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June 22ND 2005
WEDNESDAY

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"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance."

--Unknown (comes to us from our new LBS student and Lindy enthusiast Jeff Metcalf!)
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BRAVO TO THE "SECRET AGENT MAN CLASS"

Ron and I couldn't be more proud of the "Secret Agent Man Class". It takes a lot of guts to get up and perform in front of your fellow dancers in a club setting, and they did a fantastic job! They worked so hard, not only in the four week series (where they learned the routine), but also in the added on practice sessions, in their cars, at the copy machine, you know the rest! So from Ron and me, and all the rest, "Well done!".

Click HERE to see a little scrapbook of pictures of the "Secret Agent Man Class".

Click HERE to see video of the performance!

TAKE A LOOK AT THE CHANGES AT LINDY BY THE SEA SUMMER PROGRAM

We've made some modifications for our summer schedule, so make sure to take a look down below! We're looking forward to a great summer of dancing.

KUDOS TO THE SSRC -- BRINGING JOY TO THOSE CONFINED


The SSRC gang last Saturday -- What a line up!

I want to personally applaud Jessica, Cathryn (Captain Fun), and Norman (the officers of the SSRC) and all of you who volunteer at these amazingly wonderful events. Last Saturday's activity was another mark of your love for people and your generosity in bringing happiness through swing dancing to those who can't get out (hospitalized or in senior homes). Read about Saturday's event and look at their pictures down below.

Maybe you have a little time in your schedule to join the SSRC?


Jamie dances with one of the "guests"

ANNOUNCING OUR SUMMER SCHEDULE!

*Monday Classes On Hiatus (NO Mondays for July & August)
*FEATURED CLASS: Dips and Tricks
*NEW! Your "Custom Class"

THAT'S RIGHT, NO MONDAY NIGHT CLASSES FOR JULY & AUGUST
NEW START TIMES FOR TUESDAY CLASSES, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
NEW SERIES BEGINS NEXT WEEK, JUNE 28th

We'll be consolidating our Featured Classes and Tracks to Tuesday nights in July & August (starting THIS coming week). In order to give Rusty's shoulder a break (no pun intended), Ron some extra time to train for the upcoming NJC with his team "The Hornets", and Ron's wife some more time with him (!), and you more time for you, we decided to not have Monday nite classes for the summer. Join us on Tuesday nites for The Track, The Featured Class, and our new option "Custom Class".

FEATURED CLASS: DIPS AND TRICKS
TUESDAYS AT 8:00PM

This is a brand new Featured Class for us, and we are thrilled to be offering it.

Partnered dips are a fun and exciting element to put into your dancing, right in the middle of a song, or as a dramatic finish. Dips are easy to do, but each one has its own special technique; we will be going through just 1-2 dips each week in order to make sure that we go through all the detail that will make you a "safe" partner on the dance floor.

"Tricks" are partnered moves that have a little extruded flair. They don't involve any flips, or things like that. They do include, safe and fun little pop ups and tosses. Please make sure you are good physical shape (please no chronic serious knee, ankle, hip, neck, or arm problems that could put you at risk -- call us if you're not sure 310 606 5606).

NEW SUNDAY SERIES BEGINS JULY 3RD

Make sure to spread the word that a new series of Sunday classes begins July 3rd. What better way to spend the July 4th weekend that fun swing dance classes!

THE CUSTOM CLASS
Advanced-Intermediate Lindy Hoppers

This is your chance to get exactly the training you want with the hands-on attention that only a small group class can allow.Here's how it works:

You pick the subject.
You put together your group.
You book us. (2-week or 4-week increments, Tuesdays from 9-10pm)
First come, first served.
Pricing is based on a sliding scale. (See below)

The "Custom Class" allows you to hand select the material you want. We work at your speed. Getting ready for a competition? We can train you. Want to work on aerials? We can train you. Want some advanced material or styling? We can train you. Get the picture? Our start date will be this coming Tuesday, June 28th. Have one person from the group contact us and let us know what you want to work on. Call 310-606-5606 -- we will prepare a unique curriculum just for you.

Here are a few possible options for your "Custom Class":

Aerials
Advanced Lindy Material
Balboa (Any Level)
Charleston (1920s Partnered)
Competition Preparation
Collegiate Shag (Any Level)
Dips and Tricks
Footwork / Styling
Harlem Style
Hollywood Style
Lindy Charleston
Routines:
- Big Apple
- Classic Shim Sham
- Dean Collins Shim Sham
- Jeep Jockey Jump
- Lindy Chorus
- Secret Agent Man

PRICING (for Golden Ticket holders, you get $40 toward your Custom Class):

4 people, 2/weeks= $44/per person ($22/per class)
4 people, 4/weeks= $80/per person ($20/per class)

6 people, 2/weeks= $34/per person ($17/per class)
6 people, 4/weeks= $60/per person ($15/per class)

8 people, 2/weeks= $28/per person ($14/per class)
8 people, 4/weeks= $48/per person ($12/per class)

10 people, 2 weeks= $24/per person ($12/per class)
10 people, 4 weeks= $40/per person ($10/per class)



DANCE CLASSES! WHAT A BARGAIN!

