JUNE 24TH 2003
"The real reason I dance is because I want to explode."Bill Evans
This Sunday, June 29th
|LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES|
406 E. Grand Ave.
(corner of Arena)
520 Main Street
(enter alley off of Mariposa to lower parking lot -- entrance at the huge wall mural)
406 E. Grand Ave.
(corner of Arena)
Nathan E. 8:00-8:30pm
"Professor" Robert Vangor between band sets
... and the Professor's "Rhythm Club Quiz Contest"
Prizes! (of course)
Dance Lesson on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
(check our calendar)
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".
The 2003 Starlight Bowl Summer Concert Season begins with the July 4th Independence Day Celebration featuring patriotic music, spectacular aerial fireworks, and fun for the entire family. The Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra will be performing exciting swing music in the style of the 30's, 40's, and 50's including works by Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington. In addition to Bill Elliott, there will also be more entertainment: Tight harmonies, universal humor and unbelievable a cappella energy have made the Alley Cats America's premiere Doo-Wop group. The Jokesters are sure to amaze you with their outrageous antics, good humor, and plain old fashioned family fun. July 4th gates open for picnicking 6:00 p.m. Live music and entertainment 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Fireworks at 9:00 p.m. Seating is limited http://starlightbowl.com/
The Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park series is an annual, Summer-long event held each year at Polliwog Park. It runs from the last week in June, through Labor Day weekend, and has featured such artists as the Doo-Wah Riders, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, and the Fab Four, as well as a host of other talented musicians.
Rusty and Rhythm Pal Gio have been invited to teach a beginner's swing class at the July 20th event. So why not make that the one day that we'll ALL show up! So bring a picnic and join the fun. By the way, we always have a good showing of swing dancers at the dates with swing dance-able music!
Concerts run from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. For information, call 310-802-5400 Here's their schedule of concerts that might be fun for swing dancing:
June 22: Hyperion Outfall Serenaders -- Dixieland
June 29: Scot Bruce -- Elvis
July 20: Jumpin' Joz -- Swing
August 3: Orchestra Charangoa -- Cuban Jazz
Check out their website HERE
Ten of us lindy hoppers got to join the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra for simply dreamy event at the Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island. The event was a fundraiser for the Catalina Island Museum. Some of us took an early boat over and went to the Casino movie theatre (movie Palace is a better phrase) and watched the 1926 Mary Pickford silent picture "Sparrows" to live Page organ accompaniment. Then we wandered around the island, took naps on the beach, a nice relaxing meal, and then changed for the evening dance.
When we say this was a dancer's dream, we're not kidding. The ballroom was filled with people. But they were mostly there for the fundraiser and for listening to the music. That meant that we ten dancers (plus a handful of guests) got the entire floor to ourselves. Imagine an old technicolor movie where you see a ballroom filled with people seated at tables around the dancefloor. A full big band and then a handful of dancers! Wow! Perfection.
We did an impromptu performance of the "Jeep Jockey Jump" routine, which received a rousing cheer from the audience. And...
As a special surprise, there celebrities from the black and white television era. And seeing as we are all nostalgia buffs, we were in heaven. From "Leave It To Beaver", the Beaver, brother Wally, and mother June were all there. And guess who got to dance with June Cleaver??? Ron Campbell, Chandler Smith, and Jerry Jordan!
Guess who got her picture taken with Wally and the Beav??? That's right -- Rusty!
There was a silent auction, too. And one of the items on which you could have bid was brownies baked by June Cleaver herself! It came along with an autographed apron. Can you imagine! GO TO THIS SCRAPBOOK TO SEE MORE PICTURES! Special thanks to Joya for sending the above pictures!
Congratulations to Tammy Munroe and Giovanni Quintero! Tammy placed 3rd at the Rhythm Club competition, and Giovanni placed 1st Suzy Q's and then 7th in the Satin Ballroom Finals. We couldn't be prouder, kids!
Rusty finally got to share some words besides "5, 6, 7, 8!" with her performance team last Friday night. The Swing Shift Fliers had their first social event, a bonfire on the beach. More than half the team was able to make it, and we had a great time Here's some pictures from the evening. By the way, the costumes for the team are almost done. So watch out! You'll be seeing the team soon!!
If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson,
give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606.
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* 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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