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July 5TH 2006
WEDNESDAY





Miriam Nelson (see below)


"Tap your toes, and go vo do de oh"

1930's song
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RUSTY'S ON THE ROAD AGAIN

THE RHYTHM PALS, GIO & RON,
HOLD DOWN THE FORT AT THE HOME FRONT

For the past ten summers I have been invited around the world to teach at various swing dance and tap dance festivals, and this summer I'm off to New York (July) and Norway (August).

All Lindy By The Sea classes and The Rhythm Club ARE running...
so don't miss out and do your bit to keep it all going in my absence!



RUSTY GETS HONORED IN NYC

The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF) is presenting me with "The Tap Preservation Award" on July 16th at the Duke Theatre, right on 42nd Street in Manhattan. This is the first major award I have received from the tap community since I began my preservation work twenty years ago. I can't tell you how deeply moved I have felt since they gave me the news of the award.

I'll be boarding a plane today for New York where I'll be staying for a week and a half, visiting old friends, teaching at the Tap City Festival, and performing in the Sunday evening show with my dear friend Miriam Nelson (our Picture of the Week). Miriam is now 86 years old and still defies all laws of the universe with her energy, spirit, and tap dancing. Miriam hasn't danced in New York since 1941 when she last appeared in a Broadway show before coming out to Hollywood to begin her career as a major choreographer. This will be a first for me, dancing on a Broadway stage, and a life-long dream.

So on July 16th, be thinking those watchwords of all performers "Break a leg!".


Miriam Nelson & Rusty Frank

BACKGROUND ON THE "PRESERVATION AWARD"

In 1990, my book "Tap! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955" was first published. Now in it's fourth printing, it has become known as "The Tap Bible" for all syncopated enthusiasts around the world. (click HERE for info).

It has been a mission of mine to preserve the history of tap's golden era recording the stories and dances of tap's greats. I now have produced six dvds that pay homage to these greats, two just being released this week! (For tap dancers interested, there is a sale going on right now on the Miriam Nelson & Louis DaPron dvds -- regularly $72, now $55 -- click HERE and scroll down till you get to the tap dvds.


Louis DaPron & Miriam Nelson NEW DVDS.
Pre-sale discount: $55 (regularly $72!)


One more reminder that EVERYTHING WILL BE RUNNING
whilst I'm away. I'll look forward to hearing all about
it on my return from New York on July 17.



CALLING ALL BOYS! FOR TUESDAYS -- THE TRACK
WE'RE DESPERATE!!!

When we say we're desperate, we mean it! At last Tuesday's session, we had FOURTEEN girls and ONE guy. We know you're thinking, what a lucky guy. But, honestly we need more leaders. So come on guys... come on back out for The Track 7:30pm class. Only three more weeks of classes. We're only in week 2 of this series, and every week is new material (not progressive), so please come along and help!

Next Tuesday.


"THE MASTER TRACK -- IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!"
NEXT 8-WEEK SERIES WITH RUSTY AND RON STARTS IN SEPTEMBER



RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW

If you would like to reserve your spot, email us asap: info@rustyfrank.com. For the next Master Track series. Contact us soon!


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 June-July series is fully booked, but we are already taking reservations for September-October.

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.

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!



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It's the first Wednesday of the month at The Rhythm Club,
and that means DJ nite AND the beginner's dance class,
this week with special guest Ron Campbell (7:30pm).

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO



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This Week's Celebrations


Judy Willis
Amanda McCullough
Mia Vanetek
and
Peter Livingston (our "Door Stop"!)



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)

"Making a difference through swing dancing"

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Scrapbooks! Click HERE

to see the scrapbook on our 5th Anniversary Party, clickHERE)


Joe winning the "Twist Contest", Katie doing great, too!




THE BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY OF COMPANY B -- Don't miss this. It's an actual CNN story about the real Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B from WWII. I don't know how long it will be up, so look quick. Click HERE for a written story about this remarkable 83-year old.




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

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