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APRIL 2ND, 2002
TUESDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!


PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Fred Astaire, dancing on the walls.
Hey...that can't be done!



QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Those who say it cannot be done
should not interrupt the person doing it.

--Chinese Proverb

* * * * APRIL WORKSHOPS * * * *

THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH -- 1940'S HAIR STYLING WORKSHOP!!
and
SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH! -- LINDY STYLING WORKSHOP!!!


1940'S HAIR STYLING WORKSHOP WITH RUSTY!!!
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH

Ladies,have you been longing to have your hair look like Betty Grable's, Jean Veloz's, or any of those glamorous gals of the 1940's??? Have you wondered how the heck to do those barrel rolls that you've seen other women sporting? Or what about some other simple '40's styles, such as braids or hair combs? How to wear a snood? How to wear a bandana? Rusty will take you step-by-step through these styles. Each one of you will get to practice these styles on yourself, so that when you get home you will be able to do the styles for the next great swing event in your life (Wednesday, at the Rhythm Club, per chance?!) For more info and to register, click HERE


LINDY STYLING WORKSHOP WITH RUSTY & PETER!!!
SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH

Make sure to plan on joining us for a special SUNDAY NIGHT WORKSHOP!  We are offering a special two-hour Lindy Styling class on Sunday night, April 14th, from 7pm until 9pm!  Our lindy styling workshops are always among our most popular events, and we know you won't want to miss this one.  Two solid hours of great technique, style and terrific moves and variations that will bring your lindy hopping up a few notches and take your dancing to the next level!  For more details on this rare opportunity, click HERE!


* * * * NEW SERIES BEGINS! * * * *

NEW CLASSES OFF TO A GREAT START...
AND IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN!!!

For those of you who were unable to attend the first week of classes because of Easter, come to week two!  (We allow registration up until the second week, so if you or anyone you know missed the first day just come next week!  We always do a complete review on the second week, so nobody will miss anything!)

Don't forget that we are offering a great "Intro to Shag and Balboa" class that is open to anyone of any level, on Monday nights!  This is a great class to teach you these fun, fast swing dances, and you can take them, even if you are a brand-new dancer!

For complete information on this month's schedule click HERE.

See ya in class!


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


7:30-8:00pm -- Beginner's East Coast Swing Lesson
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance!  Dance!  Dance!

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Carol
Pete Jacobs

This Wednesday night, the Rhythm Club swings out with several birthdays to celebrate, including our dear friend and student Carol, and the great swing bandleader, Pete Jacobs, the man who leads the incredible Pete Jacob's Wartime Radio Revue Orchestra!  (For more info on this great band, check out their website HERE)  Make sure to plan to come down to the Rhythm Club and help us celebrate these wonderful friends on their special day!


PERFORMANCE CLASS AND RUSTY & PETER WOW THE CROWD 
LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!

Rusty and Peter led off last weeks evening performances with a quick couple of Song-and-Dance numbers.  They have been performing these routines all across the country and around the world for several years, and always enjoy bringing them home to the friends and students at the Rhythm Club.  Following this, the Lindy By The Sea Performance Class gave a tremendous display of their skills and enthusiasm last week at the Rhythm Club!!!  They dazzled everyone with their performance of the new routine to the song "Swingin' On Nothin", and knocked everybody out.  All dressed up in their cozy pajamas, they swung brilliantly and recieved a tremendous ovation at the end of the show! 


AND WE WELCOME OUR STUDENTS FROM USC!!!

Another fun semester of swing classes on the campus of USC is coming to an end, so Rusty and Peter have decided to give free passes for an admission to the Rhythm Club to each of the students in that class!  It's a special way to say thank you for a great ten weeks with them, and hopefully provide some encouragement to get out on the dancefloor and put it all to good use!  So everyone keep your eyes peeled this week at the Rhythm Club for some USC-looking dancers and help us make them feel welcome with a dance or two...or three...or four...

So come down this Wednesday night and spend an evening among friends at the Rhythm Club.. We've got some of the best DJ'ed swing music anywhere and a reputation for being the friendliest club in Southern California! Add a 2,800 square foot dancefloor and some pretty powerful air conditioning, loads of parking and a mere $6 cover charge and you've got yourself a terrific evening. And it's open to ALL AGES!!! 

SEE YOU THERE!

