March 23rd 2005
"Jitterbug. It's EASY. You just walk up to you a girl and ask,
'Pardon me, would you mind if I break every bone in your body?'"
--Australian newsreel 1940s
SHORT BUT SWEET
This may just be the shortest weekly newsletter you ever get. My shoulder is still on the mend (translation - OUCH!!!!!). And since it hoits when I type, I'm gonna just keep this short. Thanks for your understanding. You're all the best.
NEW APRIL SERIES
Our new Monday and Tuesday classes begin next week, and Sunday classes begin on April 3rd.
Many of you Sunday people are ready to move over to Mondays and/or Tuesday for the Track and Featured Class, and we're looking forward to having you join us!.
Our curriculum is posted HERE
NEW FEATURED CLASS
"DEAN COLLINS SHIM SHAM" -- FOR ALL LEVELS!
Our Featured Class this series is "Dean Collins Shim Sham". This is a
non-partnered swing dance... so you can actually be ANY level to join the class! Dean Collins was one of the all-time great swing dancers, and he made up an amazing variation on the traditional Shim Sham. His version has loads of Boogie moves that will bring you to the next level of your dancing.
"WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS CLASS?"
People often ask us why we teach non-partnered swing dances. Our reply is frank... we can teach you partnered moves, but these moves don't inherently teach you how to move and "look" like a Lindy Hopper. For those of you who are really trying to take your dancing to the next level, learning the Dean Collins Shim Sham, will do the trick, we kid you not. Many of the steps in the dance are eccentric by nature, and get your feet really moving and teach you body isolation (e.g. how to shake your shoulders, wag your fingers, triple step, and cross your eyes at the same time... you get the picture).
Basically, trust us!
OMT (One more thing...) We will have the new Marcus and Barbl "Dean Collins Shim Sham" instructional dvd available for purchase. It's terrific, and then you can practice at home.
Remember, Level 4 students, you can come back through any Level 1, 2, or 3 classes for $10/each for the entire series!
For you more advanced dancers, The Zone will be on Monday nites this series.
FOR MONDAY NITE CLASSES -- MOOSE LODGE
514 W. Imperial Avenue * El Segundo * 90245
New location for Monday nite classes -- The Moose Lodge. We are VERY excited to have this new location. It's right off Imperial Highway, just around the corner from our other class locations. There's plenty of parking and a well-lit parking lot. The floor is linoleum, so we suggest that if you are "floor fussy", bring some peds to put over your shoes. Please take a note of the Monday and Tuesday class times and locations, as they differ slightly. Here's a MAP of the Moose location.
"I learn it on Monday, I practice it on Tuesday"
We have been noticing a rise in "Golden Tickets" as a result of our dual nite Tracks. People have been buying this all-in-one card as an opportunity to real pace themselves. As we have heard, "On Monday nite I learn the moves, on Tuesday nite, I practice the moves." If you would like to take advantage of our best offer, sign up for a Golden Ticket ($100, all the classes you want in the month series, or $90 (!!!!) pre-registered).
USE YOUR QUICK STOP CARD TO PRE-REGISTER AND SAVE 10% ON CLASSES
(click on image to find out how it works and how you can get one!)
We have pre-registration discounts of 10% on the website. So you can register with your Quick Stop Card, or 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 on-line We hope that you'll enjoy taking advantage of this new offer...
WE'RE GETTING A NEW FLOOR AT THE RHYTHM CLUB!
That's right! Only a year an a half since the water damage incident at the Elk's Lodge, we are going to be getting a brand new dance floor. Can you imagine what this means?! A dance floor just for use. Perfect for dancing. It's going to be completely supervised and put in by our very own Michael D'Angelo. He's the best. And we're the luckiest.
However, it does mean that we're going to have to move around for a few weeks and maybe even be "dark" a week or two. But the end result will be worth it. Stay tuned for further announcements and more good news.
This Week's Celebrations
Our very own Rhythm Pal -- Ron Campbell!
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
One of our very favorites - Rudy, and all dressed up!
BRAND New Scrapbooks! Click HERE
BALBOA RENDEZVOUS:Don't forget, all you Bal fans out there, that The Balboa Rendezvous is fast approaching. April 1-3rd down in San Diego. Click HERE for details.
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!):