We have a lot of wonderful options at Lindy By The Sea. Such as any second class taken on the same day is 1/2 price, and our "Golden Ticket" allows you to take ALL of our classes in a given series for only $100 or $90!! if you pre-register! (and $40 if it can go towards the "Custom Class" for those Advanced/Intermediate students). What a deal. If you took four classes in the series, it would break down to $5.62 a class -- where else are ya gonna find that kind of bargain.


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!)


PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT!

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...

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TREAT OUR NEW FLOOR WITH CARE

Our new floor is spectacular!

I do have a huge favor to ask of all: Please treat this new floor with TLC. First of all there is something known as "New Floor Syndrome," quite similar to "New Car Syndrome." You guard it with your life. The Elks over there have it.

You can help us protect our new floor by observing the following "Rhythm Club Floor Protection Campaign":

No tape on the bottom of your shoes
(tape leaves black/grey marks and a sticky mess on the floor.)

No powder
(baby powder grinds into the floor and removes the floor finish)

No wax
(waxes, like Shuffleboard wax, add a film onto the floor and make it dangerous to the unprepared, and also destroy the finish)

Please refrain from heel slides that tear up the floor

Note: Please let me know if you see someone "hurting" our new floor. I will be happy to take care of it.


JUNE 22
JUNE 29
JULY 6
JULY 13
JULY 20
WITH SPECIAL GUEST BRIAN ATKINSON
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

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This Week's Celebrations


Rita Catanzarite
Shari Campbell (our very FIRST Lindy By The Sea student!)
Eric Siegel
Brett Rhodes
Gilbert Concepcion

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



Below is a lovely report from Jessica about the recent "Little Company of Mary Sub Acute Care Center" event. Click HERE to view the photographs of the event.

SSRC Event of saturday, June 18,05 2-3pm

Participants we thank profusely for making this one of our most successful Events:

Debbie Wastling - Narrator
"Fons" - DJ for our CD's and DVD
Norman Kajikawa - Photographer
Teresa Nutley
Ron Ogren
Dolores Valencia
Catheine Sayre
Jamie England
Alice Infelise
Dan Danner
Elise Anderson
Scott Giordano
Peter Livingston
Linda and Tony Garcia
Jessica Densmore - Coordinator

Film Clip DVD - Courtesy of Alex Vasallo Music from the collection of - Robert Vangor

Cash donation from Steven Smith toward equipment for future projects

Activity Coordinator Shirley of Little Company of Mary Sub-Acute Care Center was instrumental in making us welcome as she assisted with the sound system availability and a good supply of water for the dancers. After a trial-and-error session of working the sound system our program was on its way. Debbie began narrating our new script which features film clips as well as music to present the history and types of jazz and swing. Fons kept up well as Debbie and Jes had to change script and music program to compensate for time limits imposed by sound systems problems.

One film clip featured a scene from the Abbott and Costello movie, Buck Privates, 1941. We explained that although these moves were rehearsed and enhanced for Hollywood, these moves were led socially led on the dance floor today. Nurses and other staff members peeked in and joined family members and patients as they heard and saw the unusual commotion. (This was normally a sedate film time which did not provide a big group of people dancing and enjoying each others' company.)

Each of the dancers partnered up to demonstrate various social moves, first without music, then rotated in (limited floor space and a need for rest and cooling off) and out to demonstrate these and other moves to music. They showed their stuff to such musical numbers as "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller and "Bounce Me Brother to a Solid Four" By Casey McGill and Ann Hampton Calloway. A bit of jazz and swing history narration was followed by more dancing. Our feature West Coast dancers, Linda and Tony Garcia, were stunning as always as they danced to "Ray's Rockhouse" by Manhattan Transfer. We also featured a film clip from Swing Fever, 1944, which showed lead-and-follow between two gents. We took the opportunity to show off lead-and-follow skills by Norm and Jamie. Alice and Dan drew "oohs-and-aahs" from the audience as they demonstrated various dips. Peter, Scott and Ron escorted their partners to the dance floor in turn to demonstrate Savoy and Hollywood swingouts. Teresa, Dolores, Catherine, Elise and Debbie looked wonderful, as always.

Norm has already posted photos on the yahoo website. Photos also include Beverly, a former student of Lindy by the Sea, whose husband is also a patient. Shirley, the Activity Coordinator joined in and wants to become a student. Some of us decided to have dinner afterwards while others had other good deeds to do. Ya can't keep terrific volunteers down.

Thanks to all who participated in front of and behind the scenes.

