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February 21ST 2006
TUESDAY





"If dancing were any easier it would be called football"

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RUSTY'S B-DAY PARTY AT THE RHYTHM CLUB 2/22/06
VINTAGE WESTERN THEME! DRESS THE PART -- "YIPPY AYE YAYE"

The only thing good about getting older (what happened to the wiser stuff?) is that you get a "Birthday Dance"! Won't you please join me for mine at the Rhythm Club on February 22nd?

To add to the festivities, we are making this a Sadie Hawkins Dance. This is one where the girls get to ask the boys to dance -- woo hoo! (But, as one gal asked, "What's different about that?" -- Hey, guys!)

AND, as seems to be the tradition, we'll be billing the night as a Vintage Western dress nite. Ever since I got the above outfit at age four, I've loved the ol' West. Part of my family even came across the country in a covered wagon, so I guess I come by it honestly. I've always loved horseback riding, and when I was a kid, I could never decide which I wanted to be more, a cowgirl or an Indian, so I alternated regularly!

Join me to celebrate my birthday with a special Rhythm Club birthday dance with you.


NEW LOOK FOR OUR WEBSITE!

The 1940's had a "New Look" in the fashion world, and now we have a "New Look" at our website. Yes, Stanley Sheff (Maxwell DeMille's alter ego, or is it the other way around), our sensational web host and designer, worked with me all last week on updating our website. Thank's to his special gizmo genius, he has given us all the modern technology but with our swing vintage look.

Our first webpage was designed back in 1998, and had really become a bit klunky and outmoded. Thanks to Stanley, our menu is much easier to navigate, and the pages really look great. By looking great, I mean, they are both attractive and informative.

We used to have 24 menu buttons in a block that you had to search through, UGH, now we have eight major buttons that have drop down menus -- much, much easier for browsing!

Take a look around and let us know what you think. Here are a couple of pages (click on the images):


MYSPACE PAGE

As if Stanley didn't have enough to do, he also created a neato myspace page -- take a look at http://myspace.com/swingshift. You're amazing, Stanley! Thanks, loads!

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RECORD NITE AT THE RHYTHM CLUB
254 DANCERS PACK THE HALL FOR THE JIVE ACES


Jive Aces start their evening out with a sumptuous meal at Fat Burgers, then wow the crowd with their electrifying performance at the Rhythm Club. Rusty joins the band for "Singin' in the Rain" and the dancers pack the floor for a record nite at the club.

Three cheers for the Jive Aces! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! True to their publicity, these guys have got it all: "Real Style" "Real Music" and "Real Entertainment." The Rhythm Club was packed with happy dancers, many of whom we haven't seen in years. It seems everyone couldn't wait to see that popular band direct from the UK -- The Jive Aces.

Our local master of Master of Ceremonies, Maxwell DeMille, add that extra special touch to an already flyin' evening.

Special thanks to "Captain Fun" and her "Funsters" for making all the swell Valentine decorations and baking all those yummy yummy cupcakes. And thanks to Rudy for bringing all the cookies for Allen's b-day. (How are we going to loose weight if we have all these sweets??)

There is a rumor running around that the boys may be back in March. Cross your fingers!

Take a look at the new scrapbook of the evening's festivities.




  



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This Week's Celebrations


Dave Andrews
Eve Reymond
and
Rusty Frank

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




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)


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YOU ASKED FOR IT! YOU GOT IT!

FIRST "TRACK SERIES" DVD READY -- "ORANGE"
SECOND ONE OUT NEXT WEEK -- "SILVER"
RUSTY & RON AND THE TRACK SERIES

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THE TRACK SERIES

"The Track Series" was developed by Rusty Frank and Ron Campbell in 2005. "We wanted a program that included just about every move a Lindy Hopper would want to know!" It's turned out to be a sensational program, so much so, that Lindy By The Sea students insisted Rusty & Ron make correlating DVDs.

The six DVD set matches the 6-month program that Rusty and Ron teach at Lindy By The Sea. Each Track is color coded and contains stand alone moves. In other words, students can choose any or all of the DVDs.

Each Track contains curriculum covering variations of the following moves: Swingouts, Charleston, Sugar Pushes, Slides, Boogie Steps, Hollywood Style, Savoy Style, Related Dances (1920s Charleston, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag), Styling, and Stop Reverses.

SAVE $$$ BY PRE-ORDERING!

The Track Series is a 6-DVD set. Each DVD is regularly priced at $30. Buying all six would cost you $180, but we are offering an early bird discount price of $125. Pre-order now and save $55! Order one for yourself and a friend.

ALL SIX DVDS FOR $180 $125 WHEN YOU PRE-ORDER

This offer good until
March 28, 2006

This offer good until
February 28, 2006

This offer good
forever!



WHAT THE LEGENDS ARE SAYING ABOUT RUSTY & RON'S TRACK SERIES DVDS

John Mills:

"You'll be greatly pleased by Rusty & Ron's instruction. They are smooth and clean dancers, and very, very talented."

Jean Veloz:

"It's wonderful, it's outstanding! Rusty & Ron do such an excellent job of teaching and just putting it out there. My gosh, it's great!"

Oh boy! The first "Track Series" dvds arrived -- the Orange Track. We got our first box load and had a little "dvd feeding frenzy" at classes. Ron and I are super proud of our work here, and stay tuned for further announcements, and more good news.

Although our initial super-duper pre-sale discount has expired, we have a new super (no more "duper") pre-sale discount of $125. Click HERE to get yours today.

WHAT THE STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT RUSTY & RON'S TRACK SERIES DVDS

From Maryla & Keith Storm:

Great DVD!

Keith and I couldn't wait to sit down and watch it - which we did Wednesday nite.

You and Ron looked great- we know it took a great deal of work putting this together and we greatly appreciate it! We plan on watching this dvd a lot and practicing......

Rusty -

Love love LOVE the Orange Track DVD.

I can tell that the Track series will be my favorite Lindy instructional video; the explanations are crystal clear and evenly balanced between advice for the men and ladies; the moves are VERY fun; and you and Ron have perfectly preserved the playful, bantering tone of our classes that help a student feel comfortable. Brava!

Steven Smith



JOHN MILLS STILL IN HOSPITAL


Rusty Frank & John Mills, December 2005
photo by Jeremy Norman

One of our favorite swing dance legends is still in the hospital -- John Mills (creator of "Johnnie's Drop"). I spoke with his lovely wife, Ann, last night, and she told me that it looks like he will be there for about three more weeks. They have finally isolated the problem and are treating him successfully. Keep your good thoughts going so that he can come home soon.

John still does not want any visitors. But I made sure to let Ann know how much we all miss him and how much he means to us.

Please be assured that he is surrounded by a loving family, and needs no financial assistance. (Unlike many other dancers of his day, he did get his future set -- note to self!)

If you would like to send a "get well" card to John Mills, feel free to send it here (and we will make sure he gets it):

Swing Shift
225 Whiting Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

Scrapbooks! Click HERE


Jive Aces and Rusty at The Rhythm Club, 2/15/06HERE)






FORT MACARTHUR - "THE GREAT LOS ANGELES AIR RAID OF 1942" On Saturday February 25, 2005 The Fort MacArthur Museum is proud to present what is quickly becoming one of our most popular signature events. The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942 is the museum's celebration of one of the most fascinating and controversial events in Los Angeles History. A night when literally thousands of people both Military and Civilian were convinced that Los Angles was being attacked from the air, and even from space!!! What really happened that night is a debate that will probably go on for years, but for those of us at the Fort MacArthur Museum, it is a time to remember the feeling of those early days of the war.

In February 1942, the realities of the second world war was just starting to become evident here in the southland, and many community events continued on almost like nothing had ever changed. The Great LA Air Raid of 1942 is a fundraiser for the Fort MacArthur Museum and attempts to recreate the atmosphere of a 1942 social evening out, interrupted by the reality of war.

Want to read more about the Great Los Angeles Air Raid? Go to www.maxwelldemille.com

AND, CELEBRATE RUSTY'S ACTUAL BIRTH DATE!
WE'VE BEEN TOLD THERE WILL BE CHOCOLATE CAKE!

Yep, that's right, Rusty's birthday is February 25th (you can remember this because it's also Zeppo Marx's, Enrico Caruso's, George Harrison's, the day Vesuvius erupted... you get the picture). John Kanaster has assured us there will be chocolate cake and that Maxwell DeMille will lead everyone in a rousing "Happy Birthday".




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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

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