AUGUST 26TH 2003
Shirley Temple and Buddy Ebsen
"The piper boy, the piper boy
~ part of a poem by Buddy Ebsen ~
Has come to fill our house with joy.
For in the place where nothing grew
A thing of beauty sprang anew,
That lifted hearts from glum to gay,
That caused each passerby to say
| LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES
NEW SERIES BEGINS
AUGUST 31, SEPTEMBER, 1, & 2ND
7, 14, 21
| REBEKAH LODGE
406 E. Grand Ave.
(corner of Arena)
1, 8, 15, 22
| MASONIC LODGE
520 Main Street
(enter alley off of Mariposa to lower parking lot -- entrance at
the huge wall mural)
2, 9, 16, 23
| REBEKAH LODGE
406 E. Grand Ave.
(corner of Arena)
| End-Of-Series Party
Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 7:00-10:00pm - $5.00
at Rebekah Lodge
| MAP and CALENDAR
SAVE THE DATES!!
SAVE THE DATES!!
SAVE THE DATES!!
Nathan E. 8:00-8:30pm
"Professor" Robert Vangor between band sets
... and the Professor's "Rhythm Club Quiz Contest"
Prizes! (of course)
This Week's Celebrations
* Jon Moody
* Kacie Campbell
* Natasha Kaiserman
WONDERFUL EVENT LAST SATURDAY AT ARTESIA HOME FOR THE AGED
NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THIS SATURDAY'S EVENT
Stop! Don't wait! Join the Swing Shift Rhythm Club now! Come and play with us!
Last Saturday about twenty-five SSRC members entertained and danced with the residents of the Artesia Home For The Aged. It was a happy-hearted event for all. Rusty's amateur team (the Swing Shift Fliers) made their debut performing two routines in front of the appreciative audience. Tony and Linda performed two wonderful routines, and Rusty managed to tap dance! When the performances were over, everyone got up and danced -- and that was practically the hit of the show. The residents couldn't believe that it wasn't choreographed! Let's hear it for social dancing.
We all visited with the residents after the show, and Rusty had a stirring encounter with an elderly Dutch woman whose husband had been in the Underground during WWII, and they had hidden Canadian fliers in their basement... despite having Nazis as their nextdoor neighbors. The woman's face lit up when she recalled the exact name of one of the fliers.
Other residents recalled their move to California from other states in the 1920s, and we were treated with memories of California back in the day.
Well done to all! Thanks, Jessica for organizing the SSRC, and Kacie for organizing the Fliers!
Remember: Our Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) is the volunteer arm of our local swing dance community. Through the SSRC, we visit senior homes, children hospitals, and entertain and dance at street fairs. The purpose of the club is to do some good deeds and promote the fun of swing dancing.
Anyone can join the club. The events are varied, and purely volunteer in nature. You'll get a notice through the SSRC Yahoo Group website of upcoming events, and you can chose which one(s) you'd like to attend.
If the event is at a senior home or children's hospital, we have a little program we do that includes a little history of swing dance, some performances, some social dancing, and plenty of visiting with the residents/patients. You can be involved in any way you wish, from social dancing to turning the music on! It's all up to you (no pressure!!)
Jessica Densmore is our liaison for organizing the events. So if you know of some place that would like to have a happy group of swing dancers pop in, get in touch with her. Here is her address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Greenhalgh is our web guy, so when you subscribe, you'll be going through him. The site is up at Yahoogroups.com
And here's this coming Saturday's event that could use some volunteers:
Saturday, August 30, '03 1:30 - 2:30PM
(If you can attend this events, because of such short notice, you might want to contact Jessica directly.
Click SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB to join -- send your first and last name and email address.
NOTE: The Swing Shift Rhythm Club is the volunteer group, the Swing Shift Fliers is Rusty's amateur dance team, and The Rhythm Club is the Wednesday weekly swing dance. Got it?
BUDDY EBSEN -- ANOTHER TAP DANCE LEGENDS PASSES AWAY
CELEBRATION THIS SATURDAY, WITH APPEARANCE BY RUSTY!
Rusty and Buddy Ebsen share a nice moment at a Palm Springs book signing
Buddy Ebsen's best-known characterization is that of "Jed Clampett" patriarch of that celebrated piece of Americana "The Beverly Hillbillies". His second
best known is the television sleuth "Barnaby Jones". Prior to that was his
portrayal of "Georgie Russell" pal of "Davy Crockett" plus in the "Matt Houston"
series and "Northwest Passage". He celebrated his 95th birthday on April 2nd
of this year and passed away peacefully at Torrance Memorial Hospital in the
morning on July 6th, 2003 surrounded by his wife Dorothy, his children and
Rusty had the great opportunity to meet Buddy Ebsen on many occasions. Each time she met him, he was down-to-earth, enthusiastic, and clearly in love with dancing. Whenever they met, he always insisted that they tap dance the Shim Sham Shimmy.
