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January 9TH 2007
TUESDAY


THIS NEWSLETTER DEDICATED TO LEONARD REED
ON HIS CENTENNIAL




LEONARD REED
1907-2005

Creator of the Shim Sham

"Happy Centennial!"




There are short-cuts to happiness,
and dancing is one of them.

~Vicki Baum


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HAPPY NEW YEAR

LET'S HAVE A GREAT 2007!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that you are excited about another year of DANCING! All the signs point in this direction.

We had 100 people at the Rhythm Club for our first 2007 Wednesday dance, and we had a record-breaking 2007 beginner Lindy Hop class on Sunday!

Swing is alive and kicking, and, of course, it's all because of you! You are the dancers who spread the word and keep bringing new people and, most importantly, welcoming them on to the dance floor.

I want to welcome the FIFTY new swing dancers who joined our beginner Sunday class. Come out dancing tomorrow nite at our Rhythm Club -- we have live swing music and a hall-full of new dancing friends just for you.


Sunday's new Level 1 class!

HAPPY CENTENNIAL LEONARD REED!

THE CREATOR OF THE SHIM SHAM & MY FRIEND

One of the most fascinating people I ever met was Dr. Leonard Reed. Born in a teepee in 1907, he went on to be one of the true show business greats... and a dear, dear friend to me. He lived to be 97 years old, but promised to live to be 100.

I first met Leonard while doing research on my book, "TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955". That was back in 1988, and I had never met anyone quite like him. He was feisty, energetic, with a mind like the proverbial "steel trap." Honestly, when I asked him where he performed in 1922, he asked, "What month?" Stunned, I answered, "February." He then proceed to list every theatre (including it's address, the other acts on the bill, the stage door manager's name, and how many people the theatre sat! He never forgot a thing.

Even though he's been gone for two years now, I still have a regular impulse to pick up the phone and ask, "Leonard, who was?... when was...?" You get the picture. When he died, we lost a living encyclopedia of a bygone era.

As some of you know, dance preservation has been an on-going passion of mine -- particularly with tap dance. After I wrote my book, local swing dancer Will Ryan urged me to do an instructional video with Leonard Reed -- "How often do you get a living legend who created a dance we all do living right in our own tow! Do it, Rusty!" So thanks to Will's urging, and the volunteer help of over 60 of my nearest and dearest friends, it go done. "Leonard Reed's Shim Sham Shimmy" came out in 1994, and since then it has travelled around the world. Leonard died knowing that his dance would never disappear. And that was my pleasure!

So we'll celebrate his centennial this week in high fashion by doing his creation -- The Shim Sham -- at the Rhythm Club tomorrow nite.

NOTE: Check out our Link of the Week, which is a Leonard Reed Tribute site, to learn more about this amazing man.




LEONARD REED'S SHIM SHAM
The Orpheum Theatre 1999


L-R Rusty Frank, Leonard Reed, and Maxwell DeMille
Orpheum Theatre, June 2, 1999

Go back in time to June 2, 1999, to Los Angeles's historic Orpheum Theatre and watch Leonard Reed, age 92, dancing his Shim Sham with a cast of dancing celebrities, Mora's Modern Rhythmists, and Mr. Maxwell DeMille. Leonard begins by singing his own composition from the 1930s of "It's Over Because We're Through" and tapping! You'll also seem some keen reparte between Leonard and Maxwell DeMille, and the actual naming of "The Revenge of the Shim Sham" -- now a classic tap dance created by Leonard Reed later in 2004.

If you want to get right to the Shim Sham on this clip, drag the curser to 06:25, and you're there!





JANUARY CLASSES!

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE.

Don't miss the beginning of our first 2007 series of Tuesday classes:

7:30pm -- Our highly acclaimed "Track" Intermediate Lindy Hop class begins a new cycle with "Orange" -- if you've already got your basics, this is for you.

8:30pm -- Our annual "Lindy Resolution" series: Work off the holiday pounds with our fun swing aerobics class. **Special note: The Lindy Resolution class is open to ALL LEVELS! If you want the workout, we've got the class!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2007 (filled)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW FOR MARCH-APRIL MASTER TRACK:
Email Us

To hold your spot for The Master Track, send us an email with your name and the series you'd like to join. Remember, the course has a limited enrollment, so reserve your spot now. Email us at info@rustyfrank.com.

CLICK HERE FOR MASTER TRACK DETAILS


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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

01/17 -- Big Band Nite
Swing City

01/24 -- Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli Nite
Benny Brydern Quartet

01/31 -- Live Music
Pete Jacobs Quintet

02/07 -- Special Nite -- All the way from the UK!!
The Jive Aces
(7:30 Beginner Swing Lesson)

02/14 -- Valentine's Party!
The Fabulous Esquires

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO





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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!






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LEONARD REED TRIBUTE -- In dedicating our newsletter to Leonard Reed this week, we would like to send you all to a Tribute Page for Leonard. This page was put up by Maxwell DeMille when Leonard Reed passed away in 2005. It's got a photo gallery and video of Leonard, and a beautiful biography of this great man. Enjoy learning about the history of one of dance's great contributors!




Swing Shift
www.rustyfrank.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

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