Jes

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Interest in dance grows by leaps and bounds
By Gary Strauss, USA TODAY

Tails and top hats aren't making a comeback just yet. But ballroom dancing, as a media phenomenon, sport, hobby and business, is enjoying its biggest resurgence since the 1940s.

Arthur Murray, No. 1 in the $500 million lessons market, says business among 155 U.S. franchisees is up sharply this year. "We're on pace for a 20% increase, which is unheard of," says marketing chief Thomas Murdock.

Professional competitions have surged from about 25 a year to more than 90, some with up to 13,000 entries, says Brian McDonald, president of the National Dance Council of America.

Underscoring ballroom fever:

█ ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars (tonight, 9 ET/PT) pulled in 13.5 million viewers June 1, the biggest audience for the inaugural launch of a summer series since CBS' Survivor in 2000. Viewership rose 12% to 15.1 million last week as Dancing again won its time slot.

█Mad Hot Ballroom, Paramount Classics' acclaimed documentary about New York City fifth-graders' journey into competitive ballroom dancing, expands Friday to more than 155 theaters. Mad Hot has pulled in a healthy $1.8 million in limited release.

The appeal of formalized hoofin'? "It's clearly fresh, fun and sexy to a new generation of women in love with dressing up and behaving in formal style," says Glamour magazine editor Cindi Leive.

Much of ballroom's renewed popularity is media driven, says Murdock, who cities PBS airings of ballroom competitions and the October 2004 release of Shall We Dance, the Richard Gere/Jennifer Lopez movie about a bored executive whose marriage is revitalized through dance.

"Since the film, there has been a big increase in men wanting lessons," Murdock says. "Our students used to be 55 and older, with the majority women. Now many are men or couples in their 20s and 30s. Lopez and Gere increased interest in a younger audience."

"Ballroom dancing is no longer just for old fuddy-duddies," McDonald says. "Young people like it because it's different, artistic and has a great competitive attitude about it."

There'll probably be more Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers wannabes when Ballroom Bootcamp, featuring average people turned competitors, begins on cable's The Learning Channel this fall. So You Think You Can Dance, a competition from the producers of American Idol, also will feature ballroom action when it premieres July 20 on Fox. And next year's film Take the Lead will feature Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, who brought ballroom dancing to New York City public schools.

Andrea Wong, ABC's chief of alternative programming, was skeptical of Dancing's potential when the show was pitched by British TV producer Richard Hopkins, who launched the BBC hit version.

"It has broad appeal because it's intense, over the top and it's quite intimate," says Hopkins, who has since expanded the show to 11 countries.

After watching a British episode, Wong was hooked. "It's beautiful, sexy and outrageous," she says.

Dancing's popularity has inspired Fox to green-light a reality show on ice, Skating with Celebrities, which will feature weekly elimination competitions. Fox says the series is now being cast but is unscheduled.

Note: Thanks to Steven Smith for sending this article our way.

"MAD HOT BALLROOM:
ORDINARY KIDS, AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY"

A MUST SEE!
couldn't resist keeping this up one more week

If you haven't seen it yet, may we suggest that you run, don't walk, to the nearest theatre showing this documentary. Click HERE for the official site.

From IMDB: Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," on their way to try to compete in the final city wide competition. Providing unique insight into the incredible cultural diversity that is New York City, this film profiles several kids from three schools (out of 60) at this dynamic age, when becoming that "cool" teenager vies for position with familiar innocence, while they learn the merengue, rumba, tango, the foxtrot and swing.

RUSTYFRANK.COM

Thanks to a new student recommendation, I now have my own "domain" -- "RustyFrank.com". For those of you who have trouble remember the complete name "SwingShiftOnTap.com"... here's something much easier, AND it brings you right to our site! Thanks to the entrepid Stanley Sheff, aka Maxwell DeMille, for making all this possible -- webhost extraordinaire.



Mora's Modern Swingtet at Rusty's Rhythm Club
Scrapbooks! Click HERE




INDIAN SUMMER SWING CAMPPut on by swing dancers extraordinaire, Rob and Diane, the 4th Annual Indian Summer Swing Camp's motto: Go to camp, and get lost in the woods. Ya gotta love it! Indian Summer Swing Camp is an intimate swing camp like no other. In the true spirit of camp, ISSC is held at a mountain campground in the magnificent California Redwoods. For 5 days and 4 nights, you're freed from outside distractions, surrounded by students of all dance levels, taught by some of the best swing instructors around the world, and lost in the exhilaration of swing dance! Gosh, it doesn't get much better than this!




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* 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 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!):

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

Then you will receive updates of activities (or you can organize one yourself!). Check the yahoogroup "Swing Shift Rhythm Club" calendar here for postings of upcoming events.

Join us in making the world a better place through dancing!

Thank you for joining!

Rusty Frank, Founder
Jessica Densmore, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Just for Fun" Events Coordinator
Norman Kajikawa, SSRC Photographer

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp