QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Be an awake dreamer: cultivating the skills that you need, finding out the
talents you have and yet not letting go of your dream of dancing."
* * * * THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *
* Wednesday -- January 15th *
Ladies of Swing -- DJ's
HILARY ALEXANDER, & RUSTY FRANK
"Little Saturday" (as they call Wednesday in Norway) is here again. And we've got quite the treat for you. Not one, but two djs. That's right, Miss Hilary Alexander of Suzy Q's fame, and our very own Rusty Frank. These gals have an outstanding collection of swing music to keep you on the dance floor all night long! Come along and join your friends for another great night at The Rhythm Club.
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
Admission $7 on dj nights, $12 when live band
Dance Lesson on the first Wednesday of each month
(check our calendar)
Make your plans now to join us
at The Rhythm Club!
SEE YOU THERE!
Full details, click HERE
* * * * LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *
MORA'S MODERN SWINGTET DEBUT A SMASH HIT!
10-YEAR OLD KATIE ELLIOTT WINS DANCE FLOOR
$555 DOLLARS RAISED FOR DANCER'S FUND!
MORA'S MODERN SWINGTET DEBUT A SMASH HIT! What a night at the Rhythm Club last week! Mora's Mordern Swingtet played exquisitely throughout the evening, and, without a doubt, their Rhythm Club debut was a hit with all. He and his organization kept the crowd on their dancing feet for a solid three hours, happily dancing to this terrific collection of small-group swing arrangments. Kayre Morrison was a wow on vocals. Kayre was sporting one of her own creations, and for all you vintage clothes admirers, you might want to check out her site for a special purchase HERE. Many of the dancers crowded the bandstand to get autographed copies of Dean's new cd "Goblin Market". If you missed your opportunity to get a copy, you might want to get one HERE. Thanks to the Swingtet for a great evening of music! We can't wait to have you back.
10-YEAR OLD KATIE ELLIOTT WINS DANCE FLOOR: A highlight of the evening was when we drew the lucky raffle winner. Michael D'Angelo (who had donated the roll-out dance floor) approached the stage to do the pickin'. Mora's drummer, Ray, gave us a terrific drumroll, as Michael selected the winner. And, who should it be? But Bill Elliott's own little girl -- Katie Elliott! Rusty called the Elliott's from her futuristic cellphone right from the stage to inform them of their win. The entire family was up (typical show business family!) at the late hour, and were thrilled to win. But the first words out of their mouths were, "Is this legal? Can we win?!!" We assured them, that despite their connections to all of us as one of our favorite bands -- they could indeed win the floor. So little Katie will be one of our future greats -- lindy hopper, tap dancer, who knows!.
$555 DOLLARS RAISED FOR DANCER'S FUND! Thanks to all of you who entered the raffle, we raised $555 dollars!!! All the money is going to the Professional Dancers Society -- Dancers Home and Dancers In Transition funds. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! You made this past holiday season truly one of giving.
[If you are interested in acquiring your own dance floor click HERE]
* * * * COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *
* Wednesday -- January 22th *
* Wednesday -- January 28th *
* Wednesday -- February 5th *
THE CAMPUS FIVE
* * * * LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES * * * *
We're only in our second week of 2003 classes with Rusty & Her Rhythm Pals, and the response has been wonderful. Well done Ron & Gio -- you guys are doing GREAT!! Here's a sampling of fan letters that have come in. One of the fun parts of our website is a page devoted to emails and letters like these. If you've never checked it out, click HERE and have a read.
NEW SERIES: Our next series of classes will begin February 2nd and 3rd. For complete details on our classes, including times, location, cost and
more, click here: http://www.swingshiftontap.com/lbs-classes.asp
SOME OF THE LETTERS:
January 13, 2003
Tabitha from your level one class here again. I just wanted to let you know
I can't get enough! It's only my second week and I already feel like I am
ready to go out there and try some moves. On my way out yesterday I
purchased one of your instructional videos for level one. Myself and two
other friends from class (Annette and Michelly) went back to my pad to
practice our steps while watching the video. We decided we needed partners
so we rounded up three of our male friends and had them watch the video with
us to learn the moves. By the end of the night I am happy to report we were
all having a blast. Needless to say we need a lot more practice but what
look forward to learning through just going out there and doing it.