Rusty first got to know Buddy and his sister Vilma through interviews for her book, "TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955". The Ebsens are one of the featured chapters.
Though known to most for his television shows, Buddy began his show business career with his little sister Vilma. They were a tap dance team -- and quite a successful one! Their favorite routine was always the Shim Sham Shimmy. You can see them dancing together in the movie "Broadway Melody of 1936."
This Saturday, August 30th, at the Television Academy, there will be a celebration for Buddy, put on by his wife, Dorothy Ebsen. This is open to the public (first come, first serve), and is scheduled to start at 2:00pm. On the bill is Dick Van Dyke, Bill Holt, Fess Parker, Lee Meriwether, Max Baer, Kiki Ebsen (Buddy's daughter), and Rusty with her tap dance partner Gregory Gast. Rusty and Greg will be paying homage to the Ebsens with a little song and tap dance -- of course, the Shim Sham Shimmy!
FIND OUR FRIENDS -- ROUND TWO
Last week we included this drawing in our weekly update, but no one came up with the complete answer... so we extend the contest one more week! This Simpson's drawing actually contains three Lindy-scene people you know and love. Can you find them? The first person to respond with the correct answer will be the lucky winner of an Elmo Aardvark futuristic cd (perfect for Collegiate Shag and Balboa!). Send your answers to Rusty. HINT: The three include two actual local dancers and an actual guitarist.
To find out more, click HERE
SWEDISH DANCE CAMP -- HERRANG
... AND A GREAT PICTURE OF KATIA!
The Herrang Dance Camp is simply one of the best lindy hop experiences anyone can hope to have. Our very own Victor Ho attended one week this summer, and he sent over this entry from his journal and a great picture of Katia (our Operation Dance gal) from the Friday night party "Woodstock"
I'll share one of my journal entries and you can post this in the newsletter if you like. I also attached a few pictures you can use.
Today was the last day of classes. I'm starting to feel the Herrang blues. I don't want this week to end yet. Steven Mitchell's jazz class really challenged the most out of me. Once I got smacked really hard in the face by a student accidently. My face was hurting and my nose was bleeding. But I didn't stop dancing. I felt like a boxer in a featherweight championship match. I would always stay in the front lines doing the routine over and over again. I didn't want to watch other students. I wanted to dance they way I feel. Any mistake I made was because I did it myself. Not because I was watching the person in front of me.
Steven Mitchell teaching class
I was inspired the other day by Dawn Hampton's talk. She changed the way I feel about the dance. Not about swing dancing. Just dancing. She commented that if all the world leaders learned how to lindy hop, there wouldn't be any wars or hate. I can believe that. She urged us to be a positive influence as swing dancers to the world. The world is watching. I heard there is a lindy hop scene in Nigeria! I hope she continues to inspire dancers all over the world.
Dawn Hampton (right) and Angela Andrew (left)
My last class was with Frankie Manning. What a great way to end my week. He was funny as usual. Even though he taught the basic skills, it was still a joy to watch him teach. I can't believe he is turning 90 years old next year and he is still dancing with twice as many girls as I do on a good night. What a man! I hope someone makes a movie about him someday.
Frankie watches over a class
After dinner, I got ready for the last dance. The last dance is always a theme night. The theme night for my week was Woodstock. Herrang goes all out in these events. They really know how to party. The whole camp was decorated with anything that has to do with Woodstock from a tie-dyed van to marijuana plants (probably fake, I hope). The best thing was that everybody dressed up. It really was Woodstock and we even had a rock band. I can't believe you can swing to Jimi Hendrix music. I danced until 6:00am that night/morning. It's funny to think that you can dance until 7:00am, have breakfast at 8:00am, and then go to class at 9:00am. Sleeping is not an option. When you come to Herrang, you come to dance!
My most memorable dance happened tonight also. I had met a French girl when I went swing dancing in Paris a couple weeks ago. I never got a chance to ask her to dance because she was so popular among the locals. What are the chances that I see her again in Herrang. This time she asked me to dance. She was amazing! And so was the girl from Barcelona, London, Stockholm, Perth, St. Petersburg, Munich, Amsterdam, and Pasadena.
Tap Dance Jam Session
The world came to me in Herrang. I think all swing dancers should experience Herrang at least once. I can't really describe it because it's different for everybody. For most it is a turning point. For a few it is total exhaustion. For me it was magical. Late one night I was tap dancing by myself at 2:00am in a dance tent. My taps echoed a rhythm that made me smile. I was not a beginner. I was a dancer.
See you next year in week 4!
Kacie Campbell and Victor Ho
If any of you would like to have a private swing dance lesson,
give Rusty a call at 310.606.5606.