September 28TH 2005
L-R Dan Daily, Michael Kidd, and Gene Kelly
From the film "It's Always Fair Weather"
The famous "trash can lid" tap number!
"Dancing appears glamorous, easy, delightful. But the path to paradise of the achievement is not easier than any other. There is fatigue so great that the body cries, even in its sleep. There are times of complete frustration, there are daily small deaths. "
Editor's note: "Rock step, triple step, triple step, repeat!"
PROFESSIONAL DANCERS SOCIETY FALL BALL
HONORING LEGENDARY CHOREOGRAPHER MICHAEL KIDD
FRIDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 28TH -- SPORTSMANS LODGE
Julie Andrews & Michael Kidd, 69th Annual Academy Awards
Los Angeles, CA 3/24/1997
WON'T YOU JOIN OUR "LINDY BY THE SEA" TABLE?!
As many of you know, I am on the board of directors of The Professional Dancers Society, an organization that watches over and helps "aging" dancers (it's be there waiting for me!). They raise their money through two special events each year and one of them is right around the corner:
THE FALL BALL.
I have reserved a table for ten right next to the dance floor. Won't you join us? There are eight seats left. If we fill it up, we can get another one! Tickets are $65 each (that includes the reception, the dinner, the swing dance, the salute to Michael Kidd (featuring celebrities and great clips), and all the old-time musical stars! (Get your camera ready!)
This event sells out FAST.
RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE PDS FALL BALL
If you would like to join our table, email me firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot and then send in your check for $65 payable to "Professional Dancers Society" -- Rusty Frank, 225 Whiting Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
The Professional Dancers Society's Fall Ball is held at the historic Sportsman Lodge in Studio City. It's an elegent event just bursting with old time celebrities. Last year I actually met Fred Astaire's beautiful daughter, Ava Astaire.
Rusty Frank with Ava Astaire (Fred's daughter!) at PDS Fall Ball 2004
There is a sit down dinner, and...
A full big band (!!) play OUR kind of music for our dancing pleasure throughout the evening.
This year's honoree is the legendary dancer and choreographer Michael Kidd. If you've seen "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Hello, Dolly," "Guys and Dolls," "It's Always Fair Weather," you've seen Michael Kidd! His style was dynamic and groundbreaking. He's definitely one of my favorites. Seeing the "Barn" number in "Seven Brides" never fails to take my break away.
For those of you who would like to know a little more about Michael Kidd, here's a short bio:
American director/choreographer Michael Kidd was deflected from an engineering career when he developed an interest in dance. After a few years of gypsying as a chorus hoofer, Kidd worked his way up to choreographer and presented his first ballet when he was 26. His Broadway work accrued him five Tony Awards, but Kidd's lasting fame is manifested in his film work. Among many other movies, he choreographed Where's Charley? (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), Star (1968) and Hello Dolly (1969). In addition to his dance-direction chores, he acted in It's Always Fair Weather (1955), as Gene Kelly's and Dan Dailey's army buddy who becomes a blue-collar husband in civilian life - but not before joining his costars in the fabled "trash can dance." Kidd was grayed up for his role as Pop Popchick in the spoofish Movie, Movie (1978), doubling as choreographer for the climactic "Blansky's Beauties of 1933" sequence. He also was given solo director credit for Merry Andrew (1958), which starred his frequent collaborator Danny Kaye. Michael Kidd's best film role was in Smile (1975) in which he essentially played himself - an outspoken, quick-tempered dance director who was willing to take money out of his own pocket to repair a faulty stage and thus ensure the safety of his dancers. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Michael Kidd, Dolores Gray and Gene Kelly
Promo for "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955)
SWING SHIFT FLIERS TO PERFORM THIS SUNDAY
MANHATTAN BEACH HOMETOWN FAIR 4:00-4:30PM
THEN JOIN US DANCING TO JUMPIN JOZ!
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Something local? Here it is: A show with Rusty's Swing Shift Fliers AND dancing to Jumpin Joz! What could be better? Click HERE for all the info on the Hometown Fair.
HURRICANES FUNDRAISER UPDATE
$6,822 RAISED FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
It just never stopped coming in! Money, that is. After I announced that we had raised $3,200 at our Rhythm Club fundraiser, people just kept sending in money. Checks came in from around the world...people just wanted to get that figure over $4,000... then $5,000... THEN we had someone who was able to do a matching grant with that doubled the $1700 of the pot that was cash... so our grand total is $6,822. I'm happy!
If you would like to see more information about our fundraiser, click HERE. If you would like to see photographs from the evening, click HERE.
NEW SET OF BEGINNER CLASSES BEGINS THIS SUNDY 10/2/05
We're starting a new set of classes this Sunday and they include Level 1b and Level 2b! Come along and help spread the word!
FEATURED CLASS - BALBOA!
We are so proud of our Balboa class. It just could possibly be the largest on-going Balboa class anywhere. Well done! And per your special request, we are going to continue on with the them in our new series (as a matter of fact, we'll keep it going as long as you stick with it!)
Don't forget your pre-registration discount!
"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...
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!