"The real reason I dance is because I want to explode."
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!
You can read more about this workshop and even register on line by clicking HERE
Classes got off to a great start. Loads of new beginners, and the biggest Featured Class and Level Four class in over two years (and who says swing is dead???). Remember, you can still join our Sunday and Monday series next week!
* Wednesday -- March 5th *
DJ - Kia
Beginner Swing Class 7:30-8:00 with Rusty & Gio
A reminder that our brand new door person starts this week! That's right, Sandee "Megan's Mom" Ashby, starts her reign at the Rhythm Club tomorrow night. Let's give her a grand welcome!
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance! SEE YOU THERE!
SEE YOU THERE!
* Wednesday -- March 12th *
RHYTHM PAL RON'S BIRTHDAY
"SWING" SOCKS CONTEST
JUDGED BY THE "RHYTHM WIVES" ROBIN & MAE-LAE
(Wear your best stripe, polka dot, etc. socks! Swell prizes)
* Wednesday -- March 19th *
DJ -- Hilary Alexander
* Wednesday -- March 26th *
RHYTHM PAL GIO'S BIRTHDAY
Live Music -- THE HOLLYWOOD COMBO
"TOPS IN TAPS"
AT THE ARGYLE NEXT MONDAY (MARCH 10TH)
Rusty Frank and Chester Whitmore, who have been tap dancing together for over ten years, will make a rare appearance at Maxwell's at the Argyle next Monday, March 10th. If you've never been to this snappy night spot, you'll be delighted. Come along and cheer her on after Monday night Lindy By the Sea classes, and have yourself a great time. The band? None other than Chester Whitmore's Central Avenue Revue -- perfect for practicing your Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag! For more information on the event, click HERE
With tickets donated by The Easy Reader, Rusty was able to take her Rhythm Pals and the Rhythm Wives (Ron & Robin, Gio and Mae-Lei), and volunteers Glenn Parkison and Jessica Densmore, and super supporters Michael D'Angelo and Cherly Herbst out for a night on the town to see the hit show "Swing" at the Wilshire Theatre last Thursday. And what a time was had. We danced everywhere... in the lobby, in the theatre, and in Johnny Rockets at the end of the evening. And the show was pretty good, too!
RUSTY GETS A NEW CAMERA -- ENJOY!
Click HERE to see video of dancing in the lobby of the Wilshire Theatre.
Click HERE to see video of Ron & Robin and Gio & Mae-Lei dancing at Johnny Rockets.
Click HERE to see video of Rusty & Her Rhythm Pals at Johnny Rockets.
Gosh, where do we begin? It was simply a night for the books. We can't remember if it was a dream or reality. If it were a dream, it would all make sense. If it was reality, how can we explain that in the year 2003, Rusty had a party with 240 swing dancers, the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra, performances by the Jitterbugs, guest movie stars from the past (Fayard Nicholas, Miriam Nelson, Jean Veloz), the fabulous Maxwell DeMille? But since all 240 of us remember the night, it must have been a reality. Most of us who were in attendence are still floating five feet above the ground.
Rusty and her tap Rhythm Pal, Gregory Gast, made their Derby debut last Saturday, singing and tap dancing along with the Hollywood Combo. The room was packed with loads of swing friends, cheering the duo on. After their first number, they came right back and did an impromptu jam session with the band to the delight of the crowd. Watch for more appearances of Rusty & Greg -- perhaps March 26th at the Rhythm Club????
If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson, give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606.
TOO DEAD TO SWING Any mystery lovers out there? Well, here's a fun site for you. One of Rusty's ol' pals from the Bay Area, Hal Glatzer, is a myster writer. So what's the tie-in with Swing? His work! Check this out: One of his works is an audio play called "Too Dead To Swing", and the other work is a book with the same name. Glatzer, a swing dancer and musician himself, also has a fun site to wander around. Enjoy... but be careful!!!!! (scary laugh inserted here)
Click HERE to see video of Hal Glatzer and our swing friend Will Ryan jamming in Rusty's backyard.
See you on the dancefloor!
*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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