OCTOBER 1, 2002



Jitterbugs, Los Angeles, 1939

"This agile group of 'hep cats' will vie for the Pacific Coast jitterbug title, one of the features of the Night of Bands at the Shrine Auditorium for the benefit of refugee relief."

Los Angeles Times


" We should consider every day lost on which
we have not danced at least once."

--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.




Beginner's Swing Dance Lesson at 7:30pm!

Don't miss THIS Wednesday night at the Rhythm Club as we present a special evening of music!!! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring in one of the swing world's best known and loved DJs, direct from Memories in Whittier, DJ Wolfman!! A legend in the Southern California swing scene for many years, DJ Wolfman was the house DJ for Memories in Anaheim for their Thursday, and Friday nights, as well as their legendary Late-Night Lindy on Saturday nights.

Wolfman is a great pal of ours and his style and taste in music have had a great influence on the music you hear played at any swing venue in Southern California. He has been a professional DJ for quite some time and his collection of music is extraordinary. Now, we have asked him to join us for a night and bring his trademarked style and sound to the Rhythm Club to sort of shake things up for the evening, and he has graciously consented!

You must come along and hear what this man has to play for us... terrifically danceable music that you've never heard before. REALLY, DON'T MISS THIS NIGHT!!! It will be one for the record books!

8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!

Admission $7

Dance Lesson on the first Wednesday of each month
from 7:30-8:00
(check our calendar)

Make your plans now to join us
at Rusty & Peter's Rhythm Club!


Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE

* * * * LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES * * * *



Don't just stand there, fellas, come to Level 1 swing classes!!

Our latest series of classes at Lindy By The Sea in Manhattan Beach have gotten off to a wonderful start, with lots of new friends joining us! But we need your help -- the ratio of follows to leads in Level One is something like 3-to-1 !!!! HELP!

If you are a guy who would like to brush up on your leading skills again, or maybe a girl who would like to learn the art of leading, PLEASE come down and join us on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:30 for our Level One classes. We'd love to have you with us! And welcome to all the new friends who are just now getting hooked on this great swing dancing!!!

FEATURED CLASS -- SWING RUEDA! We are so excited to be offering this class again! The last time we did it, we had the BEST responses from the class we've ever had...lots of comments like "This is the most fun I've ever had in a swing class" were rampant! And it's not too late to join...

So just what is a swing rueda you ask? Well, it's sort of like a square dance, but done in a circle, and all the passing from partner to partner is done with swing dance moves. If you were at the Rhythm Club last Wednesday, you saw a brief overview of the Rueda and a great demonstration, too. We just cannot tell you how much fun this dance is!!!

If you've never done the Swing Rueda, make sure to sign up for this class...and if you were in our Rueda classes last time around, you will want to come back again, because there have been some changes made that make it even MORE fun and lively!!! (You only have to be in our Level 2 class to join!)

For more details on our classes, click on HERE

* * * * UPCOMING EVENTS * * * *



Satuday, October 19TH! 4-6pm

That's right! We have a workshop set aside for the month of October, but this time we wanted to leave the content of it up to you, our students and friends! What would YOU like to have a workshop on? We have a full two hours on Saturday afternoon, October 19th, to do whatever swinging stuff you want!!! So rack your brains out there and email us soon with your suggestions...we're open to just about anything! Email us at

* * * * RECENT EVENTS * * * *


Last week was a night to remember at Maxwell's At The Argyle in Hollywood! The night was a celebration of local swing icon Dean Mora, leader of Mora's Modern Rhythmists (who just happened to be the band playing that night!) Lots of great entertainment was on hand, from the 20s song stylist Richard Halpern, to the wonderful singing of the legendary Johnny Crawford (remember "The Rifleman" anyone?!

And we would be silly if we didn't mention a singing-and-tap dancing number by our own Rusty and Peter, with none other than Mr. Bill Elliott himself on the piano!! Rusty and Peter sang Bill's original composition, Swing Fever, and then performed a terrific tap routine!

They looked great in matching white tie and tails, and this was Peter's first time in such a get-up (he LOVED it!) The crowd went wild at the end of the performance, and Rusty and Peter were thrilled to have been able to perform for such a warm and enthusiastic group of pals!