Your are such a great instructor and make this whole experience incredibly
See ya wednesday night!!
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January 12, 2003
I just wanted to let you know how much fun I'm having in your classes. Everyone is so nice
and helpful! Gio is doing a great job and Jessica and Glenn are fantastic. I look forward to
it every week and it sure beats the other exercise that I have to do :).
~ ~ ~
January 7, 2003
I just wanted to let you know my girlfriends and I had a wonderful time in
class on Sunday. You are a terrific instructor, your assistant (Gio) is great and I
can't wait for the next classes. Thank you so much and we'll see you on
~ ~ ~
January 14, 2003
See Rusty for the most fun in town! . . .
the South Bay - hmm Southern California -
maybe even the world!
* * * * EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTIONS * * * *
NEW YEARS IN THE BAY AREA
As many of you know, travelling is one of the greatest perks about being a Lindy Hopper. You can now go just about anywhere and find a place and people with whom to Lindy. Over the holidays, a few of us went up to the Bay Area and had a ball dancing on the U.S.S. Hornet to the Cab Calloway Orchestra. Wow! What a night. Cab's grandson, Calloway Brooks, hosted the night, transforming himself into his grand-dad magnificantly. The crowd went wild over his on-stage antics and perfect impersonation. Everyone was "hi-de-hi-de-ho-ing" till they were horse.
In addition to New Year's Eve on the Hornet, there was also a dance through Mr. Rick's Martini Club. Rusty choreographed a full-on Busby Berkeley number for the Decobelles, and she, herself got to join in the fun. Look at these gowns and you can just imagine the dance (to Mora's recent recording of "Dames".
l-r, top-bottom: Belgian filmmaker and friend, Lieven Debrauwer ("Pauline and Paulette) and Rusty gaze out at the Golden Gate;
New Year's Eve swing part at the U.S.S. Hornet; Grandson of Cab Calloway, Calloway Brooks in his super zoot suit!;
the New Year's gang Will, Glenn, Lieven, Michael, Cheryl, and Rusty;
Rusty dances on stage at the Hornet with original zoot suiter!;
the gang poses with original zoot suiter from the 1940's (notice how spiffy Cheryl and Michael look in their matching zoot suit trousers!);
On to Mr. Rick's Martini Club New Years Party, Rusty dances with David Butler;
Will, Rusty, and Lieven ready to step out;
Rusty as a hood ornament!; and, last but not least, Rusty with the Decobelles!
LINDY BY THE SEA GANG INVADES PALOS VERDES
JOINS THE JIVING LINDY HOPPERS ON STAGE
Last Saturday night about twenty five Lindy By The Sea students and friends were treated to a grand performance of swing, lindy, charleston, tap, and jazz dance by the English performance troupe -- The Jiving Lindy Hoppers. The Norris Theatre engagement, was the first in a fifty-city tour for the dancin' Brits. The show was a grand mixture of the best of American vernacular jazz dances. Peter Loggins and Lisa Ferguson, San Pedro locals, were featured at the top of the second act for a rousing Lindy/Balboa social dance -- hooray for our locals!
At the encore, our very own Rusty Frank was invited on stage to join the group in the Shim Sham, and then any and all audience members were invited up on stage for a final swing out. We're proud to say that all the gang (except Ken, who just had knee surgery) jumped on to the stage and had a great opportunity to dance with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers.
Rusty invited everyone out to Ruby's Diner (which conveniently was just around the corner) for a midnight snack. It was quite the treat for the Jiving Lindy Hoppers. Only their third day here, and free ketchup (it's charged for in the UK), free refills, and delicious milk shakes and fries. Everyone had a good time getting to know one another. We even found out that Rusty's cousin Bryan's father had two zoot suits as a teenager in 1940s Persia!
