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August 30TH 2005
TUESDAY

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"The feet may learn the steps, but only the spirit can dance"

--unknown
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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 HERE

GOLDEN TICKET
"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!)


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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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!


AUGUST 31
SEPTEMBER 7
SEPTEMBER 14
DRESS UP NIGHT!
SEPTEMBER 21
SEPTEMBER 28
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


Jon Moody
Michael Crosby
Natasha Kaiserman
Fritz Schenck
Rudy Flores
Taffy Dick

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



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RUSTY'S TRIP TO ISRAEL


My family in Israel

It had been twenty years since I was in Israel, and the changes were vast. Israel has clearly stepped into the 21st Century. The country's landscape had changed dramatically since my last visit, not only with new attractive suburbs, but also with mountains green with trees planted over the years by the Jewish National Fund (JNF). Driving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem used to provide of view of rocky barren mountains, now it is more like driving up to Big Bear with such a greenery.


My family (cousins included) in front of the Kotel (The Western Wall, aka "Wailing Wall)
Moments before the evacuation and bomb scare.


Outside of the landscape, the other most notable change is security -- it is everywhere. Each time you enter a public building, outside sits a security guard and you must present your bag for inspection. This was a result of the terrorist bombings over the past years. If a bag is left on a restaurant table for a moment, people rally to immediately ascertain the owner. The tension is high, but life goes on.


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Click on the above image to see/hear the controlled explosion at the Temple Mount

We had one scary but controlled incident. My family was visiting the Temple Mount, and calmly the police ushered the thousands of visitors outside the Temple Gates. It was bizarre to see that normally teaming plaza empty and quiet. We stood there for what seemed ages, but, in fact, was probably just a few minutes. Then there was an announcement that we would hear an explosion, and, BOOM!, there it was. We never knew what was exploded -- was it a backpack someone left behind to turn and take a picture, or was it a real bomb -- but it was taken care of. (What they do when they find a suspicious package is put it in a steal dome, have a robot check it out for explosives, then blow it up in that protected environment. It works.) The most amazing thing to me was watching everyone scurry back up to the Temple Mount without an ounce of fear after the explosion to continue on with their day.


This tunnels

The one week visit to Israel was filled with a tremendous amount of site-seeing, and for me the most dramatic was the tour of the Tunnels of the Western Wall in Jerusalem (if anyone is interested in archeology, here's a site that explains this excavation: http://english.thekotel.org/content.asp?Id=116).


"Rusty's Feet" on a 2000-year-old road.

One evening in Jerusalem, my family took a guided tour of these ancient tunnels. First discovered in 1967, they continue to be excavated, and the tour takes one along the entire Western Wall. Eventually you find yourself standing on the stone road from the time of the Second Temple -- two thousand years ago. It takes your breath away in so many ways.


With sabra (Israeli-born) friend Batya.

Another highlight was getting together with my Israeli friend of 25 years, Batya Aviram. I first met her years ago when she was living in the Bay Area. I then visited her twice in Israel during the 1980's. I had not seen her since 1986. We met at her Tel Aviv apartment and walked to the plaza where Yitzhak Rabin (Israel's prime minister) had been assassinated in 1995. She was there, on that night, standing with 200,000 Israeli's at the peace rally. As tears flooded, she described that night and the nights of vigil that followed. She explained that that beautiful rally was the first time in her life where she saw a glimmer of actual hope for peace in her country, and to have it come crashing down in an instant was something from which she has never recovered. She showed me the memorial where they have engraved Rabin's last speech, one completely devoted to peace through peaceful means. (For anyone who would like to read the letter, go HERE.)


With my young niece, Sara, at an overlook of Jerusalem.

The above are just some of my trip's highlights. It was a wonderful adventure to take with my family. To see this ancient land that has been through so much and is shared by so many of different faiths. It is intense. It is peaceful. It is diverse. It is rich in history. There is always more to experience and discover.



The "Gang" at Camp Hollywood, joined by Pops and Bill Elliott
Scrapbooks! Click HERE




SWINGMUSIC RADIO: I dedicate this Link of the Week to "The Professor" Robert Vangor - our music mayven. This link is a swing music fan's dream. It's got info on big bands, small bands, new bands, old bands. It's got listening samples, photos, and cd recommendations! For you music fans (and that is all of us, eh!) this is a fun site in which to spend some time.




Swing Shift
www.swingshiftontap.com

* 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!):

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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