February 15th 2005
Irene and Vernon Castles
"Our aim is to uplift dancing... and place it before the public in its proper light. When this has been done, we feel convinced that no objection can possibly be urged against it on the grounds of impropriety, but rather that social reformers will join with the medical profession in the view that dancing is not only a rejuvenator of good health and spirits, but a means of preserving youth, prolonging life, and acquiring grace, elegance, and beauty."
1914, Irene and Vernon Castle
Two of the most popular social dancers and dance teachers in world history...
Vernon died in a plane crash in 1918.
RUSTY'S "SHOULDER ADVENTURE"
THE FUN BEGINS AGAIN
If I don't chicken out, Thursday I will be having surgery on my right shoulder. The operation will be conducted by an excellent sports doc over at Kaiser. I had a good 1/2 hour meeting with him yesterday, and I think I was really able to explain to him how vital my right arm is to my livelihood and YOUR happiness!
I am NOT intending on taking any break from classes, the club, and other Lindy By The Sea/Rhythm Club activities. Ron and Gio have been carefully planning our teaching since we got the news last month.
We have loads of helpers in place to make sure everything gets done. Your participation is so important. Don't think I'm going anywhere! Everything is fully operational!
I'm not sure I will be able to type for a couple weeks, so there may not be a weekly newsletter next week.
What I know is that I will be in a sling for about 4-6 weeks, and the full recovery time is about 6 months. The doc expects a full recovery (that means much better than I am now!).
I am having surgery to fix four thingies. One of them is just something I seem to have been born with, another from a skiing accident years ago, and three from "bad" leads in swing dancing (yikes... but don't fear gals, it's because I was already pre-deposed).
RUSTY'S 2000 "BROKEN NECK AND CERVICAL CORD ADVENTURE"
For those of you who don't know, in 2000, I suffered a broken neck (five breaks, actually -- C1 in three places, C2, and C6) and an incomplete cervical cord injury at C2. It has been one LONG haul. But the great thing is that all my students really stood by me throughout the entire struggle. You can read about it, if you want HERE, and see photos HERE of the "great hospital adventure", and HERE for how I coped with the "Halo", and HERE to view the aerial the caused it (not the accident).
Rusty and her Halo pictured here with (Left to Right) Lance Benishek, Leonard Reed (Mr. Shim Sham) and Betty Wood (Miss Big Apple)
"Lemons to Lemonade" -- Rusty and her Halo
Dancing with "The Swivel Sisters" (left to right) Lovelynn Jensen and Lauren Sjoblom (age 10!)
My motto has always been the same as Rosie The Riveter's.
My broken neck was certainly one of those cases, with everyone rallying around. And I know for certain that this will be the case. Wish me luck, men start practicing leads for the lady's's left hand, and see you all on the dance floor!
VALENTINE'S PARTY AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
THIS WEDNESDAY -- FEBRUARY 16TH
DRESS UP - VINTAGE WITH A SPLASH OF RED AND WHITE
We've got the perfect band for our Valentine's party -- Mora's Modern Rhythmists Dance Orchestra! Music just doesn't get much better than this. Dean Mora feels as though he walked right out of the 1920's and '30's, as well as his beautiful canary of song, Kayre Morrison.
Come along and join all your dancing friends for another wonderful night at Rusty's Rhythm Club
MORA'S MODERN RHYTHMISTS PLAYING FOR OUR DANCING PLEASURE
RUSTY'S B-DAY PARTY FEBRUARY 23RD
VINTAGE WESTERN NITE
COWBOY DEMILLE TO HOST!
FLIERS TO PERFORM!
For those of you who don't know it, Rusty is just a little ol' cowboy at heart. So dig out your cowboy outfit and join us on the dance floor for a vintage cowboy themed evening of music and swing dancing!.....
Rusty has specially requested her favorite Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Maxwell DeMille to host her party, and her Swing Shift Fliers to perform. Come along and join in the festivities.
This Week's Celebrations
Andrew Winton (London!)
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
Jean Veloz, Maxwell Demille, and Miss Rusty
New Scrapbooks! Click HERE
VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE - MODERN DANCING: Wow! I can't believe this one... brought to us by our very own student, Chris Webster... the COMPLETE BOOK from 1914 written by dance legends Vernon and Irene Castle. The Castles are two of my favorite historical dance personalities. I recently came across some beautiful silent footage of them, and, together with the Astaire Rogers pic "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle", my interest is pushed even farther forward. You may have seen me and Chris dancing around the edge of the floor in the past months; we are attempting (and that is a very appropriate word) to dabble with "The Castle Walk."
Now you can see what has held my interest all these years.
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 FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."
THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:
1. Having fun! (Fun)
2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)
1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).
2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.
The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.
"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):