August 30TH 2005
"The feet may learn the steps, but only the spirit can dance"
HOME AND READY TO DANCE!
I've been home for two days now, and am almost completely unpacked from Israel and Georgia. Phew! What contrasting and wonderful trips. The latest, was to Georgia, just outside of Atlanta for The Southeastern Tap Explosion. I joined some of my very favorite tap dance "masters" to teach for approximately 200 students and perform in a two-hour tap dance show at the Cultural Arts Center. It's been over ten years since I was on faculty at a national tap festival, and I was welcomed back with loving arms. One of my very favorite tap dancers, Jimmy Slyde, gave me the highest compliment, "Rusty, it's good to see you on the boards again." (This was the first time these dancers had seen me dance since my 2000 broken neck accident... the show was a very touching moment for all of us). I took loads of fun pictures, but now my camera doesn't seem to want to recognize them. I'll try to sort them out for next week's newsletter. For now, trust me, it was great fun!
(I have left my Israel trip notes up under "Added Attractions" for those of you interested...)
SEPTEMBER - BACK TO SCHOOL
Whenever September rolls around, I feel like a kid again. The great summer adventures come to a close, days get shorter, and the knowledge that school is just around the corner. Doesn't it feel that way now? Does to me! See ya in class!
I GOT IT WRONG LAST WEEK...
THIS WEDNESDAY IS RUDY FLORES' BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Quite cute -- Rudy comes up to me last week at Rusty's Rhythm Club and says, "Everyone's wishing me a happy birthday, but it's not until next week." I tried to convince him my database couldn't be wrong, but he wouldn't be budged. September 1st. That's the date! So, we'll celebrate his birthday this Wednesday at Rusty's Rhythm Club! Gates, make sure to help make this one a real special one for one of LA's favorite leaders - the gentle, delightful, adorable Rudy Flores. He's at every Rhythm Club dance, and comes in the door with a smile and a hug and greets me each week with the following words, "I'm here for my pleasure treatment and my anti-aging therapy." We all love Rudy. (He doesn't get email, so we can gush on and on without embarrassing him).
I thought you would enjoy seeing these photos of Rudy, one recent and one from "back in the day" when he used to go dancing at the Paladium in the 1940s.
HOPE VISITS THE RHYTHM CLUB THIS WEEK
One of my favorite little swing dancers, 7-year old Hope, will be joined by her family at the Rhythm Club this week. They are visiting from their home base, Australia. Watch out! This kid is a thoroughly proficient in Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, and Balboa (and has been since she was five!).
Rusty & Hope "down under" in 2004.
MORE BALBOA ON TUESDAYS - STARTS TONIGHT!
SEPTEMBER FEATURED CLASS -- BALBOA!
Ron and I quickly realized we're only get to touch that proverbial tip of the iceberg in this August Balboa series, so you'll be happy to know we've decided to continue for another series with Balboa variations in September. Mark your calendars now for: August 30, September 6, 13, 20. More Balboa!
NEW SERIES BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH 2005
THE CUSTOM CLASS
Advanced-Intermediate Lindy Hoppers
If you would like to put together a group for a future series, remember this is your chance to get exactly the training you want with the hands-on attention that only a small group class can allow.
For complete information about the Custom Class, click
"Now that's a deal"
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).
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!)
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...
BAND "SET LISTS" AT RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
We've started something new at Rusty's Rhythm Club -- posting the band's "Set Lists". Last week was the first time we placed the list on the bar piano, and what a hit! Everyone was buzzing around the list throughout the evening. First, to see what was the name of that great song. Second, to see what's coming up. Third, maybe to save some special dances! (Dance cards, anyone?)
Take a look! It's a great way to get to know the music we love!
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!