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October 4thTH 2005
TUESDAY

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Jerome Robbins demonstrating a move from his choreography of West Side Story.

"(Dance is) like life, it exists as you're flitting through it and when it's over, it's gone."

--Jerome Robbins
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START THINKING ABOUT HALLOWEEN!
RUSTY'S RHYTHM CLUB
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26TH

Yes, Halloween is just around the corner, so startig thinking about your Rhythm Club Halloween Party costume. We've got a big nite in store, including music by the War Time Radio Revnue Orchestra, candy, decorations, and plenty of prizes to go around! (Remember, like Disneyland, please no masks -- so you can see your partner!)


VINTAGE CLOTHING SALE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB THIS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5TH

Two of our regular dancing gals, Sharlene & Mae-Lae, are hosting a vintage clothing sale from their very own wardrobles. You've seen how lovely they always look, right? Well, now's a chance to catch some of this vintage fever. They will be joined by Hornets' member Joya, and maybe even yours truly will bring some of her stuff along.

Here's the lowdown:

Hey, Swing Gals!!

Weeks after weeks, some of you have come up to Mae-Lae and myself curious and asking us "Where did you get that vintage dress?"

Well...this coming Wednesday, at the Rhythm Club, you are in for a real treat, because we are liquidating some of our vintage items, and bringing them straight to you for purchase!

We'll be selling dresses from the 40's to 50's, vintage shoes, coats, tops, and even a beautiful 30's velvet gown! For most of the items, the prices can be negotiable, especially if you buy multiple things!

So, be sure to check out our stuff, during your dance brakes, and go home with several vintage pieces to wear to your next swing event!

We'll be accepting cash or check. Be sure to tell your friends!!

Sharlene & Mae-Lae


SAVE THE DATE -- RETRO CLOTHING VENDOR DAY
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AT REBEKAH LODGE




That's right, we're gonna do our very best to get everyone looking sharp on the dance floor by bringing the clothes to you. On Sunday, November 6th, we are hosting our first ever Retro Clothing Vendor Day. So far our confirmed attendees are Stop Staring Clothing, Besame Cosmetics, and Re-Mix Shoes.

It looks like we might also see some of our vintage clothing gals bring their wares, too.



ONCE AGAIN.... CALLING ALL BOYS! FOR SUNDAYS LEVEL 1

It's happened again, we've got twice as many women as men in Sunday's Level 1 class. Come along, fellows, or girls who want to learn to lead, and help us out. If you've already been in Levels 1-3, this entire series of Level is only $10 (the whole thing!). HELP! (It's at 2:00 at Rebekah Lodge, 406 E. Grand Avenue, El Segundo, 90245)

TUESDAY FEATURED CLASS - BALBOA!

Not too late to join us. Come along and learn some more nifty Balboa variations. Remember, the longer you folks stay in the class, the longer we'll keep it going!

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Yes, it's that time again, "The First Wednesday of the Month" when we have our Beginner Swing Dance Class at the Rhythm Club. We offer this super easy class for those who just want to check out the scene. Maybe they're not sure enough about swing dancing to sign up for a full 4-week Lindy By The Sea course yet... This class is just meant to give them a "taste" of the dance and the people, the environment, so to speak. Let all your co-workers, friends, relatives, and others (?) know about it. Oh yes, this is also a nice class for our shy beginner students who have been trying to get up their nerve o come to the Rhythm Club. Take the class and you'll meet a bunch of people right off the bat.


OCTOBER 5

VINTAGE CLOTHING SALE!
OCTOBER 12
OCTOBER 19
OCTOBER 26
HALLOWEEN!
COSTUMES PRIZES!
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


Kirk Tuey
Liz Powell


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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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 info@rustyfrank.com 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)

HURRICANES FUNDRAISER UPDATE
$7,000 RAISED FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Just thought you'd like to know! Yes, when a reader saw that we were at $6,852, they couldn't resist popping in the rest to make it an even $7,000 (the reader is closely related to yours truly).

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.


HILARY ALEXANDER'S "NEW ORLEANS" TRIBUTE

If you would like to see a truly touching video piece from Hilary Alexander, click HERE. It's only 2 1/2 minutes long, and is made up of news footage, some super8 shots she took in 1991, and some footage from a movie called "Down By Law" from 1986.


NEW WEB PAGES ON OUR SITE

There are so many ideas I have for the website, but I couldn't figure out how to have them all on there until yesterday. I'm gonna put on a button that simply says "more pages." There you'll find some fun pages like:

What got you started swing dancing? This will be a page of your individual stories. You can send them to me at your leisure, and I'll post them onto that page.

Swing dancers travel the world This page will show you wearing your Rhythm Club bowling shirt or t-shirt at some famous place around the world (the Eiffel Tower, anyone?). Here's our first example:


Jeff & Taffy in Cairo, Egypt... where are you going? Don't forget to pack that shirt!


WHAT GOT YOU STARTED SWING DANCING?

Yes, "The thing about swing dancing..." is so many things! It's fun. It's challenging. It's good exercise. It's a great way to meet a bunch of nice people. And, it's contagious! Each on of has that moment of epiphany, when we saw something that made us all just HAVE to do it!


Read our first story from Jeremy Norman... then submit yours!

What was the moment that made you just "have to do it"? Where were you? What did you see?

I would love to hear what your swing dance epiphany was! If you would like to share it in our weekly newsletter, write it in an email to me. It would really be fun to hear how each of us got involved. Send yours to: info@swingshiftontap.com



Will Ryan and Rusty Frank with Katherine & Fayard Nicholas at Red Cross fundraiser, Rhythm Club 9/14/05

Scrapbooks! Click HERE





(WE'RE REPEATING THIS LINK OF THE WEEK)

'LET'S DANCE" STAMPS -- THE POST OFFICE!: I was so excited when I saw this one! There's actually a brand new series of stamps entirely devoted to dancing. Okay, it's not swing dancing,, but beggars can't be choosers, eh! I purchased these stamps already, and they are just beautiful! Maybe we oughta start a campaign for swing dance stamps -- Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, and West Coast Swing? What do you think?




Swing Shift
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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). Basically, we swing like a gate!


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