half is an amazing, hands-on class in understanding the structure of swing music and how to use that knowledge to help you dance more musically and "hit the breaks" in the music. All in all, a great workshop for ALL dancers of ALL levels. If you only plan to get to one workshop from us, make it this one! For more details on this workshop, check out http://swingshiftontap.com/symposium.htm
SAVE THE DATE...
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH!!!
LEONARD REED, 94-YEAR-YOUNG INVENTOR OF THE SHIM SHAM
COMES TO THE RHYTHM CLUB!!!
Rusty Frank, Leonard Reed, and Maxwell DeMille (aka Stanley Sheff)
On-stage at the Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, 1999
From the show "Dancing Extravaganza"
That's right! The man who invented the Shim Sham Shimmy dance 'way back in 1927, is coming to Rusty and Peter's Rhythm Club! We've set aside December 5th to celebrate the life and dancing of Leonard Reed at the Rhythm Club, and the man himself has graciously agreed to come down and make an appearance with us! Leonard Reed, 94 years old, has been performing and producing in show business since the mid 1920's, and he continues to be honored for all his accomplishments up to the present day! He produced shows at the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theatre, and for his own productions hired the likes of Duke Ellington and Lena Horne. We are thrilled to have this wonderful man joining us at our venue, and we hope that you ALL will come down for this incredible and rare opportunity to meet such a legend! If you would like to learn more about the life and career of Leonard Reed, we have added a special page on our website! It is the whole chapter on Leonard Reed from the wonderful book "TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and their Stories 1900-1955", written by our own Rusty Frank!!! Click on http://swingshiftontap.com/reed.htm
NEW SERIES OF CLASSES
OFF TO A GREAT START!
BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN!!!
LAST HOLLYWOOD BASICS
AND CHARLESTON VARIATIONS TONIGHT!
Our latest series of classes at Lindy By The Sea has begun, and the turnout has been wonderful, with loads of new friends joining us to learn this fantastic dance. We want to welcome all the new people into our swing community and say that we hope you'll be with us for a long time to come.
Tonight at 7:00pm is our last Hollywood Basics series, so come along and join us (you have to have completed Level 2).
Our 8:00pm featured class tonight is More Charleston Variations. All you need to know is side-by-side Charleston and Shadow Charleston.
However, in case you are reading this, saying "I missed the first day of classes" or "I have friends who wanted to learn, but THEY missed the first day of classes", wipe those tears away!!! You can always join our series as late as the second session. We review like crazy on the second week, so you (or your pals) won't have missed anything!!! For more details on our classes, check out http://www.swingshiftontap.com/lbs-classes.asp !
RUSTY AND PETER'S RHYTHM CLUB
AND HELP US CELEBRATE TWO IMPORTANT BIRTHDAYS --
GIGI AND ROBIN!!!
7:30-8:00pm Beginner's East Coast Swing
8:00-11:30 Dance! Dance! Dance!
Come to the Rhythm Club this week and dance the night away again at one of the friendliest swing clubs in Southern California! This week, we celebrate two birthdays: Gigi and Robin!!! Make sure to mark your calendars to swing on down to the Rhythm Club for what is sure to be an unforgettable birthday dance for these two great friends and incredible followers. And they're both turning 16 (?!) What could be sweeter??
Full details, click http://www.swingshiftontap.com/rhythmclub.asp;
Directions, click THE BROADWAY MUSICAL "SWING!" COMES BACK TO
The cast of "Swing!"
Awhile back, the Broadway smash hit "Swing" began it's national tour, and came through Los Angeles, playing at the Mark Taper Forum. Now the incredible show is returning to Southern California, this time playing Tuesday through Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. This is really a spectacular show, and well worth taking the time to see. Loaded with high energy music and dancing, "Swing!" lights up the stage for two hours of breathtaking entertainment. It's unlike anything seen on-stage in years, and we promise you'll leave the theatre grinning from ear to ear! A Lindy Hop pal of ours, Mark Eckstein, is performing in the featured Lindy spot of the show, so if you do get a chance to see it, keep and eye peeled for his amazing dancing, and be sure to cheer extra loud for him!!!
GREAT DANCE IN VENTURA AT "SWING ADDICTION"
Rusty and Peter were asked to come up to Ventura last Friday night by some friends who host a weekly swing event there. "Swing Addiction" is a non-profit organization geared towards helping young people (and not so young people) get into the joy of lindy hop and all the great things associated with it. They have live music in a GORGEOUS Elk's Lodge with an absolutely beautiful dance floor. Rusty and Peter came for the night as special "Guest Teachers", and had a ball with their intermediate class, teaching a lively group for about an hour. Then the band for the night, none other than local favorites "Jive Train", hit the stage and kept things jumpin' and swingin' until the midnight hour!!! All in all, a great time was had by everyone, and we highly recommend checking this place out if you are ever in the Ventura area on a Friday night!!! http://www.swingaddiction.com/
LINDY HOPPERS SHOW THEIR
STUFF AT THE U.S. OPEN
SWING DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday afternoon at the US Open Swing Dance Championships (USOSDC) saw the Lindy division competition, and what a phenomenal showing the dancers gave!!! Starting off with two AMAZING couples in the teen lindy division, the future of Lindy Hop would seem to be in incredibly talented hands. These young dancers had all the moves, technique, style and FUN you could ask for in dancers of any age. Then the Lindy division hit the floor, and couple after talented couple showed their best stuff, with some of the finest dancing and choreography seen in ages. Local dancers such as Tip and Holly, Kim and David, and of course Debbie and Jeremy (who performed their routine TWICE at the Rhythm Club) competed with dancers from all over the country. The dancing was magnificent, and we were proud of all the competitors who danced that afternoon, and of the fine way they presented Lindy Hop at this event. For the record, the Lindy division results are as follows:
1. Kevin St. Laurent &
Carla Heiney (Washington D.C.)
2. Steve Bailey & Gaby Moss (Washington D.C.)
3. Dave Frutos & Kim Clever (L.A.)
4. Tip West & Holly Dumaux (L.A.)
5. Charlie Yi & Marianne Bennett (Long Beach)
LINK OF THE WEEK
The Broadway musical "Swing!" is coming back to southern California, this time at the Orange County Performing Arts Center! If you missed this great show the last time it was in the area, don't make the same mistake again. It's full of great music and dancing and loaded with the kind of energy that makes this swing stuff so darned much fun! Why not check out the official website for the show at http://www.swingonbroadway.com/ and see what all the excitement is about!!!
See you soon!
Rusty and Peter
*Wondering what the heck
a "gate" is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry
Colona, 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.
HAVE YOU JOINED THE SWING
SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB?
Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
Shriners Children's Hospital, LA