MAY 21ST 2003
(see below for Photo Albums of Rusty's Australian Adventure)
"Ya gotta love Perth Lindy Hoppers!"
BIG BAND MONTH AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
Next week -- The BILL ELLIOTT SWING ORCHESTRA!!!
*Wednesday -- May 21th *
Nathan E. 8:00-8:30pm
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
THE PROFESSOR'S RHYTHM CLUB TRIVIA CONTEST
We've got something new at the Rhythm Club.
Every live music night when Robert "Professor" Vangor djs in between sets,
he'll be conducting a trivia contest.
Here are the lucky winners so far!
Trivia Contest #1
Question: Singer of alternate version of "Beyond The
Answer: George Benson
Trivia Contest #2
Question: Singer of 40's version of "On The Atchison,
Topeka & The Santa Fe"
Answer: Johnny Mercer (with the Pied Pipers)
Winners: (three-way tie) Will, Faye, and Rudy
Next Contest on May 28. All we can say is start doing your swing homework!
LAST WEEK AT THE RHYTHM CLUB:
Dance Lesson on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
(check our calendar)
Full details, click
2-Year Anniversary Party for the Rhythm Club!
* Fashion Show from Revamp & Re-Mix!
* Master of Ceremonies Maxwell DeMille
* And introducing our special guests
Fyodor & Katja
WESTERN SWING NITE!
Dress vintage Western!!
Great South West Club Swing Off Jack and Jill Contest!
Hilary & Rusty present,
all the way from England!
THE JIVE ACES
at Suzy Q's THIS Friday, May 23rd!!
Rusty will be teaching two classes before the Jives start playing:
Intermediate Swing class from 8-9:00
Beginner Swing Class from 9:00-9:30pm.
Come along and play! For more info, click HERE
THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!
That's right! This coming Monday, Operation Dance is a reality. We'll be sending out a special email to you on specifics. But all we can say right now is come to the Rhythm Club on May 28th to officially welcome our Russian kindred spirits!
Here is our "Operation Dance" web page with all sorts of information on how you can help. Click HERE
LAUGHLIN LINDY DANCE CAMP
The ever-fun Laughlin Lindy Dance camp is comin' up this August. Rusty'll be on hand as one of the teachers (wait till you see the list of instructors!). This camp is probably the most "affordable" of all the swing dance camps, as the $219 includes transportation, three nights in hotel, three meals, all classes and dances! Why don't we see if we can get a Lindy By The Sea gang for this one. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call 310-530-0500, or check out their website HERE. Tell them, "Rusty sent me".
SATIN BALLROOM WITH BETTY WOOD!
BIG APPLE LEGEND..
Last Saturday, the great folks of the Satin Ballroom once again brought legends of our swing dance legacy for a great day of fun! Miss Betty Wood, all the way from Florida, was joined by two of her Big Apple chums, Dorothy and Jean, from way back in the day -- 1936!!! These three gals were in the troupe that went "way up North" to New York and danced their version of the Big Apple. The full day of workshops at the Satin Ballroom, included yours truly -- Rusty and Her Rhythm Pal Ron Campbell -- teaching a course in Musicality. Classes also included fast lindy and Betty's Big Apple. During the evening's dance, there were two performances of the Big Apple, first featuring Betty Wood's version, and second Frankie Manning's version. Rusty participated in both (pant pant), Melissa Allen jumped in for Betty's, and Ron partnered Rusty for Frankie's. Congrats, kids!
Also on hand that night was an exciting appearance of our youngest Rhythm Pal, three-month old Tristan, son of Lovelynn and Derek. He elicited plenty of ooohs and aaaaahs. We look forward to seeing our youngest lead again soon!
The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra played with their usual spectacular style. We can't wait to see you all at the Rhythm Club next week! What an organization!
Sunday morning, after the dance, Betty, Jean and her husband Phil, Lance (who accompanied Betty -- and who, himself, is an amazing dance historian on all things Big Apple, Collegiate Shag, and more), and Marcus and Baerbl came over to Rusty's house for a little lounging and visiting. Special thanks to Marcus and Baerbl for being so instrumental in coordinating Betty and Lance's trip as well as coordinating the Big Apple performances.
Frankie Manning and his Big Apple 1940's
RUSTY'S AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE
PART 2 -- PERTH
Welcome back for installment number two on my Australian Adventure.
(I have posted my pictures HERE, and if you want to follow along, start on this first page.)
The four hour flight from Melbourne was beautiful. But landing in Perth was the moment I had been waiting for. Sort of a Los Angeles of the 1940's, Perth is on the south west coastline of Australia. The sky is blue, the water is just about as crystaline as it gets. The city is a great mixture of architectural design, with loads of "California Bungalows". Just like my house! Anyway. you'll see.
