May 18TH 2004
Thought it would be fun to dig into my swing art archives.
JIVE ACES COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB
Save the date!!
FRIDAY!! FRIDAY!! FRIDAY!!
Rusty & Hilary present, direct from London,
a special Rhythm Club
appearance and swing dance with the...
|Dance Lesson and DJ on the first
Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00|
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
(check our calendar)
This Week's Celebrations
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
Maxwell DeMille was our grand prize winner for coming the closest in accurately translating our Aussie Challenge. Last week at the Rhythm Club, we had a real Australian (whoo hoo!) read the Aussie, whilst Maxwell himself read the American. For your reading pleasure, here is the scoop:
-All us Sandgropers think Rusty is an alright chick.
-Most arvos she liked to spine bash cos she was stuffed after checking out the roos and the local yobbo's.
-A yobbo is recognized by his mullet.
-She spent a few quid on things from Op shops.
-This is where stuff goes after people have popped their clogs.
-Rusty is a vejjo and she liked our snags. She was pretty partial to our lollies, bikkies and vegemite too.
-She's no drongo!
-We went to Swanny beach where she posed in her bathers and checked out the surfies.
-She took a photo of a dunny on the way.
-Most of the time we were flat out like a lizard drinking.
-One highlight was hooning around the farm in the ute and seeing the emus in the bush.
-I think she had a rip snorter of a holiday.
-She didn't whinge once.
The Einstein Aging Study, summarized in June 19, 2003 New England Journal of Medicine, found that dancing helps prevent dementia. Dementia in the study refers to both Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Vascular dementia is the 2nd most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's.
The study included participants in six brain-stimulating hobbies - reading, writing for pleasure, doing puzzles, board games or playing cards, group discussions and playing music. The study also included participants in 11 physical activities including team sports, swimming, bicycling and dance. Dance was the only physical activity that benefited the brain. This was attributed to the cerebral rather than the physical aspect of dance.
Researchers found that the relationship between the mind-stimulating effects of dancing, as well as in the above six types of hobbies, and the lowered risk of dementia remained strong even after they allowed for variables such as age, sex and education. Frequency of activity also was important! 63% lower than that among subjects in the lowest third. We believe this emphasizes the importance of engaging in a regular program of dancing.
The need to learn and remember numerous dance movements produces a constant and very beneficial challenge to the brain.The social aspects of dancing, the relaxation it produces and the joy of dancing also is involved. The sense of accomplishment and confidence acquired by successfully completing a dance with a partner are beneficial, as well.
Fitness, both mental and physical, often begins with one's state of mind. Mental acuity comes from mental exercise and if you're dancing, you're not sitting at home watching TV or feeling sorry for yourself. This applies to everyone of all ages. Among mind-stimulating activities, dancing is unique in that it also provides beneficial physical exercise.
Many people have gotten the message. That's why we see increasing numbers of people of all ages having the time of their lives on dance floors all over the county. They are receiving a double payoff, mental and physical.
Keep Your Brain Alive! Go Dancing!
Win $200 at the Big Jitterbug Contest! It's all part of a Salute to the USO featuring the 14-piece Jonathan Stout Orchestra coming May 24th to Maxwell's at the Argyle. Vintage military attire invited. Members of the Armed Forces past and present admitted free. The contest is limited to 12 couples. Sign up today! Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More info at http://maxwelldemille.com/nightclub.
A Swing Dance Party benefiting Project Angel Food featuring The Viper 6 and Spanky Wilson, Sunday, May 23rd, 8 PM - midnight at Hollywood's Club IVAR, 6536 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood CA Open Bar Tickets $49.99 each, available at Ticketmaster) or Project Angel Food ()
Club Ivar will be the site of a Swing 'N Blues party sponsored by KKJZ - FM (88.1), Asahi Beer, Danzka Vodka, Knob Creek Bourbon with live music all night. The evening will open with The Viper 6, a stompin' swingin' jazz lineup of King Aurthur Michael Dias "Doghouse" the III on bass, Catalina Eddy on guitar, "Doctor Bob" Brenman and Robert Alts on horns, Atomic Jim Stromburg on drums and Miz Christine singing scat.
Headliner for the evening will be the extraordinary jazz singer Spanky Wilson and her band performing in her world renown swinging, bluesy style... as Doug McIntyre of KABC's RedEye Radio says, "She's da bomb!"
Click HERE for details.
Now that Augie's package has been sent off... we're sure that he would still appreciate letters and emails from you. So if you'd like to write him...
Cpl Freeman, Lee A
1st Tank Bn, Tow Plt
FPO AP 96426-1671
or if you would like to email him: email@example.com
TAPDANCE.ORG: (We're keeping this info up a second week... as the event is this Saturday.) This site holds all things "tap". Whatever you want to find, whomever you want to find... if it has to do with tap dancing, this is the place. National Tap Day was declared in 1989, and has been enthusiastically observed around the globe ever since. The actual date selected was Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday -- May 25th. The events are usually held on the Saturday nearest. In Los Angeles, we'll be having a wonderful outdoor celebration. Our very own Rusty will be one of the featured performers at this year's National Tap Dance Day celebration. She'll also be presenting a special award to Miriam Nelson, long-time friend and choreographer.
It's hard to describe everything in this amazing woman's career. But here's an abbreviated list:
Miriam Nelson credits:
Five broadway shows in the 1940s: Panama Hattie, Let's Face It, Yokel Boy, Very Warm For May, Sing out the News.
Two years under contract at Paramount as dancer, actress, and choreographer.
Two years at Warner Bros. as choreographer with Gene Nelson.
Columbia Studios, as choreographer and dancer in many pictures. (Cover Girl, Jolson Story)
1953-PresentTelevision, including choreographed Red Skelton Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour NBC, Shower of Stars, CBS; Judy Garland's first television show; Betty Grable and Harry James first tv show (also as co-producer); Eddie Fisher Show; The Hollywood Palace; Buck Rogers; Battlestar Gelactica; Designing Women, John Ritter Show, the new Delta Burke show,
Went back to Columbia, choreographed for Ingrid Bergman in Cactus Flower.
Choreographed two Academy Award shows.
Did many live shows: Radio City Musica Hall Easter Show; did an ice show at Radio City; several shows for the White House; staged directed the primary for Nixon; did the opening of Disneyland in 1955 and many shows for the park; did the travelling arena show of Disney on Parade;
Staged and choreographed and directed acts for: Gordon and Sheila MacRae, Donald O'Connor, Rose Marie, Steve Lawrence and Edi Gorme,William Bendix, Carol Channing, Ann Miller
Charity shows: SHARE, gala for Alzheimers, Thalians Ball.
* 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).
JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB TODAY!
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.