An evening with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers (JLH) (L-R, top-bottom): Jiving Lindy Hoppers in action at the Norris Theatre; Rusty joins the JLHs on stage for the Shim Sham; Rusty dancing with JLH Warren Hayes; for the finale, the JLHs invited swing dancing audience members up on stage, and a bunch of Lindy By The Sea-rs ran up -- see who you can spot in these pictures -- Cheryl, Lauren; Michael D'Angelo front and center dancing with JLH Charlene!; Glenn and Rita, and Lauren dancing with JLH Joe; Then off to Ruby's dinner for some real American milk shakes!!; JLH Charlene; Rusty with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers -- a happy bunch after their burgers, fries, and shakes!; the whole gang (including Peter & Lisa)
LEONARD REED -- SHIM SHAM SHIMMY CREATOR
CELEBRATES 96TH BIRTHDAY!!
Leonard Reed, the grand man himself celebrated his 96th birthday in high style with about 50 of his nearest and dearest friends. Included in the congregation were Maxwell DeMille, Dean Mora, Peter Loggins, Chester Whitmore, the great Fayard Nicholas (Nicholas Brothers fame) and his beautiful wife Katherine (who was Rusty's tap teacher when she was 11-13 years old!!!!!!), the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, Spud Murphy (93 year old arranger for Benny Goodman, among other big band greats of the '30's and '40's), a host of Leonard's students and friends, and our very own Rusty Frank. What a night. Talented abounded with a steady stream of entertainment around the piano. The 96 year-old "kid" got up and demonstrated his latest creation "Revenge of the Shim Sham." (Keep after Rusty, and maybe she will do that tap series you've been wanting -- and teach you all Leonard's Shim Shams -- there's 4!) A great night for a great man. [For those of you new to the scene, Leonard Reed and his former dance partner, Willie Bryant, created the Shim Sham Shimmy way back in 1927! Today it's regarded as the National Anthem of Tap and all Lindy Hoppers love the dance. If you want to learn it, check out our website HERE for the tap version, or HERE for the lindy version.
PHOTOS BY MAXWELL DEMILLE
LEONARD REED'S 96TH BIRTHDAY PARTY (l-r, top-bottom): Professor Leonard Reed; Leonard, Rusty, Fayard Nicholas (Nicholas Brothers fame), and local tap/lindy nut Chester Whitmore; Jiving Lindy Hopper Warren Hayes, Rusty, & Katherine Nicholas; with Dean Mora; and the gang -- see if you can find Maxwell DeMille, Chester Whitmore, Leonard, Fayard, Katherine, Rusty, and Rusty's cousin Bryan (from England) -- he's the one with the fancy mustache!
LOST AND FOUND
Someone at the Rhythm Club lost something out of their pocket on Wednesday. If you think it was yours, call us at 310 606 5606, and we'll arrange getting it back to you. If no one claims it, we will add it to the donation to the Professional Dancers Society funds...
OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
Just a reminder that our new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email@example.com will be obsolete January 17th.
PRIVATES WITH RUSTY
If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson, give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606.
(Photo: David Saffir)
* * * * LINK OF THE WEEK * * * *
THE LINDY BINGE!!.... -- Now you're a swing dancer. The whole world is open to you. When you travel you can go swing dancing -- Paris, London, Tokyo -- the whole world is there at your feet (or, shall we say "for your feet"!). And sometimes, the world comes to you! Coming soon to Southern California is one of those great opportunities to meet and dance with swing dancers from around the United States and the globe. It's called "The Lindy Binge," under the auspices of the "Lindy Exchanges". These are dance weekends hosted by one city... This one will be taking place January 30, 31, February 1, and 2nd. We can't tell you how much fun these events are. Different from swing dance camps that have classes, these exchanges focus on social dancing and social outings. You might even want to host a out of towner in your home. Just another opportunity to meet new people in the Lindy scene.
See you on the dancefloor!
Rusty & Her Rhythm Pals
*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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