September 8ST 2004
June 1947 Photoplay Advertisement.
This delightful ad comes to us from collector extraordinaire Will Ryan.
Enjoy a closer look at this, click HERE.
"To sing well and to dance well is to be well-educated."
"RUSTY'S FUN HOUSE" -- THE FUN CONTINUES!
One of our favorite dancers celebrated his birthday at the Rhythm Club last week (we're guessing 80-something?), and, as he does each week, he greeted me with the following: "Hello, Rusty. I'm so happy to be here this week at "Rusty's Fun House" for my pleasure treatment and anti-ageing therapy." Is that the best! No wonder we all love Rudy so very much. He's a dear and has the best attitude; he comes to the club each week with a smile on his face, dances all night long, is greeted by all the women with a warm hug and the men with a smile and handshake. When he leaves at the end of happy nite he makes a point to pull me aside and say, "I had a good time." In this age of hyperbole, (GREAT, FANTASTIC, AMAZING), it is delightful to hear someone say in simple, straightforward words, "I had a good time."
Many of us view September as "back to school" month and the summer's end, so it is a pleasure to have our dancing as a weekly highlight. We have four wonderful weeks ahead of us at "Rusty's Fun House" (The Rhythm Club"), starting tonite with one of our local favorites Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five featuring Hilary Alexander. Remember, The Rhythm Club has AIR CONDITIONING!. For sure we'll be cranking it up tonite to keep you cool as you heat it up on the dance floor.
Next week, we 've got another favorite, Jumpin' Joz. And, then, drum roll please -- All the way from across The Big Pond, the rip-roaring English jump swing band - The Jive Aces. We've enjoyed them each and every time they have performed at The Rhythm Club -- with their amazing mucisicanship and crazy antics, in the old school of band entertainers.
To top it all off, we've got our Big Band Nite featuring Mora's Modern Rhythmists for their debut performance at the Rhythm Club! The Big Band Nites are one of my favorite contributions of all I do in this "job" as dance teacher and dance promoter. To bring Big Band music right into our venue, pleases me no end. And, again, I thank you all for your wonderful support of live music! Without you, The Rhythm Club and live music there just wouldn't exist.
LAST WEEK'S BATTLE OF THE DJS
ROUGHHOUSE RUSTY VS. THE PULVERIZING PROFESSOR
We sure had fun, and we kept that dance floor full. But everyone felt it was far too tame. So next time, instead of trading dj-ing sets, The Professor and I will trade songs! Watch out.
RUSTY'S TAPS IMMORTALIZED!
SHE MAKES IT TO THE NEW JIVES ACES CD
Some of you may remember earlier in the year that I got to record with the Jive Aces for their new cd. The boys invited me to observe their recording session. And while in the studio, I offered to tap for their recording of "Singin' In The Rain". Well, I just heard this week, that it's official -- my taps actually made it to the final product. As soon as I know further information, I'll let you know!
NEW BEGINNER CLASSES SUNDAY
NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN
No one was more surprised than Rusty, Gio, and Glenn, when about thirty people walked in the door for the beginner series last Sunday. We really didn't know what to expect, as it was a holiday weekend. But, lo and behold, another GREAT beginners series is underway.
We look at the registration cards to see how all these people find their way to us. A newcomer, filling out this card, will circle one word, "web, newspaper, banner, friend..." And more often than not, it is "friend". That means YOU. So, once again, thank you for all you do to keep swing dancing alive.
Make sure to let your friends know they can still join this series this coming Sunday.
Also, for those of you Level 2 and 3 people who did take the holiday weekend, we'll look forward to seeing you again this Sunday.
TUESDAY CLASSES -- ONGOING
NO CLASS THIS COMING WEEK... DON'T FORGET!
In order to get back in sync with Sundays, we will be taking one week off in the middle of our series. This means NO CLASS this coming Tuesday, September 14th. Mark you calendar now, we wouldn't want to see any sad faces standing at the door Tuesday nite. Actually, we wouldn't see them, because we wouldn't be there.
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!
ARGONAUT STORY ON LINE
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.
LINDY HOP WITH RUSTY & PETER -- LEVEL 1, 2 & 3
READY 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.
TWO SSRC EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER
JOIN THE FUN -- AND THE "MITZVAH"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-372-4821
Retroradar.com:Here's a brand new website that you're definitely going to want to bookmark. Here's what they have to say:
At RetroRadar.com, we celebrate a time when virtues were golden and people were the priority. A time when families gathered around the dinner table to talk about their day, when a car was a work of quality craftsmanship, and a trip to the cinema was like an escape to a fantasyland of infinite possibility. But this is no history lesson, it's the best of what was that still is today.
RetroRadar.com is an information clearinghouse for anyone enamored of mid-20th century pop culture, including hot rodders, lindy hoppers, classic film lovers, Art Deco aficionados, WWII re-enactors, vintage clothing collectors, and other retrophiles. Our goal is two-fold: To pay homage to the innovation and achievements of America's golden era from the 1920s to the 1960s, and to keep alive the courtesy, class and timeless style of this period. We venerate movies that pull at the heartstrings, music that makes you want to dance, and clothing that flatters rather than flaunts. Our radar screen filters out the noise that surrounds us and allows visitors to zero in on the resources they're seeking in the world of vintage Americana. If it's hip, we've got the blip.
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.
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.