Full details, click HERE;
Directions, click HERE


* * * * UPCOMING EVENTS* * * *

PERFORMANCE CLASS TO STRUT THEIR STUFF AGAIN 
AT SUZY Q'S
FRIDAY NIGHT, APRIL 5TH!!!

Don't forget that you have another chance to catch the Performance Class in action this Friday Night at Suzy Q's in Westwood!  Rusty and Peter will be on hand to teach two classes as the night begins there, and then later on in the night, the Lindy By The Sea Performance Class will take the floor and charm yet another crowd with this fantastic routine!  The performance is scheduled to take place at 10:30 pm, so you'll have time for lots of great dancing before hand, and even more after the great show!  Make sure to come down and be a part of the fun...and dance the night away at one of Southern California's most talked about venues!  

(If you are a part of the Performance Class, please be at Suzy Q's by 9:30pm 
for a rehearsal and run-through upstairs!!!)  

Click HERE for details!


* * * * RECENT EVENTS* * * *

RUSTY RECIEVES 
THE ART DECO PRESERVATION AWARD 2002!


Rusty Frank's Art Deco Society Preservation Award!

Each year the Art Deco Society of California (ADSC) presents seven "Art Deco Preservation Awards."  Only one of these awards is given to an individual -- and we are so proud that our very own Rusty was this year's individual honoree.  For the year 2002, the recipients were:

1. The Fox Theatre, Oakland
2. 172 Parker Street Apartments, San Francisco
3. Monterey County Courthouse, Salinas
4. Theatre Del Mar, Santa Cruz
5. City Hall, Nevada City
6. The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra

and (drum roll, please...)

7. Rusty Frank


Interior of the magnificent Paramount Theatre,
site of the Art Deco Preservation Ball each year!
(The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra is playing just below the marquee...)

The ADSC holds a magnificent Art Deco Ball each year in which four hundred people attend.  They dress in vintage formal attire -- men in tails, women in vintage gowns.  The site is truly like stepping back in time to the best of the era.  Part of the evening's festivities is the presentation of the Preservation Awards.  The following speech was made at the Art Deco Ball by Laurie Gordon, founding member of the ADSC, and Rusty's dear friend:

"Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am absolutely delighted to be able to introduce my good friend Rusty Frank so that she may be honored tonight.

Rusty performed with a tap dance troupe at our very first annual Art Deco Preservation Ball at the Paramount Theatre in 1984.  Since that ime, she has been a supporter and performer at dozens of our own ADSC events, but now her sphere of influence has become tremendous.

Dedicated to researching, recreating and preserving the dances and the culture of the 1920's, 30's and 40's, Rusty Frank is an accomplished author, speaker, dancer, teacher, choreographer and director.

Now living in Los Angeles, she has hundreds of dance students, and a sensational production called "Swingin' The Century" that has been seen and loved by thousands.

Since this is a preservation award, I also want to share with you that Rusty had a serious accident while dancing a year and a half ago, doing an aerial flip in which she broke her neck and was confined to a body and head brace for more than six months.  Still, she continued to write, direct and teach...

Now I am thrilled to announce that, just like the Fox Theatre Marquee, she has been fully restored to her original splendor!!!

Rusty, you are truly an inspiration!"



Rusty stands with the glamour portrait of herself, as taken
by Laurie Gordon, who presented Rusty with the ADSC Award.
(Gown by Mark Jones)

For those of you who don't know, Rusty has been "living the lifestyle" of the Art Deco Era since she was six years old!  So this is an honor that has truly been a lifetime in the making!!!

To read more about the ADSC Preservation Ball, go to their website:  http://www.artdeco.org/Pages/whatsnew.html
 



(Rusty and the gorgeous detail inside the
Paramount Theatre!)


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

THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: ZOOT SUIT! -- What an incredible website this is!!!  Thanks to Bakersfield Thomas for sending this one along...a beautifully designed and very informative site about the history of the Zoot Suit in Los Angeles in the 1940's.  As some of you know, the Zoot Suit was adopted by the Hispanic youths of Los Angeles and its style came to represent a great many things to the people who wore them.  Amounting to a political and philosophical statement, the Zoot Suit soon had a mystique all its own.  This fabulous website explores the many facets of Zoot Suit culture, including explanations of the popular bands of the day, descriptions of the local dance halls, and even some reminiscences about hairstyles and dancing!!!  To see this site, click HERE !


See you soon!

Swingcerely,
Rusty and Peter
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).





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