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January 16TH 2007
TUESDAY





GLENN MILLER

Leading his Orchestra in San Diego, California





Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

~ Victor Hugo


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BIG BANDS

THEY KEEP OUR FEET AND HEARTS DANCING!

American Heritage Dictionary


"Big Band"

noun: A large dance
or jazz band usually featuring improvised solos by lead players.

Music... what would we swing dancers do without it? It's truly what makes us dance!

I wanted to dedicate this week's newsletter to live music and especially "Big Band" music.

We are so lucky to have all found each other -- a gang of dancing friends who love to swing dance. And because we love it so much, we have our very own club, Rusty's Rhythm Club, in which to dance each and every Wednesday. And because of this we have (as they used to say in the ol' days) that "Extra Added Attraction" -- LIVE music!

There's just nothing like live music to make you feel like you are five feet off that dance floor. And when there is a Big Band, well that's just about the very best!

I started bringing Big Bands to the Rhythm Club early on... but just very occasionally. But because of your great support (you show up and pay the cover happily!), I have been able to schedule big bands nearly once a month now. Wow! Without you showing up, we just couldn't do it.

This week is one of our special "Big Band Nites" -- we've got Swing City, and they are guaranteed to put the happiness in your happy feet.

Thanks again for your on-going support of live music at The Rhythm Club!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE
RHYTHM CLUB BIG BAND NITES

January 17
Swing City

February 14 (Valentines' Party!)
The Fabulous Esquires

March 14
The Wiseguys


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




THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

Take a look what happens when you have one of the all-time great big bands play for a group of dancers!

CONTEST!!

IDENTIFY THE DANCER AND WIN A PASS TO THE RHYTHM CLUB TOMORROW NITE!

The first person to send us an email with the answer to this question wins a free pass to the Rhythm Club for tomorrow nite (1/17/07) for our Big Band Nite!:

Which actor from the hit television show "MASH" is featured in this clip?"

Send your answer to us at info@rustyfrank.com.



ALL IN THE FAMILY!
THREE GENERATIONS AT
LINDY BY THE SEA -- IT'S A FIRST

For the first time in the history of Lindy By The Sea, founded 1998, we have three generations of one family in our class! Talk about the time-less-ness of swing dancing, well here it is. Maki is the grandmother, Hilja is the daughter, and Kira (8) is the grand daughter (of Maki's other daughter).

Honestly, I don't know who loves the class the most!



JANUARY CLASSES!

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE.

Don't miss 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

USC SWING DANCE CLUB

Since 1999, I have been teaching swing dance classes on campus at USC. The classes are organized by the Dance Club, which, this year, has a super strong leadership. Classes start next week, but they are actually planning their first "swing outting" THIS Wednesday. Make sure to welcome these swing newbies! Fight on!

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Alaina Yohe
Alan Edmiaston
Jane Sager
Jason Gabelsberg
Jennifer Muller
Joanell Connolly
Linda Greenlund
Rich Malicdem
Tom Connolly

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





HOLD THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:30pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)

2007 WORKSHOP DATES

February 11
March 18
May 20
June 10
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18

NEW EVENT IN LOS ANGELES FOR SWING DANCERS!

One of current Lindy By The Sea students, Christian Zonts, is starting a brand new event for dancers right here in Los Angeles. If you are looking for one more fun thing to add to your dancing week, why not give it a try! Here's the scoop:

NIFTY 50's SOCK HOP

WHEN:
Saturday January 27th
Beginner Dance Lesson 9pm
Dance party 10pm-1:30am
$7 cover(dance lesson included with cover), 21+
DJ playing music from '54-'64

WHERE:
Joe's Great American Bar and Grill
4311 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

WHAT:
-Dancing
-Hula-Hoop Contest
-Dance Contest
-Limbo Contest
-50's Attire Encouraged

Website - myspace.com/nifty50ssockhop
Email -nifty50ssockhop@hotmail.com



KIRA FLIPS OVER SWING DANCING!

LEVEL 1 - JANUARY 2007 - CLASS PICS UP!

Click HERE to see your Lindy By The Sea class




All Scrapbooks! Click HERE








Some of the 6,000 Glenn Miller fans crowd the bandstand in January 23, 1942, Toronto, Canada

GLENN MILLER IN CANADA -- "When Glenn Miller appeared at Mutual Street Arena in Toronto on January 23, 1942, not a single ticket was available at the door - all 6,000 seats had been sold in advance. My parents recalled that scalpers were receiving an amazing five dollars for a ticket costing a dollar and a half. My parents were among the thousands of fans who were lucky enough to grab tickets ahead of time. "

This is a wonderful tribute site to Glenn Miller by Canadian Miller fan, Peter Young. I am sure you'll enjoy the photos, the stories, and all the extras.

I had the great fortune to tour with a Glenn Miller Orchestra over in Europe from 1996-1998 as a featured dancer. We toured a total of 51 cities throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Belgium, and France. The band was fronted by Glenn Miller's nephew, John Miller -- a great guy and fantastic performer!


The Brits have a special place in their hearts for Glenn Miller. The reason for this was Miller's personal feeling that it was important his band be as close as possible to the fighting troops. In mid-1944 he had the group transferred from the U.S. to London, where they were renamed the American Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force. While in the United Kingdom the band gave more than 800 performances to an estimated one million Allied servicemen.

On December 15, 1944, Miller, now a major, was scheduled to fly from the United Kingdom to Paris to play for the soldiers who had recently liberated Paris. His plane departed from RAF Twinwood Farm, Clapham, Bedfordshire, but disappeared over the English Channel and was never found. Miller's disappearance remains a mystery; neither his remains nor the wreckage of his plane were ever recovered from the water.

Long live Glenn Miller.




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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