PICTURE OF THE WEEK
-- our special guest at the Rhythm Club this week!
(pictured here with Chuck Saggau)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing.
-- James Brown
* * * * THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *
THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19TH
HOLLYWOOD SCREEN-SWING DANCE LEGEND
JEAN VELOZ SPECIAL GUEST AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
Jean Veloz dancing in feature film "Swing Fever"
We've been waiting for a year to bring our idol, Jean Veloz to the Rhythm
Club, and now it's happening. Yes, THIS Wednesday, June 19th, Miss Veloz will
be our special guest.
SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTION!
Jean Veloz is one of the greatest, most stylish dancers from the original
swing era. We love her! We idolize her! And we love to dance with her.
Many of you have seen her in the 1940's films " The Groovy Movie" and "Swing
Fever". Once you've seen her dancing in those clips, you never forget her!
She will be honoring all of us with her presence and a special display with
Peter, and we will be doing our best to honor her with throngs of admirers
(that's YOU!) and an honorary certificate of appreciation from all of us in
the dance community.
In the 1940s, Jean was teamed with Frank Veloz, one of the all-time great
ballroom dancers. She will be bringing along Frank's son, Guy, who has
never seen our swing resurgence. Let's show him what it's all about!
SWING CARTOON SHOWING
BY ANIMATION EXPERT JERRY BECK
SPECIAL EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTION!!
REVAMP VINTAGE CLOTHING LINE
FOR SALE AT RHYTHM CLUB
If you love vintage style clothing, make sure to check out Revamp, the great clothing line for all us swing dancers! Yes, Annamarie, designer and owner of Revamp, will also appear at the Rhythm Club this week for your pleasure! Her line is terrific. If you've visited her site, go HERE.
P.S. Remember, this is the night that the admission price goes up to $7.00
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
Dance Lesson on the first Wednesday of each month (check our calendar)
SEE YOU THERE!
Full details, clickHERE
LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
Rhythm Club special guests:
L-R Calle, Jesper, and John Reynolds
A grand time was had by all at Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club last week, with LIVE music provided by the incomparable John Reynolds and His Hollywood Hot Shots, as well as sensational dance numbers by visiting members of the world-renowned Shout and Feel It dance team from Sweden, featuring our very own Rusty Frank!
The band led off the incredible night playing their fabulous brand of vintage swing music with plenty of pep! The group featured the guitar and vocals of Mr. John Reynolds himself and a hard-swinging bunch of fellas with him! The lovely voice of Miss Wendy Rea also graced the evening's music, and the crowd seemed to eat it all up!
AND THEN...we were all treated to two dance numbers from a couple of dear friends -- Calle Johannson and Jesper Enevold from Shout and Feel It, one of the premiere lindy hop performance teams in the world! Rusty joined them for a terrific number to the song, "Jukebox", the upshot of the routine being the two dashing Swedes taking turns stealing the lovely Rusty from each other. (Lucky Rusty!!!) This number was followed by an amazing tap routine by Calle and Jesper to a modern take on "Flying Home!" Again, the crowd couldn't have been more excited and gave these performers tremendous ovations.
Later in the evening, following an enormous group birthday dance, Rusty took to the floor again and knocked everybody out with an excellent tap number performed with live musical accompaniment from John Reynolds and the band. We're not sure who had more fun with this number: Rusty, the band, or the crowd, but it's clear that everyone involved really had a ball with it!!!
All in all, a wonderful evening, and we hope that everyone had as much fun with this night of special entertainment as we did!
NEXT WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26TH
SPECIAL GUEST DJ
* * * * SPECIAL NEWS * * * *
RUEDA WORKSHOP WITH RUSTY & PETER
JUNE 22, 2002
IN HUNTINGTON BEACH!
Our swing pals, Shesha & Terra, have invited us to do a four-hour Swing Rueda Workshop on their home turf in the big OC. For all of you who have been dying to learn this awesome stuff, here's your chance.
It will be taking place Saturday, June 22, 2002, at Ballroom Is Back, in Huntington Beach, from 11-1, and 2-4. The cost is $35.00 (prepay on line) or at the door $40.00. For full details and to register on line, click HERE
P.S. This workshop will take the place of our monthly Lindy By The Sea workshop.
QUESTIONS FOR YOU
QUESTION 1: Can anyone do a PAL to NTSC video transfer? (We got some really great dance footage on our trip, but it's in the European PAL format on a VHS tape.) Let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.606.5606.
QUESTION 2: Does anyone out there teach Pilates? Rusty is looking for a certified Pilates trainer to further aid her recovery. We would like to do a trade for swing classes.
* * * * LINK OF THE WEEK * * * *
Here's one of all-time favorites: Lindyhopping.com's notes for Leaders and Followers. Here you'll find a veritable treasure-trove of great tips and hints for improving your lead and follow skills. Click HERE FOR LEADERS. Click HERE FOR FOLLOWERS.
See you soon!
Rusty and Peter
*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
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