QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Dance is a little insanity that does us all a lot of good."
-- Edward Demby
* * * * WORKSHOPS * * * *
RETROGLIDE DANCE SOCIETY PRESENTS
GIRL'S DAY OUT... IN A SWINGIN' SORT OF WAY
WORKSHOP WITH RUSTY, THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
Join Retroglide Dance Society in Valencia for a special afternoon workshop in which our very own Rusty will conduct two courses:
1:00-3:00 Vintage Hair Styling
3:00-5:00 Swing Dance Styling
Cost of workshop:
$20 Vintage Hair Styling
$20 Swing Dance Styling
SPECIAL DISCOUNT $36 Both workshops!!!
Click HERE for Retroglide, or call 818 753 0054 to register.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2003
WITH RUSTY & HER RHYTHM PAL -- RYAN ROEMER
By popular demand, we are offering a two-hour workshop devoted
entirely to 1920's partnered Charleston. You've probably been seeing the
occasional couple break out in this great vintage dance and been
yearning to learn it yourself. Well here's your chance!
We'll be starting at the very basic with the unique footwork associated
with '20's Charleston. Then we'll move on to a series of fun moves, all
sociable, to lead/follow on the dance floor.
Our special guest Rhythm Pal for the afternoon is Ryan Roemer. You've
seen him Charleston with Rusty at the Rhythm Club, but now here's your chance to see what he's got to share!
You can read more about this workshop and even register on line by clicking HERE
TASTE OF DANCE
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2003
WITH RUSTY & HER RHYTHM PALS - RETROGLIDE'S JERRY AND CHANDLER
It's been over three years since we did our last Taste of Dance. So mark your calendars for this one!
How many times have you had to leave the dance floor when a
Mambo came on? How many times have you dreamed of dancing with that great Salsa dancer?
What about those fabulous Lindy Hop character steps, such as the Minne Dip, Johnnie's Drop,
Groucho? Do you leave the floor when everyone else runs on to do the Shim Sham? Well, here it
is -- A Taste of Dance! One full day dedicated to getting you on the dance floor all night. We’re
offering 50-minute classes in a wonderful array of dances from which to choose. Take the entire
day, or just sample four of your choice, or maybe there's one or two for which you've got time.
it's up to you. All we ask is that you ENJOY! And feast to your heart's content!
And it's all with the fabulous Jerry and Chandler from Retroglide Dance Society
You can read more about this workshop and even register on line by clicking HERE
* * * * LINDY BY THE SEA * * * *
NEW SWING DANCE SERIES
BEGINS FEBRUARY 2 & 3RD
FEATURED CLASS -- COLLEGIATE SHAG!
FEBRUARY SERIES: The February series has begun, and it's NOT TO LATE TO JOIN!. Check out our schedule for dates and times HERE.
MORE BEGINNERS: For all of you "seasoned" swing dancers, you know how important it is to constantly bring in new people. If you know anyone at work or in your social circles who has been making noises about wanting to learn -- why not give them that "gentle shove" into class or on the dance floor. Without beginners, we won't have people to dance with in the future!
NEW SWING DANCE SERIES
BEGINS AT USC ON TUESDAYS
WITH RUSTY & RHYTHM PAL RON
TUESDAYS AT USC Another swing dance series at USC begins February 4th. If you, or anyone you know, is unable to make the Lindy By The Sea Manhattan Beach classes, this might be just the ticket. Click HERE
"SWING SHIFT FLYERS"
The first rehearsal of the Swing Shift Flyers was held last Sunday, and - WOW! - what a troupe! Twenty-eight truly wonderful lindy hoppers joined the Swing Shift Flyers - Rusty's new amateur lindy hop troupe. They began working on their first routine -- "Jeep Jockey Jump" (choreography by Rusty & Peter, Erik and Sylvia). Wait till you see 'em.... phew!
* * * * THIS WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *
* Wednesday -- February 5th *
BEGINNER'S CLASS AT 7:30!
GOOD-BYE TO SCOTT AND CHERYLL
JONATHAN STOUT AND HIS CAMPUS FIVE FEATURING HILARY ALEXANDER: We are thrilled to be bringing back for the third time this fabulous ensemble... If you want to see and read more about them click HERE. This new group has quickly taken Los Angeles and all of Southern California by storm. And we hear that their brand new cd, "Jammin' the Blues," will be ready in about a week. So save your pennies!
BEGINNER'S SWING CLASS. That's right, it's the first Wednesday of the month, and we have a swing dance class to start off the evening from 7:30-8:00. Rusty will be join by her Rhythm Pal, Giovanni. If you haven't met him yet, or want to cheer him on, here's your chance. This class is also a great chance to expose people to the joy of swing dancing!
GOOD-BYE TO SCOTT AND CHERYLL. Two of Lindy By The Sea's oldest and dearest friends, Scott and Cheryll, are moving to the East Coast. They have been regulars on our South Bay scene for over four years! We want to have a VERY special going away dance for them this week at the club, as it will probably be their last dance with us (though, they have assured us of regular visits). So come along this week for your last chance to dance with Scott and Cheryll and wish them well. I (Rusty) would also like to thank both of them for all their contributions throughout the year to our Lindy By The Sea family. Just to mention a few things: They created all the decorations for our first Halloween Party, Cheryll took our first big group picture at the one-year anniversary party, they put up all the beautiful lights in the Neptunian Woman's Club that we use for the End-of-Series Party. They're quiet, but their presence is known! We'll really miss you two. We know it will be a great experience back East, and you'll be able to dance like crazy there, but you will be missed here. Love from all of us.
