July 27TH 2004
"If you really want to please
~ --Elmo Aardvark (The Cinema's Favorite Star) 1928
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, DANCE!
Tomorrow nite kicks off the beginning of a great two weeks of dancing just for YOU. Starting tonight at Balboa class, special guests all the way from Switzerland will be showing us a bit of "Boogie Woogie". During all my travels, I get to meet the most awesome people. Here's two of them: Mario and Melanie. They are dance partners and have come out here for Camp Hollywood. I'll be hosting them, and I asked them if they would drop in to Tuesday night's class and show us a thing or three. Hold on to your hats! See below, they are our Link of the Week.
1940'S USO HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN NITE, JULY 28TH!
As a kick-off to Camp Hollywood, we are having a really special nite at the Rhythm Club. Remember, this is the nite to DRESS UP!!!! Jerry "Atomic" has graciously loaned us fabulous decorations (including a 48 star American flag), and John "Fort MacArthur" has loaned us a USO banner. Let's make the club look as though we went back in time to the 1940's, when "Swing was King"! (Let's make Pete Vincent, Faye Callen, Rudy Flores, and the rest of our favorite originals think they really have walked back into their youth again!!!!) Dress up in 1940's civilian or Allied Forces Military. I really would like to dare people to get creative... how about a Canadian Mountie or two!
We will be having performances by Rusty's Swing Shift Fliers, The Hollywood Hornets, and a recreation of original radio broadcasts from that time with actors Maxwell DeMille, Will Ryan, Dave Cox, Nathan Eick, and yours truly, Rusty Frank. Should be something to remember -- bring your cameras!
The Argonaut came out, and boy oh boy did they give us some good coverage! The article about the Rhythm Club is 2/3s a page! If you live in the airport area, make sure to pick up a copy of Thursday's Argonaut.
RUSTY TO PERFORM AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN 1940'S USO NITE
DRESS 1940'S SNAPPY, USO, ALLIED FORCES!
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8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
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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!
Set your VCR's for July 28th, 8:30pm-9:00pm if you want to see Rusty's "sensational" choreography for the television show "Quintuplets". Hee hee... "sensational"... well, realize that I got one 15 second spot, another 15 second spot, and then about 45 seconds... one of the actors wasn't a dancer, the other actor was a professional dancer but had never Lindy Hopped before... and we had just three days of finding a minute here and a minute there between rehearsals of scenes to practice. But we sure had fun, and I think that will come across! The actors really, really wanted to do some real Lindy stuff, so we put in Shadow Charleston and a couple of Swing Outs. We also did a lot of very showing, athletic stuff that's really funny with two guys (see the show and you'll know why it's two guys... very funny!). Here's the show's official website: http://www.fox.com/quints/home.htm
Last week, I got a nice, but lonely email from our swing dancing Marine stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. He let me know that he wasn't getting much email. So, I used the "power of the internet", and let you know. Within FIVE MINUTES, Augie was swamped with personal emails from around the world. He has been on cloud nine ever since. Through all this, it seems Augie and I have adopted each other, I'm his "Swing Mom" and he's my "Swing Son." Swing dancing doesn't get much better than this!
Here's the letter I received about five minutes after I first wrote to all of you:
wow, I have received so many e-mails the last couple of days. I think I may be halfway through answering them. Thank you so very much. You are amazing. Thank you. You know so many people throughout hte world of swing. That's awesome. I hope that in a few years I will have as many friends as you do. Everyday I obsess about the day that I get out and I will for sure be taking classes with you again once I get back. I am very excited. They have the new schedule out and they are still trying to find a dance partner for me to teach the class before the dance. They have another guy here who does swing but it seems like a lot of peoples idea of swing is all aerials. How scary would that be if everytime someone asked you to dance, he throws you into the air and makes you do flips? It would get exhausting even for him. lol So, I need to meet up with him and see what kind of a dancer he is. I think that I am so far the sole supplier of music for this little schindig. That's ok because I have plenty of it.
Thanks for all of your support so far. I think I have recieved more e-mails from you than I have from my adopted and my natural mother put together. A lot of people have asked if I could use anything. Well, I'm not asking for anything and there is nothing that I really need. But if someone wants to send anything, then it would be best sent in small packages. From what I've seen those are what are making it out here. My time is up though so I must go. Take care and I will talk to you again soon.
Then I got this one today:
Hey Swing Mom,
Loads of people from loads of countries have sent their regards. I think a total of thirty (maybe more) of your students and instructors from Germany, Norway, Rob from Australia, Maxwell DeMille, Pete Jacobs, and a couple of people from the Esquires have written. That's amazing. If you see them in person, please thank them for me. I wish I could be at your 40's night too. I have a vintage out fit from the 40's complete with shoes and hat that i could have worn to it. Some other time right. It sounds like your club is getting better and better too. You are having a lot of big time theme nights that sound really creative and I wish I could see it. Plenty of time next year though since I'll be out for that. Let's see, my address. It is:
CPL Freeman, Lee A
1st Tank Bn, Tow Plt
FPO AP 96426-1671
That would be cool if you could send the DVD out here. Thank you very much again. I am glad to hear that your classes are going well too. It's awesome to watch people get better and better. I had a friend that I would dance with who started about two months after I did. She thought I was so great and then when I danced with her while i was home, she had become a really great dancer. It's so much fun to see how we all progress. It will be fun to see how far I can get in the next couple of years...that's for sure.
Well, thanks for writing again Rusty. You are truly awesome. I talked to Tise Chao online last night and she agreed that you are truly a wonderful person and an amazing dancer (not to mention a phenomenal teacher). I will talk to you again soon.
your swing son,
augie (from Iraq)
MARIO AND MELANIE!: If you read German it helps, but, hey, what the heck, why not check out this great and very creative Swiss dance site. It's the site of Mario and Melanie, the couple we'll be hosting all week. You'll meet them at The Rhythm Club Wednesday nite, and maybe even see them do a display (we'll see how the jet lag is attacking them).
* 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.