After a really lovely lunch with my hosts Cheryl and Debbie, I got to do some binge antique shopping (oye!) where I bought a 1920's mantle art deco clock, a 1940's dress, and some really fun vintage tins (talcum powder, and such). That evening I worked with the locals lads who would assist me in class, and then on to two tap dance classes. Wow! This I wasn't prepared for -- most tap classes have about ten people, max! This one... well you can see by the picture above, was loaded with little ones, and, boy, were they good!
Thursday was a siteseeing day with Deb. She took me all over Perth. You'll see by the pictures, it is just the most lovely city. Whaaaaahhhh, I miss it! We went to an extraordinary children's park. I would have loved this park as a kid. Loads of things to climb on, over, and under. The local birds continued to amaze me with their beautiful, lyrical songs
(continue on with the pictures HERE)
Friday was my real dream come true -- THE RETURN TO ROTTNEST. Sound great, doesn't it?! Rottnest (Dutch for "rat's nest") is a spectacular island off the coast of Perth. Cheryl Glasgow and I boarded the Rottnest ferry in the morning, rented two bikes, and spent the rest of the afternoon on the eternal Quokka search. A mix between a rat and, yes, a kangaroo, quokkas hide off the road in cool spots. Cute, eh? On one quokka site we ran into four sailors who had just come back from the war.
Friday night was my first Perth dance, held at a bar. Wow! I got my first glimpse of the high caliber of social dancing in Perth -- and most importantly the WONDERFUL swing dancers. They are just so nice, I don't know what else to say!!! Well, here they are, my new friends! Left to right, Paula, Shane, Glenn, Debbie, Cheryl.
(continue on with the pictures HERE)
Saturday was the big day of classes and the evening dances. The classes were packed and enthusiastic. The Perth scene is unique in that it has about 200 dancers and is focused together through a non-profit organization which organizes all the events including "the Rusty Weekend" -- they're called The Perth Swing Dance Society. So there's a real cohesiveness amongst the community, the dancers, and this shows with the detail throughout all their events. I was most impressed!
The evening dance was a dress up affair -- vintage style. So you know I was in dance heaven. Speaking of heaven... girls, how's this?!
The dance was great... everyone dressed, there were great performances, a fun jack and jill contest (which I actually judged), and just loads of great warmth. I wouldn't be fair if I didn't have a picture for the boys, too.
So here's one for you:
Sunday morning their was a "Breakfast with Rusty" at a local famous hotel. It was so relaxing to sit with everyone and shoot the breeze. Then back for a wonderful dance in a 1920's Pagoda, to a live band! Then back for the last classes. I felt right at home when a load of students showed up in Rhythm Club-Lindy By The Sea t-shirts. As the day started drawing to a close, every one was getting sad about how the weekend would really end.
Monday was the last day, and it was filled with a little more siteseeing and then off to the airport to head back to Melbourne and then back home to Los Angeles. This really was one of the most enjoyable teaching experiences I have ever had. The people of Australia are wonderful hosts and wonderful friends. I hope to return very soon. And I mean VERY soon.
You might also check out their website of some of the weekend photos, it's great!: Click HERE
And here's a page, a forum, of people's comments from the weekend. Fun stuff! Click HERE
To close out, here's an email that came in from Shane. What a lovely note:
Hey there Rusty!!!
How on Earth are you, you charmingly talented thing you?!
Firstly I'd like to say how much of an ABSOLUTE pleasure it was to have you over here, even fo so brief a time. My God. It was like plugging the Swing scene into a socket and watching it jump around sparking out of its ears! (hmm, perhaps a little too descriptive there) You were such a joy to learn from, dance with, watch, dance with, listen to, dance with and of course the most important of all...dance with! An inspiration to me not only as a dancer but as a human being as well.
I often like to use a sign post theory of mine when referring to important life events. When something significant happens, either physically or emotionally, something that changes us as people and, most importantly, changes our personal perspective on life somewhat...that's a sign post. We've changed direction and headed off onto a new path in search of greater and more enriching things. Sign posts can happen due to the smallest and largest of things. A single moment experienced alone. A powerful moment shared by all. When you look back you can't see all the little bumps and raises in the road from a distance but you CAN see the sign posts...and it's those moments that stay with you forever.
Your visit was a sign post for me.
You're an incredibly inspirational person and it's a fine thing to be able to call you friend.
If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson,
give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606.
SWING CAMP CATALINA June 5th-8th
Swing Camp is simply one of the most amazing swing dance summer camps you can hope to attend. Celebrating their 10th year anniversary, we can't encourage you enough to attend! First let's talk about the location -- Catalina Island. "Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is awaitin' for me..." As the song goes, this island is full of rhythm and romance. Beautiful, stunning, are just two of the words that come to mind. The camp itself continues to boast a host of internationally acclaimed teachers. And the evening dances in the historic art-deco ballroom Casino will simply cause you to stop in your tracks. Remember, you can sign up for the entire weekend, or just for individual dances. Whatever you choose, just make sure you choose to at least spend some time out there with us! As with all swing dance camps, you don't need a dance partner... just come along and have a ball!
Our Operation Dance gang will be there!
Go to their website for more info www.swingcamp.com.
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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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