September 1ST 2004



Q: "What do you do for a living?"

A: "I take people away from their computers and put them into each others arms."

- Rusty Frank



I want to thank everyone for their enthusiast response to my email earlier this week "begging" everyone to come out dancing at the Rhythm Club on all FOUR live music nites this month!

One of the greatest benefits to our swing dance world here in Los Angeles is that we have access to some of the finest musicians around. At the Rhythm Club this month we've got: The Campus Five, Jumpin' Joz, The Jive Aces, and then, to top it all off, our Big Band Nite featuring Mora's Modern Rhythmists (not to mention tonite's "Battle of the DJ" - Rusty and The Professor). I'm already getting emails from overseas, green with envy:

Hi Rusty,

I tell you, if Melbourne [Australia!] wasn't quite as far from California as it is, I'd be there!!

I love these emails, but sometimes they're almost torturous to read!! :0)

Best regards,


We, in L.A., are so spoiled with our active Lindy Hop scene, that most of us have no clue what it's like in the rest of the nation and world! People who start dancing now don't realize that this resurgence is something new. Lindy Hop, really did fall in to the recesses of our culture. When I got interested in the dance (when I was a teenager), there was literally no place a young person could dance with other young people. And live music was a real rarity, save Disneyland!

Now we have live music, venues practically every nite, classes all over town, and our very own Rhythm Club! Wow. Or, as Elmo Aardvark would say -- Zoix!

And it's all because of you. You and your support. The fact that you show up and support these events. It's not just magic that this scene exists, it's because of the fact that people support it all with their pocket book.

It's hard to imagine the background costs for putting on dances, but just some of the obvious costs are rental of the hall, hiring the bands, paying for advertising, etc. I would encourage each and everyone of you, when given the chance, to always support dances with live music. Smile when you come to the door and pull out your bills and hand them over to the door person and think, "Aren't we lucky to have this!".

In the back of my mind, I know all of this we have could disappear just as fast as it came back. The one way to keep it all here is to keep supporting it with the "Almighty Buck".


I'll get off my soap box now. Thanks for listening. Thanks for all your support!

See you on the dance floor!


That's right, a free concert in the park with PLENTY of room for dancing. We'll be there, come and join us! For the past eight years, we have been having a lovely twilight dance outdoors in Manhattan Beach for the Concert In The Park series offered by Parks and Rec. The band this Sunday is The Swing Kings.

Here's the skinny: This Sunday, 5-7pm. Polliwog Park. Located at the corner of Redondo Avenue and Manhattan Beach Blvd .CLICK HERE for city web site, or HERE for Polliwog Park info


Yep, we are indeed starting our new series THIS Sunday (Labor Day). So make sure to spread the word. What a fun way to accent your weekend... with a little swing dancing.


BALBOA: Our last two Balboa series were such a hit, we're just going to keep going. This new series will be Ongoing Balboa... that means you must know the basic to join this class. It is designed for those people who want to keep adding to their repertoire. ALL NEW material will be brought in for this series. Each week we can review an old move, too. Come along and join the Balboa craze (we're crazy about Balboa, that's for sure!)

LINDY 4 -- BACK AGAIN: We're happy to report that our Ongoing Lindy series will be starting up again next week, and in it's normal 8:30pm slot. In this class, we have an open format, where you, the students, make requests of material each week, and we, the teachers, bring in one or two wonderful "figures" (as they say in Europe).


We have the new pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website now. So you can register right on our site "easy peasy lemon squeezy". Go HERE. Remember, pre-register for class(es), you'll get a 10% discount off the normal prices. You can pre-register over the phone (310 606 5606), by check, or at We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...




Rusty & The Professor Robert Vangor are going to have a friendly "Battle of the DJ's, Wednesday, September 1st. Our regular 1st Wednesday of the Month DJ, the lovely Hilary Alexander, will be on vacation, so Rusty thought it would be fun to step in with her collection. Rusty & Robert are taking this very seriously, with her collection of over 400 cds, and Robert's collection of over 1,000 cds, they certainly have plenty from which to choose! They're each going to be pulling out their favorites. So make sure you're on hand to cheer them on.

And, remember, this is the Wednesday when we have the Intro to Swing class from 7:30-8:00 with Rusty & Gio. Let your friends, family, pets, extra-terrestrials know.

See you on the dance floor!

September 1
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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)

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE



This Week's Celebrations

Jon Moody
Craig Rocklin
Kacie Campbell

If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!



The wonderful Argonaut article that appeared a couple of weeks ago about Rusty and The Rhythm Club is online. If you missed it, here's a chance to take a look:


We had such a great response from that article on our USO 1940s nite, and since then. Thanks to the Argonaut, and especially writer Rahne Pistor for his fine work on the story.


I thought I would just pull three all-nighters last week, what the heck, and now have the complete "Lindy Hop with Rusty & Peter" series on DVD. That's right, all three of the wonderful instructional videos are now also available on DVD. You can get them in class or on the website HERE.


Thursday, 16 September, 2004 - 7pm to 8pm

Little Company of Mary Hospital/Del Webb Center for Education

4201 Torrance Blvd, Torrance

Basic instruction on history and variety of swing dances for the Association (a lay order of the convent) to encourage participation by Association members in the dance program for patients at various LCOM facilities.

Saturday, 25 September, 2004 - 2pm to 3pm

Artesia Christian Home

11614 E. 183rd St., Artesia

One of our favorite places, especially since THEY keep asking for US. Simple program which will hopefully include a sample of ballroom as well as our usual audience and employee participation.

RSVP or questions, contact Jes at or 310-372-4821


Augie finally surfaced and sent over a couple emails. Here's one I received a few days ago:

What's up Rusty!

Today was my day off but I still had to work. I wonder if you ever get a day off. You're so busy. lol But all of my tasks are over so i gotta go back to missions tomorrow. The good thing is I get to go to swing night this week. So that is going to be awesome. I can't wait. I need to get some dancing in. Too much stress, not enough swing out here. lol I am starting to look towards what I am going to do once i get back. I bought some tickets for me and a friend to go to the lindy exchange in Phoenix when November rolls around. It's going to be awesome I think. I went to a few of the events at the binge this year but we had a lot of training and I couldn't go to all of them like I wanted. So this will be fun. I am trying to get my friend who is going to move out to LA and become my dance partner. She is so cool and a great dancer but she is mostly ballroom. So she would need a lot of advice from you, Rusty. The Marine Corps ball is going in Nov., too, so we are going to go, but once the ball is over in Vegas, we are heading out to LA the next day for a weekend of swing. I can't wait to show her the swing scene in LA. She is "the girl" that got me into swing in the first place. She has no idea how awesome LA is when it comes to Lindy Hop. She will fall in love with the place I know it. It's too exciting. Then I think I will try to go to the Fall Festival at PBDA. I went to one of the dances last year and I got to meet Frankie Manning. That was awesome so I think I'm going to do it this year since I'll have the money. I am only going to be able to take lessons with you sundays though because it's too far of a drive during the week. But believe me, when I get out, my body is going to be there during the week too!!

Other than that I am only spending a week at home in El Paso and to see my folks and then I am coming back to California so I can pick up where I left off. I am so excited Rusty. All I gotta do now is finish up out here. And with all of the encouragement that you and your friends have given me, I am feeling good. Thank you again. I heard from Pete Jacobs again and I look forward to meeting him. You have helped me make so many friends Rusty that I can't thank you enough. You are great, and you can't help it. That's awesome. Nothing else is new though right now though. Take care and I'll talk to you again soon.

your swing son,


Augie strikes a pose at a recent dance class in Iraq
Augie (far right) helping run a swing dance class in Fallujah, Iraq.

AUGIE FREEMAN: For those of you who are new to our list, Augie Freeman is a young swing dancer from Lindy By The Sea who is currently serving with the Marines in Fallujah, Iraq. We have basically "adopted" him as our "swing son". Several months ago, we all chipped in and sent over the coolest package to him... but it never arrived. We had cookie, swing t-shirts, baseball caps, cds, books... all sorts of goodies. He was injured while on tour, but is doing great.

If you want to email him, click on this address and a composer window will pop up:

You can email Augie here:


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Swing Shift

* 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).


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.

JOIN NOW! -- click SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB -- send your first and last name and email address.

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