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April 4TH 2006
TUESDAY





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!
I could have danced all night!
And still have begged for more.
I could have spread my wings
And done a thousand things I've never done before.
I'll never know What made it so exciting;
Why all at once My heart took flight. I only know when he
Began to dance with me I could have danced,
danced, danced all night! !"

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, "My Fair Lady"
(and how Rusty and all the girls felt after the Bal Rendezvous dances!)
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BALBOA RENDEZVOUS -- WHAT A WEEKEND
DON'T MISS IT NEXT YEAR!


Local Lindy By The Sea dancers Sandra and Enio with Rusty outside the historic Balboa Pavilion

I honestly had no idea what to expect, as I had never been to an all-Balboa weekend before. Well, I knew it would be fun, that I would meet new people, see old friends, and I would learn. And I knew, since Joel Plys was in charge, it would be an extremely well-run event. Well! Let me tell you! I had the BEST time! I've always loved dancing Balboa*, and this weekend cemented it. I'm hooked. I'm an addict. I'll be back next year.

And, yes, I did have fun. More than that, I had a tremendous time! I met LOADS of new people, saw LOADS of old friends (from around the world from my various teaching jaunts over the past ten years), learned MORE than I know (anyone who has been to a dance camp, knows what I mean here), and am still flying high.


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!


Rusty with Joel Plys (event organizer) and Balboa and Tap legend Ray Hirsch

NEW SCRAPBOOK UP!

Yes, I took some pictures at the Rendezvous, and you can check them out on our site, HERE.


"Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oye Oye Oye!".
All the internationals were celebrated at the closing dance, and here are the, yes, you guessed it, the 14 Australians who ventured north.


*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.

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED LAST WEEK WHILE I WAS SICK

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!




"THE MASTER TRACK -- IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!"
NEW 8-WEEK SERIES WITH RUSTY AND RON STARTS APRIL 4TH



LIMITED ENROLLMENT -- RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR JUNE-JULY SERIES

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: info@rustyfrank.com

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.

FEATURED APRIL CLASS: "TWO-HANDED MOVES"

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)


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!
SAVE 10% ON ALL YOUR CLASSES -- IT CAN REALLY ADD 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...

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This Week's Celebrations


Mijin Hong
Beverly Darling
Ulla Laing
Elaine Green

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



SAVE THE DATE -- SUNDAY APRIL 23
WORKSHOP WITH LEGENDARY SWING DANCER JEAN VELOZ!

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)

RECENT SSRC AT TORRANCE YMCA

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"


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ORDER YOUR SET TODAY AND SAVE!!!


CLICK ABOVE TO ORDERTHE 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.

ORDER YOURS TODAY! CLICK HERE.


Scrapbooks! Click HERE


Balboa legends gather for historic photo -- Balboa Rendezvous, click HERE)






Maxie Dorf and Colleen (Note: Maxie is wearing his US Navy uniform)

BALBOA NATION In looking for a good site about Balboa, I found this one! And what a site. Everything you want to know about Balboa -- here it is in one site. Happy viewing!




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). 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