Rusty & Bill Elliott take a breather at the Argyle

Happy birthday, Dean, and thanks for letting Rusty and Peter be a part of it!!! Thanks, also, to the inimitable host of Maxwell's At The Argyle, Mr. Maxwell DeMille himself (aka Stanley Sheff) for putting on such a fabulous evening of entertainment, last week and every week.

And thanks to David Saffir for these wonderful black and white photos and to Joya Balfour for the color ones!

Hi-ho, the gangs all here!
L-R Swing pals, Joya Balfour, Robin Campbell, Jerry Jordan, Peter Flahiff, Rusty Frank


The Morning Crew at the Richmond Street Fair, l-r: Ricardo, Nikki, Ken, Peter, Rusty

The annual Richmond Street Fair in El Segundo was a great time for everyone, last Saturday, with food, music, and great local merchants peddling their wares as Mother Nature spent the whole day deciding whether to get it together and rain or not! We at Lindy By The Sea were lucky enough to have the booth closest to the main stage, where we could take advantage of the constant stream of local onlookers attracted to the music and other performances there, AND the sound guys let us play swing music through the PA system between the performances onstage!!! (It helped that those sound guys were Mike Bell and company, the same wonderful fellas who do the sound for the Satin Ballroom every month, and consequently, great friends of ours!)

Rusty and Peter take swing to the street!
(In the background, Dan and Alice, and Ricardo and Nikki!)

Lindy By The Sea even had two time slots in the Main Stage's performances, so we took advantage of these opportunities to do a quick rendition of our song and dance act, then teaching a crowd of wildly enthusiastic folks the Shim Sham!! We even did a brief, impromptu Swing Rueda!! But mostly, we had a grand time all day, passing out fliers, making new friends, and dancing our feet off!

The Afternoon Crew at the Richmond Street Fair, l-r: Pete, Marci, John, Rusty, Peter, Amanda, Noe

We wanted to take a moment and thank all the people who joined us throughout the course of the day, manning the booth and helping us get out the good word about Lindy Hop! These were: Sally, Nikki, Marci, Ricardo, Pete Vincent and his amazing greyhound Huckleberry, Jim and Sandi, Dan and Alice, Noe, Amanda, Debi, Tony and Linda, Jennifer, and John!!! Thanks so much, you guys, for making this such a fun day in the South Bay. And thanks to Ron and Robin for the loan of the table for all our goodies!


If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson, give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606.

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

-- The Old Town Music Hall -- This week's link of the week is a place that is in dire and immediate need of help. The Old Town Music Hall is a very small, single-screen movie theatre in El Segundo devoted to showing really fun old movies, musicals and silent films. Every weekend, this little place opens it's doors for only $5 per person and gives you a night of unbeatable entertainment. The showing begins with a concert of popular song hits from the same year of the featured movie that week, played on the most incredible Mighy Wurlitzer organ you've ever seen. Trust us, you'll have to see it to believe it! Then, the movie screen lowers and there is an old-fashioned sing-along! Next comes a short subject or two, usually an old Laurel and Hardy, or Little Rascals short. Then a brief intermission where you can go out to the concession stand and get and kind of candy bar or soda or bag of popcorn, all for ONE DOLLAR EACH!!! When was the last time you got ANYTHING for only a buck at a movie theater??? Following intermission, the feature picture plays. Past features have included Fred Astaire muscials, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin films, and in October, they are showing classic horror films -- Dracula, Frankenstien, and the greatest of the silent horror movies, The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney! THIS WEEKEND, they are showing great old short subjects from the Big Bands of the 30's and 40's!

The Old Town Music Hall is under SEVERE financial strain right now, as it is a not-for-profit place, and they are struggling to make the rent this month. The fellas who run it have told us that attendance is dangerously low, which for this place means literally five or ten people per showing. Please help us out and go see a show there soon! It is just the cutest darned place you've ever seen and the absolute best entertainment value you could ever find! The Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street in El Segundo. Check it out, and tell them Rusty and Peter sent you!!!

Click here to go to their site:

See you soon!


Rusty and Peter
Swing Shift

*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).


Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
Shriners Children's Hospital, LA