Now here's their letter to all of you:
Just wanted to give you an update on the adventures of Scott and
Yes, we are still moving to NYC. Scott will be working for a company
called Sirius Satellite Radio Company, still doing satellite engineering
work. He got an offer from the company over the holidays, we looked at
it, crunched some numbers, did conversions and it's just a great
opportunity to work and live in NYC and take advantage of the millions
of things to do there. We'll be looking for a place in Brooklyn (Brooklyn
Heights, Park Slope, the upper west side of the borough) and I'll look
for work when I get there.
Needless to say, it's all come down a bit fast. Scott and I will be
leaving February 14th. We've been gradually tying things up, getting
things done, cleaning, setting things up, visiting with friends and
family before we go, but February will definitely be a crunch for us.
Therefore, our last (sure) visit to the Rhythm Club, before we're off,
will be February 5th. If you could put that word out to our fellow
swing friends, that would be great. We'd love to get a dance in with as
many of our dancing friends as possible before we leave. Also, if you
wouldn't mind, could you please pass on our e mail information to
anyone who'd like to keep in touch with us? Cheryll's e mail:
email@example.com ; Scott's e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Instead of trying
to collect (and possibly loose) friends contact information, we hope
that anyone who'd like to keep in touch with us (or come visit us) can
drop us a quick e mail.
We're both very excited about the change and all of the wonderful
things that it will bring. I truly look at it as I'm "going to New York
City", not as I'm "leaving LA and California". My folks are permanently
rooted in Manhattan Beach (41+ years!) and both Scott and myself really
do love California, so don't ever think you've seen the last of us.
But now, we're off on our New York adventure, ready to embrace and
love all the best that NYC and the East coast has to offer. And yes, I
know it was 8 degrees F and snowing the other day.
all the best,
Cheryll A. Lynn
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
* * * * COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB * * * *
* Wednesday -- February 12th *
* Wednesday -- February 19th *
DJ - HILARY ALEXANDER
AND SPECIAL ADDED ATTRACTION -- THE RHYTHM HOT SHOTS FROM SWEDEN!
* Wednesday -- February 26th *
SAVE THE DATE
BILL ELLIOTT SWING ORCHESTRA
for Rusty's Birthday!
We guess it pays to have friends in high places. And you can't go much higher in our swing world than the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra. So guess which one of Rusty's Rhythm Pals is going to be playing on her birthday at the Rhythm Club? Okay, not much of a surprise -- but, wow! what a coup. Yes, indeed, and hi-de-ho, The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra. Make room dancers, because this is going to be a night for the books. Mark your calendars -- that's Wednesday, February 26th 2003.
* * * * EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTIONS * * * *
LA MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHTS DANCE!
If you haven't gotten your copy yet, rush to the newstands and purchase this month's LA Magazine. Their headline article is entitled: "GET UP AND DANCE". All dances are featured from swing to salsa, from hip-hop to hula. And you'll surely recognize LA's swing kids Tise and Nick! They get a full page photograph on page 58. Congrats, kids.
Our student, Nancy wrote the following letter -- which is a great compliment to all of us in Lindy By The Sea -- thanks Nancy!
To The Editor of L.A. Magazine:
Although I am in a demanding profession, whenever I get a chance, I
become a swing-dancer, and I thank you for "The Essential Guide to
Dance" by Ms. Mozeno and Ms. Anderson in your February issue. I
suggest they made two significant omissions of all-age, beginner-
friendly swing-dance classes and dance venues.
Ironically, many of the best dancers that can be seen dancing and
performing at the venues that you describe actually learned to dance
at PBDA or Lindy by the Sea:
Tami and Erin Stevens don't just teach ballroom. The Stevens
teach several weekly large Lindy-Hop and East-Coast Swing classes
at "Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association". There is no more lovely
way to melt-away the week's stresses, than to learn moves to big
music on Saturday mornings! Saturday evening PBDA dances with live
big-band music are likewise enjoyable, always including dance
activities that require no previous experience.
On the Westside, Rusty teaches similar, particularly friendly,large
classes at "Lindy by the Sea" in Manhattan Beach on Sunday
afternoons, and invites all to "The Rhythm Club" on Wednesday
evenings in Playa del Rey, again to dance to live big-band music.
PBDA at: www.pasadenaballroomdance.com
Lindy by the Sea at: www.SwingshiftOnTap.com
PBDA and Lindy-by-the-Sea make large contributions to the swing
world in L.A. My intention is that your
readership should be aware of less-pretentious, less expensive
learn dance if they are so inclined. I'd love to see more swing and
ballroom dancers in the city, and look forward to new and return of
more venues for magnificent evenings.
Nancy A. Niparko, M.D.
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 * * * *
LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY. Some of you are already members, some of you may have never heard of it. But the Los Angeles Conservancy is one of Southern California's best kept secrets. If you love the culture of swing, not just because of the music and dancing, but also the other aspects of the 1920's-40's, well, this organization might be something for you. Not only do they put on the incredible Last Remaining Seats Festival every summer, they also conduct walking tours of Los Angeles' historic theatres, art deco districts, etc.
Why not get out in the day light for one of these wonderful tours!
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).
HAVE YOU JOINED THE
SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB?
Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
Shriners Children's Hospital, LA
For more information about the Swing Shift Rhythm Club and what it's all about, check
out our Frequently Asked Questions page at: