April 4TH 2006
Scott (Swing Patrol, Australia) and Rusty swing out in front of the historic Balboa Pavilion -- where Balboa was born!
"I could have danced all night!
Ivan and Sasha, dancers from Moscow, Russia, and Rusty outside the historic Balboa Pavilion
Some of the highlights?
Meeting the only couple from Russia - Ivan and Sasha. Now friends. When I asked them how many people dance Balboa in Russia, they smiled, shook their heads, and I understood -- pretty much just them. I was so proud of them when they entered the Balboa contest. They had more guts than I. (We take so much for granted here in Los Angeles, where we can dance every night with scores if not hundreds of dancers.)
- Being part of the group photo with all the camp participants AND all the Balboa legends (can't wait to see it).
- Getting to dance with so many amazing dancers from France!
- Hanging out with Claudia and Scott, who run "Swing Patrol" in Australia (definitely one of the biggest swing dance operations in the world.
- Having Scott say that dancing with me was like driving a "Rolls Royce" (I'm still sighing!)
- Taking classes as a leader, and feeling like my head was going to explode, but not wanting for a minute to give up.
- Seeing all my Lindy By The Sea pals having such a great time meeting new people and having such fun.
- Not being in charge! (Just getting to be a student for a change)
I want to compliment Joel Plys for running such a seamless event. Knowing personally how hard it is to run events, may I tell you that Joel is a master. He kept everyone happy. The event ran on time and with professionalism. Well done, Joel!
So mark your calendars for next year -- April 6-8, 2007. We'll all caravan down there together!
Yes, I took some pictures at the Rendezvous, and you can check them out on our site, HERE.
*For those who don't know about Balboa, it's a swing dance from the 1930's created by dancers here in California (especially those dancing at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach). It's characterized by a close hold, and fast intricate footwork. During recent years, it has experienced a huge resurgence among Lindy Hoppers. There are Balboa camps around the world: London, France, and locally in San Diego, San Francisco, Cleveland, and more. For more reading, check out our Link of the Week - Balboa Nation - below.
For those of you who know me, and that's most of you, you know that I rarely miss class or club for illness. I think last week was a first where I missed them both in one week. I'm still not sure which I had, food poisoning or the flu, all I know is that I was "out for the count." I had fever, chills, nausea, and dizziness for five full days. (Thank goodness I rallied for the Balboa Rendezvous; I was determined to attend after having missed the first two years!)
I hope I don't leave anyone out (forgive me if I do). Thanks to those who helped at Lindy By The Sea: Emily, Jessica and Liz, and at the Rhythm Club: Peter, Jessica, Liz, Capt Fun, Jon, Robert "The Professor", Nathan and Crystal, and Maxwell DeMille. Though I hate missing these activities, it's good to know they can run without me! Thanks again. And, of course, to my Rhythm Pals -- Ron and Gio -- for holding down the fort!
Rusty and Ron now have a series for those who want to take their dancing to the next level. The course, entitled "The Master Track - It's All About You" is limited to twelve students. The April-May series is fully booked, but we are already taking reservations for June-July.
The eight-week course focuses on your own dancing. Each week, Rusty and Ron will be working with each of the students individually and as a group in a series of exercises and challenges. The students will be video taped each week, the tapes will be studied as a group (in Lindy By The Sea's traditional upbeat, encouraging, and friendly environment) to examine individual areas of goals and progress. At the end of the eight week course, each student is presented with a dvd of their own dancing to track improvement and continue with on-going skills.
If you would like to reserve your spot, email us asap: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course will start up every eight weeks. The total cost for all eight classes, and the dvd is $100/per student, and includes a personal dvd of your work throughout the course. What a value!
It's not too late to join our Sunday series. Remember, we repeat everything taught on the first week at the second week of classes. Bring along those friends and family who couldn't make the first day.
No need to worry about what to do with your free hand in this class! All the moves taught in the series will utilize both of 'em. We'll be using a variety of Lindy, East Coast Swing, and Charleston moves for your dancing pleasuring. (Level 3 and up)
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 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!
When we think about the dancers from the 1940's who really changed the face of our dance, one dancer who readily comes to mind is the great Jean Veloz. Now in her 80's, though you'd never know it!, Jean is as vivacious as she was back in "Groovie Movie" (1943).
We are thrilled to announce a special workshop just for you with this amazing dancer.
So mark your calendars now -- Sunday April 23rd, 11am-1pm.
More info to follow!
Rusty hamming it up with legendary Jean Veloz.|
photos by Jeremy Norman
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)
Norman, the Photographer Extraordinaire, beat me to the punch as he posted his photos of our Event before it could be described.
A month or more in the making, Tammy and Jerry Mancini, long-time swing dancers and cloggers, invited a few of us to dance at their fundraiser for Senior programs at the YMCA in Torrance, CA.
Norman and Jes, Michael and Teresa, Jamie and Akiko, joined Tammy and Jerry for the dancing in between YMCA presentations. Special guests Gio and Mae Lae did their special competition-worthy routines with a couple of aerials. They drew gasps from the Y crowd as well as we mere mortal swing dancers.
We were invited to stay as guests for the dinner and we do thank the Mancinis for their hospitality. We hope to do more of these in the future.
Ever notice how Norman appears behind the camera and rarely appears in front of it?!
"Making a difference through swing dancing"